Hi folks I love the idea of an oral history from surviving 463rd members.I'd sure love to listen to their stories.I'd love to hear the voices from my fathers crew.
I told Janet about a year and a half ago that I got 3 of my fathers missions in a P.C. Flight Simulator add on which had a very complex B-17 bomber(with nearly all of the pilot and co-pilot controls) in it for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.
The add on is called Wings of Power heavy bombers and jets by Shockwave Productions at
Sadly my father passed away one month before it was released in August 2004 so he never got to see it.
I really miss dad.
However there is no actual combat in Wings of Power.
It's strictly a pilot or co-pilot simulation.
Shockwave Productions also has a very cool add on called Firepower which features a B-17 in a combat P.C. simulation setting that has all the crew positions in it.It has many other aircraft as well and is an add on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3.
If you would like to see your father's missions in a future simulation contact them I'm sure that they would be interested.Here is a link to their message boards.
Shockwave Productions was planning on a remake of B-17 Flying Fortress The Mighty 8th called B-17 The Legend Returns but they were going to include the 15th A.F. as well.However the project got cancelled due to licensing problems with the owner of the simulation(Atari).
There is talk now about how B-17 III could be made as an extensive add on with Microsoft Flight Simulator X which is due to be released towards the end of 2006.That is if it is possible with the FSX engine.
It would be the most complex simulation of the B-17 on a P.C. that has ever been planned.
I also recently helped put 463rd B.G. members in a strategy game called "From Eagle Day to the Bombing of the Reich" by Matrix Games.It used to be 2 seperate strategy games by Talonsoft called Battle of Britain and 12 O'Clock High bombing the Reich.They are trying to make it as accurate as possible.
It looks like the what the mission planners did during the war.
It has not been released yet though.
Only pilots and commanders are listed though.
Here is a link to their message board.