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Joe Czarnecki
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Purchaser Intelligence Report – Hunters in the Sky

A pet peeve of mine—and other wargame purchasers—with respect to many air and naval combat games is the lack of a comprehensive list of ships or aircraft included in the game. Short of purchasing the product we have no idea if the particular units of interest (or obsession) are included.

There are often good reasons that a designer does not include certain vessels or planes. Even though your grandfather may have flown that particular exotic Mark of Spitfire, that Mark may just not have been militarily significant or numerous enough to include with a publisher breathing down the designer's neck about being six pages too long for an economical printing run. On the other end of the scale a designer may make less explicable omissions on personal judgment, or just outright forget. In between lie situations where reliable and complete information may be impossible or impractical to obtain for a certain unit.

The following is a list of the 118 aircraft included in the game title “Hunters in the Sky” from Polaris Games. This game concerns aerial combat in the Second World War. There are numerous and significant omissions particularly with regard to naval aircraft.

United States (23 models included):

Bell P-39D Airacobra
Bell P-39Q Airacobra
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo
Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Curtiss P-36 Hawk 75A
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Grumman TBF-1 Avenger
Lockheed P-38G Lightning
Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Martin B-26G Marauder
North American B-25J Mitchell
North American P-51D Mustang
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Vultee A-35 Vengeance

Empire of Japan (18 models included):

Aichi D3A1 Val
Kawanishi N1K1-J George
Kawanishi N1K2-J George 21
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI-Ko Nick
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI-Otsu Nick
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI-Tei Nick
Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tony
Kawasaki Ki-61-KAI Tony
Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero
Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
Mitsubishi G4M2 Betty
Mitsubishi Ki-21-IIb Sally
Nakajima B5N2 Kate
Nakajima Ki-43-Ia Oscar
Nakajima Ki-43-IIb Oscar
Nakajima Ki-84-Ia Frank
Yokosuka D4Y-1 Judy

Great Britain (19 models included):

Avro Lancaster Mk I
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Bristol Beaufort Mk I
Bristol Blenheim Mk IVL
Bristol Bulldog
DeHavilland Mosquito Mk VI
Fairey Battle Mk II
Fairey Swordfish Mk I
Gloster Gladiator Mk I
Handley Page Halifax B Mk III
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC
Hawker Tempest Mk V
Hawker Typhoon Mk IB
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Supermarine Spitfire Mk V
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
Vicker Wellington Mk IC

Third Reich (19 models included):

Dornier Do-17Z
Focke-Wulf Fw-190A
Focke-Wulf Fw-190D
Focke-Wulf Fw-190F
Heinkel He-111H
Junkers Ju-87B
Junkers Ju-87G
Junkers Ju-88A
Junkers Ju-88C
Junkers Ju-88D
Messerschmitt Me-109D
Messerschmitt Me-109E
Messerschmitt Me-109F
Messerschmitt Me-109G
Messerschmitt Me-109K
Messerschmitt Me-110C/F
Messerschmitt Me-163
Messerschmitt Me-262
Messerschmitt Me-410A

Soviet Union (19 models included):

Ilyushin Il-2
Ilyushin Il-4
Lavochkin La-5
Lavochkin La-5FN
Lavochkin La-7
Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3
Petlyakov Pe-2
Polikarpov I-15bis
Polikarpov I-153
Polikarpov I-16/10
Polikarpov I-16/24
Tupolev SB-2
Tupolev Tu-2
Yakolev Yak-1
Yakolev Yak-3
Yakolev Yak-7
Yakolev Yak-9
Yakolev Yak-9U

Fascist Italy (8 models included)

CANT Z.1007 Alcione
Fiat BR.20 Cicogna
Fiat CR.42 Falco
Fiat G.50 Freccia
Macchi MC.200 Saette
Macchi MC.202 Folgore
Reggiance Re.2000 Falco
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero

Minor Powers (12 models included);

Amiot Am-143
Bloch MB-142
CAC C-12 Boomerang
Dewoitine D.520
Fokker C-X
Fokker D-XXI
Fokker G.I-1
Liore et Olivier Leo-451
Morane Saulnier MS.406
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