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#1 Han

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 17:35

Hello friends. Please assist in writing ENGLISH text of history of the squadron which will be available to player in the first release of the New Career.
It should contains more than 2500 symbols (no upper limit), and it should describe WHOLE history of the squadron - from fundation till it's history end (amy be even till modern days, like for USAF 94th Aero Squadron for example).
Any additional facts and remarks are appreciated.

So please discuss and post your texts here for No.23 Squadron Britain squadron

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#2 WWBrian

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:32

Taken from - http://en.wikipedia....23_Squadron_RAF" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://en.wikipedia....23_Squadron_RAF

No.23 Squadron RFC

No. 23 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was formed at Fort Grange, Gosport on 1 September 1915. The squadron moved to France in 1916 flying FE2bs. The squadron used the FE2b on escort duties but later in 1917 converted to Spad S.VII and Spad S.XIII single-seaters. The squadron converted to Sopwith Dolphins in 1918 until it disbanded just after the war on 31 December 1919.
The squadron was re-formed on 1 July 1925 at RAF Henlow with the Sopwith Snipe, then used other biplane fighters.

Among the 19 aces that served within its ranks in World War I were William Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick, Douglas U. McGregor, James William Pearson, Clive W. Warman, Frederick J. Gibbs, Conn Standish O'Grady, Herbert Drewitt, James Fitz-Morris, Harold Albert White, Alfred Edwin McKay, Harry Compton, and Arthur Bradfield Fairclough.

In 1938 it became a night-fighter squadron using the Bristol Blenheim. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, these were replaced by the Douglas Havoc and later the de Havilland Mosquito. Between 1942 and 1944 the squadron was based on Malta. It then returned to England and served as an intruder squadron, targeting German night fighters, over western Europe. 23 Sqn was disbanded, following the war's end, in September 1945.

Douglas Bader was a member of 23 Squadron when he crashed carrying out low level aerobatics, losing his legs in the process. He went on to become one of the highest scoring aces of the RAF in World War II.

The squadron was reformed on 1 September 1946 as a night fighter squadron operating the de Havilland Mosquito. It received jet aircraft in the form of de Havilland Vampire NF 10s in 1953, replacing them with Venoms in June 1954.

Wing Commander A J 'Red' Owen DFC and Bar, AFC, DFM, was 23 Squadron's commanding officer between May 1962 and October 1964. He was one of the RAFs most successful night fighter pilots during World War II, credited with destroying at least 15 enemy aircraft.

In 1957 the squadron converted to the Gloster Javelin all-weather fighter, beginning a long period operating in the air defence role. The squadron has a strong heritage in the air defence role, operating Gloster Javelins, Lightnings, Phantoms and Tornado F3s. The squadron first acquired Phantoms on 1 November 1975 at RAF Coningsby before moving to RAF Wattisham for just under 10 years. Then in October 1983 the squadron deployed to Stanley airfield, Falkland Islands after their recapture from Argentina, arriving there on 1 November. They remained here until 31 October 1988 when its duty was assumed by 1435 Flt. The squadron then reformed on 1 November 1988 at RAF Leeming with the Panavia Tornado which it operated until 26 February 1994, when the unit was disbanded.

The squadron assumed the AEW role upon reformation in April 1996, sharing the RAF's Sentry AEW1 with No. 8 Squadron. The squadron disbanded on 2 October 2009, amalgamating with No 8 Squadron.

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#3 SYN_Flashman

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:15

Hi Han,

You might not know but there are a number of 23 sqn skins for the SPAD XIII available, all are approved and historical, including the only green one used by 23 Sqn! I got most of my information from the Windsock Data file no. 32 which is available on the internet. This also has some information on the squadron itself (one of the few squadrons to operate the SPAD XIII)

http://www.windsockd...-13c1-163-p.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co. … -163-p.asp

Thread with my 23 sqn skins below:

Royal Flying Corps SPAD XIIIs

Of course I would be happy for you guys to use these skins in the campaign if you wish. Also if you think you need to modify them or add weathering etc. please do so (they are all quite clean).

I would also be happy to send you the photoshop files if you wish so you can modify them or create further aircraft. Please not each aircraft has its own camoflage pattern so by changing the text on a few you could get a whole squadron going!

Also within the original post describing the skins there are web reference which have registration numbers for the aircraft. The only problem I found when researching for the skins it is often difficult to find the aircraft letter that goes with a specific tail number. On some of my aircraft I basically guessed!
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#4 Han

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:40

Great! Thanks for finding.

Completed, thread unstickied.

Any additional details may be added / corrected.

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#5 Han

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:41

Hi Han,

You might not know but there are a number of 23 sqn skins for the SPAD XIII available, all are approved and historical, including the only green one used by 23 Sqn! I got most of my information from the Windsock Data file no. 32 which is available on the internet. This also has some information on the squadron itself (one of the few squadrons to operate the SPAD XIII)

http://www.windsockd...-13c1-163-p.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co. … -163-p.asp

Thread with my 23 sqn skins below:

Royal Flying Corps SPAD XIIIs

Of course I would be happy for you guys to use these skins in the campaign if you wish. Also if you think you need to modify them or add weathering etc. please do so (they are all quite clean).

I would also be happy to send you the photoshop files if you wish so you can modify them or create further aircraft. Please not each aircraft has its own camoflage pattern so by changing the text on a few you could get a whole squadron going!

Also within the original post describing the skins there are web reference which have registration numbers for the aircraft. The only problem I found when researching for the skins it is often difficult to find the aircraft letter that goes with a specific tail number. On some of my aircraft I basically guessed!
All generic squadron skins from approved historical skinspacks will work in Career. Some of Aces skins will work too.
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#6 LukeFF

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:20

Some grammar cleanup and additional info from http://www.raf.mod.u.../23squadron.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.raf.mod.u.../23squadron.cfm and http://www.theaerodr...tain/rfc/23.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.theaerodr...com/services/gb … rfc/23.php :

No 23 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was formed at Fort Grange, Gosport on 1 September 1915 under the command of one of the RFC’s most experienced operational pilots – Captain Louis Strange.

The unit’s first aircraft were an assortment of types, including the F.E.2b and the Martinsyde G.100. Before deploying to France, the squadron’s initial tasking included countering the German airship flights over London. The squadron moved to France in 1916 with its F.E.2bs, where they were primarily employed on escort duties. By February 1917, the squadron had converted to the SPAD S.VII; by December, it has also taken the SPAD S.XIII on strength, both of which were used for offensive patrols. The squadron converted to Sopwith Dolphins in April 1918 and flew these until the unit disbanded at the end of 1919.

Among the 19 aces that served within its ranks in World War I were William Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick, Douglas U. McGregor, James William Pearson, Clive W. Warman, Frederick J. Gibbs, Conn Standish O'Grady, Herbert Drewitt, James Fitz-Morris, Harold Albert White, Alfred Edwin McKay, Harry Compton, and Arthur Bradfield Fairclough.

The squadron was re-formed on 1 July 1925 at RAF Henlow with Sopwith Snipes, but these were shortly replaced by Gloster Gamecocks. Beginning in 1931, the unit was tasked with evaluating the new Hawker Hart two-seaters and took the production version – the Demon – on strength in 1933.

In 1938, 23 Squadron became a night-fighter unit, employing the Bristol Blenheim. Following the outbreak of World War II, these were replaced by the Douglas Havoc in 1941 and the de Havilland Mosquito in mid-1942. Between 1942 and 1944, the squadron was based on Malta. It thereafter returned to England and served as an intruder squadron, targeting German night fighters over Western Europe. No 23 Squadron was disbanded, following the war's end, in September 1945.

Douglas Bader was a member of 23 Squadron when he crashed carrying out low-level aerobatics, losing his legs in the process. He went on to become one of the highest scoring aces of the RAF in World War II.

The squadron was reformed on 1 September 1946 as a night fighter squadron operating the de Havilland Mosquito. It received jet aircraft in the form of de Havilland Vampire NF 10s in 1953, replacing them with Venoms in June 1954.

Wing Commander A J 'Red' Owen DFC and Bar, AFC, DFM, was 23 Squadron's commanding officer between May 1962 and October 1964. He had been of the RAF’s most successful night fighter pilots during World War II, credited with destroying at least 15 enemy aircraft.

In 1957, the squadron converted to the Gloster Javelin all-weather fighter, beginning a long period operating in the air defence role. The squadron has a strong heritage in the air defence role, operating Gloster Javelins, Lightnings, Phantoms and Tornado F3s. The squadron first acquired Phantoms on 1 November 1975 at RAF Coningsby before moving to RAF Wattisham for just under 10 years. Then in October 1983, the squadron deployed to Stanley airfield, Falkland Islands after their recapture from Argentina, arriving there on 1 November. They remained here until 31 October 1988 when its duty was assumed by 1435 Flt. The squadron then reformed on 1 November 1988 at RAF Leeming with the Panavia Tornado, which it operated until 26 February 1994, when the unit was disbanded.

The squadron assumed the Airborne Early Warning role upon reformation in April 1996, sharing the RAF's Sentry AEW1 with No 8 Squadron. The squadron disbanded on 2 October 2009, amalgamating with No 8 Squadron.

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