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Dunkelgrun
10-22-2005, 03:20 AM
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Get it here: Flying Legends (http://www.flying-legends.net/php/downloads/listings.php?cat_id=28)
or here: AirWarfare (http://www.airwarfare.com/Sims/FB/fb_campaigns.htm#037).

Eleven missions for the Sea Hurricane IA, launched from CAM ships.


Background:

12th November 1940.

In the Air Council Room in London a top-level conference meets to decide what to do about a new and pressing problem. Since the fall of France the Luftwaffe has transferred a new bomber group, I./KG40, to the airfield at Bordeaux-Merignac. Equipped with Focke-Wulf Fw200 Condors these long-range bombers have begun sinking merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean, seemingly at will. On 26th October one attacked the 42,000-ton liner 'Empress of Britain' and damaged her enough for a U-boat to be able to finish her off while under tow. Together with the U-boats these aircraft can cripple the Atlantic supply line that Great Britain relies upon so much.

The Condors operate well beyond the range of British shore-based fighters and, partly because of the loss of the aircraft carriers HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious in the early part of the war, the convoys and merchant ships have no air cover. To remedy this, until more carriers can be built, it has been decided to install expendable fighters on catapults on some merchant vessels; these are to be known as Catapult Aircraft Merchant (CAM) ships. The aircraft are going to be manned by the RAF who have formed a new unit, the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU), for the purpose.

As a stopgap the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy have fitted out four Fighter Catapult Ships, plus HMS Pegasus* (a catapult training ship), with aircraft. However, the Fairey Fulmars on Pegasus aren't fast enough to catch the bombers, so Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is are going to be used instead on both these and the CAM ships.


* HMS Pegasus sailed with a convoy on 9 December 1940. The first operational CAM ship, the €˜Empire Rainbow€, sailed on 8 June 1941.


The Campaign:

The Sea Hurricane Mk.IAs, sometimes known as 'Hurricats', were launched operationally eleven times before the advent of escort carriers made them redundant. The Mk.IA Sea Hurricane was essentially a Mk.I with catapult spools added; most were war-weary veterans approaching the end of their useful life and thus deemed expendable. For this campaign I have recreated the eleven missions using the Mk.I, with an air start low over the bows of a merchant ship to simulate the catapult launch, and linked them together in chronological order.

The reality was that most 804 Squadron FAA or MSFU pilots did not get to fly an operational CAM ship mission, and certainly not two on the same day from different ships in different convoys, but with the campaign structure you get to fly them all. The main purpose of the CAM ship Hurricats was to destroy or at least deter the shadowing Condors, but sometimes they were used against torpedo- and dive-bombers as well.

By their very nature the missions are all 'instant action' but not necessarily short, or easy. The Hurricats have a full fuel load and can chase enemy aircraft for a long time, but the further away from the convoy you get the harder it will be to find it again and return safely. Also, spotting a lone aircraft in poor weather can be tricky - success is not assured!

Enjoy! Cheers!

Dunkelgrun
10-22-2005, 03:20 AM
http://premium1.uploadit.org/igmusapa//screenie.jpg

Get it here: Flying Legends (http://www.flying-legends.net/php/downloads/listings.php?cat_id=28)
or here: AirWarfare (http://www.airwarfare.com/Sims/FB/fb_campaigns.htm#037).

Eleven missions for the Sea Hurricane IA, launched from CAM ships.


Background:

12th November 1940.

In the Air Council Room in London a top-level conference meets to decide what to do about a new and pressing problem. Since the fall of France the Luftwaffe has transferred a new bomber group, I./KG40, to the airfield at Bordeaux-Merignac. Equipped with Focke-Wulf Fw200 Condors these long-range bombers have begun sinking merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean, seemingly at will. On 26th October one attacked the 42,000-ton liner 'Empress of Britain' and damaged her enough for a U-boat to be able to finish her off while under tow. Together with the U-boats these aircraft can cripple the Atlantic supply line that Great Britain relies upon so much.

The Condors operate well beyond the range of British shore-based fighters and, partly because of the loss of the aircraft carriers HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious in the early part of the war, the convoys and merchant ships have no air cover. To remedy this, until more carriers can be built, it has been decided to install expendable fighters on catapults on some merchant vessels; these are to be known as Catapult Aircraft Merchant (CAM) ships. The aircraft are going to be manned by the RAF who have formed a new unit, the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU), for the purpose.

As a stopgap the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy have fitted out four Fighter Catapult Ships, plus HMS Pegasus* (a catapult training ship), with aircraft. However, the Fairey Fulmars on Pegasus aren't fast enough to catch the bombers, so Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is are going to be used instead on both these and the CAM ships.


* HMS Pegasus sailed with a convoy on 9 December 1940. The first operational CAM ship, the €˜Empire Rainbow€, sailed on 8 June 1941.


The Campaign:

The Sea Hurricane Mk.IAs, sometimes known as 'Hurricats', were launched operationally eleven times before the advent of escort carriers made them redundant. The Mk.IA Sea Hurricane was essentially a Mk.I with catapult spools added; most were war-weary veterans approaching the end of their useful life and thus deemed expendable. For this campaign I have recreated the eleven missions using the Mk.I, with an air start low over the bows of a merchant ship to simulate the catapult launch, and linked them together in chronological order.

The reality was that most 804 Squadron FAA or MSFU pilots did not get to fly an operational CAM ship mission, and certainly not two on the same day from different ships in different convoys, but with the campaign structure you get to fly them all. The main purpose of the CAM ship Hurricats was to destroy or at least deter the shadowing Condors, but sometimes they were used against torpedo- and dive-bombers as well.

By their very nature the missions are all 'instant action' but not necessarily short, or easy. The Hurricats have a full fuel load and can chase enemy aircraft for a long time, but the further away from the convoy you get the harder it will be to find it again and return safely. Also, spotting a lone aircraft in poor weather can be tricky - success is not assured!

Enjoy! Cheers!

Zeus-cat
10-22-2005, 10:59 AM
Great idea Dunkelgrun. Look forward to flying it.

Zeus-cat

trumper
10-22-2005, 03:27 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif It's very good,different to your normal campaigns,very hard if you go realistic.

Waldo.Pepper
10-22-2005, 04:27 PM
I remember someone wrote a campaign like this for CFS1.

It was fun then, I'm sure it will be even bertter now. Thanks.