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  1. Make Brewster Aircraft less terrible

    I mean the USN's more or less official guess as to the cause of the companies problems was "Probably Nazi Sabotage". Never ascribe to malice that which can easily be explained by incompetence.
  2. Make Brewster Aircraft less terrible

    I'm with fellow Maryland resident 100% here. Given everything I've read about the company itself it's amazing their planes flew at all let alone enjoyed anything remotely resembling any success in combat.
  3. Make Brewster Aircraft less terrible

    All good points. Let's keep in mind that from 1936 through 1944 this company built just over 2000 total airplanes. When Grumman got Hellcat production rolling they were spitting something like 400 a month and that's just the Hellcat. Brewster was so bad, they couldn't successfully license...
  4. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    I've always liked this one::
  5. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    I'm sure once it's all finished around Akyab the IJA will be happy to send the sailors turned infantry men back to the IJN. Assuming any of them are still alive.
  6. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    0800 Hours, 4 February 1943, Near Akyab, Burma – The weather front was rolling in as predicted and the low-lying clouds promised to have a significant impact on Allied air operations. Major General Koga would have preferred a few more days to prepare but Lieutenant General Iida who had...
  7. Make Brewster Aircraft less terrible

    Well, for starters have Jimmy Work hire a bright young engineer just out of the School Up North (University of Michigan) named Kelly Johnson for $100 a month (Lockheed initially paid him $83 a month). Also have him hire a bright designer named Ed Heinemann in the early 1930s as well. Heinemann...
  8. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    Nothing really, just busy as all hell and all sorts of little things - death by a thousand cuts and all that nonsense.
  9. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    I do know that OTL when USAAF P-40s got flown off carriers off the coast of West Africa for duty the Mediterranean or the CBI, they pilots packed cigarettes in the guns.
  10. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    The adult beverages are getting flown in on LB-30 transport flights directly from Australia and I imagine when P-40s and Battles get swapped out, the pilots of the new planes probably bring some stash along with them as well.
  11. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    1500 Hours, 3 February 1943, China Bay Airfield, Ceylon – Led by a single Hudson patrol bomber, the eight Fulmars from No. 800 Squadron landed safely at China Bay after making a direct flight across the Bay of Bengal from Akyab. Long overwater flights in fighter planes were both boring and...
  12. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    Ugh, SOMETIMES I REALLY HATE RL!!!!!
  13. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    0800 Hours, 3 February 1943, Colombo Harbor, Ceylon – The light cruisers HMS Gambia, HMNZS Achilles, and USS St. Louis departed Colombo and accelerated to 16 knots heading southeast. Gambia was bound for Port C to take up patrol duty with the minelayer HMS Manxman while Achilles and St. Louis...
  14. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    BTW, the above is a bit of a drive by, it's a busy week.
  15. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    Haven't thought of the Firefly yet. The Barracuda saw some success earlier obviously. Still working on other stuff. WRT the air situation as it is currently getting discussed. Numbers wise things are not much different than OTL. The Allies scraped up a couple of additional squadrons but most...
  16. How do you get all six Midway class carriers built?

    Probably made some serious bank between the per diem and the tax benefits.
  17. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    For the Allied plans for road transport back into China, see these posts - https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/april-1942-alternate-indian-ocean.305957/post-19950595 and https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/april-1942-alternate-indian-ocean.305957/post-19951747
  18. April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

    Typo fixed, thanks...
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