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#4408473 - 03/02/18 02:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Canuck. Nice supplementary data on squadron deployment and in particular, the rename of Berlin to Kitchener. Kitchener still has a strong German influence. It is a favorite location visited by many for October fest. "Pigtails, saurkraut, and beer of many German varieties".

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#4408491 - 03/02/18 03:16 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The week has been busy, great stories guys

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Mr. Wiggins mentioned October Fest

https://giphy.com/gifs/october-feast-3ov9k8Pnlr07ONnl3q/fullscreen

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#4408495 - 03/02/18 03:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Luthor Linderman
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Jasta 8 Wassigny, Flanders.


March 2, 1918.

The schwarm was up om a 1st light Patrol and I think I got my 1st Victory a Spad. I was covering my leader . after he made a pass on a French machine , I made mind and he started to smoke with a stopped propeller. I watched as he crashed on our side of the lines near and Arty Camp. After landing, the snow came grounding the flights.

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#4408639 - 03/02/18 11:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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DC,

Ripping good yarn, as they say! I'm really enjoying you tales of life in 62. It's not a unit we read of much. Good historical notes. About the same time Kitchener got its name , the Royal Family became Windsors. Being called Saxe-Coburg-Gotha wasn't cool after a Gotha bombed my paternal grandfather's elementary school in London in June 1917 (fortunately he was 19 by then and living in Glasgow ).

#4408735 - 03/03/18 07:56 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Luthor Linderman
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Jasta 8 Wassigny, Flanders.


March 3, 1918.


No flights due to Weather.

#4408838 - 03/04/18 05:10 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jasta 8 Wassigny, Flanders.

March 4, 1918.


Down again due to weather

#4408895 - 03/05/18 12:42 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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4 November, 1917 Harlebeke
Jasta 18

The clear November sky was carrying 3 battle planes towards their intended target. The quick Rumplers were making great progress towards Bailleul Asylum, their enemy’s base. A mixed flight of Albatros and Pfalz machines was following them closely behind. The pilot of the leading Pfalz was gritting his teeth. The engine throttle of his crate was fully open but he could barely keep up with the speedy bombers. His blue and red airplane was slowing everyone else down. They were nearly there. Aldi scanned the sky around and found only Schwarm Eins to his starboard few klicks away providing a defensive screen. He looked past the Rumplers toward the target, sitting down there all ripe and juicy, ready for some eggs to be dropped on it. They were flying straight into the jaws of the lion and he knew there will be hell to pay on the way back. It seems they’ve caught the Englanders with their Hosen down. Only 2 scouts were patrolling above the aerodrome. A pair of SE types lunged at the German bombers, but were instantly repelled by their escort. Schwarzkopf parked his Pfalz behind one of the angular contraptions and opened fire. Bits of debris started to fly away from the English scout and the plane itself made a weak attempt to get away. He picked up speed in a dive that the Pfalz couldn’t match and it looked like he was Scott free, but then the engine begun to misfire and the German pilot caught up, sending one volley after another. It was then that the Britisher slumped in his seat and the SE5a went down from 2000 m trailing petrol vapours.

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The other enemy machine was nowhere to be found and with the skies cleared, the Rumplers commenced their attack. Bombs started to rain down and explode with angry thuds below. Aldi circled the field in a bank admiring the fireworks.
Once empty, the bombers wrapped up their attack and took the shortest route back home, while Kette Zwei followed some distance behind and Kette Eins patrolled nearby. The surrounding sky seemed suspiciously devoid of angry enemy machines which worried Aldi. He kept his head on a swivel, making note of Hugo Schafer, who was following him closely with the viper painted on his fuselage keeping watch.

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All of a sudden something in the distance caught his eye. It was Kette Eins. There were twice as many of them as before. Schwarzkopf realized they’ve been ambushed and appear to be in trouble. He made a quick decision to leave the Rumplers and rush to his Kameraden’s aid. Once he got close enough he realized they’re being harassed by two flights of Bristols. When Kette Zwei engaged, the furball had already devolved into individual fights. Aldi picked one that was chasing Runge and pounced. The tail of the pursuing Brisfit came into view quickly and a hailstorm of bullets from Schwarzkopf’s Spandaus shredded the canvas. English pilot reacted instantly by rolling his kite on his back and diving for cover.

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Aldi didn’t follow, but Schafer and his viper did. He watched from above as Schafer finished off the wounded Englander. The two-seater stalled and rammed into the ground near Bailleul. The remaining fighters were either severely damaged or falling to their doom. Schwarzkopf, low on ammunition, decided to conclude the engagement and return to base. He gave the signal and the rest of his flight followed him back to the closest field. The Rumplers were already on the ground when they reached the airfield. Another successful mission.

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"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4408914 - 03/05/18 03:42 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good Show

#4408917 - 03/05/18 04:00 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Luthor Linderman
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Jasta 8 Wassigny, Flanders.
1 Victory

March 5, 1918.

Morning Parade: My Claim for a Spad was Rejected by Hq. They said 3 other pilots made the same claim so the Ranking Pilot got the Victory.

Over the lines, Alarm ! Spads. We engaged and I followed and chased one then he broke off and went home. While doing what the French call a Chandell, I spotted our Jasta 's top cover engaging a flight of six British machines so I went to help. As one spun down runing from one our pilots , He flew by in front of me . Kicking the rudder , I hit him with bullets out of 3 bursts of 40-42 rds from my guns and he spun down crashing near our AF. I had proof this time. Intelligence reported that it was a Camel and came from 73 sgn RFC according to a Tailoring bill in his Flying Coat pocket.

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#4409113 - 03/06/18 02:54 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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1 Victory


March 6, 1918.


Another scrap with Camels, they didn't have the same markings as last time maybe a new unit ? I can confirm 1 of the four victory's claimed a flamer by our flight leader. On the downside we lost 1 a/c and pilot.

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#4409315 - 03/07/18 12:25 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick, you are certainly a trooper. Hope your new fellow is doing well. Fullofit, please keep the Aldi stories coming. They are really well done and the photos are outstanding!

Diary of Capt. Geoffrey Corderoy, RFC
Part 37: 2-6 November 1917

2 November 1917 – Poperinghe


Driving rain, so catching up on the paperwork today. I had plans to visit 29 Squadron (Nieuports), with whom we share the aerodrome, but they are ahead of me and the Squadron Commander, Maj De Crespigny shows up with his flight commander. And what should I behold, but “Moley” Molesworth, the inveterate practical joker from 60 Squadron. He is in high spirits and very pleased that I have been successful in the last few months. He even suggests that I should pass Bishop’s mark before long, something I hadn’t really considered.

We make a fine feed of it, breaking out some paté and Champagne as I have given the steward the day off. We spend a good two hours talking shop. The push is over, we believe. The casualties have once again been heavy, with the only gains a small improvement in the lines. We all think the war could last another three years.

Cpl Gregory, our mess steward, is a Scot, which means that our meals are hearty but overly plain. I have had thoughts of contracting with a local Frenchwoman as I did at Ste-Marie-Cappel, but the steward is a corporal on our strength and I shouldn’t know what to do with him. I am toying with the idea of getting the officers to take turns preparing a special meal as a form of entertainment, although in truth it is a form of self-preservation. Cpl Gregory thinks that – with the greatest respect, sir – it’s a “daft” idea but will go along with it.

I take the car to Dunkirk in the afternoon and do some shopping: shaving soap, magazines, marmalade, and ink.

3 November 1917

Weather clears around two, and a half-hour later I am off with Sigismund’s flight for an offensive patrol along the Menen Road. We spot a large group of Albatri crossing the enemy trenches, heading northwest towards the aerodrome north of Menen itself. I lead the chaps down on them and we pair off at only a thousand feet. I select a plain yellow machine who has attacked me from the right, holing my upper plane. The Camel loses no time in snapping around to the right. My first burst, a slight deflection shot, seems to injure the pilot. My second sends him slamming into the earth at the edge of town. Sigismund seconds my claim, so this is #31!

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"My second sends him slamming into the earth at the edge of town."

4 November 1917

OP over the southern sector (Lens / Vimy / Arras). See nothing.

5 November 1917

Up at 8:30 a.m. Patrol the Menen Road again. Chase a DFW and send it down out of control, but the claim cannot be confirmed.

At 4:30 we are up and headed south to Lens again, this time armed with Le Prieurs and heading for a new balloon near that town. I head straight in, leading “B” Flight. Before I can loose the rockets the balloon is smoking. When the rockets release the thing explodes before they even touch it. Sigismund is directly behind and totally annoyed that he didn’t get a crack at it. This is number 32!

On the way back across the lines we spot two distant machines over our lines, obviously in a scrap. On closer approach, they are a French SPAD and a Hunnish Pfalz. We all muck in on the Pfalz and Aldred sends him down – his first.

Celebration tonight in the mess. I seem to have a reputation that I don’t like roughhousing in the mess, but I pass on the message that the lads can smash whatever they like as long as it’s all replaced and put right before tea the following day. In the end, there is only one chair and a side table to replace.

6 November 1917

Airfield attack on Phalempin. We drop our bombs among some two-seaters on the field and return home, having encountered nothing but intense Archie.

Received a letter from Catherine. Very sweet. She has been accepted as a VAD member and is thrilled to have acquired her blue dress and white cap. She is bound for London for training this week and very excited. “Fondly” has become “affectionately.” We met for scarcely an hour. Some impression!

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#4409343 - 03/07/18 02:44 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks, I try to hang in there.

#4409348 - 03/07/18 03:32 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Raine;

So how are you liking the Camel? It's a given that visibility in the Camel is a challenge in the beastie, and that is particularly so when your opponent is flitting about all over the sky and you are nice and close behind him. One warning mate! Do not stall out in a vertical climb because a spin out can be nigh to impossible to recover from especially if it is a tail down scenario.


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#4409349 - 03/07/18 03:34 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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1 Victory

March 7, 1918.

Camels in the morning and Brisfits in the afternoon, but no score for me.

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#4409411 - 03/07/18 01:21 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick that is a nice screening. Big Cumulus framing your bird.


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#4409432 - 03/07/18 03:57 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks Mr. Wiggins. Shots like that from WOFF makes me wish that I had expensive up to date Graphics. However, I can still enjoy the eye candy .

#4409443 - 03/07/18 04:50 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Robert,

I'm finding the Camel a challenge, which is one of the reasons I wanted to give 70 Squadron a go. I have learned to handle the Camel more smoothly and find it demands far more aggressive rudder work. Part of the challenge is not to bleed off too much speed. I ease into turns and gradually increase the tightness, but I'm still bleeding off speed too much. Perhaps I simply have to learn to trade height for speed more than I've had to in the past.

The visibility is a nuisance after the SE5a. Twice I've been surprised by taking hits while in a steep bank from an EA I didn't see because of the upper wing, but so far I haven't been wounded or lost power as a result. All that said, I love the impact of the twin Vickers. Flaming a balloon before reaching Le Prieur range is one example, and knocking two seaters down with fairly brief full-deflection bursts is another.

Just yesterday I got into a spin, the first in a few days, and I thought I'd never get out of it. I finally did, but I'm not sure how.

#4409450 - 03/07/18 04:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Avoid stalling in a climb and make sure you can get your nose down with the last bit of energy as nose down is recoverable. I always watch my airspeed in those climbs but because I have a force feedback stick I get early warning shake that helps significantly. I wish more joystick were made with it.

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#4409528 - 03/07/18 11:51 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick, looks like you're finally flying for the right side, heh heh!
Raine, another great report. I am intrigued by Cathy's letters the most. Don't give it away, keep us in suspense!
Here are a few pics from the other careers I'm trying to keep up with.

Adjutant Hercule Zenon is dancing the waltz with a Pfalz over the Marne sector.

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Captain Edward Nygma is about to get some answers.

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Here he is after stopping and asking for directions.

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#4409529 - 03/08/18 12:06 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Waltz ? are u sure thats not a Jig ?

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