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Graf1119
11-06-2005, 09:43 PM
A Japanese D3A1 Val pilot recalls...
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June 4, 1942
1054hrs
IJN Hiryu

Moments ago American dive-bombers shattered the hulks of the Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. From my view from the deck of the Hiryu, which has been left untouched, I see flame and smoke billow as fires rage aboard each ship.

The order has been given, strike back now. I and seventeen other Vals along with three Zeroes are to attack immediately. Kate torpedo bombers are to strike later as they are not armed with torpedoes yet.

As we form up I cannot help but take in the destruction below me. Destroyers surround the stricken ships plucking survivors out of the water and rescuing the men still aboard.

We climb to 12000 feet and form into our V-formation. Our escort hangs just above us, providing that extra comfort and security to allow us to accomplish our mission.

On the horizon I see something. There they are, the American carrier and escorts. Then the Wildcats hit us. Eight in all I count rush past us, guns blazing. Our Zeroes twist and turn engaging the stubby American fighters.

One by one I watch as three Vals plummet from the sky pouring out flames. The Americans press their attacks despite our rear-gunners. One approaches my aircraft. He is discouraged in his approach by return fire from my gunner.

Flak then begins bursting all around us. One Val explodes from a direct hit as we are nearly over the escorts. I weave side to side, up and down trying to maneuver through this wall of flak. I hear something like rocks hitting sheet metal all over, flak.

Finally we are over the American carrier, I classify as Yorktown class. Flak is intense now. I turn the Val over and begin my descent. 9000, 6000, 3000...at 1000 feet I release our 250kg bomb. Looking over my should I see a direct hit just aft of the island.

I see two more direct hits as my daitai pounds the carrier. Near misses send water crashing over the carrier nearly covering its entire lengyth. Our job done I dive low and weave throughout the ships.

A Wildcat fighter tries to catch me. I quickly use my manueverability and evade his attack. Luckily a Zero scares him off and Ir esume my heading to the Hiryu. Flak surrounds me but amazingly I am not hit.

After a long flight back I can only count eight surviving Vals out of the original attack group of eighteen, along with only two Zeroes. But I proudly report the enemy carrier sinking and wish to return to hunt for the other American carriers known to be out there somewhere...
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Above the blazing Soryu.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/6118/midyork19zz.jpg

Passing the IJN Haruna.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/8148/midyork28ho.jpg

Forming into formation.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/5062/midyork45wc.jpg

Fleeing the scene as the Yorktown evades bombs.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/8027/midyork56it.jpg
The damaged Yorktown after the attack.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/7156/midyork31dy.jpg

Mission log and pics from my upcoming campaign, 1942:Coral Sea to Santa Cruz. Missions put the player in the cockpit of the Aichi D3A1, codenamed "Val" by the Allies.

The player will relive every carrier battle fought during 1942 seen through the eyes of the other side. Experience what IJN bomber aircrew faced throughout the year, increasingly more dangerous pilots and the ever so deadly anti-aircraft fire from below.

You will bomb the Neosho and Sims, help sink the "Lady Lex", reverse the Midway debacle by sinking the Yorktown, try putting an end to the illustrious Enterprise, and experience the final agonizing death of the Tokyo raider, USS Hornet.

Graf1119
11-06-2005, 09:43 PM
A Japanese D3A1 Val pilot recalls...
-----------------------

June 4, 1942
1054hrs
IJN Hiryu

Moments ago American dive-bombers shattered the hulks of the Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. From my view from the deck of the Hiryu, which has been left untouched, I see flame and smoke billow as fires rage aboard each ship.

The order has been given, strike back now. I and seventeen other Vals along with three Zeroes are to attack immediately. Kate torpedo bombers are to strike later as they are not armed with torpedoes yet.

As we form up I cannot help but take in the destruction below me. Destroyers surround the stricken ships plucking survivors out of the water and rescuing the men still aboard.

We climb to 12000 feet and form into our V-formation. Our escort hangs just above us, providing that extra comfort and security to allow us to accomplish our mission.

On the horizon I see something. There they are, the American carrier and escorts. Then the Wildcats hit us. Eight in all I count rush past us, guns blazing. Our Zeroes twist and turn engaging the stubby American fighters.

One by one I watch as three Vals plummet from the sky pouring out flames. The Americans press their attacks despite our rear-gunners. One approaches my aircraft. He is discouraged in his approach by return fire from my gunner.

Flak then begins bursting all around us. One Val explodes from a direct hit as we are nearly over the escorts. I weave side to side, up and down trying to maneuver through this wall of flak. I hear something like rocks hitting sheet metal all over, flak.

Finally we are over the American carrier, I classify as Yorktown class. Flak is intense now. I turn the Val over and begin my descent. 9000, 6000, 3000...at 1000 feet I release our 250kg bomb. Looking over my should I see a direct hit just aft of the island.

I see two more direct hits as my daitai pounds the carrier. Near misses send water crashing over the carrier nearly covering its entire lengyth. Our job done I dive low and weave throughout the ships.

A Wildcat fighter tries to catch me. I quickly use my manueverability and evade his attack. Luckily a Zero scares him off and Ir esume my heading to the Hiryu. Flak surrounds me but amazingly I am not hit.

After a long flight back I can only count eight surviving Vals out of the original attack group of eighteen, along with only two Zeroes. But I proudly report the enemy carrier sinking and wish to return to hunt for the other American carriers known to be out there somewhere...
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Above the blazing Soryu.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/6118/midyork19zz.jpg

Passing the IJN Haruna.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/8148/midyork28ho.jpg

Forming into formation.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/5062/midyork45wc.jpg

Fleeing the scene as the Yorktown evades bombs.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/8027/midyork56it.jpg
The damaged Yorktown after the attack.

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/7156/midyork31dy.jpg

Mission log and pics from my upcoming campaign, 1942:Coral Sea to Santa Cruz. Missions put the player in the cockpit of the Aichi D3A1, codenamed "Val" by the Allies.

The player will relive every carrier battle fought during 1942 seen through the eyes of the other side. Experience what IJN bomber aircrew faced throughout the year, increasingly more dangerous pilots and the ever so deadly anti-aircraft fire from below.

You will bomb the Neosho and Sims, help sink the "Lady Lex", reverse the Midway debacle by sinking the Yorktown, try putting an end to the illustrious Enterprise, and experience the final agonizing death of the Tokyo raider, USS Hornet.

jds1978
11-07-2005, 03:25 AM
excellent! can't wait. keep the screenies and dev. updates coming!