Unable to help in any way possible we heard as 1 by 1 the pilots of red flt fell to the overwhelming numbers of 109s
What? I don't understand, Cheese. The briefing stated clearly (as our [should-be] prize-winning mission designers intended) that both flights should have had separate comms, so they couldn't know what was happening to the other flight.
In 601 Sqd's experience of this mission, B Flight was indeed bounced by the 109s, but more or less held our own, couldn't down more than a couple of '89s. But as usual, the magical bit for me wasn't to do with combat. It was when I (the last surviving or, well, flying) member of B Flight limped home peppered with holes, instruments only showing shards of glass, turning tiredly onto finals, only to be "light-heartedly" "bounced" by A Flight, coming home, who didn't have a clue what we'd been through and were just having some "horse play". Most sodding annoying.
As I'm sure you've gathered from Cheese's information, "Tangmere Pilots" consists of four "virtual" squadrons. Unfortunately, Cheese's is "No 1" Squadron. While historically, No 1 played a key role in the Battle of France, the BoB, etc, their virtual selves seem to love incompetence and hysteria at every level.
My own squadron(601, the auxilliary airforce) were historically the champagne-quaffing upper-class enthusiasts, who had the dubious honour of being the first squadron to try out the P39 (Airacobra), with "mixed" results. However, our virtual selves are a lean efficient, supremely honed fighting machine. Etc, etc.
So, as you can see: Tangmere Pilots offers comradeship, friendly "banter" (that is, insults, sarcasm and belittling) between squadrons, a historically based campaign on Sunday evenings (which - even after all these years - never ceases to thrill and amaze me...). We meet on Tuesdays for training (those who can make it), and there is an optional (but scientifically proven to be even more fun than setting fire to your farts) "Friday Fun" - anything from Gladiators vs Gladiators to Migs vs Sabres. A perennial favourite is the dreadnought setup - two or more TB3s flying parallel while the gunners slug it out, or P38s scrambling against a vast cloud of zeros. Again, the inventiveness of my squadron mates never ceases to astound or astonish.
Some TPs also meet on Mondays for ROF and have regular post-ops COD (World at War) sessions as a come-down from the tension of Sunday ops.
So: Your Virtual ..... Needs You!
Lots of stuff happening.