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DHumphrey

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Coral Sea Campaign
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:00:15 AM »

Hello All,

This campaign was done by request and I offer it to our community as a Christmas Gift.  Enjoy  :)

Compatibility: IL2 4.12.2m HSFX version or later is required



I tried to keep the campaign as historical as possible with correct dates and times that I've been to accurately research.  Due to limitations of the flight simulation some minor deviations were required, however, these deviations do not detract from the historical value depicted in this campaign.

A semi-historical 26-mission campaign based on the Battle of the Coral Sea that occured from 4-8 May,1942. The Battle of the Coral Sea, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia, taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted nor fired directly upon the other.



In an attempt to strengthen their defensive position in the South Pacific, the Japanese decided to invade and occupy Port Moresby (in New Guinea) and Tulagi (in the southeastern Solomon Islands). The plan to accomplish this was called Operation MO, and involved several major units of Japan's Combined Fleet. These included two fleet carriers and a light carrier to provide air cover for the invasion forces. It was under the overall command of Japanese Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue.



The U.S. learned of the Japanese plan through signals intelligence, and sent two United States Navy carrier task forces and a joint Australian-U.S. cruiser force to oppose the offensive. These were under the overall command of U.S. Admiral Frank J. Fletcher.

On 3–4 May, Japanese forces successfully invaded and occupied Tulagi, although several of their supporting warships were sunk or damaged in surprise attacks by aircraft from the U.S. fleet carrier Yorktown. Now aware of the presence of U.S. carriers in the area, the Japanese fleet carriers advanced towards the Coral Sea with the intention of locating and destroying the Allied naval forces.





Beginning on 7 May, the carrier forces from the two sides engaged in airstrikes over two consecutive days. On the first day, the U.S. sank the Japanese light carrier Shoho; meanwhile, the Japanese sank a U.S. destroyer and heavily damaged a fleet oiler. The next day, the Japanese fleet carrier Shokaku was heavily damaged, the U.S. fleet carrier Lexington critically damaged and Yorktown was damaged.

Shoho is damaged and sinking





Shokaku heavily damaged









The Lexington is damaged







With both sides having suffered heavy losses in aircraft and carriers damaged or sunk, the two forces disengaged and retired from the battle area. Although a tactical victory for the Japanese in terms of ships sunk, the battle would prove to be a strategic victory for the Allies for several reasons. The battle marked the first time since the start of the war that a major Japanese advance had been checked by the Allies.

Battle Damage





More importantly, the Japanese fleet carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku—the former damaged and the latter with a depleted aircraft complement—were unable to participate in the Battle of Midway during the following month, while Yorktown was able to participate, ensuring a rough parity in aircraft between the two adversaries and contributing significantly to the U.S. victory in that battle.

The campaign has been submitted to M4T for approval.

*Skin artists noted in the readme.

Enjoy the campaign.

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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2018, 03:46:33 AM »

The campaign can now be found here:

Coral Sea Campaign

Enjoy  :)
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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2018, 01:01:55 PM »

Very nice work!, exc as all your campaigns, thanx! Can you tell me where to get the NewGuineaEXP map?, I'm working on getting this campaign to work in BAT 3.5 and have it all good w/the exception of the missions using that particular map, searched for it but haven't been able to find it.
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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2018, 01:10:06 PM »

Very nice work!, exc as all your campaigns, thanx! Can you tell me where to get the NewGuineaEXP map?, I'm working on getting this campaign to work in BAT 3.5 and have it all good w/the exception of the missions using that particular map, searched for it but haven't been able to find it.
Hello Willyp,

The map came with my version of HSFX 7.03 expert. Someone here or maybe over at M4T hopefully should point you in the right direction to find this map somewhere. I would think this is a pretty standard map by now. There are three missions in the campaign in which I used this map. I'm glad that you are able to fly the rest of the missions.  :)
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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 03:09:06 AM »

Great campaign ...

Maybe I can ask two questions:
- in anothrer thread (battle of atlantic) a member told you he likes your marshall islands campaign too ... but i do not find it ...  may you tell me more on that?
- a question on hsfx: do you use visualmod in your installation? Somewhere i read it conflict with hsfx so i never tried to install ...
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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 01:32:32 PM »

Great campaign ...

Maybe I can ask two questions:
- in anothrer thread (battle of atlantic) a member told you he likes your marshall islands campaign too ... but i do not find it ...  may you tell me more on that?
- a question on hsfx: do you use visualmod in your installation? Somewhere i read it conflict with hsfx so i never tried to install ...
Hello Blackshark,

I'm glad that you are enjoying the campaign. As to your questions …

The Marshall Islands campaign can be found here - http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=2480

The version of HSFX I use is v4.12.2m HSFX v7.0.3, I think it is the latest version of HSFX, I'm not sure it has a visualmod, I know that I have not had any issues with this version.

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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 02:36:23 AM »

Thank you for your answer
I see you create campaigns with different theatres and planes; may I suggest you a new campaign based on F6F Hellcat (tarawa, rabaul, philippine sea, marianas turkey shoot)  ? There are many with Wildcats but it's difficult to find campaigns based on Hellcats ...same problems with Corsair land based... but well ... i love hellcats
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Re: Coral Sea Campaign
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 02:05:04 AM »

Thank you for your answer
I see you create campaigns with different theatres and planes; may I suggest you a new campaign based on F6F Hellcat (tarawa, rabaul, philippine sea, marianas turkey shoot)  ? There are many with Wildcats but it's difficult to find campaigns based on Hellcats ...same problems with Corsair land based... but well ... i love hellcats
Hello Blackshark,

I'm currently evolved in a B-25 campaign at the moment, following is a campaign based on the book: Knights of the Black Cross, after these two are completed I look into one of your ideas.  :)   I like the Hellcat as well.  :)
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