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Sorry for making double post, but I found ace with jet skin.

I hope this time nothing bad do not show up.

 

Remy Van Lierde. 6 planes and 44 V1's. Belgian ace

 

This a a post from first page of this thread. Now I present filled form

 

Ace: Remy Van Lierde

Nationality: Belgiam

Service: Belgian Air Force (+ RAF)

Aircraft: Gloster Meteor

Variant: Gloster Meteor F.8

Serial Number: EG-30 code: RVL

Time Frame: 1950-1953

Approved by Biographer: Yes

 

Short story about him:

Colonel Remy Van Lierde was a great hero of the Free Belgian forces during the great World War II. He was originally from Overboelare and joined the Aviation Militaire Belge on 16 September 1935, first to train as an observer but in 1937 he began training as a combat pilot and qualified in 1938. When his training was completed he was stationed with the 3rd Squadron, 1st Aviation Regiment. When World War II came the Belgian Air Force was very much un-prepared and Remy Van Lierde, with the rank of sergeant, flew reconnaissance during the German invasion in an old, out-of-date Fairey Fox III biplane. German flak shot down his plane and wounded him on 16 May 1940 and he was taken prisoner. However, the brave air soldier did not give up and when he was recovered he escaped and made an arduous journey out of Belgium, across occupied France and into Spain, which was a neutral country but with a fascist leader (General Franco) who was sympathetic to the Axis (Mussolini and Hitler had helped him win his war against the communists in Spain). Remy was arrested for crossing the border illegally and was sent to various Spanish prisons before being sent to the notorious concentration camp at Miranda de Ebro. No cage could hold him! He escaped still again and finally on 22 July 1941 he reached the safety of England.
 

To make sure he was legitimate he was interviewed by the James Bond-types at MI5 and once cleared he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. After three months of training he was assigned to the 609 Squadron in 1942 as a Pilot Officer. In the summer, flying a Spitfire Mk.Vb. he damaged a German bomber over Skegness and was promoted to Flying Officer. In 1943 while flying a Typhoon Ib he won his first victory, shooting down a Bf 109-G fighter making a raid on the south coast. In March he shot down a Ju52 transport plane while going to attack a German air base at Chièvres. His wife actually saw him do it and when the war was over she showed him bits of the wreckage she saved from their garden. Later, Remy Van Lierde became the first pilot to drop bombs from a Typhoon and he shot down a He111 bomber in May, another Bf109 in July and a Ju88 heavy fighter in October. He destroyed another German plane on the ground and won his last victory shooting down a Bf 110 bomber in November. His total score was 6 planes shot down and 1 destroyed on the ground making him one of the 14 Belgian "aces" of the war.


Promoted to Flight Lieutenant he served for a little time as a gunnery instructor and was then promoted to Squadron Leader to command the No.164 Squadron to combat the V-1 rocket offensive. During this part of his career he shot down or otherwise destroyed 44 V-1 rockets by himself and shared another 9 victories. He was the second-highest scoring destroyer of the rockets in the war. He later led his squadron in the Allied offensive on the western front and later as Belgian Liaison Officer at 2nd Tactical Air Force HQ. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross with two bars by the British and given command of the 350 RAF Squadron after the war which had all Belgian pilots and would later be transferred to the Belgian Air Force in 1946. Back in the Belgian service he was promoted to major and given command of the 1st Fighter Wing at Beauvechain Air Base. He was given a number of other top priority positions and in 1953 was given the honor of being made an aide to SM King Leopold III.


In 1958 he became one of the first Belgians to break the sound barrier while test flying a Hawker Hunter at Dunsfold Aerodrome in England. As Lt. Colonel Van Lierde he was made Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ministre of Defense in 1954. In 1959, as full Colonel, he commanded the air base at Kamina in the Belgian Congo. While there, on a helicopter trip, he discovered the mysterious Giant Congo Snake of which the head was 3-feet wide and when he hovered closer it rose up 10-feet out of the water, so he couldn't get too close to it. So, he was something of an explorer and naturalist as well. After returning to Belgium he became the Chief of Operations of the Chiefs of Staff and had several other appointments before his retirement in 1968. Colonel Remy Van Lierde, hero of World War II and flying ace died at Lessines on 8 June 1990.

 

Source: link
 

Plane picture:

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Source: link

Colour profile:

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Alternative plane:

Aircraft: Hawker Tempest

Variant: Hawker Tempest Mk.V

Serial Number: JN862 code: JFZ

Time Frame: 1944-45

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From: link

 

Also on Youtube there is a short video with his African experience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R9v51KxdYc

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I've just seen the requirements for Günther Rall's skin on the dev-server and oh boy that one's going to be hard to get.

250 Soviet aircraft destroyed over Kursk isn't going to be easy.

But the skin just look gorgeous, the artist did a very good job.  :good:

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Kinda want to ask what currently planned order of future AoM articles is. Is it still USSR, then UK and then an ace from a minor power?

By the way, any news on the future skins like Juutilainen's G-2/trop, Anabuki's Ki-43(or was it Ki-84?) or Best's Dauntless?  :yes:

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Simple answer is yes and no!

 

- Still on for Soviet Union, UK, then another nation. Soviet ace was delayed from the start of the month due to a couple of administrative issues and the release of 1.43. We'll see the Soviet AoM in a couple of weeks. In the interim, the plan is for a Hungarian ace at the end of this week, with a new Hungarian decal. There is also a German and Irish Ace profile with decals later in the month.

 

- No news whatsoever on the skins you've mentioned, I'm afraid, not even any of the 'keep it under your hat and don't post on the forums' sort of news: literally nothing!

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Hey Wafu, i was wondering, since the BF110-G is on hte ASAP list, you think it would be possible to propose an Ace that flew that?

By all means! Who d'you have in mind? Are we wandering into the realms of night fighters? If so, thumbs up already!

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By all means! Who d'you have in mind? Are we wandering into the realms of night fighters? If so, thumbs up already!

 

you read my mind, the Poor old Nachtwaffe is underrepresented in the game, so my suggestion for fixing that

 

Ace: Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer

Nationality: Germany

Service: Luftwaffe

Aircraft: Me 110

Variant: G4

Serial Number:

Time Frame:

Approved by Biographer:

 

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Ace: Norbert Hannig

Nationality: German

Service: Luftwaffe, Bundesluftwaffe (post war)

Aircraft: Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A

Variant: A-4

Serial Number: 

Time Frame: May 1943

Approved by Biographer: 

 

Note: The following is taken from his autobiography, 'Luftwaffe Fighter Ace', I recommend reading it.

 

Norbert Hannig was born in 1923 in Pombsen, Silesia, one of 7 children. He started flying during high school on gliders and joined the Luftwaffe as a volunteer and officer cadet, one of the mid-war generation of Luftwaffe fighter pilots. He began operations with JG 54 on the eastern (Leningrad) front in March 1943; initially he flew Bf 109s before transitioning to the Focke-Wulf Fw 190. After an year of fighting, he was ordered back to Germany as a flight instructor  to oppose the bomber streams of the AAF and RAF. Returning to Russia at the end of 1944, he became a Staffel CO and claimed many aircraft shot down. In April 1945 he converted to the first operational jet fighter, the Me 262, in southern Germany, and flew his last missions with it. Also serving with JG 7, Norbert finished the war with 42 victories from over 200 missions.

 

In 1956 he joined the Bundesluftwaffe, took a jet refresher course and became squadron and wing CO, retiring in 1976 as Staff Officer, Luftwaffe High Command, Bonn. He then became a military consultant to the aviation industry, retiring in 1981.

 

Picture of the 190 A-4 paint scheme, swagstika warning:

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By the way, do we have an Austrian ace in list?

 

There is quite a lot of them: http://aces.safarikovi.org/victories/austria-ww2-luft.html

Josef Jennewein looks interesting, aside being ace he was a was a German alpine skier

He sounds quite interesting and luckily for us he apparently also flew a FW 190A-4.

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Speaking of German aces I'd like to suggest somebody for an Ace Profile rather than Ace of the Month.

Unteroffizier Georg Amon was an ace with 9 victories during WW2 starting from the Sicilian campaign and ended the war in US imprisonment after his 109K-4 was shot down. While I don't think there's enough material for an AoM article on Amon, I think he could be featured in ace profile.

 

Ace: George Amon

Nationality: German

Service: Luftwaffe

Aircraft: Bf 109

Variant: G-6

Serial Number: WN 412368

Time Frame: July 1943

Approved by Biographer:

 

Aircraft:

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Unit insignia:

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Possible decal:

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So I wanted to suggest Lev Shestakov as another Soviet ace seeing how we have so few of them. He'd be an interesting choice imho because he fought in both Spanish Civil War as well as WW2 with a total of 65 victories in both wars. Another aspect that is interesting about him is that he fell in combat while dog-fighting none other than Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

I really think Shestakov would be an interesting ace to feature, but I've gotten into trouble of finding a suitable aircraft for him. Supposedly he flew an I-16 Type 24 during the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa and then switched to a LaGG-3. I also found websites stating he flew a Yak-1, La-5FN and P-39. Now the issue I have is that I've found only images of what his I-16 looked like. But seeing how Safonov is getting a skin for the I-16 Type 24 already I don't want to suggest Shestakov with this aircraft.

So does anybody happen to have a book or some other source where there might be images of Shestakov's LaGG-3 or La-5FN?

 

His I-16 Type 24:

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So...

 

In books I found nothing about how his planes looked.

I tried type his name in Russian into google: (Лев шестаков)

 

I found this I-16 Type 28:

shestak3.jpg

source: http://airaces.narod.ru/spane/shestak.htm

 

Nice model 1/72 scale  by the way:  http://karopka.ru/community/user/13097/?MODEL=324967

That's all what I found.

 

BTW I drop here some handwind post, because it's interesting. We have one Spanish pilot already thought. link

 

 

Some ex-Republicans served in Soviet Air Forces in WW2, two of them even in same unit:

Antonio Arias Arias (964 IAP, 740 IAP)
Ladislao Duarte Espés (964 IAP)
Manuel Zarauza Clavero (961 IAP)
Francisco Meroño Pellicer
Leopoldo Morquillar Rubio
José Maria Bravo Fernández (served in 481 IAP, 485 IAP and 961 IAP)

...and probably there were more. Of the above almost all were promoted to squadron commanders during WW2, and José Maria Bravo even a fighter regiment (IAP) commander.

Some details:

Antonio Arias Arias was credited with at least one Ju 88 and another shared during WW2. He flew Hurricanes and Tomahawks at Leningrad front and Mig-3 at Moscow front - was there at the same time as the guys of 1st Escuadrilla Azul at the other side! Interestingly Arias flew also Bf 109 because he was posted in special unit testing and evaluating captured German aircraft.

José Maria Bravo flew I-16 type 17, Hurricane, Kittyhawk and Aircobra during WW2. One of his special missions was to escort Stalin´s Li-2 (DC-3) to Tehran conference (1943) and back. If I remember correctly he made 6 or 7 claims during WW2, but I´m not sure about it. 
 

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Ace: Heinrich Bär

Nationality: German

Service: Luftwaffe

Aircraft: Bf 109, FW 190, Me 262

Variant: E-3, F-4, A-8, A-1-a

Serial Number: 13

Time Frame: 25 September 1939 - 4 May 1945

Approved by Biographer: Yes

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Oskar-Heinz Bär (25 May 1913 – 28 April 1957) was a German Luftwaffe flying ace who served throughout World War II in Europe. Could be an interesting ace for the Ace of the Month feature and a FW 190 pilot.

 

 

 

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Ace: Boris Safonov

Nationality: Russian

Service: Northern Fleet Air Force

Aircraft: I-16, P-40

Variant: I-16 Type 24, P-40E

Serial Number: 11(I-16), 10(P-40)

Time Frame: September 1941 - 30 May 1942

Approved by Biographer: Yes

 

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Original suggestion by Botan .

Decided to fill out the form so Safonov could be added to the list. A very interesting pilot who would be great for the Ace of the Month feature.

 

Hmmm like this Me 262 bär

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So...

 

In books I found nothing about how his planes looked.

I tried type his name in Russian into google: (Лев шестаков)

 

I found this I-16 Type 28:

shestak3.jpg

source: http://airaces.narod.ru/spane/shestak.htm

 

Nice model 1/72 scale  by the way:  http://karopka.ru/community/user/13097/?MODEL=324967

That's all what I found.

 

BTW I drop here some handwind post, because it's interesting. We have one Spanish pilot already thought. link

Thank you very much, I didn't know he flew the Type 28. :good:

So guess, seeing how we can't find any images of his LaGG or La-5, I'll suggest him with the I-16 Type 28.

 

Ace: Lev Shestakov
Nationality: Russian
Service: Air Force
Aircraft: I-16
Variant: Type 28
Serial Number: 01
Time Frame: August-September 1941
Approved by Biographer:
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I hope you won't forget about the first ace from RRAF - Constantin Cantacuzino - who was born on November 11, that would be the first ace mentioned from RRAF (top of the list in this main post of this thred for Romania)  and we would like to see it on "Ace profile"   http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantin_Cantacuzino_(aviator)  Thank you.

[spoiler]http://live.warthunder.com/post/69035/[/spoiler]

 

Edit: I hope you read this post before that day pass. Hope is not intentioned unread. With respect!

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I think that with the amount of aces that they have 'approved' they should temporarily stop accepting new ones and first finish the list.

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I think that with the amount of aces that they have 'approved' they should temporarily stop accepting new ones and first finish the list.

That was not about accepting new ones, Constantin Cantacuzino Is top of Romanian aces already accepted long time ago ... and non of those accepted already wasn't presented already.  :(s 

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I think that with the amount of aces that they have 'approved' they should temporarily stop accepting new ones and first finish the list.

 

I disagree. More aces make it less predictable and so more fun.

Also I have candidates for planes which are about to be added.

 

Not to mention even discussing here or reading proposition/ideas just here have it value itself.

 

PS. And let  me made proposition for Polish bomber ace, finally I found somebody and enough sources and with skin.

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I disagree. More aces make it less predictable and so more fun.

Also I have candidates for planes which are about to be added.

 

Not to mention even discussing here or reading proposition/ideas just here have it value itself.

 

PS. And let  me made proposition for Polish bomber ace, finally I found somebody and enough sources and with skin.

Mabe you'll get more lucky than me in acomplish it. I see I was forgotted !!!  :facepalm:

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Mabe you'll get more lucky than me in acomplish it. I see I was forgotted !!!  :facepalm:

 

Hmm I realized I don't know what country ace will be in December.

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I think that with the amount of aces that they have 'approved' they should temporarily stop accepting new ones and first finish the list.

There's the issue that some countries have far more aces suggested than others. The UK and USSR for example only got eight aces in total while the USA has gotten 12 aces alone. So more British and Soviet aces should always be welcome. And there's always the occasional ace who might not be extremely famous but has a very interesting story to tell, so suggesting him might also be a good idea.

I think the more are suggested the better. Simply because it gives Mark many more options to chose from.

We could also use some more bomber and attacker aces imho. :Ps

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Hello chaps!

     Apologies, but the day job has been busy so this thread hasn't had the attention it deserves - I'll try my very best to sort that out in the next day or two. In answer to some questions:

 

- Croatian aces: I've actually written two up, but during the course of the research both were found to have elements of their background which made publishing them a little controversial. One of the two in question is possibly salvageable as there's a good chance that the allegations made against him are erroneous, so there is some hope.

 

- December's ace of the month: if I said a nation, it would be really obvious who it is! It's a Commonwealth nation and a Spitfire pilot. That narrows it down fair bit!

 

- Totally agree with FlyingDuck, it's always great to see more bomber and attacker pilots mentioned. That being said, one of the monthly aces for early next year is not actually a pilot, primarily...

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Hello chaps!

     Apologies, but the day job has been busy so this thread hasn't had the attention it deserves - I'll try my very best to sort that out in the next day or two. In answer to some questions:

 

- Croatian aces: I've actually written two up, but during the course of the research both were found to have elements of their background which made publishing them a little controversial. One of the two in question is possibly salvageable as there's a good chance that the allegations made against him are erroneous, so there is some hope.

 

- December's ace of the month: if I said a nation, it would be really obvious who it is! It's a Commonwealth nation and a Spitfire pilot. That narrows it down fair bit!

 

- Totally agree with FlyingDuck, it's always great to see more bomber and attacker pilots mentioned. That being said, one of the monthly aces for early next year is not actually a pilot, primarily...

.... skipped again.

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