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mandrill7
12-27-2005, 07:32 AM
Hi. I'm considering writing a US fighter-bomber campaign based around Okinawa and featuring some later intruder flights over Kyushu. Haven't decided yet whether to feature the P-47, F4U or Hellcat. Being an Eastern Front vet with little PTO experience, I need some general histories of the battle plus some specific references re the planes used and missions flown by both sides. Any help appreciated!

lowfighter
12-27-2005, 07:57 AM
Perhaps this would help?

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/PTO/FinalBattle/index.html

Aviar
12-27-2005, 08:27 AM
Try these:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/okinawa-battle.htm

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/okinawa/chapter3.htm

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/okinawa/index.htm

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_okinawa2.html

http://www.nps.gov/wapa/indepth/extContent/usmc/pcn-190-003135-00/sec4.htm

Aviar

mandrill7
12-27-2005, 10:41 AM
Thanks! That's a great start! I wonder if anyone knows of some unit histories for USMC, USN or USAAF squadrons?

chris455
12-27-2005, 07:05 PM
Check out the 507th FG. Flew P-47Ns out of Ie Shima to support ground troops fighting on Okinawa. Also 318th FG might yield some possibilities for a campaign.

USAAF units at Ie Shima (partial list)
USAAF 7th AF
318th FG HQ (P-38)
318th FG, 19th, 73rd, 333rd FS (P-38) 413th FG HQ, 1st, 21st, 34th FS (P-47) VII Fighter Command, 548th NFS (P-61) 28th PRS (F-5E detachment)
USAAF 20th AF
HQ 507th FG and 463d, 464th and 465th FS (P-47)
FEAF (5th Air Force)
348th FG HQ, 340th FS (P-51) 348th FG, 341st, 342d and 460th FS (P-51)345th BG, 498th BS (B-25)
43rd BG, 403rd BS (B-24) 43rd BG, 65th BS (B-24)
5th Fighter Command, 421st NFS (P-61)345th BG HQ

mandrill7
12-29-2005, 07:31 AM
Thanks Chris. In fact, my original idea was to use a 310 FS Jug a do a series of raids over Kyushu. I've started putting together missions for Okinawa and I decided on a Corsair. Faster than a Hellcat and more maneuvrable than a Jug at low altitudes. As I'm going to have lots of DF's at less than 5,000 feet with late-model Jap planes, the Corsair seemed the most competitive choice.

My apologies to all P-47 fanatics.