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Ace of the Month

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I think it's nice that we can now suggest aces that do not have their aircraft in WT. As a matter of fact, I find the decals introduced in the last couple of updates a bit more useful than just a skin for a single plane.  :good:

Now I can suggest a pilot who's been on my mind for a while now, but was out of the question due to the FW 190A-9 not being in WT.

 

Ace: Otto Kittel

Nationality: German

Service: Luftwaffe

Decal Suggestion: JG 54's Green Heart emblem with Bruno written next to it

Biography Reference Material: "Jagdgeschwader 54 'Grünherz' (Osprey Aviation Elite)" by John Weal, "Ritterkreuzträger - Oberleutnant Otto Kittel - Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54" by Franz Kurowski

Approved by Biographer: Yes

 

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Also, we can finally have more Spanish aces seeing how the lack of the CR. 32, Bf 109E-7 or FW 190A-3(the later two were flown by Spanish pilots over Russia) is no longer and issue.

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Ace: Kenneth L. Reusser
Nationality: USA
Service: United States Marine Corps
Decal Suggestion: I... don't really have anything. Finding pictures of this guy's aircraft is a pain in the rump.
Biography Reference Material: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39421565 is the best I've got.
Biographer's comments: Sounds like a great idea, I'm just currently searching for enough reference material for a full article.
 
The most highly-decorated Marine pilot to my knowledge, fought and was shot down in World War II, Korea, AND Vietnam a total of five times. Flew the F4U Corsair in WWII and Korea. I believe he successfully downed a Japanese reconnaisance aircraft by slicing its tail with his propeller after his machine guns failed. I wish I had more information for you, but pretty much everything a quick google search gives me is obituaries and newspaper articles.
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Well! It´s time to me write my favourite pilot in Finnish Air Force!

 

Ace: Lars Paul Erich Hattinen (16.5.1923 - 3.1.1961)

Nationality: Finnish

Service: FAF in 22.3..1943 - 31.12.1944

Aircraft: Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 and Mörkö-Morane

Air victories: 6 in time perioid 25.6.1944 - 30.7.1944

Flight time: 5886h 39min

Lars was exceptional pilot in many ways! He was last ace in FAF in WWII and did hes air victories in very short perioid with plane that was outclassed long time ago! FAF did do some updates that old M.S.406 with fitting it Klimov M-105P engine. And first prototype completed without any drawings! Those planes pointed out one of the best fighters in FAF in WWII only behind of Me-109 but still they had some problems! But only few was ready at the time of peace treaty!

 

Lars almost lost hes life when he did credited last two victories in 30.7.1944. Those two was Russian Airacobras and allmost at once whe he credited last kill some Russian pilot take him down too. He was hit by 37mm cannon shell what exploded in fueltank just under pilot seat. Somehow he managed to get out of the burning plane but did get burned very badly! 

 

War left marks to him too! He did limp and was very special looking man with allmost completely burned face! After the war he was a commercial pilot in Aero Oy and did fly short routes here in Finland. Sadly he did do something exceptional in this career too! Now that name is in history one of the worst air disasters in Finnish commercial flights! Its shame that we dont know for sure what happened in that flight! Some say that the whole crew was drunk. Some say that was mechanical failure. Bad weather or pilot error! 

 

In the internet You can find that disaster at the name of Koivulahti air disaster. But sadly its not a information that is full proof! When my granfather was a child he did knew Lars quite well and he told me some stories about Lars. Thats why I did get excited about Lars as person and that disaster.

 

What I think and heard of Lars he was doomed to eat very strong pain killer at the rest of hes life! Badly burned skin and damaged nervous system has to be quite painfully! Strong medicine can cause high alcohol volume in blood in only few drinks. And what I have heard Lars was not a heavy drinker. He was very good and skilled pilot as well. So what happened its a mystery! Still is so many questions open!

 

Air victories

25.6.1944 Karelia           MS-308   Boston

26.6.1944 Karelia           MS-639   Tomahawk

10.7.1944 Lake Ladoga MS-305    La-5

16.7.1944 Lake Ladoga MSv-631  Jak-1

30.7.1944 Lake Ladoga MSv-617  Airacobra x2

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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 4th May 2015

 

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)

 

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

E Lock (Air Force)

J Berry (Air Force)

P Townsend (Air Force)

J Lacey (Air Force)

 

USA

B O’Hare (Navy)

J Foss (Marines)

A Vraciu (Navy)

D McCampbell (Navy)

F Gabreski (Army)

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 Iwamoto (Navy)

T Kato (Army) 

Y Wakamatsu (Army)

H Shinohara (Army)

 

Germany

H Graf (Air Force)

G Barkhorn (Air Force)

H Wick (Air Force)

F Schall (Air Force)

H Bar (Air Force)

E Lang (Air Force)

J Steinhoff (Air Force)

 

Italy

G Cenni (Air Force) 

E Tarantola (Air Force)

M Visintini (Air Force)

G Biron (Air Force)

A Visconti (Air Force)

C Buscaglia (Air Force)

 

Poland

J Zumbach (Air Force)

M Feric (AIr Force)

W Urbanowicz (Air Force)

 

New Zealand

C Gray (Air Force)

 

Australia

W Arthur (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)

 

Finland

O Tuominen (Air Force)

 

China

Liu Chi-Sheng (Air Force) 

 

Croatia

Z Stipčić (Air Force)

 

Romania

C Cantacuzino (Air Force)

S Tulea (Air Force)

A Serbanescu (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)

 

Belgium

R Van Lierde (Air Force)

Sorry, but the decision to exclude, say Ulrich Rudel from the list of the aces is ridiculus;

 

I am a fierce and active opposer of course of Adolf Hitler, non the less, still 

 

so don't study who was Hitler, or Goering, (or stalin, in lessen measure), or so on

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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)

Well you have Colonel Robin Olds of the USAF, great ace in WWII, and leading American ace and fighter pilot in Viet Nam

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Aces unsuitable for feature:

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

[...]

 

Why exactly? Didn't the Russian government relieve him of all the false charges, the soviet government pressed against him, in 1997? (4 years after his death)

 

 

Sorry, but the decision to exclude, say Ulrich Rudel from the list of the aces is ridiculus;

 

He was a strong supporter of the Nazi ideology, even after the war.

 

The Aces that get articles should be rolemodels. You could even say that they have to be like knights in a shining armour in order to get one of these articles.

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Why exactly? Didn't the Russian government relieve him of all the false charges, the soviet government pressed against him, in 1997? (4 years after his death)

 

Allegedly there are some comments attributed to him in a post-war biography where some pretty out of order statements were made about the Russian people. I've never read the book myself, I'm only going off what other researchers have told me. Either way, I'm afraid this battle has been fought before and well and truly lost. The case for Hartmann gets dusted off every few months, but for now this one is set in stone - there will be no article about Hartmann. Every time it comes up it causes arguments and controversy so please, for anybody reading this, don't start another flame war here as we've already got pages hidden of comments and arguments and insults over this very subject.

 

As for Rudel, I agree entirely - he was an overt nazi. His peers on the front line in his own unit detested him. There's no doubting his success and you can't argue with what he achieved and the numbers involved in what he destroyed - but his political ideology was atrocious and anybody who has served in the military and has read 'Stuka Pilot' will be able to see that he wasn't popular with his own comrades - peers and immediate seniors alike - let alone opponents of naziism. Anybody who retracts their own dive brakes just to accelerate past their own squadron CO on a bombing run and risk the lives of every pilot and gunner in their squadron just because they want the kill and the glory for themselves is far from a team player and will never be popular. There's a lot more of this in Rudel's book; I'd recommend it as a very insightful read to anybody! 

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Delighted to see Giuseppe Cenni in the list of approved aces under review - not just because he was one of the somewhat less-known nationalities (Italian) but also for being both a fighter ace (Spanish Civil War) and a bomber ace (WW2). He was less known but for that reason perhaps more interesting Stuka pilot than his German counterparts. The employment of Ju-87 by Regia Aeronautica is little known and Italian Stuka pilots deserve attention. 

I thought to write something about Cenni for the thread about the less known aces: http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?showtopic=101903#entry1897254 but will now look for some other to write about. Anyone interested in Vaclav Jicha with combat record at the service of French Air Force and RAF? Could or should there be a second Czech Ace for the Ace of Month? (one is already featured in the profile series). 

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Why exactly? Didn't the Russian government relieve him of all the false charges, the soviet government pressed against him, in 1997? (4 years after his death)

 

 

 

He was a strong supporter of the Nazi ideology, even after the war.

 

The Aces that get articles should be rolemodels. You could even say that they have to be like knights in a shining armour in order to get one of these articles.

Focus on Rudel as an extreme sportive and positive person; besides, so should we stop reading books and learning about Adolf Hitler? Sorry this is ridiculous, every every one knows history and can read a book and have an idea on Ulrich Rudel, for the good and the bad.


 

 

As for Rudel, I agree entirely - he was an overt nazi. His peers on the front line in his own unit detested him. There's no doubting his success and you can't argue with what he achieved and the numbers involved in what he destroyed - but his political ideology was atrocious and anybody who has served in the military and has read 'Stuka Pilot' will be able to see that he wasn't popular with his own comrades - peers and immediate seniors alike - let alone opponents of naziism. Anybody who retracts their own dive brakes just to accelerate past their own squadron CO on a bombing run and risk the lives of every pilot and gunner in their squadron just because they want the kill and the glory for themselves is far from a team player and will never be popular. There's a lot more of this in Rudel's book; I'd recommend it as a very insightful read to anybody! 

 

So write it; write everything; on Rudel , on Hartmann; I really don't understand

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Ace: Otto Smik
Nationality: Slovak
Service: Royal Air Force
Decal Suggestion: maybe the logo of 312th Sqn RAF, as it was used on the nose of Spitfires of 312 sqn 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/Mark12/OttoSmik-01-001.jpg 
http://modelingmadness.com/scott/books/rafic/312a.jpg
Biography Reference Material: "Spitfire nad Evropou (československý stíhač Otto Smik a jeho doba)" by Jiří Rajlich, "Na nebi hrdého Albionu 5. část" by Jiří Rajlich - both books are written in czech, there is some info about Otto Smik here: https://fcafa.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/otto-smik/
Approved by Biographer: Yes

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Hello guys,

       Updates are slow on this thread, I'm afraid, so very sincere apologies. It is due to me working rather hard with the day job and being sent away a bit at the moment, but fortunately it is still proving achievable to continue one ace article per month. I've had a look at the latest suggestions above - very many thanks! - and there's some really good ones. 

        Now, we've recently gone from some 3 ace articles per month back to only 1, and looking at the forum hits alone this has made quite a difference. July's article already has over 7000 forum hits which is significantly more than average, which has me questioning why: is it because ace articles are now only once per month so more people are interested? Is it because the game is continuing to grow in popularity? Or is it because the forum community is more interested in the so called 'minor' nations than the big five highlighted in game? 

        It's certainly got me thinking that maybe trying harder to bring more nations to the forefront is a good idea, which is where people can help. The most difficult thing for me as the writer is finding reference material; recently we've had a couple of instances where community members have sent me reference material in their own language, I've then popped it through Google translate and had a good crack at writing the article from poorly translated texts. I then send the first draft back to the original community member to make sure it hasn't become warped in translation, and then write a second draft based on the corrections I'm given. If any of you guys out there have an ace pilot from your country who you think has a great story and the rest of the WT community might never even have heard of, please give it some thought and see if you can find some sources - if it's something I can work with, I'll give it my best shot. 

        As for next month, I'm back in my comfort zone with a British ace. All the best and thanks as always!

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Some thoughts about Ace of The Months series.

 

I noticed, that different people see that series in different way:

- For me, this is about a story of interesting person. That's mean, that like all humans, that person cam make mistakes, sometimes be just a badass for some part of life. To be honest usually histories of such people are nice to read and known. Off course having a fighter flying skill and such is on the first place.

So "Ace of The Month" - interesting life and good story to read.

 

- Apparently for many people "Ace of The Month" means, that this is a way to honour somebody, who was a good man, and show a human, which show how people should behave and act.

So "Ace of The Month" = moral human and soldier crystal authorities, article is like a monument.

 

 

With so different interpretation of the role of Ace of The Month series, no wonder why some argument are happening, like about Gładych. It's may be a result of misunderstanding.

 

 

whats that plane in tier 2 of your international tech tree sign? is it hungarian?   im working on european stuff atm ad i tthink that hungary can go intipendantly until tier 5, and then join with the others. that is if the xni-02 really is fake. the russians however say they bombed it in the war. 

 

whats the minimum aircraft neccesary for each tier? also what types? 

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Any idea when a minor nation wil get an article again, specifically countries that don't have any article yet? Additionally, would Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema be a valid suggestion as he doesn't have any personal insignia or anything but still is considered quite a war/resistance hero of the Netherlands (initially smuggling radio equipment by boat from the UK to the netherlands, being involved in the creation of 'Radio Oranje' (a resistance radio broadcast on the BBC) prior to becoming a pilot in the RAF. Additionally, he became adjutant of the Queen) and has a ton of awards, see below

 

He himself wrote a book about his experiences during the war, which got turned into a movie (Soldier of Orange by Paul Verhoeven) and recently an extremely successful musical as well.

 

Foreign Awards

Distinguished flying cross

1939-1945 star

Air crew europe star

France and germany star

War medal 1939-1945

 

Dutch Awards (with semi-literal English translation)

Militaire Willems-orde, ridder der vierde klasse / Knight 4th class in the military williams order

Vliegerkruis / Flyingcross

Kruis van verdienste / Cross of merit

Oorlogsherinneringskruis met 2 gespen / War rememberance cross with 2 bars (?)

Verzetsherdenkingskruis / Resistance rememberence cross

Inhuldigingsmedaille / Coronation Medal

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Name: Ignatius Dewanto

Nationality: Indonesia

Service: 3rd Fighter Squadron of Indonesian Air Force (1954-1967)

Aircraft: P-51D Mustang, serial number: F-338. Skin: http://live.warthunder.com/post/266973/en/

Decal suggestion: the roundel of 3rd Fighter Squadron that was used from mid 50s to early 70s. Picture of the roundel: http://i.imgur.com/vLvCRLM.jpg

Reference: there are many references in Google but most of them are not in English. I can help you for the translation

Air-to-air victory:

1x B-26 Invader of Permesta (Universal Struggle Charter, Indonesian rebel movement)

 

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Name: Ignatius Dewanto

Nationality: Indonesia

Service: 3rd Fighter Squadron of Indonesian Air Force (1954-1967)

Aircraft: P-51D Mustang, serial number: F-338. Skin: http://live.warthunder.com/post/266973/en/

Decal suggestion: the roundel of 3rd Fighter Squadron that was used from mid 50s to early 70s. Picture of the roundel: http://i.imgur.com/vLvCRLM.jpg

Reference: there are many references in Google but most of them are not in English. I can help you for the translation

Air-to-air victory:

1x B-26 Invader of Permesta (Universal Struggle Charter, Indonesian rebel movement)

That might be good, because is one of few AURI pilots confirmed kills (or maybe the only one). But aces is only given to someone with kills 5 minimum if i remember correctly

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