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Battle for Arakan 1943 v3.0
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:56:04 PM »

Version #3.0 of this old campaign - updated for IL-2 4.12
A 17-mission campaign with the RAF 135 Squadron during the First Arakan Offensive, January - May 1943, flying the Hurricane MkIIB.

Arakan_Title by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Download:  http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=2446

1942 saw the British forces pushed out of Burma and to the area around Chittagong, India (present day Bangladesh). The Japanese took control of Akyab Island and the land to the north all the way to Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

 This is where the front stabilized and the only serious fighting was done in the air. Both sides had problems with logistics and neither army could manage to gather enough troops or supplies to mount any type of offensive.

 Finally, by mid-December 1942, the British were able to begin a limited offensive in the Arakan with the 14th Infantry Division. The objective was to take control of the Mayu Peninsula and take Foul Point at its southern end. Foul Point was five miles across the water from Akyab and this would allow the port to be within range of artillery fire.

 By January 1943, the British and Indian troops had taken Maungdaw and Buthidaung and much of the Mayu Peninsula. However, the Japanese built strong defenses at Donbaik with very durable bunkers and this put a halt to the allied advance.

 The RAF and JAAF were very active during this period, both offensively and defensively. The RAF built several new airfields around Cox's Bazar enabling them to be closer to the front. 135 Squadron was one of several Hurricane squadrons in the region and they saw much action in a ground-attack role as well as air-to-air combat against their counterparts, 50th Sentai and 64th Sentai.

 Version #3 Notes:
 -Must have cztx_BurmaLower_1942 map.
 -Hurricane MkIIb skin credits: Kristorf, Friendly Flyer, CzechTexan.
 -Japanese aircraft credits: Macwan, Sakai.
 -The SBD-3 skin is a hack for the Vultee Vengeance made by FriendlyFlyer.
 -RAF Hurricanes have correct markings and skins for this time period (SEAC blue/white roundels were not used until June 1943 and the Light-blue/blue roundels were not used until 1944).
 -Many new skins used.
 -Two additional missions added to the campaign.
 -Missions are based on the types of missions flown by Hurricane 135 Sqn in the Arakan. Some missions may be difficult but I tried to re-create based on historical facts as best possible. Use boom & zoom tactics, dive and spiral down to escape the enemy, and know when to retreat.
 -When writing about British troops I'm referring to all the Commonwealth troops on the ground. Indian troops made up the bulk of these forces.

 -Book sources:
 Hurricanes Over Arakan by Norman Franks
 AIR WAR FOR BURMA by Christopher Shores
 BURMA THE LONGEST WAR 1942-1945 by Louis Allen
 The Arakan Operations 1942-45 by Bisheshwar Prasad

Arakan 2 by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Hurricanes did not always have all the code markings on the fuselage so I included a skin with just "R" and a blank.
Hurricane_Mk_IIB_and_IIC_of_67_Sq_Chittagong_India by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Arakan 5 by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Arakan 4 by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Arakan 7 by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Arakan 8 by CzechTexan, on Flickr

Arakan 3 by CzechTexan, on Flickr
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