Emulator References

The following references were used in creating data for this emulator, the B-24 variant, and other related materials.

References:

  • 15th Air Force: Frank Ambrose’s site, with order of battle.
  • 178th Armament Section: Good description of B-24 crew duties.
  • RAF Liberators (205 Group): Many B-24s, particularly the D model, were flown by the Royal Air Force.
  • 303rd Bomb Group: Highlights include how to bail out of and ditch a B-17.
  • 381st Bomb Group: 8th Air Force B-17 group. Includes map of all 8th Air Force bases.
  • 392nd Bomb Group: 8th Air Force B-24 group.
  • 446th Bomb Group: 8th Air Force B-24 group.
  • 447th Bomb Group: 8th Air Force, B-17 Group. Check out the modelers’ guide.
  • 450th Bomb Group: 15th Air Force, B-24 group.
  • 461st Bomb Group: Ditto.
  • 463rd Bomb Group: 15th Air Force, B-17 group.
  • 486th Bomb Group: 8th Air Force group that originally flew B-24s, changing to B-17s in July, 1944. Includes a handy comparison of B-24s to B-17s.
  • 493rd Bomb Group: Personal memoirs of Bill Galbreath, a B-17 pilot. The 493rd switched from B-24s to B-17s around the same time as the 486th.
  • 6 Group Bomber Command: Home of the No 419 Squadron, RCAF, from which A.C. Mynarski flew on KB726.
  • 765th Bomb Squadron: Great mementoes and photos of a B-24 crew. The close-ups and tech drawings of B-24 turrets are of particular note.
  • Aluminum Overcast: One of the few B-17s still flying. Support the plane’s maintenance by buying a ride!
  • AR 600-8-22: US Army Regulation “Military Awards”. Covers both modern and historical awards and criteria.
  • Aviation History: Including short summary of B-24 operations and models.
  • B-17/B-24 Virtual Tour: 360º interior panning views.
  • Can’t Talk, Gotta Shoot: Memoirs of P-51 pilot C.E. “Bud” Anderson.
  • City Locator: Find any city, of any size, in the world.
  • Deutscher Stadtplandienst: Maps of Germany.
  • Flak at 12 O’Clock: Highly recommended account of B-17 co-pilot in final months of WWII..
  • Flightline – Military Aviation Archives: Pictures of aircraft and British medals.
  • IPMSStockholm.org: Swedish modelling webzine. Of particular interest is the series of articles on the finishes and colours used for the interiors of American aircraft, which includes some great photos of the manufacturing process.
  • JG-26 “Schlageter”: The Luftwaffe’s most dangerous fighter group, known as the “Abbeville Kids”.
  • Lancaster, How to Fly
  • Luftwaffe Database: Items of particular note are German use of captured allied aircraft and an extensive description of what it was like flying a B-24.
  • Marshall Stelzreide: Memoirs of a B-17 navigator.
  • Memphis Belle: The most famous US bomber of World War II.
  • Mynarski’s Lanc: The story behind A.C. Mynarski’s Victoria Cross. I get shivers thinking about it.
  • On War: World War II chronology and maps.
  • RAF Commands: Lists all squadrons, with the types of aircraft they flew.
  • Rank Comparison, US-British
  • Schweinfurt: Then & Now
  • Stalag Luft I: Information on bomber crews that became German POWs.
  • Tuskegee Airmen: The “Red-Tail Angels” of the 332nd Fighter Group did not lose a single bomber to Axis fighters.
  • USAF Serial Numbers: Joe Baugher’s incredible attempt to list the serial number and final disposition of every US military aircraft ever built, from 1908 to the present day.
  • US Air Force Museum: Relevant material includes specifications and photos of all World War II bomber models, including prototypes and limited run models.
  • ArmyAirForces.com: Forums, plus many searchable databases.
  • US Army Air Force in World War II: Same name, different site. Check out the very detailed chronology of USAAF operations.
  • West Point Atlas of Military History: Battle maps of many wars throughout history.
  • The Wild Blue: Book covering B-24 operations in Italy, primarily through the person of (later) Senator George McGovern, a pilot with the 741st Bomb Squadron. Reading the book was the catalyst for the B-24 variant, including subsequent research on the web.

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