B-17G 42-97976 “A Bit O’ Lace”

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B-17G 42-97976 “A Bit O’ Lace”

Type - Skin
Uploadé par - Helles Belle
Date - 16.08.2023 05:17:34
WARNING: This livery contains historical pin-up nose art
Note: some screenshots may depict the aircraft using roughmets to showcase the aluminium finish.

Also look for the excellent "Louie the Creep" by JG1 Vonrd found here https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/files/3332565/
A Bit O Lace's previous name.

UPDATED 29/08/2023: Removed de-icing boots on wings


Delivered Dallas 21/4/44; Hunter 30/5/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden [IE-D] 19/6/44; landing accident with Malcolm Bounds 27/12/44; landing accident with Hal Kearney 29/1/45; (83m) Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/11/45. A BIT O’ LACE.

This famous B17G crossed to England on 18th June 1944 shortly after D-Day and began its combat flights in the afternoon of 6th July leading the 447BG to a target in the Pas de Calais region of France. It was the first of many lead roles for the Fort — at least 20 have so far been recorded including one leading the 4th ‘A’ combat wing to St Dizier airfield on 18th August. The group commander Col Wrigglesworth also took the plane on 5th September to attack Brest harbour installations.
Caniff sent a sketch entitled “A Bit o’ Lace” and Nick Fingelly used his considerable skill to apply it to the nose of the Fort. Long after the war was over and the plane melted back into ingots of aluminium, the popularity of “A Bit o’ Lace” lived on. The aircraft was originally named “Louie the Creep”
Known Mission List
•    6 Jul 1944 Capt E T Nance / P E Fagg Pas de Calais (abortive) Group lead
•    8 Jul 1944 M W Farson Nogent MY
•    11 Jul 1944 M W Farson Munich
•    12 Jul 1944 Maj T J Rall / Capt J C Ray Munich Led 4’A’ group
•    13 Jul 1944 Capt R P Gormley Munich
•    14 Jul 1944 Capt E T Nance S France (Maquis) Led high group
•    18 Jul 1944 Maj W C Allen / Capt J C Ray Kiel Led 2nd group
•    24 Jul 1944 Capt J C Ray St Lo (abortive) Led 3rd group
•    25 Jul 1944 Capt J C Ray St Lo Led low group
•    27 Jul 1944 Capt R P Gormly Ostend (abortive)
•    2 Aug 1944 Capt L A Kinsinger / Capt J C Ray Paris area Led low group
•    9 Aug 1944 H J Milks Aachen
•    11 Aug 1944 D E Mahl Belfort MY
•    15 Aug 1944 Capt F H Bonham / Capt J C Ray Handorf AF Led high group
•    16 Aug 1944 Capt E T Nance / Capt J C Ray Rositz Led low group
•    18 Aug 1944 Col H Harris / D E Mahl St Dizier AF Group and 4’A’ CBW lead
•    24 Aug 1944 Maj T J Rall / Capt J C Ray Brux Led high group
•    25 Aug 1944 Capt E T Nance / Capt J C Ray Rechlin Led low group
•    26 Aug 1944 Capt Lewis Brest (abortive)
•    30 Aug 1944 Capt J C Ray Bremen
•    1 Sep 1944 Capt E T Nance / Capt J C Ray (abortive) Led low group
•    5 Sep 1944 Col Wrigglesworth / Capt E T Nance Brest harbour installations led low group
•    8 Sep 1944 Capt R P Gormley Mainz
•    9 Sep 1944 Capt W B Goetz / Capt J C Ray Maquis (S France) led high group
•    11 Sep 1944 H J Milks Leipzig/Chemnitz
•    12 Sep 1944 Capt R P Gormley Bohlen
•    13 Sep 1944 Capt E T Boisson Stuttgart (abortive)
•    17 Sep 1944 Capt J C Ray Arnhem flak towers
•    19 Sep 1944 C R Gage Coblenz MY
•    25 Sep 1944 Capt W B Goetz / Capt J C Ray Ludwigshafen Led low group
•    26 Sep 1944 Maj Logan / Capt J C Ray Bremen  Led low group
•    2 Oct 1944 Capt J C Ray Kassel
•    3 Oct 1944 Maj Logan / Capt J C Ray Giebelstadt AF Led low group
•    6 Oct 1944 Craig / or Milks Berlin
•    12 Oct 1944 capt L J Delle Monache Bremen
•    18 Oct 1944 D W Craig Kassel / Mittefeld
•    19 Oct 1944 capt L J Delle Monache Mannheim
•    25 Oct 1944 S J Hrabovsky Hamburg / Harburg
•    26 Oct 1944 capt L J Delle Monache Hannover
•    30 Oct 1944 H J Milks Merseburg (recall)
•    2 Nov 1944 S J Hrabovsky Merseburg Led contingent in high group 4’B’ CBW
•    4 Dec 1944 Capt L H Whitney Mainz MY
•    15 Dec 1944 Capt Gunn / L S Hatfield Hannover MY Led low group
•    24 Dec 1944 A A Krug Babenhausen
•    21 Jan 1945 T M Mustaleski Mannheim
•    29 Jan 1945 H G Kearney Kassel
•    14 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Wesel RR bridge
•    16 Feb 1945 T M Mustaleski Wesel RR bridge
•    20 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Nurnberg MY
•    22 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Aalen MY
•    23 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Crailsheim MY
•    24 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Bremen
•    25 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Neuberg
•    27 Feb 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Liepzig
•    1 Mar 1945 M S Bounds Augsburg
•    2 Mar 1945 R A Bricker Dresden
•    3 Mar 1945 Coleman Brunswick
•    7 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Datteln-Emscher Lippe
•    9 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Frankfurt AFs
•    11 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Hamburg
•    14 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Hannover – Gebruder
•    15 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Oranienburg MY
•    17 Mar 1945 C D Summers Ruhland
•    18 Mar 1945 R J Dewey Berlin
•    19 Mar 1945 A L Bland Zwickau
•    20 Mar 1945 L D Roberts Hamburg
•    22 Mar 1945 R J Dewey Military camp
•    23 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Holzwickede
•    24 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Varrelbusch AF
•    28 Mar 1945 W F Bates / (J H Bauman) Hannover MY
•    30 Mar 1945 J F Baier Jr Hamburg
•    4 Apr 1945 T M Mustaleski Kiel Severe BD — hit by flak which shot away left horiz. stab & rudder
•    8 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Plauen MY
•    9 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Neuberg AF
•    10 Apr 1945 J Broughton Jr Brandenburg AF
•    11 Apr 1945 Dreyer Ingolstadt AF
•    14 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Royan
•    15 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Royan (napalm)
•    16 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Royan harbour
•    19 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Dresden RR target
•    20 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Neuruppin MY
•    21 Apr 1945 J F Baier Jr Ingolstadt MY   a/c 81st mission — no aborts

“The Mustaleski crew was on our right wing on the mission to Kiel. I was watching them just as they got hit by an 88 on the tip of the left horizontal stabilizer. It was blown completely off, and left the vertical rudder looking like a sieve. The tail gunner was hunched down, apparently doing something with his guns, just as they were hit.
He sat up bolt upright with his head swivelling left and right for a moment, and when he saw the aircraft was still flying in formation he relaxed back in his seat and stayed there. The aircraft’s tail dropped somewhat lower when it lost half its tail, but kept on flying. The pilot (Mustaleski) had to start essing, in order to stay with the group, as (I presume) his airspeed had to be increased. He went over the target with us, dropped his bombs, and came all the way home to Rattlesden. I understand he was awarded the DFC for that piece of flying.” Lauri Rautio, a gunner on a nearby plane.
It was back in combat four days later. In those final two months of war, the veteran B17 rarely missed a mission and finished out hostilities with a total of 83 mission markers painted on the nose above the artwork. In all of these not a single one was aborted due to any mechanical failure — a remarkable achievement for its hard worked ground crew.

Livery comes with specular files. These files will also act as roughmets to give the aluminium finished planes a proper look of aluminium instead of dull grey.
If you want to change to roughmets either google the ED forum for instructions or follow the instructions included here. To do so will involve a basic understanding of editing the lua and knowing your way around windows explorer.
WARNING. I have only tested this with my liveries and cannot guarantee it will work with other livery creators work. Doing the following modification may make other liveries incorrect. If so & if they have provided a specular/roughmet file then following the procedure below may help.
I won’t go into where you place the livery folder you downloaded as you can search for that on ED Forums.

To Get The Aluminium finish:

Step 1.
Open the lua for the livery
Change all SPECULAR entries to ROUGHNESS_METALLIC

BEFORE CONTINUING CHECK IN MODEL VIEWER AND IN-GAME TO SEE IF AN ALUMINIUM SHINE IS PRESENT. If not goto the next step.

Step 2.
Change all false entries associated with ROUGHNESS_METALLIC to true
Remove the green – (double dash) fr om the beginning of any line in the lua that has them (should be only 3 lines – ROTOR, RotorBlured & Whels)
Save the lua and close it.

Step 3.
Create a new empty folder called B-17G in your game section for DCS
The path should be as follows:
(Drive Letter wh ere you have DCS located) > Eagle Dynamics > DCS World > Mods > tech > WWII Units > Textures > B-17G
COPY (don’t move) the specular files (7 files in total) from the livery folder you downloaded to the B-17G folder.
Do not move (cut) them so you have copies for future use should DCS delete them.
The B-17G folder should not be removed when you do an update.

I take no responsibility for any mistakes you make. If required delete my liveries, re-download and start again.

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