About 4YA WWII Project Overlord

Project Overlord uses the DCS World combat flight simulator to recreate the air battles over Normandy, France, during June and July 1944.

The invasion was known as Operation Overlord so that’s the name of our project.

We recreate the Normandy air campaign by creating missions for DCS. Each mission is around 4 or 5 hours long and represents one day in the campaign.

Our missions are hosted and run by the excellent people of 4YA Training Servers. Search the DCS multiplayer browser for Project Overlord or 4YA WW2 to enjoy our creations.

Currently there are eight missions running in a continuous loop, spanning June – August 1944. This gives around 40 hours of continuous gameplay, meaning you won’t see the same mission too often or running at similar times of day.

Each mission has a variety of objectives (tasks) for each side. These are mostly ground targets but also include bomber escort, anti-shipping strikes and area patrols, including intercepting Allied C-47 transports over the English Channel.

The mission ethos is sandbox: when you connect to the server you can do whatever you wish. Fly freely (but watch your six!), carry out one of the pre-briefed tasks, set up combat air patrol or check in with the Ground Controlled Intercept controller to be given a specific task.

Most of the community life is centred around the 4YA Discord server, where our 15,000-strong community chats and swaps pictures and videos of DCS World aviation of all eras.

How do I get involved?

You need the DCS World combat flight simulator, the Normandy map and a suitable aeroplane. You also need to be able to fly your virtual aeroplane (takeoffs, landings, basics of using weapons).

We use DCS Open Beta release (not the stable version: despite the name the ‘beta’ is fully functional), the Normandy add-on map and the WWII Asset Pack, together with the SRS radio addon.

The core DCS simulator can be downloaded for free from Eagle Dynamics, the developer’s website.

You will need to buy (or activate a two-week free trial for) the Normandy map, the WWII Asset Pack and at least one warbird.

The server uses all DCS WWII aircraft except for the I-16, which was not flown by any of the air forces engaged over Normandy. Those aircraft are:

  • Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXC
  • Messerschmitt Me109K-4
  • Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8
  • Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
  • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI

 

(The Fw190D was never flown over Normandy, whereas the A8 was the Luftwaffe’s mainstay. Recognising that there’s many more Allied aircraft than German available in DCS, we’ve included the Fw190D in just over two thirds of our missions. (in-game dates from 18th June 1944 onwards))

Testimonials


“The dedication and hard work the PO-team puts into the server, the missions and the community create an uniquely authentic experience in an unforgiving PvP environment that gets your adrenaline pumping! There simply is no other place to experience virtual WW2 air combat in the same authentic and thrilling way.

“The missions are recreated based on painfully and thoroughly researched details on the Normandy campaign as best as possible within the framework DCS. Such focus on historical accuracy paired with a clever mission design contribute greatly to the immersive experience one gain from flying PO.

“For every WW2 aviation and WW2 air combat simulation buff out there, PO should be the place to go to.” – I/JG7_Killerfliege


 


“For anyone who plays combat flight sims and or is interested in WW2 history than the Project Overlord server is for you. Fly part of a team on brilliantly crafted missions that reflect that actual day in history and where team work and coordination is paramount for a decisive victory.

“Whether you escort bombers or plan a tactical strike on one of the ground targets the Project Overlord server provides aerial combat that is unmatched by any other server in DCS. Hope to see you in the skies.”

– 332FG Brigg


 


“In addition to DCS’ authentic aircraft and flight models, the WW2 Project Overlord server offers a variety of realistic missions and scenarios to challenge your piloting skills. Whether you’re flying bomber escort missions, engaging in dogfights over the English Channel, or participating in historically accurate operations surrounding the D-Day landings, you’ll feel like you’re part of a living and breathing World War II battlefield.

“Moreover, the Project Overlord community is known for being welcoming and supportive, offering plenty of opportunities to connect with other players and hone your skills. From tactical discussions and training sessions to casual group flights, there’s always something happening on the server that will keep you engaged and entertained.”

SRF Quax