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MoritzJGOne
12-28-2004, 11:28 PM
How important where the following. I am no FAA expert, so please jump in. Did the FAA rely heavily on US types (Hellcat, Corsair, Tarpon) or were the Barracuda, Skua, Firefly and Fulmar important in the PTO? I believe the Firefly MkI came very late inthe war to replace the Barracuda which was not a great success but neat to look at.

MoritzJGOne
12-28-2004, 11:28 PM
How important where the following. I am no FAA expert, so please jump in. Did the FAA rely heavily on US types (Hellcat, Corsair, Tarpon) or were the Barracuda, Skua, Firefly and Fulmar important in the PTO? I believe the Firefly MkI came very late inthe war to replace the Barracuda which was not a great success but neat to look at.

JG53Frankyboy
12-29-2004, 04:14 AM
the Fulmar fought in 1942 vs Adm Nagumos Carriers in the Indian Ocean.

with the BPF in 1945 two carriers , the HMS Indefatigable and Implacable, had some Fireflys on board.

the HMS Victorious in 1943 had also Wildcats and Avengers on Board in the few months as it sailed beside the USS Saratoga .

the RN realy had a lot of US lend&lease planes in use http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Ruy Horta
12-29-2004, 04:54 AM
FAA in general, not only Pacific

Quicky: Sea Hurricane

Intermediate: Sea Gladiator

Fully new design:
The essential new FAA type would be the Swordfish!

Great late war all rounder the Firefly Mk. I.

Fulmar would be nice, but the chances are less then nil.

Overal, it doesn't look like we'll see much development based on the comments made during the last few weeks. Still trying to accept that fact myself.

But apart from the early phase, most of the FAA work in the PRO was done by US Lend Lease types.

Main FAA types in use in PTO in 1942:
Martlet Mk.II, Fulmar Mk.II and Sea Hurricane, Swordfish and Albacore

Main cariers in the Indian Ocean HMS Hermes, Formidable and Indomitable.

You are more likely to see a vision of the virgin Mary than a new ship class!!

Mr_Nakajima
12-29-2004, 04:55 AM
For the Palembang strike in Jan 1945, Force 63 had:
39 Hellcats
70 Corsairs
75 Avengers
12 Fireflies
40 Seafires

These were split between Indomitable, Illustrious, Victorious and Indefatigable.

In July 1945 TF 37 had:
6 Hellcats
73 Corsairs
88 Seafires
24 Fireflies
62 Avengers

Split betwen Formidable, Victorious, Implacable and Indefatigable.

The Skua and Fulmar were early-war types, the Skua being obsolete and I think out of service by the time of the war with Japan. The Barracuda was not a great success, being underpowered. The Firefly was slow for 1944-5 but had good range, firepower and deck-landing characteristics.

caseyjay
12-29-2004, 05:02 AM
We really should see the Firefly, together with the Seafire these were virtually the only British FAA planes on RN Carriers in the pacific late war.

Of course any others would be much appreciated http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mr_Nakajima
12-29-2004, 08:09 AM
I'd love to see a Firefly as well. A beautiful aircraft, and very useful as a strike fighter. There is a WW2 vintage one preserved at the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton in Somerset, though unfortunately it has its wings folded so it looks far from elegent.

http://www.fleetairarm.com/exhibits/planes.asp?plane=146

Hurribomber
12-30-2004, 10:27 AM
Don't just think about FAA planes in terms of PF but as there worth to the IL2 series as a whole. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

First choice for me would have to be the Swordfish. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

We can recreate the Bismark episode using the Tirpitz for starters.

Obviously more conventional anti-shipping and submarine ops as well.

Swordfish saw action against targets in the desert so there are more possibilities for that map.

When you consider the Swordfish is also eminently suitable for recreating Albacore ops she would offer a fantastic range of missions & campaigns.