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#4373988 - 08/12/17 01:39 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Raine, I like what you're spinning. Need more!
MFair, unfortunately my British pilot is in hospital as well. That makes 5.

BuckeyeBob, this one's for you.

14 April, 1917 Local hospital

Leutnants Walter von Bülow Bothkamp and Paul Strähle walked into a large room full of metal frame beds all lined up as if on parade. The air was thick with cigarette smoke and smell of gangrene. The silence was deafening only occasionally pierced by the sounds of a painful cough. It is mostly because of this feeling of proximity to Death that nobody wants to visit hospitals. They've stopped at a bed by the window where a young nurse was just finishing helping a patient with his meal.

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She gave them one of her "famous" bright smiles as a sign of greeting and said that Herr Hauptmann is doing much better. Her patient smiled as well seeing his two best friends and thanked the nurse for help. She put her hand on his shoulder and offered to come back later, so that they can read the latest newspaper news together. Having said that, she stood up, straightened her white apron and was about to leave before pausing and asking the newly arrived pilots: "I am trying to find out from Hauptmann Schwarzkopf how one can tell the difference between friendly and enemy balloons, but can't get a straight answer from him. Perhaps one of you fine gentlemen can explain it to me?" She stood in front of them expectant.
Ltn Strähle, being the gentleman that he was, offered an explanation on the spot:
"It's quite simple Fräulein, our balloons have balls!" He gave her a big smile.
The girl was dumbfounded. "I'm sorry, I don't follow."
Strähle quickly elaborated: "You see, only the German gas bags have the stabilizer at the back, which hangs below the balloon. We call it a Nülle." Another big smile from Paul.
"I ... see." She responded quietly getting red all over her face. "Thank you, err ... gentlemen for your help. I must be going now". The nurse fixed her apron again and headed for the doorway.
"What did I say?" Paul was still turned with his back to Aldi looking longingly at the empty doorway where she disappeared. His mouth wide open.
Von Bülow winked at Aldi and said he is not doing too badly. Last time they saw him he was still unconscious and being administered morphine. Look at him now! Romancing the best looking girl in the entire hospital.
It was true, nurse Käte Otersdorf was easy on the eyes and had a personality to match. Aldi especially valued her smile. Not too many of those can be found easily in a hospital. Käte was Aldi's senior by a year and was raised in East Prussia. She was studying to be a kindergarten teacher when the war erupted and spoiled her plans. Due to the great demand for caregivers she was forced to abandon her dream and switch to a nursing profession. Aldi has grown fond of her in a very short time and she in turn enjoyed his company.
Von Bülow told Aldi that the British push near Ypres was in full swing, which they could hear even here. He told him they're rather busy now flying a number of sorties each day. Finally he finished saying that they're holding their own against the enemy, but would prefer some experienced pilots doing the fighting. Another one of the new recruits hasn't come back from the patrol the other day.
Suddenly Paul turned around and exclaimed, startling the other two:
"I know! I can call the nurse and tell her that Aldi soiled himself and needs a sponge bath. Then we can watch!"
They looked at him with disbelief unsure how to answer. Finally Walter asked:
"Watch what?"
Paul realized what he had said and quickly explained himself:
"Watch the pretty nurse come and work, of course." He was very pleased with himself for coming up with such a save at a short notice. Von Bülow took Strähle by the arm and led him out of the ward. "It's time for us" he said on the way out, "we have an early patrol tomorrow morning. Take care!" As they were exiting the room Aldi could still hear Strähle protesting: "But wait, I still have to say goodbye to the pretty nurse!"
The day before Aldi was discharged, Käte allowed him to escort her to the ball at the City Hall.

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Despite moving like an ogre, Aldi thought he could dance the night away by her side. They left the ball early and spent the late night strolling around the park and planning the next time they'll see each other.
Aldi felt invigorated. He was glad there was more to this war than just killing.

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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
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#4374025 - 08/12/17 03:04 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Aug 12, 1917.


The day nurse came in with a bright smile on her face and I knew that she was up to No good.

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#4374026 - 08/12/17 03:04 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Fullofit]  
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Originally Posted by Fullofit
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Oh, my! Aldi may never make it back to his Jasta!

#4374037 - 08/12/17 04:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Oh, my! Aldi may never make it back to his Jasta!


Oh yes!


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#4374053 - 08/12/17 06:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I wonder if Aldi has plans of stopping by the local jewelry store before heading back to the front. I'm sure he wouldn't want to leave such a winsome lass un-tagged! biggrin


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#4374077 - 08/12/17 11:23 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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You guys are ridiculous, this is supposed to be serious. biggrin


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#4374177 - 08/13/17 08:57 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here is the status report for last week's action.

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#4374185 - 08/13/17 09:59 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: 14 April 1917
Proville

Today proved to be quite a busy day for us. We had patrols both in the morning and afternoon, with successful engagements in both patrols. With the exception of Leutnant Schaefer, we suffered no losses and furthermore, the men seemed to be much more attentive to their duties which I am hoping will be a trend for the future.

The Brits certainly are determined to destroy our observation balloons and we, of course, are just as determined to stop them. So, because of that, we have been ordered to fly numerous defensive patrols protecting our balloons. So, I was not surprised when I was informed last night before retiring that there would be another balloon that needed our assistance. For this patrol, I chose Lt. Voss, Ofstv. Bernert, Lt. von Tutschek, Lt. Schaefer, and myself.

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Lt. Voss and Ofstv. Bernert off to my starboard

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Lt. Schaefer and Lt. von Tutschek off to my port

We arrived without incident and began our patrol when much to my surprise I spotted a single British F.E. 2b making an attack against our balloon. I signaled the others to attack while I maintained my position over the balloon. It seemed as if I had loosed a pack of hounds on a poor defenseless rabbit and after a few short minutes, it was all over. The men returned to their positions with the exception of Lt. Schaefer. I scanned the area and could see no one, so assuming he had either had engine trouble and returned or had been damaged, we continued our patrol. As I was about to signal our return home, I spotted three Nieuports attempting to sneak under us to attack the balloon. I signaled the Schwarm and down we dropped. They saw us as we were diving and broke formation to counter our attack and a general melee ensued. The Nieuport is such a nimble machine that usually you can only make short snap bursts because they are never in your sights long enough for anything else. Well, that is what I was doing and much to my surprise after one such burst the enemy machine started tumbling through the air and as a matter of fact, he tumbled all the way to the ground. I can only guess that it was another of my exceptionally lucky shots. Afterward, I scanned the sky and could see no one, so I began to orbit the area to wait for the Schwarm to reform. Eventually, everyone returned and we headed home. Upon arriving, I learned that all three Nieuports had been destroyed thereby making a very successful morning. The only dark spot was Lt. Schaefer, for he had gone missing. The others could give me no definite description of what happened and so as usual in this war, he simply disappeared.

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After a quick luncheon, the men were excited to get back into the air and so I led a line patrol over the Arras sector. This time it was just Lt. Voss, Ofstv. Bernert, Lt. von Tutschek, and myself. We had hardly arrived before we were set upon by a flight of five Triplanes. In the right hands, the Triplane is a very deadly machine and certainly superior to our machines, but once again these were not in apparently the right hands because not only did we drive them off, but I downed one in the process. Oh, how I wish, that my men and I could have triplanes. With machines such as those, we could clear the skies of the enemy.

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#4374186 - 08/13/17 10:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman, you never know. One day your wish may come true. winkngrin
Great report and thanks for the stats!


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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
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#4374187 - 08/13/17 10:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: August 12, 1917
Droglandt

It amazes me sometimes what a difference having one extra machine gun makes when you are in aerial combat. Which of course, begs the question, why did it take our brass so long to make the change and why are there still scout units flying scouts with only one machine gun? Today is a perfect example of what I mean. Normally, in the past attacking an observation machine was a very tricky business with only one gun. It still is, but the odds of survival have dramatically increased with the addition of a second gun.

This morning's patrol was a simple line patrol with the stated purpose of destroying the enemy's observation machines. We arrived at the front in the Ypres sector and after a couple of circuits, I see approaching two DFW C.Vs off in the distance. They have not spotted us as yet so I was able to maneuver around and attack out of the morning sun. We swooped down on them scattering them like a covey of quail. I pulled up from my dive underneath the leader and raked his machine from stem to stern thereby killing both the pilot and observer in one burst. The other enemy machine fared no better and it soon was also plunging earthward. The addition of the second gun gives us such an increase in firepower that it allows us to make attacks such as today, with the assurance that we can hit and kill both enemies in the same burst.

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The men quickly reformed and we continued our patrol. Our two hours were up and we were turning for home when I spotted a flight of three V strutters approaching from the south. Once again I signaled the flight and we turned as one to maneuver for an attack. As the distance closed, I noticed that these were not our normal friends, the Black Tails, but this enemy had yellow and black striped tails. We had never encountered this group before so we approached this encounter with a bit more caution. Because of our many engagements with the Black Tails, we have developed a grudging respect for them as pilots and men. We have no experience with this new group and to avoid underestimating their ability, I was more circumspect in my attack. I was sure glad that I was cautious in my approach because they are every bit as skilled as the Black Tails. The engagement eventually ended in a stalemate with neither side gaining any advantage and we both broke off and headed home.

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#4374242 - 08/14/17 01:15 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman, Thank you for the stats. Glad you are getting some stick time. Nice stories.

Edgar Everheart
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Edgar flamed a 2 seater SW of Monchy on his last mission. He is also the recipient of some bling. His squadron is a little miffed and think his father had something to do with it.

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#4374250 - 08/14/17 02:00 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted by MFair
Banjoman, Thank you for the stats. Glad you are getting some stick time. Nice stories.

Edgar Everheart
Auchel

Edgar flamed a 2 seater SW of Monchy on his last mission. He is also the recipient of some bling. His squadron is a little miffed and think his father had something to do with it.

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#4374371 - 08/14/17 11:33 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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MFair, congrats on the bling.

Aldi's finally back in the saddle.

16 April, 1917 Halluin

Aldi was sitting in the cockpit of his Albatros. The engine was running and getting warmed up. He looked around. Despite the ground crew's best efforts to get rid of it, Aldi could still spot blood stains here and there. The memory of the last mission was still fresh in his mind and playing in the back of his head. He was not afraid to go back up, in fact he was glad to be back flying, but he'd rather spend his time with Käte. A beautiful memory fading away with the motor vibrations becoming stable and uniform, letting him know they are ready to begin their mission. Now his duty is to serve the Fatherland and the Fatherland requires of him to escort two DFWs on reconnaissance mission over the Front. As his flight and the recon planes were gaining altitude Aldi could see a large battle south of Ypres unfolding before him. Large clouds of smoke and dust covering the battlefield and the carnage raging there.

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He thought of the men fighting below. How many of them will end up in the hospital? How many of them will be lucky enough to be cared for by Käte? How many of them will be unlucky to never have met her? How many will never even reach the hospital, but lie there in the dirt rotting for eternity? He could not imagine the numbers.
The flight was uneventful but useful nonetheless, not just for the intelligence they've helped gather, but for Aldi as well. To confirm that he is still useful to his Jasta, and healthy and strong enough to do it.

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#4374458 - 08/15/17 03:00 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks Fullofit, Glad Aldi is back up. Better get your head in the game Hoss, She will not be the first women to get a man killed. I must admit though, If her face was the last thought in your head before a bullet hit it you should die a happy man! biggrin Looking forward to where this story plays out.


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#4374467 - 08/15/17 03:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: carrick58]  
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Originally Posted by carrick58
Helmut von Hammer
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South Wing. Wimereux Medical


Aug 12, 1917.


The day nurse came in with a bright smile on her face and I knew that she was up to No good.

Have to say, I prefer Fullofit's nurse!

#4374469 - 08/15/17 03:18 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted by Banjoman


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Lt. Voss and Ofstv. Bernert off to my starboard


Lovely pic! Very atmospheric.

#4374578 - 08/15/17 10:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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BuckeyeBob, when are you going to stop being just an observer and join us?


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#4374579 - 08/15/17 10:05 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman and Mfair: Wow , just super pics

#4374580 - 08/15/17 10:08 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I like to watch. cool winkngrin

Also, most of my pilot's don't last long enough to write about!

#4374582 - 08/15/17 10:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Haha, know what you mean. In these DID campaigns, I seem to have incredible luck. In Olham's campaign, my pilot went into an uncontrollable spin at around 6000 ft. I fought and fought and had pretty much given up hope and wonder of wonders, I pull out at around 100 ft. That pilot went on and survived the war. Oh well, just know that you are always welcome to join us whenever you want.


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