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#4392427 - 12/01/17 04:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Raine: Nicely done story especially the Gun Drill. The way that it was woven into the story line blended well. I say, Well Done.

#4392434 - 12/01/17 04:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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62nd Casualty Clearing Station
and Hospital.
Bussy-le-Chateau, France.

Dec 1, 1917.



I left the Hospital and met some friends from the Embassy for a tour of the Hot Spots.

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#4392470 - 12/01/17 07:22 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Raine, I too enjoyed the weapons drill. All that was missing was some overzealous soldier yelling CHECK after the "weapon stops" portion.

Good to see Geoff making friends with Mr Bishop. Never hurts to have friends in the right places!

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Raine;

I'm a little late commenting on Corderoy's last exploit, however I had to say I found it very instructional and entertaining. I was looking forward to the interactions with Bishop. Nicely done Sir! Your previous post with the picture of Filescamp Farm has set me on a developmental binge to redo Filescamp and Isel Les Hameau airfields as they should be. I guess I will have my hands full for a bit.

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#4392544 - 12/02/17 01:17 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I fully agree, Robert. Another bang-on story by Raine.

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Your previous post with the picture of Filescamp Farm has set me on a developmental binge to redo Filescamp and Isel Les Hameau airfields as they should be. I guess I will have my hands full for a bit.

Go, Robert go!

#4392627 - 12/02/17 03:13 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Flt Sub-Lt Benjamin Kincaid

Life in 1 RNAS could not be better. The chaps ate in great spirits. A result of high scores and low casualties, I imagine. For the first time in a long time, I can feel myself smiling freely and laughing heartily. Their enthusiam and camaraderie is infectious.

Ive bonded well with Samuel Kinkead, Kink for short, is a loud humorous South Afrikaner, with a fondness for pranks. He lost his brother in a flying accident a few months ago, and he is determined to live so their mother does not have to go through that pain again.

My other new friend is Herbert Rowley, an Englishman from Crich, who goes by his middle name, Victor. He is fond of shouting it out after crushing me at any game I attempt against him. Table tennis and chess are his favourites and I have found myself lacking against him in every match.

Our patrols the last three days have been wonderfully dull affairs. Twice over the lines and once essentially circling our own airfield, never for much more than an hour or so. The greatest excitement occured this morning when James Foreman had to turn back due to a dud engine and ended up landing in the field next to the aerodrome, almost on top of our always grouchy neighbour.

The only stress right now is I am awaiting confirmation on a DIII I drove down several days ago. If it goes through, I will be an ace, like the majority of the rest of the Sqn.

It seema I have been made "de-facto leader" of B Flight on patrols. I am most comfortable out front and it means the other chaps dont have to worry about me amashing into them with my attrocious formation flying abilities. Everyone wins.

Rumour has it the replacement pilot for Benny will be arriving tomorrow. It will be nice to have an assigned wingman again, as it it tough to learn someones tendancies when they rotate every flight.

#4392688 - 12/02/17 04:47 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks so much for the comments, fellows. They are greatly appreciated. Dark Canuck, I'm enjoying Kinkaid's tale and am dying to hear more of life in Naval One.

This has been a long spell without flying, so here, before I head to the airport, is another installment in Corderoy's story...

Diary of 2/Lieut. Geoffrey Corderoy, RFC
Part 16: 29 July 1917

29 July 1917 – Filescamp Farm


The weather has been mixed today and few orders have come down so flying has been kept to a minimum. I’m back in the office all day. Lieutenant Guy, the regular RO, returns from leave this evening to relieve me of my duties as acting RO. This has been a good introduction to the squadron and especially to Major Patrick. The Major is a thoroughly sound fellow, and although he is new to squadron command he is taking to his role with confidence. I believe he wants to put his mark on the place. The squadron has been something of a boys’ party under Major Scott. Captains Molesworth and Bishop are indefatigable wags who carry on like prefects. Captain Caldwell, a New Zealander, is more of a proper leader in my view. The three of them live in a Nissen referred to as the “Hotel de Commerce,” which serves as a second mess and scene of drinking and merriment.

The Major has been conferring with the Great Man, as Sgt-Major Aspinall is generally called. From what I hear he wants to strike a balance between the light-hearted atmosphere he has found here and the sort of professional operation he wants. A few minutes ago I overheard him saying that the squadron was his weapon against the Hun and it’s in need of a good cleaning and oiling. The Great Man is in full agreement but seems to be cautioning him on the approach. I heard Bishop’s name mentioned, and also Lieutenant Fry's. Fry left the squadron shortly before my arrival. Unfortunately, the Major has just asked the Sgt-Major to close the office door and my day just got less interesting.

No tea for me. Am about to write up more combat reports for Wing. Captain Bishop went up with Captain Caldwell and Lieutenant Gunner. Gunner’s guns jammed and then Caldwell’s. Gunner was lost and Caldwell headed home. But when Caldwell noticed that Bishop was in a tight spot by himself he returned to the fray despite being unable to fire his weapons! I shall give Major Patrick a detailed report, as Caldwell’s bravery is certainly deserving of praise and recognition. Bishop has filed a claim for a lone Albatros, which he shot while alone. The EA fell completely out of control, he says. Caldwell could not confirm. I shall be on the phone all evening looking for word of Gunner and confirmation for “Bish.” I could not get confirmation of Bishop’s kill of yesterday.

The Great Man has left and Major Patrick has just come out of the office. Directions are to submit both of Bishop’s kills without comment and focus on getting word of Gunner.

Lieut. Guy has just returned. Round, somewhat darkish face and moustache. Looks more like the attendant at a Turkish bath than an officer type. Very pleasant chap, though, and very polished manner of speech. I have brought him up to speed and shall head to the mess to celebrate my liberation.

#4392896 - 12/03/17 02:37 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Lealvillers, Flanders.
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1 Victory


Dec 2, 1917.

B flight went up in the rain to escort Re 8's. I had to drop out as we were forming up. My motor was running rough and I couldnt get more the 60 % power. The flight saw no action.


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#4392947 - 12/03/17 01:35 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Finally had some time to catch up.
DC and Raine, great stories!
It always amazes me how much research goes into each and every story you post, Raine. I’ve said it and I’ll say it again. The amount of knowledge these stories contain blows me away. Keep it coming.
BTW, at least now we know who gets credit for all Corderoy’s kills. There has to be balance. Did the famous aces get special treatment when it came to confirmations?
Carrick, don’t forget your scarf! Winter is coming.


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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4392949 - 12/03/17 01:41 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I was also able to get current with everyone's adventures this morning whilst sipping my coffee.

Raine, Geoffrey is best rid of the priggish Major Babington, the man did him a favour sending him to 60 Squadron. Back in France with the likes of Bishop and Molesworth I predict Corderoy’s luck will turn round in all regards, confirmed claims included. Speaking of claims, he’d be smart to allow Bishop the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the wobbly ones, I hear the fellow can change his temper considerably when his integrity is questioned. Loved the misfire drill. Superb write-ups all of them.

Carrick, looks like Jeffrey enjoyed his stay at hospital as well as his two-day pass but now it’s time to get back to the task at hand. By the way, tricky landing in the dark there at Gorgue. And as mentioned by Raine, great snapshots of the bombing results from that earlier sortie. Well done.

MadKerbal, love the vintage photos. Tough show though on young Arthur’s untimely demise. Hope to see you back soon with a new pilot.

Dark Canuck, congratulations on Benjamin’s transfer back to France and his old digs at the Dunes. Rough start though, here’s hoping him a more mindful guardian angel then poor Byington’s and a confirmation on that Alb. The RNAS can always celebrate another ace.

Fullofit, hardly seems fair that the old hands should suffer with the clapped-out mounts while the green fliegers get the latest equipment. What happened to “rank has its privilege” eh? Fingers crossed Aldi will be blessed with a spanking new machine soon. And I don’t think Käte is the only one who has found the Baron to be somewhat of a prat.

Wonderful reports everyone, most enjoyable. Oh and Robert, Filescamp is on my list of aerodromes to be built at some point in the future. smile2

Cheers All!

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#4392962 - 12/03/17 02:47 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Fullofit]  
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Originally Posted by Fullofit
Did the famous aces get special treatment when it came to confirmations?


Great question, Fullofit! My impression, as least with regard to the RFC, is that it made a small difference, but that in Bishop's case it was more significant. I can't go along with Greenhous's cartoonish portrayal of him as a liar on a huge scale, nor can I agree fully with Peter Kilduff's willingness to cut him slack on anything that can't be definitively called a lie. I'm working on a statistical review of Bishop's claims, cross-referencing four different works. Early indications show a significantly higher occurrence of sightings and claims in his lone wolf missions. The bottom line is that Bishop was undoubtedly a brave man and a fine shot, but he was a classic and (when helpful, a charming) narcissist given to wishful thinking and blatant exaggeration and fantasy. His first CO, Jack Scott, clearly supported him, as did his wing commander, LCol Pretyman. There are so many oddities about Bishop's claims and about the irregular path his VC recommendation took. I think he became untouchable. When Patrick took over 60 the Bishop bandwagon had too much momentum for anyone to check.

Lou, great to hear from you. Hope you're enjoying the weekend read.

#4392966 - 12/03/17 02:56 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Fascinating stuff, Raine!

On top of all the other wonderful features of WOFF, we should probably also add that WOFF UE is one of those rare handful of games (perhaps the only one) that has actually contributed to scholarly research in an area of significant historical interest.

Well done!

#4392976 - 12/03/17 04:11 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks Raine, I have a feeling that if MvR were playing WOFF he’d probably finish with only 55 kills, or less.


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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
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Lou, I'm already working on Filescamp! biggrin

I will send you the mod for the first test when it is done.

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#4392993 - 12/03/17 05:44 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Lealvillers, Flanders.
France

1 Victory
Dec 3, 1917.

2 flights, the only fight was on the 1st Patrol.

Dawn Patrol over the lines, our 5 a/c dived on 7 to 8 e/a's We lost 1 they lost 1. I managed to get off a few bursts at a blue and red e/a then lost everyone in the dark skies so RTB.

Afternoon: The Sqn's 7 a/c covered the Aerodromes. No enemy contact.


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Late afternoon at Lealvillers:

While outside the Mess, I spotted a monoplane looking for a place to land. I figured it was some Frenchie looking for Juice. It turned out to be Wing Commander Park paying a visit. He did a few touch and goes to show that he kept a hand in it then left . I say, Marvelous\\

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You really had to be crazy or brave, or both to fly these things. Thanks Carrick. Enjoyed that one.


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#4393059 - 12/04/17 12:36 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Flt Lt Benjamin Kincaid
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1 RNAS

"What was his name again? Corey, Carney?" asked Kink.

"Carey," I answered with frustration as we sipped our coffee in the mess. Not even two hours after joining the Squadron, he was gone. Killed in a collision born out of his own greed, inexperience and stupidity. "Why do they send them to us so green?" I lamented, "Eleven hours of flight time is not enough to survive here."

The boy had arrived about an hour before the daily patrol, plunking his kit down atop the free cot in my tent and smiling with that eager smile all the foolish boys wear when they first arrive at the Front. We barely had time to exchange pleasantries before it was time for the briefing from the boss. It was going to be an easy jaunt, perfect for getting your feet wet. A simple Friendly Lines patrol, to the front and back. Nothing to worry about, with Fritz usually staying on his side of the fence.

We were sending out the full cast on this one, two full flights to conduct the run, with me in the lead of B Flight. I instructed the young lad to stick close, pay attention and keep out of any fights. Just circle above, keep your eyes open and try to learn a bit about surviving.

I figured it would be easy enough to keep my eye on him, with him flying the only other Triplane in the Squadron. We left Bray Dunes, circled to 12000ft and headed South-East towards the lines, with nothing but clear blue skies to accompany us. The young lad seemed to be doing fine with formation flying, which was a good start and left me feeling pleased. We reached the lines without incident and, just as we were turning back, I caught a glimpse of something headed West off my starboard side.

Figuring it to be a group of friendlies flying that far behind our lines, I figured we would head in that direction and say hi, giving the new lad a bit more stick time and a better tour of our operating area. As we got closer, I found it a little odd that the group of planes was turning to face us. I climbed higher, trying to increase our height advantage in case I was wrong as to their allegiance. By the time we saw the little black crosses, we already knew the game was afoot. We had a five hundred foot height advantage and equal numbers, with A flight turning away before they saw us head West.

They turned out to be a group of DIIIs. The Huns controlling them were very good. Soon we were spread across the sky, twisting, turning, dancing and trying to give each other a gentle caress from our guns. We were doing well. I saw at least two huns go down under the guns of Camels. In the fight, I lost track of Carey, caring more about keeping the huns from getting me in their sights and trying to get them in mine. After a protracted battle I did manage to send a conclusive burst into the cockpit of one of the bloody huns and I watched him lazily spiral into the ground, with Vic Rowley keeping watch.

I looked around to see what could be seen and spotted a group of ours going after a lone DIII making a run for his side of the lines. I cringed as I watched no less than four of our machines were crisscrossing and overlapping in an attempt to get a firing position. I swore to myself as I saw that one of the bunch had an extra set of wings. I flew over helplessly, expecting to see disaster at any second. I saw Carey fire a burst into the Hun and the DIII caught fire. The poor Hun was still alive and fought valiantly with the controls to bring himself down under control. I cant even imagine the horror and terror that he experienced on the way down.

I began a long slow turn back towards the North, sighing relief, when I heard a loud bang and saw a separate smoke trail and a triplane wobbling unsteadily away, circling towards the ground. In his excitement of victory, he lost sense of his surrounding and plowed full on into Richard Minifie and sent them both into the dirt. Miraculously, Richard survived with minor wounds. Carey was not as lucky.

Stupid kid. Poor, stupid kid.

I was pulled out of my funk by an orderly instructing me to report to the CO's office. I quickly drained my coffee and headed towards the office, exchanging a confused glance with Kink as I left.

The CO was a weary looking man, aged well beyond his 32 years. I stood to attention and announced myself. He instructed me to come in, giving no hint in his tone as to the purpose of this visit. He looked at me with a hint of sympathy and asked how I was doing. He seemed pleased that I said I was in good form.

"Good then, Ben, because there are three things I wish to speak with you about. First, it is time to bring this squadron fully into the present. You are being assigned a Camel. Get re-familiarized with it as soon as you can."

"Yes Sir!" I replied with a grin.

"Second, I have received confirmation on both your victory from today and your other outstanding claim!"

I have to admit, this was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas had come early. This put me up to six victories! I was now one of the top scorers in the squadron.

"Finally, it has come to my attention that you are strolling around the aerodrome out of dress. This is unacceptable and I am going to have to take steps to prevent this kind of nonsense." He slowly walked around his desk holding my gaze. My eyes betrayed my surprise. I had no idea what he was talking about. He cut me off with hand as I tried to stammer out some kind of reply. His intense stare broke into a large grin.

"Congratulations on your promotion, Flt Lt Kincaid! Now off to the mess with you. I'm sure your compatriots will be expecting you and your money. Dismissed."

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Congrats DC! Terrific tale, two confirmed kills, and a promotion. What a day! Thanks for the great read.

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Fullofit:

Thanks hope to find more of those. Its kind of a pain because I dont have a movie maker program. ( Need cuts that fit a small time frame, cant edit ect, ) Hopefully, I may find more.

Wow 2 kills and U R a new guy ! Good going. D.C.

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