Thanks ZG! That did the trick, no more errors. What I was doing wrong was extracting the zip to a temp directory and then pasting the contents into the ww2f data directory. Of course that wouldn't work without the specific mod directory.
One small problem though... After succesfully installing a desert Spit, Trop 109, and new tracers they still don't appear in the game! Even tried building a new mission, but no still the standard stuff.