I've done a campaign that recreates all the missions that Richard Bong scored a kill on. I have access to his flight logs etc. and knew if he was bounced, did the bouncing or no advantage, the area, flight path (within reason),. weather, time of day, altitude, you get the picture. I live 20 miles from Bong's hometown and 50 from a museum that has his memorabilia on display along with a static P-38 painted like his plane Marge.
My plan was to present them with a AAR movie that represented what a phenomenal feat it was to shoot down 40 enemy planes flown by the best the enemy had to offer and manage to survive.
I challenged all virtual pilots to fly the campaign with full realism, death come as it may, with no do-overs. I also required that theyi record the missions for two purposes.
1. to authenticate their claimed feats
2 to provide me with footage from which I could make the documentary that the museum could use to educate their visitors on how heroic and amazing Bong's career was.
Aside...now tell the truth how many of you knows who Richard Ira Bong was? America's greatest ace had been lost to history for the most part. He is hardly mentioned in many prominent books and articles on WWII Aces and flyers. Macguire, Boyington get a lot more ink. I suspect that it was because Bong was a goody two shoes and a boring farm boy from Wisconsin who just happened to drive a P-38 with the skill no one could match.
Anyway I offered cash prizes for the first virtual pilots to completed the campaign. No one ever did. Worse of all I didn't get many usable videos.
The campaign is HERE
Oh by the way the prize was $300. Here is one of the videos I did get... Mission