CFS3 Attack in the West '40 Campaign

CFS3 Attack in the West '40 Aircraft

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CFS3 Attack in the West '40 Aircraft

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Last Updated 06-Jun-2007

 
Back in 2005, this page was my 'wish list' of aircraft for the CFS3 Attack in the West '40 campaign. There wasn't much back then apart from Bf-109s and Hurricanes. Over the years, we've seen an explosion of BoF aircraft. Some are my designs. Others are partly-finished models that I've helped bring to release. A few more are new projects released by other designers. The Mediterranean Air War in particular has helped spur these developments, as its Chapter One features many of the same early-war aircraft that flew during BoF. In addition, AvHistory has produced high-quality flight models to improve the whole experience. Add to that some authentic-looking gauges ... well, you get the idea. Please enjoy.


French Shared Files (Required)

French Gauges: Generic gauges and cockpit items for French aircraft. These files are based on a variety of fuzzy pictures that I found. Philippe 'RFA Gerfaut' Gensou is reworking this package to improve appearance and accuracy. Status: Upgraded gauges will be released with MAW on 10-Jun-2007. All new aircraft will require the new gauges. However, the new gauges are backwards-compatible and can simply be renamed to replace the old gauge files.

Older versions available at:
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French Weapons: Modifications of stock weapons based on parameters obtained from the AvHistory website. These are my best guesses at developing reasonably realistic French weapons. Included are the HS9 and HS404 cannons as well as fixed and flexible-mount MAC 1934 machine guns. AvHistory is in the process of incorporating a full suite of French weapons into their package. Status: AvHistory weapons will be released with MAW on 10-Jun-2007.

Older versions available at:
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French Voice Pack: Tired of hearing your wingmen answer in English and German? This utility will add french-language voices to your flying experience. Status: In progress but no release date yet.


CFS3 Nationality Expansion Kit ~ Redux: This wonderful utility, developed by RCAF Gunner, is essential for adding new nationalities to CFS3. It's the recognized standard by the CFS3 community and supports several other features as well. Warning! File size is 27.6 MB!

Available at:
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French Fighters

 

Bloch MB-152: A contemporary of the MS-406, the MB-152 lost the initial competition; the initial prototype couldn't get off the ground! With an upgraded engine, the MB-152 flew, and it proved to be slightly faster and better armed than the MS-406. Production delays prevented the MB-152 from replacing all MS-406s (Curtiss H-75s were bought to fill the gap). Status: An AI-only version will be released with MAW on 10-Jun-2007. This one is also on my 'eventual' build list.


 

Curtiss H-75A-2: Production delays with the MB-152 caused France to look overseas. At first, the United States was reluctant to divert production but eventually relented. H-75A-1s were equipped with four MGs, but these were later upgraded to six MGs to meet the H-75A-2 standard. H-75s were reckoned to cost twice as much as MB-152s, but they proved to be much better than the MS-406s they replaced. France's leading ace of 1939/40 scored 20 kills in an H-75. Status: The similar P-40C (inline instead of radial engine) will be released with MAW on 10-Jun-2007. We anticipate that this model will be reworked to provide an authentic P-36/H-75.


Dewoitine D-520: Cited by many as the best French-built fighter of WWII, the D-520 was named for its desired maximum speed of 520 KMH. Combining speed, agility, and reasonable firepower, it proved to be more than a match for Bf-109s and also enjoyed success while serving under Vichy colours. However, it was not developed further and thus its full potential was never realized. D-520 Page Status: To be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


Morane-Saulnier MS-406: France's main fighter was in the process of being replaced by Dewoitine 520's and American-built Curtiss H-75's. Although nimble and armed with a 20mm cannon (a rarity in 1938), it lacked horsepower. Also notable for its retractable radiator. Historically under-rated, the MS-406 suffered heavy losses (150 in action, 250-300 in other causes) but did very well against Bf-109s. For download information, please visit my MS-406 Page Status: Updated version with AvHistory flight model to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007


Potez Po-630: The first production variant of the Po-63 series of aircraft was intended as both a heavy-fighter and fighter-controller. Performance was reasonable and handling was rated very high by pilots. Unfortunately, the Hispano-Suiza engines proved to be wholly unreliable and Po-630s were soon replaced by Po-631s, which featured Gnome-Rhone engines. Status: Yugoslavian version to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


Potez Po-631: The heavy-fighter variant of the Po-63 series of aircraft served notably in the night-fighter role. Blessed with reasonable performance and firepower, it fared poorly against single-engine fighter, lacking sufficient agility. It's physical similarity to the Bf-110 also proved problematic and white stripes were painted along the rear fuselage to help distinguish the two aircraft. Status: To be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


French Bombers

 

Amiot 143: Typical of French bombers of the 1930s, the Amiot 143 typefied the Douhetist doctrine that regarded bombers as the ultimate weapon. Slow, undergunned, and with as much physical appeal as a furniture van, the Amiot 143 was used mostly for high-level reconnaissance and night bombing raids against Germany. In one notable daytime operation, they attacked the German bridgeheads near Sedan in a dary daylight raid. Twelve of thirteen Amiots were destroyed. By July 1941, they were replaced by LeO 451 bombers. Status: Adapting William Dickens' model for CFS3 as an AI-only aircraft.


 

Bloch MB 174: Arrived late for the Battle of France, but this was a superior reconaissance aircraft. The MB-174 combined a reasonable bombload with strong performance, and post-war versions included a torpedo bomber. Status: None in progress.


 

Bloch MB 210: A common sight in the late 1930s, the MB-210 served as France's primary medium bomber, itself an evolution of the earlier high-wing MB-200. Slow, undergunned, and hideous to look at, the MB-210 was quickly withdrawn from frontline service in 1939 although some remained in service in the overseas bases longer. Status: Adapting William Dickens' model for CFS3 as an AI-only aircraft.


Bregeut 693: Designed in response to a requirement for a heavy fighter, the Br 690 series found its niche as an assault aircraft. Blessed with respectable firepower (20mm cannon and 2 MGs) plus a modest bomb load (8x 50KG), Br 693's flew 500 sortes during the Battle of France, losing 47 of 106 aircraft - a high casualty rate but largely due to the high-risk nature of their missions. Status: Adapted Alain Breton's model to CFS3 and added Po-631 virtual cockpit. To be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


 

Douglas DB-7: One of three American aircraft purchased by France, the DB-7 was designed by the legendary Ed Heinemann - father of the A-4 Skyhawk and numerous other aircraft. 14 of about 72 DB-7s were lost during the Battle of France, a high attrition rate for a bomber but largely explained by the ground-attack role for which it was used. After the fall of France, DB-7s en route from the United States were diverted to Britain and known as "Boston" bombers. Status: AI-only version to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


 

Farman F-222: Four-engine bombers were a rarity among the world's air forces in 1940 but France had the honour of operating 28 Farmans, most of which were the F-222. Unlike most four-engine aircraft, the engines were mounted front-to-back in two pids instead of being distributed along the wings. Status: Adapting William Dickens' model for CFS3 as an AI-only aircraft.


 

Glenn Martin 167F: Another American aircraft, these were intended as reconaissance aircraft to supplement slow production of the MB-174 (a chronic problem for the French aircraft industry). However, the GM-167F was also a capable bomber and it fought against both Germany and Italy. Known in British service as "Maryland I" bombers. Status: AI-only version to be release with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


LeO 451: Easily France's best bomber of 1940, the LeO 451 was fast (307 MPH) although a bit lightly armed. By the time of the invasion, 7 groups were operational and numerous others were converting from older bombers. The Luftwaffe later used the LeO 451 as transports and trainers while Vichy units used them against allied forces in the Syrian campaign of 1941. For download information, please visit my LeO-451 Page


Potez Po-633.B3: The light bomber variant of the Po-63 series of aircraft was intended primarily as an export model. Physically, it was very similar to the Po-631 but it included a window in the underside of the nose for bombing. Status: Greek version to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


 

Potez Po-637: A precursor of the Po-63.11, this variant filled the army cooperation role on a temporary basis. Physically similar to the Po-631, it included a ventral gondola for observation. Status: Eventually, I will modify the current Po-631 model. This is not a high priority.


Potez Po-63.11: This variant of the Po-63 series of aircraft was designed specifically for army cooperation and reconaissance. Featuring an enlarged, fully-glazed nose section, it was very lightly armed. Typically, it carried only three MGs, one of which fired to the rear as a strafing weapon. Incapable of operating from rough airfields, Po-63.11s were captured in droves as the Battle of France progressed. Following the defeat of France, the Luftwaffe used many Po-63s as training and reconaissance aircraft. For download information, please visit my Po-63 Page Status: AvHistory flight model to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


Other Aircraft

Fairey Battle: Britain's primary tactical bomber was numerous but obsolete. Described by some as "a perfectly good waste of a Merlin engine", the RAF was never enthusiastic about this design. However, lacking alternatives, the Battle was pressed into service. Battles were withdrawn from combat service after suffering horrific losses during the Battle of France. For download information, please visit my Fairey Battle Page Status: Greek version with AvHistory flight model to be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007.


Henschel Hs-123: Developed in parallel with the Ju-87B, this plucky biplane served the Luftwaffe in dive-bombing roles up until 1944 - notably against the Soviet Union. On May 10, 1940, 49 Hs-123s along with 360 Ju-87Bs joined in the Battle of France, providing critical air support. Status: To be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007. BoF repaint expected shortly thereafter.


 

Junkers Ju-87B: Germany's tactical bomber represented a small portion of the Luftwaffe. Air support of ground forces was a key ingredient in the Blitzkrieg formula, and the Ju-87 played a crucial role in supporting breakthrough operations. Although highly vulnerable to enemy fighters, the Stuka remained in service in Africa and in the Soviet Union, where its ability to operate from unpaved fields proved invaluable. Status: To be released with MAW 10-Jun-2007. BoF repaint expected shortly thereafter.