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USAAF 44th "Vampire" Squadron
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Category IL-2 Sturmovik 1946Campaigns (Offline)
Submitted by sewa-rat
Author's Name
Version 1.01
Compatibility 4.10 (no mods)
PF Standalone No
Filesize 20mb
Historical / Semi Historical Yes
FMB Aircraft (Player) P40M, P38J, P39, P38L
FMB Front Markers (Y/N) Y
Credits See Readme.doc
Time Period (ie 1939-45) 1941-1945
FMB Mission Type (Fighter/Ground Attack/Various) Various
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:52 pm
Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:04 pm

Historical (as possible) campaign for the 44th Squadron, 18th Fighter Group in the South and Central Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the dropping of the atomic bomb.

This is a 61 mission offline campaign beginning on December 7, 1941 and ending on August 7, 1945. Effort was put into making this campaign as historically accurate as possible. The 44th “Vampire” Squadron was the best fighter squadron in the 13th Air Force. Fly along with brave and skilled pilots such as Robert “Westy” Westbrook and Cotsworth B. Head as they battle the IJN and later the IJA in the Solomons, Philippines, Borneo, and many other islands in Central and South Pacific.

Mission difficulty varies from very easy to extremely difficult. Some of the air battles involve over 120 planes and, in some cases, the player must evaluate whether to complete the mission or head for home to live another day.

Every mission involves contact with the enemy. There are no training missions. Front markers determine whether you are rescued my friendly forces, or suffer at the hands of the Japanese.

Mission briefings and cut scenes provide the player with a feel for the progression of the war in the Pacific in addition to explaining what happened in the mission historically.

This campaign makes extensive use of the beautiful Solomon Island map included in the 4.10 patch.

This has campaign began as an attempt to create more missions for the P38, but after 5 years ended up being a labor of great affection for the soldiers on both sides who endured hellish living conditions and gave their all for their respective countries. Also, I have a personal connection to the Cactus Air Force since my father arrived on Guadalcanal the same month as the 44th and his duty was to load bombs, guns, and ammunition on planes from several squadrons including those of the VMF214 (“Black Sheep”) squadron during his time on Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Vella La Vella, and Bougainville.

Member reviews

Review #2801: Rubbish by Ponyboy314 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:11 am

Doesn't work

You have created a campaign that cannot be played. It's not as though I need to download some island map or something or adjust my framerate. Oh no, this makes my computer freeze each time, and the problem is not my computer. Why you went through so much to create a campaign that is too big to even be played is beyond me, but before anyone else screws up their computer, they should know about this.
Review #2792: Excellent by jluisochoa on Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:02 pm

Nice job!

Very nice. Thanks for all the hard work.
Review #2632: Very good by hannu on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:20 am

Finns in Havaiji

I changed all 4 planes of the Pearl Harbor Start to Finnish Brewster Heroes and survived. Veery nice fight with Hasse Wind, Illu Juutilainen and Luukkanen. BW is not so bad anyway?
Review #2628: Very good by Outlaw_Leader on Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:10 pm

Excellent - Really Appreciate the Work Done

I too am using the new Solomons map and putting together a P-38 campaign for this region so I could not wait to try out yours.

I am only about 15 missions in but I find myself battling for my life despite "cheating" with unlimited ammo and unrealistic aiming. About 1/2 the time I get back to base without my plane and I have become quite good at ditching a P-40.

1 issue - it appears that the video cut scenes were not included in the download.
Review #2623: Very good by Vole on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:42 pm


My review may be a little premature as I have only played a few missions. However, the number of missions considered it may take forever before I am through. So I will my break one of my own rules (no reviews before the campaign is finished).

This campaign has swallowed you after just a couple of missions. First class briefings, attention to detail on the ground and in the air, varied missions - some rather challenging. I will not hesitate to recommend this campaign. If you haven't downloaded it already do so - and take off.

Now, if you will excuse me I will run back to my P-40 - I have an appoinment with some Japanese.
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