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bird_brain
07-07-2006, 09:06 AM
Hello everyone... I have finally finished my epic campaign depicting the exploits of US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-9.

http://jyarbrough.homestead.com/VF9_Splash.jpg


** Download here ** (http://jyarbrough.homestead.com/Index.html)


The "Cat O'9s Squadron" was deployed to North Africa on the USS Ranger to fly their F4F-4 Wildcats over the Operation Torch invasion beaches. After their return, they were the first squadron to be equipped with the F6F-3 Hellcat, and were sent to the Pacific aboard the newly comissioned USS Essex. There they were involved in a full year of carrier combat and finished their 1st tour just before the Marianas Campaign began.

I had the good fortune of conversing with Hamilton "One Slug" McWhorter by e-mail while researching this campaign and he assisted in making some of the details more authentic. He is a 12 kill WWII Ace who was in VF-9 throughout this tour of duty and is "The First Hellcat Ace".

I would appreciate any feedback you might have, but that's enough rambling for now ... enjoy the campaign!

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bird_brain
07-07-2006, 09:06 AM
Hello everyone... I have finally finished my epic campaign depicting the exploits of US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-9.

http://jyarbrough.homestead.com/VF9_Splash.jpg


** Download here ** (http://jyarbrough.homestead.com/Index.html)


The "Cat O'9s Squadron" was deployed to North Africa on the USS Ranger to fly their F4F-4 Wildcats over the Operation Torch invasion beaches. After their return, they were the first squadron to be equipped with the F6F-3 Hellcat, and were sent to the Pacific aboard the newly comissioned USS Essex. There they were involved in a full year of carrier combat and finished their 1st tour just before the Marianas Campaign began.

I had the good fortune of conversing with Hamilton "One Slug" McWhorter by e-mail while researching this campaign and he assisted in making some of the details more authentic. He is a 12 kill WWII Ace who was in VF-9 throughout this tour of duty and is "The First Hellcat Ace".

I would appreciate any feedback you might have, but that's enough rambling for now ... enjoy the campaign!

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

VF51_Flatspin
07-07-2006, 09:17 AM
Fantastic! I'm going to go get this right now. What a thrill it must've been speaking directly to "One Slug" McWhorter! There's also a nice article on him in the F6F special edition of Flight Journal.

Thanks!

bird_brain
07-07-2006, 09:54 AM
Yeah, I read the article... he actually e-mailed me a copy of it before it was published, so I got to read it about 3 months ago. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I didn't actually speak with him because he doesn't hear very well anymore. It was all by e-mail....Too much time with a big radial engine right in front of him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

joeap
07-07-2006, 02:28 PM
YEA http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

micksaf
07-09-2006, 03:56 AM
Thanx once more Bird_Brain, for the (long) time spent, your dedication and generosity to the community. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

bird_brain
07-09-2006, 06:47 AM
You're welcome... I changed the link above back to my web page, as Mission4Today is down ATM... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

IV_JG51_Razor
07-09-2006, 04:33 PM
Great set of missions BirdBrain! Very immersive and well thought out.

Just one question though. Why do you have the carriers set to such a slow speed?!! I have gone into the .mis files and bumped the Jeep carriers up a bit to make them operational, but the Illustrious and Essex don't need that kind of help. Just curious as to why you have them going so slow. Was it intentional?

bird_brain
07-09-2006, 05:09 PM
28 knots is slow? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Regarding the Illustrious, it is there to represent the USS Ranger which was a somewhat unique ship. Bigger than the CVEs, but smaller than the Essex Class. It was only marginally faster than the Jeep Carriers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ranger_(CV-4)

I have them set at the highest speed available in the FMB without going into the .mis files. Have you ever altered the waypoints in a .mis file where there are about 80 waypoints for each carrier and you have 3 in the group? On some of the maps, the carriers are automatically given a huge number of waypoints. It is generally thought to be there to update the landing waypoints, but I am not sure.

I have gathered that they were capable of a maximum of 32 knots...

http://ehistory.osu.edu/wwii/USNCV3.cfm

but does 3 knots make enough difference to warrant manually editing 300-400 waypoints? (per mission x 30 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif )I didn't think so, but if you want to change it, feel free to.

VT-51_Razor
07-14-2006, 01:32 AM
The first mission in N Africa, I spawned on the Illustrious, and we were plodding along at about 15 Kts if memory serves. I'm out on the road now so I can't confirm that, but for sure, it was NOT doing anything close to 28 Kts. Being curious, I took a look at the next couple of missions and it appeared that the carriers were all going well below their max allowable - 31 Kts for Essex class and Illustrious, and 19 Kts for the Jeeps. This was not directed to you as a criticism, just a question to see what the mission designer was thinking.

Yeah, I've changed the speeds of ships in the .mis file, and yes, I know what a PITA it can be when there are all those waypoints generated! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Nonetheless, it's a great campaign, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys flying off a boat! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

bird_brain
07-14-2006, 10:50 AM
You are right... I just checked and the "Ranger" is only doing 18 knots in the Torch missions. That is the same speed as the Jeeps.

I changed the Illustrious to a CVE to see how it worked and I guess that slowed it down to the lower speed when I changed it back. It was not intentional and I actually thought it was moving faster. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Thanks for pointing it out and it is probably worth going back & speeding it up a bit. That might make it easier to get airborne with bombs & such later on. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Just out of curiosity, how fast did you set the CVEs to run?

wintergoose
07-14-2006, 12:56 PM
It is downloaded and campain startet. Has finnished 5 sorties so far , looks greath.
Thank you for a fine campain a lot of detaljs.
Nice that you placed the carier just outside the map.
I can see you have put a lot of research in this
campain. Now I am going on hollyday take the rest when I came back.
Are going with wife, kids and dog up in the mountains, we use a tent to sleap in.
We are going near the Jostedalsbreen glasier.
It is nice and worm weather here in Norway now and that will it be at least for one weak more.

Have a goos sommer everyboddy

Nimits
07-14-2006, 03:14 PM
Cool! VF-9 definately has one of the most interesting histories of any USN VF in WWII.

One suggestion; for the Jean Bart raids, had you considered using the Bismark or KGV instead of the Marat? Both are much closer in size, and the later in appearance, to the Jean Bart than the Marat.

bird_brain
07-14-2006, 06:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Nimits:
Cool! VF-9 definately has one of the most interesting histories of any USN VF in WWII.

One suggestion; for the Jean Bart raids, had you considered using the Bismark or KGV instead of the Marat? Both are much closer in size, and the later in appearance, to the Jean Bart than the Marat. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I hope you enjoy it... I looked around for a Battleship as close as possible to the Jean Bart, but did not have an easy time finding one that fit the bill. I had not considered the Bismark.

IIRC, the JB had twin turrets and only one was completed. I will take a look at those you suggest and see what it looks like. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Nimits
07-14-2006, 10:09 PM
Jean Bart was about 800 ft long and had (if I remember correctly) 2x4 15" turrets forward, and 6 or 8 twin secondary mounts mounted starbord and port aft, with superstructure and single stack about 3/5 the way back of the ship. The KGV is about 750 ft (I think), and has a 4 gun and a 2 gun turret up front a 4 gun turret aft, with secondary armament port and starbord amidships, and a superstructure (with 2 stacks) more or less amidships.

VT-51_Razor
07-15-2006, 07:38 AM
Bird_Brain, I adjusted it to 31 Kts, just to keep from having to change the speeds of all the escorts. Normally, when I make a mission with Jeeps, I have it going about 34-5 Kts. With this speed, you can easily trap, taxi forward to the island and relaunch. The speed I use in the .mis file is 20.0, and 31 Kts is about 18.xxxx I forget what it is exactly. It makes for a much more realistic experience flying off the baby flatops! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VF51_Flatspin
07-19-2006, 02:41 PM
Bump for another ride on page one! This offline campaign is a blast! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

bird_brain
07-20-2006, 05:50 AM
Glad you like it... how are you getting along? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

VF51_Flatspin
07-20-2006, 11:10 AM
I'm loving this campaign. The immersion factor is off the charts for me. 1C should be paying you to make campaigns for them BB, seriously.

bird_brain
07-20-2006, 12:29 PM
They can't afford it.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
It's great to hear you are liking it though. I haven't heard from anyone who has finished it, including testers. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif