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#4459793 - 02/03/19 03:15 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Rick, you are correct, never gripe about getting another day to live!

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Mission 4

Another escort mission to bomb military installations at Walton. Other than a lot of flak it was a walk in the park.

Why does it seem things are going to change from these relatively easy mission?


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#4459809 - 02/03/19 06:12 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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"Empty Missions"......OK...#3 a milk run....patrol our own airfields....no harm, no foul. I've NEVER encountered a bandit on these missions.....I'm a bit hazy on my history but perhaps the Brits never ventured south at this stage of the game? I'm not complaining...my first 2 I had to ditch both times...bagged a few EA but should probably dial it back a bit if I want to survive. Good luck all..............

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#4459820 - 02/03/19 07:33 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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I believe they stayed in their home field exclusively at this time?

#4459821 - 02/03/19 07:40 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Steinhoff Lownenbrau 2 Mission 4



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#4459823 - 02/03/19 07:47 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Well.................I'm toast. Dipped down to crush a squadron of Hurris taking off, it was irresistable, and paid the price. Should have paid attention to that angel that said kept whispering in my ear... "stay up high....never have fun". But for whatever it's worth...hosing a stream of ammo along the take-off path and seeing the bad chaps, one after another crash may have been worth it. Lesson here....lost my focus and played a game instead of the Challenge! So.....don't #%&*$# up you guys!!! Good Luck!!! Rick.....with infinite regret....cross a line thru my name. Thx......LETS DO IT AGAIN!!!

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#4459825 - 02/03/19 08:20 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Gaw, that hurt! Yep, take chances and you die. What was it that took you out? Groundfire?


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#4459835 - 02/03/19 09:55 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: MFair]  
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Yes..........MG/Flak...don't know...was hoping I could soar away having served the Brits a bit of what for...and then...a hell of whallop and all the guages went south....engine packed it in....but I didn't "escape" this time after bailing out....got what I deserved. So....be dull, be cautious, be careful....live to fight another day. Cheers...gaw1

#4459841 - 02/03/19 10:38 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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(I JG 54) Combat Operations... 15 August 1940

Attack mission, on the Fairlight Installation Chain Home (Low)
Two Schwarm's will carry out the operation...

Schwarn Eins will provide high cover
Schwarm Zwei will mount the main attack

Note: Main target building is small and in the open... (see Int photo below). Expect small arms and light flak defences.

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Take off 1500hrs, distance to target 125 km.
Time to target, 20 mins. Weather over target: expect partial cloud.
Approach altitude to enemy coastline 4700m.

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MAX STADLER, DIARY RECORD.

I could not sleep much last night... Today is my first combat mission with the Staffel. To say I am excited would be an understatement!
The old hands have made us, the new pilots welcome over the last few days and have gone out of their way to provide us with as much of their experience and knowledge, plus
orientation and combat training flights as we could handle.

Yes, excitement and perhaps an acknowledgement of an increase of the usual butterflies that one feels before taking a step into an unknown scenario.
But to be honest, they disappeared as soon as my aircrafts engine roared into life as the Staffel prepared to take off, and then all my concentration was focused on managing my Emil!

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My Schwarm Leader, Hauptgefreiter Grueneberg, warned me to stay vigilant from the moment I took off, to the moment I came into land, as the Tommies will know we are coming.
He had no need to worry, as my eyes were everywhere I can assure you.

The first thing I noticed was that we did not approach from 4700m as our orders stated, but as we approached England we were only at 2900m as the coastline came into view.

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I don't think anything could have prepared me for the amount of flak that the Tommies put up as we crossed over the coast... the noise could be heard over my engine,
and I could feel it too, whenever a close one jostled little Emil around like a childs toy... I'm not scared to say I was 'a little worried'...

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Grueneberg led us inland and westward, but keeping the coast to our left at all times... I then realised that Zeuch wasn't with us, and that he must have been hit.
But more worryingly, the enemy flak was simply following our Schwarm as we progressed towards our target at Fairlight... and our leader was only cruising at 2000m at less than 300 km/h.
I remember thinking that this was madness, but Grueneberg must know what he is doing, surely?

There was a flash to my right, and I was horrified to see Rehwald's aircraft belch fire and smoke, then turn over and it went straight down, but I did see him bail out, thank god.
After that it was just grit my teeth, hold it together and pray the same thing didn't happen to me, as the flak had intensified as we passed by Hawkinge airfield...

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At last Fairlight station came into view, and the Hauptgefreiter went full power and we all screamed down after him, thankful that we were at combat speed...
We made three attacks on the station, and each time the Englander AA was forever present, looking for another victim... it is safe to say I was sweating, and scared.
Somehow, no one was hit, but I know for sure I hit the target building with my cannons on at least one of our attacks.

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At full power we raced away, out to sea... but we weren't safe yet.
Where was the Royal Air Force?... after all the flak they put up, plus we passed close by at least two of their airfields, we were pretty sure they would attempt an intercept as we made our way back across the 'Canal'.

At any second I was expecting someone to shout out 'INDIANER', and I was looking constanly behind and above so much that my neck was aching... yet, nothing!

I can say, that I was never more relieved to see friendly shores again, and that touching down and taxying in at our home field, watching our Kameraden gliding in to land was a joyful and emotional moment.
I had survived my first real test over enemy lines, but was aware that others had not been so lucky...

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On debrief, I sat in a bit of a daze, listening to the others, only then realising that men were lost, and this experience was going to happen to me again and again.
I was informed by Grueneberg that I had done 'ok' but had fell out of formation a couple of times and that it was never to happen again.

Later, we had a 'congratulations' from higher formation on our attack... we had severely damaged the station, but at a cost.
Our Schwarm had lost two aircraft... Zeuch had bailed out over the sea and was missing. Even though I had seen him bail, Rehwald had been killed in action according to a despatch from the British.

Schwarm Eins had lost their Flight Leader, Oberleutnant Haehnike... bailed out, missing.

I suppose I should be writing that I am elated, but somehow I can't be bothered, I'm tired, exhausted even, but the old hands told me it's normal, I'll get used to it, but more importantly, as I have completed my first combat, I have to report to the bar and buy them all a very large drink... Hals und beinbruch!!!

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#4459844 - 02/03/19 10:50 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 2. Coastal Patrol. No air contact, but missing 2 a/c upon return listed as missing/ Destroyed.

Mission 3. Escort. Fighter contact I couldnt get in a good position as I dove they would turn so I went high to re- peat and lost them. Another 109 went done in the Channel, I spotted him with smoke trailing joined up then his motor stopped and in the drink he went called Base to pass along ditching information. Then RTB

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#4459859 - 02/04/19 01:54 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 4.

What a waste. My Kette of 4 a/c was to target cover / Ground attacker's for 4 He 111's bombing some kind of tall towers at the limit of our range. Over the Area we circled at 18000 as the He 111's came in. I was Bingo on fuel so headed back on less power ,but slanting down to maintain speed. I did notice 3 e/a low going inland,but low on fuel I kept headed for France. I landed at the 1st AF as I was down to 18 % Fuel. The other 3 a/c never came back. Fuel ? Flack ? E/a ?.

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#4459870 - 02/04/19 04:15 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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gaw1, sorry you're out, I'm sure I will be soon, I keep getting dumb luck it should run out soon!

Trooper117 awesome report! Nothing more to say, you said it all!

carrick, keep up the good work!

#4459955 - 02/04/19 09:30 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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LT Hans Falke
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Mission 5 was cancelled due to lack of a/c My Saffel only has 3 machines so was held in reserve.

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Rick, Congrates on the victory. It was, as you say, costly!
Trooper, very nice story and some fine screen shots!
Carrick, good to see you have survived.

Lt. Rudolf Grebbs.
Mission 5
Escort some Bombers to day. One heck of a fight. Planes twisting and turning all over. I got hits on two of them but nothing conclusive so did not bother with any claims. Our flight claimed 2 but we lost one of ours also.

Mission 6
Escort some JU88's to bomb factories at Dover.Another barn burner! Dove on some Spitfires intent on the bombers. One short burst and I blew his left wing off! The fight broke up fast after that and on the way home came upon a lone Spit trying to sneak up on 2 of ours. He never saw me coming and I sent him down in a trail of smoke. Both kills confirmed and they even gave me a medal to boot!

Thats it for me this week Gents. Having fun and keep the stories coming.


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#4459975 - 02/04/19 11:58 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Steinhoff Lowenbrau 2 Mission 5

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#4460012 - 02/05/19 11:04 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Good stuff Lowenbrau!

Normal evasive procedure when attacked from behind by British fighters... push nose down, full power, get separation and then rapid change of direction.
Tommies can't follow you because their fighters don't have direct fuel injection, their engine will cut out for a few moments, giving you time to get away... (hoping this is modelled in game)


As to escape and evasion... I'm sure this game mechanic is set on WoFF lines, where in WWI, getting back across no mans land and back to your unit within 3 days 'may' have been a possibility.
But this just isn't right for a BoB scenario in my view... Unless of course your name in Von Werra! (but that's another story)... yep

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#4460028 - 02/05/19 03:17 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Trooper117]  
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Agree on all points!
Originally Posted by Trooper117
Good stuff Lowenbrau!

Normal evasive procedure when attacked from behind by British fighters... push nose down, full power, get separation and then rapid change of direction.
Tommies can't follow you because their fighters don't have direct fuel injection, their engine will cut out for a few moments, giving you time to get away... (hoping this is modelled in game)


As near as I can remember, it is modeled at least somewhat for the player, not sure what the AI pilot experiences...

Originally Posted by Trooper117

As to escape and evasion... I'm sure this game mechanic is set on WoFF lines, where in WWI, getting back across no mans land and back to your unit within 3 days 'may' have been a possibility.
But this just isn't right for a BoB scenario in my view... Unless of course your name in Von Werra! (but that's another story)... yep


I figured that too, so I tried to work it in with my backstory. It's also a bit of a callback to Olham's "Trains Across The Lines" in WOFF... rofl

#4460040 - 02/05/19 05:32 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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MFair: I wont last much longer without more wing mates. Flying over England with only 2 or 3 a/c is a Death wish.

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Mission 6

Offensive Patrol : Departed with 5 a/c to lure the English up. The only thing that came up was Flack hot and Heavy. Returned with 4 a/c. What is Hq thinking when planing these missions?

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#4460091 - 02/06/19 12:19 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 7

Factory Attack at Folkestone: Our 3 a/c were sent to make a Jabo attack , with our cannons and Mg's , on the English Buildings, ( I think maybe sending Stukas would have been better ) Anyway, we went in at 8000 ft and got jumped by Spitfires. I got off a few shells then had 2 Fighters on my tail and took numerous hits I did a haft roll nosing down and headed for France. Gaining the Coast the Motor spitted and sputtered losing power. My Emile glides like a Stone so I Bailed out and landed near a town.

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#4460097 - 02/06/19 01:32 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Carrick, you’re having a rough time Bud, hang on.


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