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Shakaali

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Data sources for campaign & mission building
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:04:44 PM »

Anybody building a mission or a campaign and wants it to be as historical as possible needs data sources. Which squadrons took part in the battle in question? How they were equipped? Where were they based? Of course, there are a lot of books with very detailed information, they are usually the best source. But books are sometimes hard to find.

Luckily, there are sites in the internet providing very good information, too. Over the years I have been building campaigns I've come across some excellent data sites I almost exclusively use as data sources when building my campaigns.

WWII Orders of Battle and Organizations

RAF (good) and USAAF (incomplete) unit histories

The Luftwaffe 1933 - 1945

If you know more good sites, I am more than interested to hear about them  8)

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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 01:31:38 AM »

Some more detail about RAF here:

http://www.rafweb.org/index.html

I usually click on "Quick Menu" (on top center of index) and then on "Flying" (Squadrons), scrolling down to middle the site map.
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 01:46:38 AM »

Here's a very good source - well, THE source, actually - for chronological data about USAAF ops.
It can help to ID opposite action as well.

https://media.defense.gov/2010/May/25/2001330283/-1/-1/0/AFD-100525-035.pdf

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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 12:04:45 PM »

Imperial Japanese Army Air Force fighter units:

https://www.asisbiz.com/IJAAF-Units.html
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 03:33:24 PM »

Great information gentlemen. Many thanks.
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2020, 08:07:20 PM »

Nice!  I use my many books (which my wife hates... she often mentions "You know we won this, right?"), but the interwebs have lots of good stuff as well.
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2020, 04:56:44 PM »

HÃ¥kans Aviation Page

Everything you have ever wanted to know about WWII- era biplanes  :D

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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2020, 10:18:29 AM »

Nice!  I use my many books (which my wife hates... she often mentions "You know we won this, right?"), but the interwebs have lots of good stuff as well.

Yeah, I too get that from MY wife as well...I like Axis memoirs and unit histories but while I'm reading my wife will remind me, "they still didn't win, you know..".
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2020, 06:44:29 AM »

Nice!  I use my many books (which my wife hates... she often mentions "You know we won this, right?"), but the interwebs have lots of good stuff as well.


When I was a lot younger -and poorer - I would check military history books out of a university library and my wife would tell me that I was - no doubt - the ONLY one that ever read them.
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2020, 10:27:11 AM »

Thank you.
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Re: Data sources for campaign & mission building
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2021, 08:39:17 PM »

G'day Shakaali

Authors have to get their information somewhere, usually from Operations Record Books, Log Books and Diaries.

So for RAF and RAAF go to their national archives.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

https://www.naa.gov.au/

The resource I use the most is Pacific Wrecks.

https://pacificwrecks.com/

I have so many websites bookmarked that I'm not going to dump them all on you.

Here are some good general sites.


https://ww2db.com/

http://www.cieldegloire.fr/

http://aces.safarikovi.org/

https://warmachinesdrawn.blogspot.com/

http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/

JAPANESE              http://combinedfleet.com/

JAPANESE              https://j-aircraft.com/

JAPANESE              https://arawasi-wildeagles.blogspot.com/

CANADIAN             https://www.rcafassociation.ca/

NEW ZEALAND       https://rnzaf.proboards.com/

ENGLISH               https://internationalbcc.co.uk/


Of course there are many sites dedicated to just squadrons, aircraft and even airfields.
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