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Ace of the Month

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War Thunder runs a regular feature - the Ace of the Month series.

 

Every month an ace pilot is featured in a promotional offer in game and on the website. This includes:

 

- An article about the career of the pilot

- In game decals based on their aircraft, motif or squadron emblem

 

The aces featured will include pilots from all of the main in-game nations, and will not be limited to fighter aces; expect to see ace tank busters and medal winning bomber pilots as well! 

 

An index of previous articles can be found here:

http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/74834-ace-of-the-month-index/

 

If you are interested in submitting an idea for an Ace, please either post on this thread or send me a pm. Here are the guidelines -

 

The way in which community suggestions for Ace of the Month are handled and processed is changing. The good part: you will be able to see your suggestion move through an approval process and will know whether or not it has been rejected, why, or whether it is in the final shortlist and is being given serious consideration. The bad part: I'm afraid that submitting a potential ace will now require a bit of work. 

 

There is now a form which needs filling in. Here's an example of an ace who has already been featured:

 

 

Ace: RJ Cork

Nationality: British

Service: British Royal Navy

Decal Suggestion: 880 NAS badge

Biography Reference Material: 'Naval Fighter Pilot' by AH Wren, 'Royal Navy Fighter Aces of World War 2' by Andrew Thomas

Approved by Biographer:

 

So, to explain:

Ace - name your suggestion

Nationality - this is the country of the ace's origin, NOT the tech tree his aircraft is in.

Service - nationality and if he was army, navy or air force.

Decal Suggestion - this can include links to photos online or other reference material helpful to our artists

Biography Reference Material - we aim to make each biography at least 1000 words, so there needs to be enough material to write this up. This can include online biographies or obituaries, or published bios or reference books.

Approved by Biographer - leave this part blank! I'll fill in if it's got thumbs up or not. I will approve your suggestion based on three things: 1 - the form is filled in correctly, 2 - I believe there is enough information on this ace for me to write an article on them, 3 - the ace was not what Gaijin would term as a 'controversial' character (i.e an ardent follower of National Socialism etc)

 

As a final reminder with regards to German aces, the current policy is no 'party members' or any other individuals with overt right wing leanings. I'm afraid that means Hans-Ulrich Rudel is ruled out.

 

Please keep in mind that whilst your suggestion might have received final approval, there may be other plans from within the company which are not promulgated on this forum, so a final approval does not automatically mean your suggestion is next in line. Sorry!

Many thanks!

 

Edit - Details below last updated 29th June 2016

 

In response to enquiries from community members, here is a list of Aces already featured, suggestions which cannot be taken forward, and future aces currently under review. EDIT - this includes the 'Ace Profile' series, denoted by a * next to the name. The Ace Profile series is currently discontinued:

 

Aces already featured:

A Pokryshkin (Soviet Union)

E Rector (USA)

R Cork (UK)

P Clostermann (France)

W Molders (Germany)

S Sakai (Japan)

L Litvyak (Soviet Union)

G Boyington (USA)

B Gladych (Poland)

G Rall (Germany)

D Bader* (UK)

J Johnson* (UK)

M Hagiri* (Japan)

N Stepanyan* (Soviet Union)

L Cheshire (UK)

V Matsievich* (Soviet Union)

I Juutilainen (Finland)

K Muto* (Japan)

S Anabuki (Japan)

P Rasmussen* (USA)

R Best (USA)

J Thach* (USA)

A Galland (Germany)

R Stanford-Tuck* (UK)

M Raskova* (Soviet Union)

F Lucchini (Italy)

T Gaze* (Australia)

R Bong* (USA)

Debrődy* (Hungary)

H Marseille* (Germany)

B Safonov (Soviet Union)

E Esmonde (Britain)

J Priller* (Germany)

G Beurling (Canada)

J Tait* (Britain)

S Skalski* (Poland)

M Fuchida (Japan)

C Chennault* (USA)

F Stigler* (Germany)

A Deere* (New Zealand)

G Preddy (USA)

H Schnaufer* (Germany)

P Le Gloan* (France)

V Golubev (Soviet Union)

S Orr* (Britain)

J Frantisek* (Czechoslovakia)

D Gentile* (USA)

M Pattle (South Africa)

H Ehrler (Germany)

T Iwamoto (Japan)

A Serbanescu (Romania)

E Lock (Britain)

H Wick (Germany)

R Van Lierde (Belgium)

P Pokryshev (Soviet Union)

D McCampbell (USA)

A Visconti (Italy)

H Nishizawa (Japan)

E Brown (Britain)

M Mitralexis (Greece)

F Gabreski (USA)

C Gray (New Zealand)

 

Aces unsuitable for feature:

H Rudel (Germany) - political stance makes a feature on Rudel not possible in too many countries

E Hartmann (Germany) - post war biography comments on the Soviet Union make Hartmann unsuitable to feature in Russia

G Bush (USA) - apparently had a post war career in politics with some notable success. This may cause controversy with some people

J Glenn (USA) - post military career in politics may cause some discordance within areas of the WT community

W Nowotny (Austria) - party member; political stance makes feature impossible in many countries

C Caldwell (Australia) - significant number of post war accounts make accusations of war crimes

C Galić (Croatia) - accusations of membership of a pre-war fascist terrorist group

M Dukovac (Croatia) - accusations of anti-Semitic stance during post war career

W Krupinski (Germany) - involvement in the Rudel Scandel

C Yeager (USA) - publicly admitted to directly strafing civilians during the Second World War

 

Aces approved by biographer and under review by artists

 

UK

J Berry (Air Force)

P Townsend (Air Force)

J Lacey (Air Force)

 

USA

B O’Hare (Navy)

J Foss (Marines)

A Vraciu (Navy)

L Wade (Royal Air Force)

J Landers (Army)

B Anderson (Army)

I Kepford (Navy)

H Brown (Army)

 

Soviet Union

I Kozhedub (Army)

G Rechkalov (Army)

Y Pepelyaev (Army)

M Gareev (Army)

 

Japan

T Kato (Army) 

Y Wakamatsu (Army)

H Shinohara (Army)

 

Germany

H Graf (Air Force)

G Barkhorn (Air Force)

F Schall (Air Force)

H Bar (Air Force)

E Lang (Air Force)

J Steinhoff (Air Force)

O Kittel (Air Force)

 

Italy

G Cenni (Air Force) 

E Tarantola (Air Force)

M Visintini (Air Force)

G Biron (Air Force)

C Buscaglia (Air Force)

 

Poland

J Zumbach (Air Force)

M Feric (AIr Force)

W Urbanowicz (Air Force)

 

South Africa

A Malan (Air Force)

 

Hungary

D Szentgyörgyi (Air Force)

Molnár (Air Force)

L Tóth (Air Force)

L Pajtas (Air Force)

J Roza (Air Force)

M Szőnyi (Air Force)

 

France

L Challe (Air Force)

B Challe (VVS)

M Challe (VVS)

 

Canada

A Mynarski (Air Force) 

 

Bulgaria

Stoyan Stoyanov (Air Force)

 

Slovakia

Jan Reznak (Air Force)

Otto Smik (RAF)

 

Finland

O Tuominen (Air Force)

Lars Paul Erich Hattinen (Air Force)

 

China

Liu Chi-Sheng (Air Force) 

 

Croatia

Z Stipčić (Air Force)

 

Romania

C Cantacuzino (Air Force)

S Tulea (Air Force)

I Dobran (Air Force)

H Agarici (Air Force)

 

Brazil

A Torres (Air Force)

 

Spain

F Merono Pellicier (VVS)

 

The Netherlands

R Burgwal (Royal Air Force)

 

Sweden

W Anderson (USAAF)

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I have a suggestion,

Individual Aces are good and all but how about talk about whole squadron achievements??

 

For example: No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron (Polish exile squadron in the RAF)

 

Taken from the wiki, "...It was the highest scoring RAF squadron of the Battle of Britain..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._303_Polish_Fighter_Squadron

They achieved alot in their time in the RAF and I think they would make a nice interesting topic (And in my opinion they deserve a little recognition for their achievements).

 

But regardless if this will be done or not I still like the Ace of the Month series and hope that it continues on ;]

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I think that person my be interesting, especially his after war service:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Zumbach

 

Secondly, it would be nice to read about UK night fighters ace. We have already Hurricane with night camo in game.

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Hi guys,

      This is a shameless attempt to bump the Ace of the Month thread to try to generate a bit more interest. I've been reading all of the threads I can find on the subject, so just wanted people to know what your thoughts and views are being acknowledged. If anybody wants to ask any further questions about the subject, please feel free to fire away here and I'll try my best to answer every individual query. Anyhow, just to give away some free information to those who visit this section, and might be interested in Ace of the Month:

 

- The next planned Ace will be British

- The next German and Russian aces are both suggestions from the community (see, told you that we listen to you guys!)

 

Please keep in mind that things are subject to change; the WT team have only limited staff and resources, and sometimes the priorities change. We'll do our very best to keep you informed, but as things stand you can expect a Brit for the next feature!

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Hmmm the next Ace will be British......But will it be a Polish pilot?????

Well I don't care who it is, can't wait for the next one ;]

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Hmmm the next Ace will be British......But will it be a Polish pilot?????

Well I don't care who it is, can't wait for the next one ;]

The next Ace is British born, but I do totally take your point about foreign personnel serving within the British military, or similar cases with other militaries. I'll make sure that we bring in other nations wherever possible.

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The next Ace is British born, but I do totally take your point about foreign personnel serving within the British military, or similar cases with other militaries. I'll make sure that we bring in other nations wherever possible.

Awesome ;]

It's nice to finally have some influence in WarThunder 

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Well, I have a question, must the ''ace'' have fought in the time period of this game, or, for example, can he have fought in world war one?

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Well, I have a question, must the ''ace'' have fought in the time period of this game, or, for example, can he have fought in world war one?

As much as I'd love to write up some First World War aces, we are limited to the time period in game. I'm very interested in the First World War and think there are some great characters who we could look at in more detail, but the skins and offers which come as part of the Ace of the Month package would be impossible if we were detailing Sopwith Camel and SE5a aces when these aircraft aren't in the game. Still, there's no reason we can't look at the First World War in some of the other articles - in fact, I've already started an article on the birth of air combat tactics which does just that.

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Aha ok fair enough, anyway, your books seems quite nice :good:

Very nice of you to say! They're rather brief but are only intended to be an introduction to the subject rather than a full on academic text. Thanks again!

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As much as I'd love to write up some First World War aces, we are limited to the time period in game. I'm very interested in the First World War and think there are some great characters who we could look at in more detail, but the skins and offers which come as part of the Ace of the Month package would be impossible if we were detailing Sopwith Camel and SE5a aces when these aircraft aren't in the game. Still, there's no reason we can't look at the First World War in some of the other articles - in fact, I've already started an article on the birth of air combat tactics which does just that.

 

Dicta Boelcke?

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What about doing the three Galland brothers at some point? Three bothers that were all German aces is pretty unique, although sadly only one of them survived WWII.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Galland

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm-Ferdinand_Galland

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Galland

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Wow! I'd only heard of the one of them! Thanks for teaching me something new, every day is a school day :) Adolf Galland was certainly on my list but I'll have a look at those links over the weekend and have a bit of a think...

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Wow! I'd only heard of the one of them! Thanks for teaching me something new, every day is a school day :) Adolf Galland was certainly on my list but I'll have a look at those links over the weekend and have a bit of a think...

 

No problem, I was just surfing around and found a reference to them and followed the trail from there. Google and wikipedia are wonderful things!

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Well WWI - WWII hmm. How about both?

The following men were all ace pilots of Germany that flew in and scored kills in both wars.

Theo Osterkamp

Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp

Otto Höhne

Erich Mix

 

The only person to achieve such a feat on the allied side was

Stanley Vincent. (later Sir Stanley Vincent and Vice Air Marshall of the RAF)

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[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Bader]Sir Douglas Bader[/url]. 20 kills, not bad for someone who flew with 2 prosthetic legs, became good friends with A. Galland after the war.
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmaduke_Pattle]Marmeduke "Pat" Pattle[/url]. At least 40, probably more than 51 kills. Flew in the same squadron as the writer Roald Dahl (who is an ace himself).

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_Van_Lierde]Remy Van Lierde[/url]. 6 planes and 44 V1's. Belgian ace

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Thanks for the info, guys! I'm told the new skin is coming along nicely so all will be revealed for the next Ace of the Month soon, hopefully at the end of the week...

 

Great news. I'm looking forward for it.

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Thanks for the info, guys! I'm told the new skin is coming along nicely so all will be revealed for the next Ace of the Month soon, hopefully at the end of the week...

Wonderful ;]

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Looking forward to see when the few Jap Aces get on these.

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Looking forward to see when the few Jap Aces get on these.

Well, next month's Ace will be German, so by a process of elimination it will come as no surprise to most that Japan is the only nation we haven't looked at yet: if things carry on along the current plan, you can expect the first Japanese Ace of the Month in July.

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