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Saturday Casual Flights moving to the Southwest Pacific - Warbird Weekends

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Folks, It was proposed and agreed that next weeks multiplayer session be a multiplayer kickoff of the SOH sponsored Airfields of the Southwest Pacific II.






Date and time: Saturday 15 August, 1800 UTC
Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel
Teamspeak Server Address:
Multiplayer: FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak)
Don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer speadsheet! (linked here)

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This is my steed. Repaint by Jan Kees Blom:




This aircraft has a great story;


P-51D-20 44-63272 “Bad Angel” flown by Lt. Louis Curdes of the 4th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Air Commando Group. He is one of a very few American pilots to have kills against each of the three major Axis powers, and I believe the only US pilot to display an American flag among his victory markings.

While serving in the MTO, Curdes downed several Fw-190’s, and one of the Macchi C.202’s he downed is now on display at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. He was shot down over Italy and spent a short time as a POW before escaping. Because he was an escaped POW, he couldn’t fly again against the Germans for security reasons.

He was transferred to the PTO, and on February 10, 1945, during a sweep to Batan Island, he saw a P-51 pilot parachute into the sea. Curdes circled around him to pinpoint his position to rescuers. While circling, he saw a USAAF C-47 that was preparing to land on the Japanese-held strip on Batan. The C-47 crew didn’t respond to repeated attempts at radio contact and, unable to shepherd the C-47 to safety, Curdes saw only two possibilities – first that it was a Japanese plane bearing false US markings (the DC-3 having been built under licence in Japan prior to the war), or it was a US plane whose crew was unaware the field had fallen to the Japanese. He therefore carefully shot out both engines, causing the plane to land in the sea. All 13 people on board the C-47 were rescued – and they were indeed Americans, including a nurse Curdes had previously dated!


Lifted from Jan's README.

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