FTC Ardennes Offensive campaign

I trust it is OK to share this announcement. If not, I apologise and can remove the post.

FTC next campaign starts 3rd July.

We are a group of like-minded virtual fliers who recreate the experience of being there amidst the noise, confusion, and madness of World War II in the air.
We offer a fun environment where the onus is on teamwork, flying, and having fun reliving the WWII experience.
If you have a love of virtual flying and WWII, no matter what your skill level, then this is the place for you.

We fly on both sides of the war, Allied and Axis, and on our Axis side we even have some German speaking squadrons.
We get together every Sunday at 17:45UTC for separate briefings of both sides and then we go to war. Squadrons fly a first sortie and then we have optional second sorties for those that have time and wish to fly more.

It equals a fun-packed session and gives you loads of war stories to share with your FTC buddies in the mess.

Our next Campaign commences on the 3rd July 2022 and new pilots are welcome to join in and have a taste of the experience as a new recruit. If you find you like it, you just need to keep turning up and soon you’ll be an accepted pilot assigned to squadron, carrying out sorties week in, week out either fighting the Luftwaffe or giving the Allies a bloody nose.

To get more of a view what we’re about, please take a look at our Website and Discord and feel free to chat to us to get a feel of who we are, what we’re about, and how to get a taste of the action. You can also watch our intro video on Youtube.

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Interested in joining our next Campaign? Good chap/Guter Man!

The Ardennes Offensive

What is it?
Why, it’s a Campaign set around the German Ardennes offensive from 16th-31th December 1944. It will consist of 12 missions, split between two 6 mission cycles;

  • Act 1: " Herbstnebel "

  • Act 2: " The Bulge "

What is the focus of the Air War?
Ah, good that you asked. We will be switching the focus to that of the Americans and Germans. You see, the 9th USAAF was active in this period both in air sorties and in the air-to-ground war.

What planes are involved?
I see you keep coming up with the right questions!
For the Allies, you’ll see P-47s, P-38s, Typhoons, A20s and there will also be P-51s, since they’ve now moved to the Continent in support. For secondary sorties, you can expect to also see Spitfires, Tempests and by jove, even Mosquitoes!
From the Axis side, you’ll see familiar aircraft such as Focke-Wulf 190 A8s, some Focke-Wulf 190 D9s, and BF 109K-4s. For secondary sorties, you can expect to also see Me-262s and Arados!

What else can you tell me?
More good questions, you’re quite the fella who could have worked for the Intelligence Service.
8th USAAF has been moved to the continent to support the hard-pressed American forces later in December. 2nd Tactical Air Force will also have a fair share of action, as it has been allocated to support the Americans on the Northern part of the front.
The Luftwaffe will operate from the bases closer to the frontlines, as final German aircraft reserves have been concentrated in support of this operation between being squandered during futile attack against Allied airfields during Bodenplatte.

Can I fly within these missions even if I’m not a member?
Of course you can! Do you think either side turns down new pilots due to lack of hours or being a new boy? Not at all, we need all the men and materiale we can get. The Allies are pressing and the Axis are feeling the pressure and fighting back hard.

Both sides need more support and you’ll be thrown into the thick of it, fighting at the front with an active Squadron.

Just drop a note in the Welcome section to introduce yourself at FTC Welcome Forum or jump on our FTC Discord

What are you waiting for? There are Squadrons here on both sides that need your help and this war won’t fight itself you know!

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84 flyers on the first campaign mission on Sunday. I was flying with the Raiders as usual in the A20 and got blown apart by flak over the target. Brutal!
Here we are doing a warm up flight:

And moments before the flak got me: