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DCS: Mi-24P Hind

Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989

The rebel mujahideen (jihadist) guerrillas ranged against Afghan Government and Soviet forces called the Hind helicopter gunship Shaitan Arba, or ‘Satan’s Chariot’. The Russians, with a nod to the Il-2 Shturmovik armoured ground attack aircraft that did great service busting Nazi tanks in WW2, knew it as ‘летающий танк’, ‘the flying tank’.





Both had a point. Even the early Hind-A variant that entered Afghan service in 1979 packed a massive punch. Twin stub wings with three hardpoints apiece meant it could mount a formidable mission-dependent loadout mix. This included four pods of 57mm (3.1 inch) S-5 rockets; four AT-2 ‘Swatter’ anti-tank missiles; and ten 100-kilogram (220 lb) or four 250-kilogram (550 lb) or two 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) iron bombs. It also had a nose-mounted 12.7mm machine gun and the ability to ferry eight fully armed combat troops.




Big, ugly and intimidating, the bug-faced Hind was super-fast for its day and extremely durable: the mujahideen were dismayed to find that rounds from their 12.7mm (.50 inch) DshK ‘Dushka’ heavy machine guns simply bounced off its titanium rotor blades and heavily armoured carapace.


A bit of background: the Hind’s creator was the world-famous aircraft designer Mikhail Mil. He was convinced that the modern battlefield would be ever more mobile, and the variety and versatility of air power would become ever more important. In the early 1960s, Mil came up with the idea of an ‘assault helicopter’, or flying infantry fighting vehicle. Its ability to carry eight troops sets the Hind apart from ‘pure’ attack helicopters or helicopter gunships such as the AH-64 ‘Apache’ or the Kamov Ka-50 ‘Black Shark.’ Operated in 48 countries and with export sales in the thousands, the Hind is the greatest all-rounder in the history of combat helicopters. And the most iconic.


A true Afghan War story:


Eyewitness account, as told by 22 SAS trooper ‘Gaz Hunter’.


‘It was quiet that day. We’d been lying around dozing in the sun, waiting for the Soviet convoy expected through at last light. Most of the mujahideen were wrapped in their blankets, fast asleep. The noise came first: a deep bass drumbeat on the thin air. Only one thing made that sound.


Something glinted in the harsh light: a Hind D, nose down and coming fast, smudge-brown against the blue sky. A second gunship reared up alongside the first. They had climbed vertically up the cliff face to our right, using it to mask their sound, catching us completely unawares. Already, they were close enough to open fire.


My brain raced while I stood like stone.




Bright flashes blossomed from the stub wings. Salvo after salvo of rockets smashed into our position. The world turned to blast and flame. To help me recognize one from the next, I’d given the mujahideen nicknames taken from The Lord Of The Rings. I saw Smeagol take a direct hit. The high-explosive fragmentation warhead blasted him high into the air. He hung there for a moment, like a rag doll a small child had tossed up for fun. Then the gunship’s 23mm cannon roared into life. Great gouts of sandy earth leapt all around us, shells and razor rock splinters scythed through our ranks, killing and maiming.


I grabbed the AK and jumped to my feet. There was no time to think, the shock and the deafening roar held me fast. Then instinct cut in. I turned and began to run, faster than I’d ever run before. The boulders and culverts at the back of the corrie, they were my only chance. I had to reach them…’


A fearsome aerial weapons platform that is even more of a force multiplier, the Mi-24P’s armament includes the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 (ГШ-30-2) twin-barrel 30mm autocannon with a rate of fire ranging from 1,000-3,000 rounds per minute, an approximate range of 1800 metres and a muzzle velocity of 870 m/s (2,850 ft/s). This firestorm minces anything other than main battle tanks, so don’t get in its way.



F-14A Fear the Bones

Campaign by Reflected Sims


April 1989. The USS Valley Forge cruiser had an accident on the Black Sea just off the coast of the Soviet Union, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt is being sent there to support the rescue operation with VF-84 on board. Jaws, Jester, Ghost, Pyro, Caveman, Grip, Elvis and Glory, all hot shot F-14A Tomcat fighter jocks of the ’Jolly Rogers’ are itching to see some action, but they might get more than they bargained for.

Join them in fighting MIGs, intercepting Bears, defending the fleet, escorting Alpha strikes and much more in this relaxed, story-driven campaign that is an entertaining mix of realism and 1980s style fiction. Kick the tires, light the fires and make them ’Fear the Bones!’.

New WWII Missions

World War 2


Half-a-dozen new WWII missions are now available to fly. They all use the new “in-cockpit” briefing feature and have Fly-With-A-Friend variants as well as three difficulty levels.

New WWII Mission on DCS: The Channel

  • All Channel Map
  • Against the Odds
  • Bf109 K4 Schwarm intercepts low-level Allied bombing south of Dunkirk
  • Fw 190D-9 intercepts low-level Allied bombing south of Dunkirk

The series of themed missions are based on Rhubarb missions. Fly as four-ship of either Spitfire IX, P-47D Thunderbolts or P-51D Mustangs, with a pair of fighter escorts, to find and take out a hidden Freya-Wurzburg radar site just east of Cap Gris Nez.

In addition there is a mirror to these missions for the Fw 190A-8 Anton (spoiler alert) intercepting the very same raid.

Have a good end of week,

Yours sincerely,


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18 July 2021


Fly With A Friend

WWII Missions - Introduction.


So what is FWAF?

The concept is centred around one mission that can be flown in either a single or multiplayer environment. The missions have been designed for use by newcomers to the DCS WWII community as well as hardened veterans.


How does it cater for newcomers and veterans?

Each mission contains a difficulty level option, which impacts the skill level of the enemy units you encounter. Depending upon your experience level, you have the option to select "EASY", "MEDIUM" or "HARD" via the F10 communications menu. As a newcomer it provides the opportunity to return to the mission and fly it again, as your abilities improve with your chosen airframe. For the more hardened WWII simmers, selecting the medium or hardest difficulty option should provide a challenging yet rewarding experience.


Why make a mission multiplayer compatible?

For many the route to DCS online starts with friends that fly on servers regularly. Let's not forget that for many, dipping their toe into the DCS multiplayer environment can be a daunting prospect. People do not want to look foolish in public, nor have their current basic skill level exposed. The FWAF option will allow two and in some cases a maximum of four friends to fly together, in a controlled less public environment, using a difficulty option that suits the least experienced player. In time it is envisaged that after honing their skills using FWAF missions. Individuals with the experience they have gained, will comfortably migrate to the DCS online community or decide that the multiplayer option is not for them. Another benefit of this mission type would be for the WWII VFGs (Virtual Flying Groups) to use them as a training aid or check ride scenario for newcomers to their squadron.


How do I fly a FWAF mission as a single player, is it any different?

The simple answer is no, it is not any different to loading a normal single player mission in DCS apart from the slot selection screen. If you are new to DCS here is the process:


At the main splash or menu screen select "MISSION".



At the mission screen select your preferred aircraft and select a mission from the listing that is FWAF compatible. Finally click the green "OK" button in the bottom right hand corner.




The mission will start to load and on completion you will be presented with the briefing screen. When you have read through the brief, click the green "START" button in the bottom right hand corner.



Once the mission has loaded you will be presented with the following screen. Simply select "Single Player FLIGHT LEAD" and click the green "OK" button in the bottom right hand corner.



You will now see the following screen displaying your cockpit in the background. Now click the green "FLY" button in the bottom right hand corner and your mission will start.



In some FWAF missions you will receive a message as the mission starts, asking you if you wish to fly in single player mode. (In more recent versions this is not the case, it is automatic). At which point the communications menu will open automatically for you, to make your selection.

Selecting single player mode then spawns your AI wingman for the mission. Following that listen to the brief, follow the mission instructions provided and enjoy.



How do I fly a FWAF mission in multiplayer?

At the main splash or menu screen select "MULTIPLAYER".



You will find yourself in the DCS multiplayer server screen, where you need to click the "NEW SERVER" button at the bottom.



You will be presented with the following screen which is effectively the set up for your server. On the left hand side your preferences can be set for passwords etc but we are interested in how to load the mission. So select the circular "PLUS" button highlighted in the image below:



You need to select your preferred mission by selecting your aircraft of choice and double clicking the "SINGLE" mission folder or select it by a single click and press the green "START" button.



Now you will see a drop down list of all the single player missions. Prior to trying to load a mission, check which ones are FWAF compatible and select one from the drop down list. Either double click on the mission selection or select it by a single click and press the green "START" button.



Your mission choice will now appear highlighted in the mission list box. Simply press the green "START" button and your new server will begin to load the mission.



Having provided your friend/friends with your server details, they will join you and be presented with the following "MULTIPLAYER-Select role" screen. Each of you selects an aircraft to fly by clicking on the "Player" column with your mouse. When you have both selected an aircraft, press the green "BRIEFING" button to start the mission.



The mission will load and you are both free to enjoy the mission as it unfolds.


What Type of FWAF missions are available?

There are varying mission types currently available with more in the pipeline for both Allied and Axis aircraft:



Bomber Escort. (P-47 - P-51 - Spitfire).

Photographic Reconnaissance. (P-51 - Spitfire).

Historic Recreations. (Spitfire).



Jabo Raid. (Bf109 - Anton - Dora).

Jabo Raid Patrol. (P-47 - P-51 - Spitfire).

No Ball Intercept. (Bf109 - Anton - Dora). A separate MP mission will be made available.

No Ball Escort. (P-47 - P-51 - Spitfire). A separate MP mission will be made available.


Have a good end of week,

Yours sincerely,



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19 September 2021


Operation Jericho

The Raid on Amiens Prison - Feb 1944

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On the morning of 18th February, 1944, nineteen Mosquito Mk VI fighter-bombers of 140 Wing, RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force, set out on one of the most daring air-raids of the Second World War. Attacking at very low level in three flights of six, 18 of the ‘Mossies’ were to breach the outer and inner walls of Amiens prison in Northern France; bomb the canteen where the German guards were having their midday meal; and give the prisoners a chance to escape. The final, photo reconnaissance (PR) aircraft would film the entire mission, and, if it went well, broadcast it to boost Allied morale.

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RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire: Armourers prepare to load four 500-lb MC bombs into the bomb-bay of De Havilland Mosquito FB Mark VI, MM403 'SB-V', of No. 464 Squadron RAAF. [IWM CH 12407.jpg Public Domain]

Previous strikes on enemy factories, power stations, Gestapo headquarters and other high-value targets had already demonstrated the Mossie’s astonishing ability to deliver high-explosive ordnance with pinpoint accuracy. But ‘Operation Jericho’ was on a whole new level of difficulty. Before take-off, pilots studied a detailed plaster-of-paris model of the prison’s layout, along with maps of the surrounding area. A long, die-straight road ran south-west to Amiens from the town of Albert and bordered one side of the prison. It would serve as an excellent marker for the final approach.

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‘We heard the details of this mission with considerable emotion...After four years of war just doing everything possible to destroy life, here we were going to use our skill to save it. It was a grand feeling and every pilot left the briefing room prepared to fly into the walls rather than fail to breach them. There was nothing particularly unusual in it as an operational sortie, but because of this life-saving aspect it was to be one of the great moments in our lives.’

— Wing Commander Irving Smith, No 487 Squadron RNZAF *

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Weather conditions that morning were terrible: it was snowing hard, there was dense cloud and visibility was very poor. Flying across the English Channel at wave top height to avoid German radar, pilots strained to see anything through the sleet and snow and spray battering their windscreens.

Four Typhoons and four Mosquitos were forced to turn back. The planners could hardly have chosen a worse day to launch such a difficult and dangerous attack – but any delay was out of the question: following a recent wave of arrests by the Abwehr (Nazi counter-intelligence), many members of the French Resistance were among the more than 830 prisoners. They included at least two senior agents who knew more about plans for the coming invasion of France than the Allies could afford to reach enemy ears. There was another, no less urgent reason for the mission: according to smuggled intelligence reports, 26 male and three female prisoners were scheduled for execution by firing squad the following day.

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‘I shall never forget that road – long and straight, and covered with snow. It was lined with tall poplars, and we were flying so low that I had to keep my aircraft tilted at an angle to avoid hitting the tops of the trees with my wing …. The poplars suddenly petered out, and there, a mile ahead, was the gaol. It looked just like the model, and within a few seconds we were almost on top of it.’

— 487 Squadron pilot *

Four storeys in height, Amiens prison was built in the shape of a Latin cross, with the cells in the longer section and the guards’ canteen and quarters in the shorter arms. A 20-ft. brick perimeter wall surrounded the complex.

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The raid was a combined British Commonwealth enterprise. The first wave of six Mosquitos from 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), had the task of breaching the eastern and northern perimeter walls. The job of the next wave of six aircraft from 464 Sqn Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), was to smash open either end of the cell block and destroy the German garrison. The final RAF element would act as back-up if the initial attacks failed. Each of the three Mossie flights had a squadron of Typhoon fighter-bombers assigned to protect it from enemy fighters.

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In overall command of the attack, RAF Hunsdon’s Station Commander Group Captain Percy Pickard would act as Master Bomber, orbiting the prison and directing operations.

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487 Squadron Mosquitos over Amiens Prison as their bombs explode, showing the snow-covered buildings and landscape. [IWM Public Domain]

The aircraft attacking the outer walls carried two 500 lb semi-armour piercing (SAP) bombs apiece. Those tasked with demolishing the inner walls were armed with two Medium Capacity (MC) bombs. All of the bombs were fuzed for 11 seconds delay. With the different sections attacking in a criss-cross pattern and in very rapid succession, exact timing and precision were essential.

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At 12:01, the first section of three 487 Sqn Mosquitos attacked the eastern prison wall. A great pillar of dust and smoke and flame billowed up. As it settled, the second, 487 Squadron three-ship bombed the northern wall. At 12:06, two aircraft from 464 Squadron re-attacked the eastern wall from an altitude of about 50 feet. With both walls now breached, two 464 Squadron Mossies ran in at 100 feet and bombed the main building. At least one bomb exploded directly on the guards’ quarters. More bombs crashed into the cell block. Grabbing their chance for freedom, dozens of prisoners began running across the courtyard for the gaps blasted in the walls. The guards opened fire on them with machine guns, shooting many dead.

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Free The French

Viewed from the comfort of now, the raid was a mixed success. Of the 255 prisoners who escaped, around 180 were recaptured shortly afterwards. A further 150 died, caught either in the bombing or massacred by the guards, an estimated 50 of whom also died. Several stray bombs fell on the nearby St Victor hospital and surrounding homes, killing or injuring French civilians. One of the Fw 190 fighters that responded to the attack shot down and killed Group Captain Pickard and his navigator, Flight Lieutenant John Broadley as they headed for home. A second Mosquito navigator, Flight Lieutenant R. Sampson, RNZAF, was killed by enemy ground fire. One of the escort Typhoons disappeared into a snowstorm off Beachy Head, Sussex, and was never seen again. A further Typhoon was also brought down and its pilot lost.

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Bomb damage to Amiens prison following the raid: note the neat hole in the perimeter wall [IWM Public Domain]

On the plus side, the French Resistance members who did escape exposed more than 60 agents and informers who had been working undercover for the Abwehr. In the crucial run up to D-Day, this kneecapped Nazi counter-intelligence in the key Atlantic Wall sector.

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  1. *both quotes from Thompson, H. L. (1956). "Chapter 6 Daylight Raids by the Light Bombers". New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force. The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945. II (online ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: Historical Publications Branch. pp. 143–148. OCLC 846897274. Retrieved 12 June 2020 – via New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.

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Zemke’s Wolfpack

The P-47 in Action


P-47Ds mixing it with Fw-190s

"The cockpit had more room than any fighter I had flown, and it gave me quite a sense of power to look out and see the big, four-bladed prop in front and the four .50-caliber machine gun barrels sticking out of the front of each wing." (Captain “Gabby” Gabreski, 61st Fighter Squadron (FS), 56th Fighter Group USAAF).

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Beware the Thunderbolt’ – the motto and emblem of the 56th Fighter Group

Beware the Thunderbolt

On 22 February 1944, several flights of 56th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) took off on a ‘Ramrod’ (bomber escort) mission to intercept enemy fighters. The Americans were attacking B-17 Flying Fortresses returning from a raid on Paderborn in northern Germany. Known as ‘Zemke’s Wolfpack’, after their outstanding – and guileful – leader, Colonel Hubert ‘Hub’ Zemke, the 56th FG was already one of the most successful and famous WWII fighter groups in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The 56th comprised the 61st, 62nd and 63rd squadrons, each with 18 P-47Ds on strength.

Colonel Hubert

Colonel Hubert "Hub" Zemke

Only 12 of the 63rd Fighter Squadron’s Thunderbolts managed to reach the second, and furthermost box of bombers. As they drew near, two of the four-ship flights spotted a swarm of Messerschmitt Bf 109s slicing through the bomber formation, sending streams of 20mm cannon and 13mm machine gun fire into the lumbering B-17s.

Bf 109 K-4 Kurfüst

B-17 formation under attack by Bf 109s

Armed with 13 x .50in. M2 Browning machine guns apiece, the Flying Fortresses were returning fire with interest. But they were about to find themselves in even worse trouble: a second wave of 15, heavier Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighters was wheeling in from the nine o’clock position. Shaping to attack them from the rear. Some of these big ‘Zerstorer’ were armed with a massive, 37mm ( Bk 3,7 cm) cannon mounted in a belly tray, while others had twin 30mm Mk 108 cannon. Even a Flying Fortress would be lucky to survive hits from that weight of firepower.


In his personal combat report, Red Flight’s commander Captain Lyle A. Adrianse tells us what happened next: ‘They (the Me 110s) apparently saw us and started to scatter in steep, diving turns. I immediately attacked one that was turning to the right in a steep dive from 21,000 feet. Upon closing my range, his tail gunner opened fire and he broke sharply to the left. I gave him about three rings of lead, which put him out of sight under my cowling, and opened fire from about 500 yards, closing rapidly. I then ceased fire and rolled out of my turn to take another look at him - to find that he was smoking and going in a straight dive. I opened fire again from 300 yards, breaking off at 100 yards. I saw numerous strikes on the fuselage, left wing, engine and tail. Several large pieces fell off the left wing and I was obliged to fly through them, putting several large dents in my own cowling. I then broke up into the sun from about 4,000 feet. looking back, I saw the left engine flaming furiously and he entered the cloud at 3,000 feet going straight down…’


P-47 wingman gun camera - leader bags a Me 110

‘I climbed back up to 22,000ft, where I was bounced by a Me 109. After two turns I gained the advantage and he hit the deck. I could not follow as I was very low on fuel, and headed out. On the way back I picked up the three other men in my flight and landed at base, safely.’

A War of Attrition

A typical day at the office, then, for the pilots of Zemke’s Wolfpack in the early months of 1944. D-Day was fast approaching. While they might not yet have known it, the 56th FG’s task was to help wear the Luftwaffe’s strength down to the point where the planned Allied invasion could go in under friendlier skies. In little over a year since arriving in England to begin active service - after a faltering start – Zemke’s young pilots were doing a superb job.

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Unscheduled halt - Thunderbolt peppering an enemy train

The formidable 56th FG was the only group to fly P-47 Thunderbolts throughout the war. Turning down the P-51D Mustang replacements offered in January 1944, the 56th flew P-47C (blocks 2 and 5) from February 1943 to April 1943; P-47D (blocks 1 through 30) from June 1943 to March 1945; and P-47Ms from January 1945 to 10 October 1945.

Some Allied pilots questioned the P-47s relatively poor agility, slow rate of climb and unreliable radios. Yet Zemke knew he could exploit the Thunderbolt’s strengths – not just its extraordinary ability to soak up battle damage, but its excellent roll rate and dive speed – to the full. By August 1943, the ‘dive, fire, and recover’ tactics he devised had made the 56th the leading air superiority group of VIII Fighter Command.

The Scales Begin to Tip

In the third week of February 1944, the USAAF and the RAF launched a series of combined heavy bomber raids and fighter sweeps codenamed ‘Operation Argument.’ Better known as ‘Big Week’, the campaign was designed to force Luftwaffe fighters into dogfights with the bomber escorts – or watch their aircraft factories be bombed to rubble. The ploy succeeded: fitted with 150-gallon drop tanks that increased their endurance to more than three hours, the Fighting 56th rose to the occasion: in a four-day spree, they shot down 49 enemy aircraft, winning a Distinguished Unit Citation ‘for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy...’

P-47D diving on Fw-190 A-8

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A Bridge Too Far

Despite their top-level skills, won initially from intensive and persistent training, and then from near-continuous combat experience, there were times when even the pilots of the 56th FG suffered morale-testing setbacks. The ill-fated Operation Market Garden was one of these. The plan was to open up a new Allied invasion route into Northern Germany by means of a mass paratroop drop. A concurrent ground offensive would advance along the single road north to Arnhem. Air support was vital, but the weather in the Netherlands had other ideas.

On 18 September 1944, despite poor visibility, 39 Wolfpack Thunderbolts attacked German anti-aircraft positions near Oosterhout. If these defences could be suppressed, then a force of B-24 Liberators could go ahead with an urgent resupply drop in relative safety. The attack went badly: in the space of a few minutes, the German flak sites shot down five P-47s. Twelve more Thunderbolts crash-landed in France or England. Three pilots died outright, and another three were captured. By late 1944, German flak concentrations were deadly.


Caught in the flak

It was a serious reverse. But the 56th got straight back up off the canvas and went on slugging. Providing cover for the first bombing raids on Berlin on March 6, 1944, the Wolfpack destroyed 38 enemy fighters in a single day. Ten days later, the group recorded its 350th air victory. In just 12 missions, its pilots had shot down 140 enemy aircraft.


Bouncing Back

Carrying the Attack

In February 1945, as the Allies established near-total air superiority, the Wolfpack won permission to begin air-to-ground attacks. They took to this new task with their customary relish and efficiency. The P-47s eight .50 in machine guns, rockets and bombs carved trails of havoc through enemy lines. Multiplying force in support of Allied ground forces, they destroyed trains, trucks, barges, ships and other targets of opportunity. The Wolfpack also wrecked a great many enemy aircraft on the ground. In a remarkable attack on Eggebek airfield near the Danish border on 13 April 1945 – using experimental high-velocity, high-incendiary T48 ammunition – the group shot up 95 parked Luftwaffe aircraft and damaged 95 more.


Airfield Attack: the P47’s whacking force

A Pack Full of Aces

By the end of WWII, Zemke’s Wolfpack, remaining true to its big, robust and versatile Thunderbolts, had become the top-scoring Fighter Group in the USAAF. Its 39 air-to-air combat aces included Lt. Col Francis ‘Gabby Gabreski’ with 28 kills; Col. Zemke, with 17.75 (three in the P-38 Lightning); and neither last nor least, Captain Robert S. Johnson, whose 27 victories made him the first USAAF ace to break Captain Eddie Rickenbacker’s WWI record of 26 enemy aircraft destroyed.

Captain Robert S. Johnson

Captain Robert S. Johnson, DSC, DFC, Silver Star, Air Medals, Purple Heart

The Eighth Air Force credited the 56th FG with destroying almost 1,000 enemy aircraft in the ETO: 677.5 destroyed in air-to-air combat and a further 311 on the ground. The Wolfpack’s ratio of victories to losses was an amazing 8 to 1 in its own favour. This ‘Wolfpack’ knew how to bite. And it went for the throat.

In case you missed it...

The Channel Map now has full winter textures and looks amazing.

All DCS Campaigns now have a “Skip Mission” function. For those of you who would like to refly campaigns but skip certain missions, like the intro mission or a mission with a very long transit or those of you in campaigns for the first time who, for whatever reason, you don’t want to fly again but do want to progress to the next mission, we have devised a Skip Mission option. This will be developed further in coming updates.

New missions and FWAF (Fly with a friend)

You can run your own server on your PC and invite a friend to fly via multiplayer. The missions that have recently been created are as follows:

Caucasus Mosquito FB VI FWAF - Caucasus - OPERATION SNAPSHOT
Channel Mosquito FB VI FWAF - Channel - OPERATION SNAPSHOT
Channel Mosquito FB VI FWAF - Channel - OPERATION JERICHO
Channel P-47D-30 FWAF - Channel - Atlantic Wall Escort
Channel P-47D-25 FWAF - Channel - Atlantic Wall Escort
Channel P-51D-30-NA FWAF - Channel - Atlantic Wall Escort
Channel P-51D-25 FWAF - Channel - Dicer (PhotoRecon)
Channel P-51D-30-NA FWAF - Channel - Dicer (PhotoRecon)
Channel Spitfire IX FWAF - Channel - Atlantic Wall Escort
Channel Spitfire IX (CW) FWAF - Channel - Atlantic Wall Escort
Channel Spitfire IX FWAF - Channel - Dicer (PhotoRecon)
Channel Spitfire IX (CW) FWAF - Channel - Dicer (PhotoRecon)
Channel Spitfire IX FWAF - Channel - Bomber Intercept

For more information on load and fly FWAF missions, check out How to Fly With A Friend. Enjoy!

Thank you for your passion and support,


Yours sincerely,


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