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  2. Just a WWII Pinup to entertain the Combatsim.com troops.
  3. Hey! Frick posted a funny!
  4. Morning all. 59F under overcast skies. Morning fog, dense in spots. Turning partly sunny. High reaching 80F this afternoon.
  5. Packard Ad - September 1942 1939: First British casualty list published. 1939: The conclusion of the battle of the Vistula bend, with the Wehrmacht taking 170,000 prisoners. Germans suppress a Czech rebellion. Lavrenti Beria, chief of the Soviet NKVD, sets up a Directorate for Prisoners of War and establishes camps for the 240,000 Polish POWs in Soviet custody; about 37,000 will be used as forced-labour. *Joyce Holden 1940: Heavy night raids continue on London; Brighton also suffers badly. RAF continues attacks on invasion fleet in French and Belgian Channel ports. 1940: Minister of Labour Ernest Bevin announces that until the end of August 51,261 men had registered as conscientious objectors. Joyce Holden 1941: Lord Woolton calls the black market in Britain 'a thorn in our side'. 1941: Germans forces take the ruins of Kiev, along with a massive haul of 600,000 prisoners, 2,500 tanks and 1,000 guns. Joyce Holden 1943: British Air Ministry says that Hamburg now lies in absolute ruins and is 'probably the most complete blotting out of a city that ever happened.' 1943: Germans are reported to have been forced out of Sardinia by the Italian resistance. Joyce Holden 1944: After several families who have returned to London are killed in V-1 rocket attacks, the British government orders women and children to remain in countryside evacuation centers. 1944: The British advance from Belgium is now only two miles from the airborne forces at Nijmegen in Holland, but British paratroop forces dropped at Arnhem encounter unexpected heavy German resistance. The Belgian Parliament meets formally in Parliament House, Brussels for first time since May 1940. Packard Ad - September 1943 1944: The Eighth Army occupies the Republic of San Marino, in Italy. 1945: William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) is sentenced to be hanged for treason. Joyce Holden *Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 1, 1930, actress Joyce Holden (born Jo Ann Heckert) made only a handful of films during her brief career. Nonetheless, she starred in several now-cult classic films including "Girls in the Night" (1953; with Glenda Farrell and Harvey Lembeck), "The Werewolf" (1956). Holden signed with Universal in 1949 and landed her first film role in the comedy "The Milkman" (1950; with Piper Laurie). Universal press releases in the early 1950s made much of Holden's youth and inability to gain weight. Miss California of 1948 and Miss Television the following year, blonde Joyce Holden enjoyed some popularity at bustling Universal-International in the early '50s, although she was busier performing than actually appearing onscreen. Today, her reputation rests with creating the role of Mary Wallace Grant on the long-running daytime soap "Guiding Light". Joyce Holden When her contract with Universal International lapsed in 1953, Joyce Holden's film career floundered. She found work as a model and on television, acting in many anthology programs, such as "The Lux Video Theater" and "General Electric Theater" in the mid 1950s. Holden had a brief first marriage to songwriter Arnold Stanford that proved turbulent, ending with their divorce in November 1955. Her second marriage in 1958 called a halt to her acting career. Holden's last film was the effective 1958 American International horror flick "Terror From the Year 5000", originally released on a double bill with "The Screaming Skull". Following the release of this film, she then retired to concentrate on domestic life and her religion. First husband, Arnold ("Dok") Stanford, 16 years her senior, was a songwriter. Upon their divorce in 1955, she was awarded half interest in the songs he had written or would write within a year. She has been married over 50 years to her second husband David P. Mannhalter, a real estate broker. She and her husband reside in California. Appeared on CBS' "Good Morning" show with Will Rogers Jr. for a year as a talk show host and singer. Barbara Walters was her assistant producer at the time. Packard Ad - September 1945
  6. Morning y'all, mostly cloudy skies, 67F, but only 89% humidity as we are now on the western edge of hurricane Jose's effects. Expecting a partly cloudy day with a high of 84F.
  7. Welcome to the club. Fick, Itchie Crotchie, Dark Helmet, and there used to be a host of other strange characters that posted stuff, often unintelligible to English speakers, on the board. Best off to view them as comedic relief.
  8. Pretty much interesting. What's with Mary Meade?
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  11. Zhe Amerikafuhrer iniziatedt ein ztrike againzt zhe evil vone und ist pleazed to vreleaze zhe zurfveillanze fvideo. Heil Tvrump!
  12. Morning all. 51F under clear skies. Isolated showers late in the day. Partly cloudy otherwise. High of 78F.
  13. Bendix Aviation Ad - September 1943 1939: The Wehrmacht and Red Army stage a joint parade in Brest Litovsk. 1941: Russians conscript all men aged 16 - 50. Units of Army Group South capture Poltava in the Ukraine. The Russians evacuate Kiev, but the fight to the death continues in the area for a week. *Mary Meade 1942: The RAFs Pathfinder Force flies its first mission, which is against Flensburg. 1942: Reduction of food rations for Jews in Germany. Mary Meade 1942: In spite of intense pressure from U-boats and the Luftwaffe, convoy PQ-18 reaches Murmansk. Its losses amounted to 1 destroyer, 1 minesweeper and 13 merchant ships. In return for this the Germans lost 3 U-boats sunk and 5 damaged, along with 41 aircraft destroyed. Jarman Shoes Ad - September 1943 1942: The Russians launch an offensive on the Voronezh front, 250 miles North west of Stalingrad. 1942: British forces land on the east coast of Madagascar and occupy Tamatave. Mary Meade 1944: The U.S. Ninth Army finally takes Brest after a long struggle. The Germans launch heavy counter-attack in Arnhem sector. 1944: Donato Carreta, Mussolini's director of prisons, is hauled from a courtroom in Rome by an angry mob. The crowd beats Carreta and throws him into the Tiber river, chases him down the river in rowboats and beats him to death with oars. Mary Meade *Mary Meade was born in Louisiana on 24 November 1923. Mary Meade was an American film actress of the 1940s. In 1944 she begins her film career as a show girl in the film "Show Business ". Her films included "Assigned to Danger" (1948), "In This Corner" (1948), "T-Men" (1947), "The Thrill of Brazil" (1946) and "Wonder Man" (1945). She entertains GIs in the Philippines and Iwo Jima during WWII. Mary was known to have dated Joe DiMaggio in 1959. Columnist Walter Winchell reports that "Joe DiMaggio's baby stare was put there by Mary Meade..." Marries assistant director John Richard Bremerkamp, the ex of actress Marguerite Chapman, in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 29th, 1973. Mary Meade Bremerkamp died on December 10, 2003 in Apple Valley, California. Chrysler Ad - September 1944
  14. Morning y'all, partly cloudy skies, 64F, 96% humidity. Expecting increasing cloudiness and a very humid high of 80F. There is a slight chance of scattered showers for most of the day.
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  17. I do not think, at this early stage in testing, that the suspension should be changed, landings now require more attention and yet there is still a considerable room for errors. I need to fly more fuel related sorties to test the new consumption coding, but I do know I have had to park the plane in a field and walk back to base on quite a few occasions thus far Not to mention the new nagging voice that chimes in rather quickly and incessantly It makes sense to wait for a common format. I will continue extracting and grouping what I can.
  18. There is only one ssinfo.fn file in the TFX2 archive, and that's obviously the one for Norway. The korea.dat file references some terrain ssds that are not present in the TFX2 archive, but do seem to be present in TFX1's, so it may be possible to fix these TFX1.5 theatres and produce consistent sets of data. That will take some effort though, and I'd rather wait until we have a common format to arrange and package each set of files.
  19. Yes, that’s the new gear physics. With TAW, it was impossible to flip over and it was very hard to damage the plane on landing (sometimes I saw 30 g during touchdown and the plane went out unaffected). The new physics don’t forgive that much. I fear that it’s a showstopper for casual gamers, so if you think the suspension should tolerate more stress, just tell me. Yes; TAW thrust per engine: 93.6 kN dry 156 kN with afterburner TFXplorer: 116 kN dry 160 kN with afterburner Dry thrust source is Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-22_Raptor#Specifications_.28F-22A.29 ); afterburner thrust is listed as 156-kN-“class” with estimates as high as 173 kN. If you have better numbers, tell me and I’ll correct it. On the other hand, fuel consumption is much higher (5× specific thrust) in TFXplorer so it should come out more balanced. And while we’re at it: What do you think, how much does afterburner affect fuel consumption? 140 % thrust consumes 10× the fuel of 100 % thrust in TAW and in TFXplorer. I feel like it should be 2 or 3× instead … That’s easy: There is one SSD for each tile in the terrain. SSDs often use just one .3 shape (the terrain), but some of them use more (e.g. an airstrip SSD uses terrain, airstrip, hangar, tower, …). If the shape indices are wrong, the SSD may end up using terrain, terrain, terrain, and terrain again. That’s a good discovery with the did.dat. I guess it tells us that we have not yet extracted all files? I don’t know Mike’s strategy on finding file names for hashes, but he probably parsed some important known files (like ssinfo.fn) for that. If he didn’t parse Korea’s lists, that could be an explanation for the missing files in the extracted set.
  20. This version has a lot of improvements. I find it more challenging to takeoff and land and the virtual perception of power and thrust of the F22 are heightened. Much to explore, however, I am currently focused on the new Ef2k hidden levels project There is a significant difference between allowing the did.dat to control the process as compared to manually placing the specific files in the lev directory and using game.cfg to call the various theaters via the new TFXplorer. I would add Faeroe and Clouds to the list of levels which can be accessed now. This is Korea with did.dat active: This is Korea manually: The selection of theaters is implemented by using 3 files: .lev, .le2 and .dat. Korea has 6 sets of files, Libya has 8. 5 of the Korea level files (file1) are identical and one is unique, I wonder if they are somehow involved in time of day determinations similar to how tfx3 swaps TM directories for time of day. One question is why the program is stacking multiple tiles at various locations on the grid. I am categorizing and grouping the theater files into file sets and maybe that will provide some additional direction. Does anyone know what Norway.4evz, .ascz and datz do for level determination?
  21. Morning all. 64F under overcast skies. Received a quarter of an inch of much needed rain overnight. Isolated showers possible this morning, then turning mostly sunny. Cooler today with a high of 74F.
  22. Curtis Wright Ad - September 1943 1939: American aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh makes his first anti-intervention radio speech. The U.S. non-intervention movement is supported not just by Lindbergh, but by former president Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Henry Ford and a number of senators and congressmen as well. 1939: The Aircraft Carrier HMS Courageous is torpedoed by U29 (Kapitanleutnant Schuhart) south-west of Ireland, killing 515, but 687 sailors survive. *Kathryn Grayson 1939: Kutno and Brest-Litovsk are captured by German troops. 1939: The Red Army invades Poland from the East with a million troops on the pretext of "protecting Poland's Byelorussian and Ukrainian population." The Polish government seeks asylum in Romania, where it is interned. 1939: The Polish Air Force scores its last kills during the battle for Poland, by shooting down a German Dornier bomber and a Soviet fighter. Kathryn Grayson 1940: Churchill announces in the Commons that in first half of September 2,000 civilians have been killed and 8,000 seriously injured in air raids; the figure for service casualties, for the same period was 250. 1940: Liner City of Benares, evacuating children to Canada, is sunk by U48; 77 out of 99 children lost, total killed 260. 1940: Hitler postpones Operation Sealion, the plan to invade Britain, until further notice. Kathryn Grayson 1941: The US allocates $100,000,000 to the Soviet Union for the purchase of war materials. 1941: British and Russian troops occupy Teheran, after Iran failed to comply with their demand to expel all Axis nationals. 1941: Beginning of general deportation of German Jews. Dot Fasteners Ad - September 1943 1942: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad. 1942: Bitter street fighting in the north west suburbs of Stalingrad. 1942: Peace talks in Madagascar break down. Kathryn Grayson 1943: Stalin announces the capture of Bryansk. 1943: The Germans begin a withdrawal from Salerno as the British 8th Army joins forces with British and U.S. troops in the Salerno bridgehead. Kathryn Grayson 1944: Monte Altuzzo finally falls to the U.S. 85th Division. 1944: Operation 'Market Garden' begins with First Allied Airborne Army drops at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem to secure bridgeheads, as the British Second Army pushes north into Holland from Belgium, to link up. Canadians launch all-out assault on the Boulogne garrison. 1944: Russian forces push towards Baltic through Estonia. Kathryn Grayson *Kathryn Grayson was born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on February 9, 1922. Her childhood was spent in St. Louis where she studied voice before training with Frances Marshall of the Chicago Civic Opera and later was signed by RCA Red Seal records at the age of 15. Her first fim appearance was in Andy Hardy's "Private Secretary" (1941) as Andy Hardy's secretary Kathryn Land. Though she started out as MGM's answer to Deanna Durbin in films such as "Seven Sweethearts" (1942) and "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), she became a top star in "Thousands Cheer", "Anchors Aweigh" and "Two Sisters from Boston", and in the film versions of the Broadway hit "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). In this film, she teamed up with Howard Keel, with whom she had starred earlier in the 1951 Technicolor remake of "Show Boat", and in 1952's "Lovely to Look At", a 1952 Technicolor version of "Roberta". She and Keel also appeared together in a highly successful cabaret act in the 1960s. She also appeared in a duo of films with tenor Mario Lanza, "That Midnight Kiss" (1949) and "The Toast of New Orleans" (1950). Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson & Gene Kelly in "Anchors Aweigh" Grayson appeared on television occasionally. Her first TV appearances were in the 1950s, and she received an Emmy nomination in 1956 for her performance in the "General Electric Theater" episode "Shadow on the Heart" with John Ericson. More recently, she appeared in several episodes of Angela Lansbury's series "Murder, She Wrote" in the late 1980s. Kathryn Grayson With the end of MGM's great era of musicals, so ended Grayson's film career. She was on stage in numerous stage musicals such as "Show Boat", "Rosalinda", "Kiss Me, Kate", "Naughty Marietta", and "The Merry Widow", for which she was nominated for Chicago's Sarah Siddons Award. This led to her as a replacement for Julie Andrews on Broadway in 1962 in "Camelot", scoring a great success as Queen Guenevere, before going on to star in the National tour for over sixteen months, after which she left the show due to health problems. During her period with the Camelot tour, all box-office records were broken and she gained uniformly excellent notices. Grayson had a lifelong dream of being an opera star, and she appeared in a number of operas in the 1960s, such as "La bohème", "Madama Butterfly", "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "La traviata". Her dramatic and comedy stage roles included "Night Watch", "Noises Off", "Love Letters" and "Something's Afoot" as Dottie Otterling. According to her secretary, Grayson died in her sleep from natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, aged 88. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m) Spouse: Johnny Johnston...(22 August 1947 - 3 October 1952) (divorced) 1 child John Shelton......(11 July 1941 - 17 June 1946) (divorced) Pullman Ad - September 1944
  23. Morning y'all, 67F, fog, 97% humidity. Expecting morning clouds, then afternoon sun with a high of 93F. The tropics are hopping. Hurricane Jose is expected to track north, towards Massachusetts until Wednesday, then start turning to the east, then southeast... another loop? Tropical storm Maria is expected to reach hurricane strength today. It is forecast to plow through the Antilles on Tuesday, then strengthen to a major hurricane on Wednesday as it approaches Puerto Rico. Batten down the hatches, this hurricane season ain't over!
  24. Morning y'all, mostly cloudy skies, 96% humidity and 64F. Tropical style humidity yesterday and again today. Expecting a partly cloudy day with a high of 84F. Tropical storm Jose has strengthened to a category 1 hurricane and may eventually head north to hit New England.
  25. And Fink should know, after all, he is the world expert in poop.
  26. Morning all. Clear skies and 66F. It’s definitely going to feel a lot like summer this afternoon once again. Highs will reach near 90 degrees. On the bright side, it won’t be terribly humid.
  27. Western Cartridge Company Ad - September 1943 1939: Convoy OB-4, sailing from Liverpool to North America, is attacked by U-31 (Johannes Habekost), becoming the first "clear" convoy contact in British waters of the war. U-31 sinks 1 ship, the 4,060-ton British freighter Aviemore. 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. *Joi Lansing 1940: Piccadilly, Park Lane, Bond St. hit in night raids. 1940: Italian advance in Egypt continues with occupation of Sidi Barrani, 60 miles from frontier. At this point the Italians halt their offensive and begin to construct a number of fortified camps. Joi Lansing 1941: The US announce that it will provide escort for ships carrying Lend-Lease material up to 26°W, which meant that clashes with U-boats would become more likely. 1941: Guderian's Panzer Group 2 and Kleist's Panzer Group 1 meet east of Kiev, trapping five Red Armies. 1941: The Shah of Iran abdicates and his son, Crown Prince 'Mohammad Reza Pahlavi' takes over. Joi Lansing 1942: The Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) are established in the U.S.. The armed forces will be supplied with more than 1000 auxiliary pilots through this organization. 1942: Stalingrad railway station changes hands several times. Joi Lansing 1942: The Governor General of Madagascar asks for an armistice. 1942: The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers. Joi Lansing 1943: The Dambuster squadron makes a disastrous first use of 12,000lb 'Tall Boy' bombs with a raid on the Dortmund-Ems canal. 1943: In a sign of the increasing confidence and audacity of the French Resistance, Julius Ritter, an aide to Nazi Labour Minister Fritz Sauckel, is shot to death in broad daylight on the Etoile in Paris. Fifty Frenchmen are taken hostage and executed by the Nazis in reprisal. Campbell Soup Ad - September 1943 1943: British occupy Leros in Aegean. German counterattacks against the U.S. bridgehead at Salerno are halted. Tito's partisans are reported to have captured Split on Yugoslavia coast. 1943: The Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is captured by the Russians after a week of amphibious and land operations. Joi Lansing 1944: Conclusion of the Quebec meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill who sign off on the Morgenthau Plan for the treatment of post-war Germany. 1944: Dr. Goebbels exhorts all Germans to resist with the utmost fanaticism. Joi Lansing 1944: Over objections from his top generals, Hitler decides to launch a counteroffensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium in an attempt to stop the Allied advance on the western front. The result will be the Battle of the Bulge. 1944: The British make am unopposed landing on the Greek Island of Kythera off the Peloponnese. The Russians enter Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. 1945: Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain. Joi Lansing *Joi Lansing was born Joyce Renee Brown in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, 1929. She was a young lady who developed, physically, early as a teen. Because of her striking good looks, she began to model and was extremely successful throughout the 1940s. It was only natural that her physical assets eventually landed her on the silver screen. Her first go at films occurred in 1948 with roles as - what else? - a model in "The Counterfeiters" (1948), "Julia Misbehaves" (1948) and "Easter Parade" (1948). She was 20 years old. Her acting wasn't exactly polished in the beginning, but producers didn't care - she was hired because of her looks and her body. Joi Lansing The following year brought more of the same, getting parts (mostly uncredited) in films as nothing more than a showpiece. Joi took a hiatus from films in 1950 while she concentrated on her modeling career. She returned to the big screen in 1951 to play minor roles, but this time it was a little better. She played Susan Matthews in "FBI Girl" (1951) and Marilyn Turner in "On the Riviera" (1951) - at least she had names to go along with her characters. Then it was back to being a showpiece. In 1952 she had an uncredited role in one of the most popular movies of all time, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952). Another minor role as the Maxim Girl in "The Merry Widow" (1952) followed. She began appearing on television in 1955 when she played in an episode of "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951) and one of "I Love Lucy" (1951) the following year. In 1955 Joi landed a recurring role as Shirley Swanson in the TV series "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955). It was this show that proved to all that Joi could, indeed, act and act well. Because of this series, she began to get a few more substantial parts in films such as "The Brave One" (1956), "Hot Cars" (1956) and "So You Think the Grass Is Greener" (1956), all in 1956. Then it was back to bit roles. For the balance of the 1950s she continued to appear in B movies with less than quality roles. After appearing in "Who Was That Lady?" (1960) in 1960, Joi landed the part of Goldie in the "Klondike" (1960) TV series. However, most viewers remember her as the wife of Lester Flatt in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), which she appeared on and off from 1965-1968. As Gladys Flatt, her beauty even surpassed that of Ellie May, played by Donna Douglas. Her film career was winding down. In 1967 she appeared as Boots Malone in "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" (1967). This B movie went nowhere. Joi was diagnosed with breast cancer, and died at the age of 43 on August 7, 1972, in Santa Monica, California. TRIVIA: Measurements: 38 1/2-23-35 (on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955)). (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Was married four times. Her first marriage occurred at the age of 17 but lasted less than a year. Her second, to Columbia sales manager Jerry Safron, was over within four months. Her third, to handsome actor Lance Fuller, ended in separation and divorce after only a year and a half. She was long estranged from fourth husband, Stan Todd, an investment broker who became her manager, by the time she died of breast cancer in 1972. Philco Ad - September 1945
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