This work has been a painstaking year and a half in the making. My objective was to recreate 354th Fighter Groupís wartime experience both visually and as close to the historical record as possible. Almost all of the missions are recreations of the actual missions the 354th Fighter Group flew. A few are meant to recreate what were common experiences for the pilots of the Group.
There are 2 tours of duty to fly. I would have liked to make it a continuous campaign, but CFS2 will not allow that. Either you would have been sent home for excessive losses (CFS2 considers 20 wingmen lost as excessive), and/or the game seems to lock up around 85 missions and I could not find a way around either of these shortcomings.
Tours of duty seemed a logical way to handle it as the real pilots rotated out, tour expired at 300 hours, and some elected to return for a second tour after 30 days leave in the USA. The first tour covers December 1943 to June 1944 Ė England and the 8th Air Force bomber offensive to D-Day. The second tour covers June 1944 to May 1945 - from the Groupís move to France following D-Day on to Germany and VE day.
The campaign was designed to utilize the recently available CFS2 European Theater scenery add-ons from Rhumbaflappy, Sander de Cocq, Achim27619, Ettico, and other talented designers which thoroughly transform CFS2 into a Europe of the 1940ís. This campaign will require a new dedicated install for a European Theater CFS2 in order to use these additions.
As most of you know, I created a number of updated aircraft, and other custom add-ons to make this an immersive experience.
It is a pretty complex install but I have made it as simple as possible. There is a lot to it so although I have tested the install a couple of times, I would appreciate the report of any problems or confusion my instructions may have caused so I can fix 'em.