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#4460799 - 02/10/19 10:52 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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lol!... that's what I call major battle damage...

#4460804 - 02/10/19 11:26 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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A little gaffer's tape will fix that right up, carrick!

That's probably it, Trooper, I wish I had a better idea of what I was supposed to be doing, just keep practicing, I guess! thumbsup

#4460931 - 02/11/19 11:44 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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The Gruppe's ground personnel found a few more Barely damaged, slightly used machines. With some paint and Duck Tape , The riggers will have some ready. for mission 10.

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#4460945 - 02/12/19 12:43 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Steinhoff Lowenbrau 2
Mission 9
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This is the shot that says it all:
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Usually, I'm the guy in the British plane doing the ramming, so a nice bit of symmetry there! rofl


Interestingly, he died just like his father!


Good luck to everyone still in!

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#4460988 - 02/12/19 11:20 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Bad luck mate!... just nothing much you could do about that one frown

#4461003 - 02/12/19 12:42 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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OH NOOOOOOO! But what a screenie! I'm never that fast on the K to grab THAT moment.....

#4461008 - 02/12/19 01:37 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Thanks, guys! gaw1, I'm not that fast either, it's a still from the video capture! thumbsup

#4461037 - 02/12/19 05:10 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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AHA.......gotta learn how to do that. Best I manage is a bit of debris after the fact....too busy avoiding a collision and jinking sideways to avoid the next bad chap

#4461038 - 02/12/19 05:11 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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No Wat, What a way to go still the screen shot is spectacular

#4461095 - 02/13/19 01:54 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Rick, say it ain’t so! Where are we going to get out beer.....I mean, bad luck old man. Such a good start too.

Trooper, excellent report Sir!

Carrick, if you can’t fly, you can’t die. There may be something to that.

I will catch up tomorrow


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#4461233 - 02/13/19 08:41 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 7
Escort Ju88's to bomb military instalation at Bromley. All went well to the target except for the constant flak. the bombers were jumped by Hurricanes over the target. I rolled in behind one that was intent on shooting down a JU and I unloaded my whole supply of cannon and machine guns into him and sent him down smoking. Returned to base and put in my claim which was confirmed. They even gave me another medal!

Mission 8
Patrol our own fields at Douai. A day in the park!

Mission 9
Escort bombers to Eastchurch. We tangled with a flight of Hurricanes over the target. I had a near collision with one and scored a lucky hit another as he turned over and went straight down. Our squad claimed 2 more.


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#4461276 - 02/14/19 01:28 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 10. We had 4 109's up and somewhere over Dover we ran into Spitfires I got one then lost everyone in a cloud bank. I was the only a/c to return. Imagine my surprise over the news awaiting me.




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#4461280 - 02/14/19 01:50 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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"It's not how many times you get killed, Mr. Wayne, it's how many times you rise yourself back up from the dead."

good reports, you guys! Hang in there!

#4461354 - 02/14/19 03:45 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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(I JG 54) Combat Operations... 24 August 1940

Escort...The entire Staffel will carry out the operation...
Schwarn Eins will provide high cover
Schwarm Zwei will provide close escort for IKG 55 who will bomb Hawkinge airfield.


Take off 1400hrs, distance to target 67 km.
Time to target, 10 mins. Weather over target: expect broken cloud.
Rendez altitude 3000m.
Route to target altitude, 4500m.
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MAX STADLER, DIARY RECORD.

After being fished out of the Canal, I was taken to hospital and was allowed to rest for 24hrs... Much needed and I slept like a log.
After getting the all clear from the chief medical officer, I was told that a car had been sent for me from Guines.

Rosenfeld had come to fetch me in person... he smiled and shook my hand warmly.

''If it wasn't for you Max I'd have been done for, I can't thank you enough for shaking that Tommy off my tail''

His smile was then replaced by a grim expression. He went on to tell me that he was the only one from our Schwarm that had made it back.

''Burkart Auler, Krueger, and Dunkel, all gone, presumed dead''...

''I thought you had had it too. But yesterday afternoon we had a message that you had been picked up and that you were safe, here in the hospital''


I couldn't take it in, they were gone... But then he said there was a maximum effort on this afternoon, and as I had been cleared for flying again I was 'on the board'.

One good bit of news was that Piller had been assigned to our new Schwarm again... I was glad to see him as we needed a pilot with his experience to lead us.
On the briefing before we left, I noticed that there were only nine pilots left fit for operations.
Schwarm Eins had three pilots assigned, but we had six as we were close escort.

On the way to our aircraft, Piller shouted ...''Come on boys, time to make those Tommies pay up!''
With a wave and a rude gesture he ran to his 109...


As we RV'd with the bombers, I remember thinking, ''we are really going to give it to them this time''... there were several waves of bombers all heading for England, with twin engined 110's above them, all bound for that airfield.
They better have their funny tin hats on, this is going to upset their day...

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As we crossed the coastline and headed for Hawkinge, as usual, we were met by flak, shortly afterwards I looked to my left and pressed my RT button... ''Enemy fighters... 10 oclock level''
No flak near them I thought... got to be the enemy!

Piller's calm voice came back, instructing myself and Rosenfeld to stick with the bombers at all costs...

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I didn't like the orders, but obeyed them...
I watched what was left of our Staffel turn into the enemy formation, then, as we followed the bombers on their run in to target, the 110's peeled off and dove down like a pack of Stuka's to the airfield.
I listened to the radio transmissions, at one point hearing Piller say he was engaging... others saying they were in trouble or heading home.

I followed the bombers as ordered, but when the French coastline came into view and the first bombers passed the coast, I had already decided I was going back.
I checked around for Rosenfeld, but he wasn't there... Had he been shot down? Or had he decided that he was going back as well?
No time to worry about it, so I went to full combat power and headed back...

It didn't take long, soon the angry flak could be seen all around the coast and inland around Hawkinge.
As I neared the airfield I saw a Spitfire at low level, he had not seen me for sure, but as I closed in the pilot bailed out as another 109 screamed past him...
I then noticed the rest of my flight at low level heading back out to sea, so I joined them and made my way back to friendly skies, happy to see that at least four had made it back.

It was then I realised... ''Where was Piller?''

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#4461507 - 02/15/19 01:46 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Good job keeping the goal in mind, Trooper! Did you lose any bombers?


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#4461513 - 02/15/19 02:17 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Yes Rick, I decided to stay with the bombers as that was the mission, so I put that into the 'story'...
The bombers reached the French coast without loss (surprisingly)... so I turned back as I could still hear the RT, and the flak was still around Hawkinge area. so the Staffel and the 110's were still active.
Typical though, as I joined the party and latched onto the Spitfire, I was amazed to see a chute appear... another 109 had got it!
Then they all legged it back and I went with them...
Not sure how long this luck will last, but it's good fun all the same biggrin

#4461665 - 02/16/19 03:33 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 10
Escort to Rockford. Hit by swarms of Spits and Hurricanes! I stayed on the defensive the whole fight. I finally dove into the clouds and headed to France. Half way across the channel my engine started to loose power and had to bail. Picked up by a patrol boat and back to the squad.
One of my claims has been confirmed! Now to dry off and warm up.

Mission 11
Combat patrol over Rochford again. Did commanders see our losses from yesterday? As soon as we were in the target area we were overwhelmed again. I got mu butt handed to me on a plate! Had to hit the silk over England. Floating down I could see a group of angry farmers with pitchforks. It seems my 109 had destroyed their chicken coop with all of their chickens. Lucky for me the were civilized folk and turned me over to the local military where I spent the last of the war in prison!

This has a been a blast Rick! Cudo’s for putting this on. Any more in the works?
Stay save survivors!


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#4461686 - 02/16/19 05:20 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Bad luck mate... frown

#4461702 - 02/16/19 08:24 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Well, at least you survived, MFair! And we have confirmation that it is possible to be "permanently" captured... little consolation as it may be!

I doubt I'll do another one as I really didn't have time for this one... I'm supposed to be doing oh, well, ten thousand other things! rofl

#4461710 - 02/16/19 09:26 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Thanks trooper. It was bound to happen. Hope you last!

Rick, not really. Kind of weird and you can score this however. When I went to debrief it said I “bailed out over enemy territory and was pretty shaken up.” Giving a sigh of relief that I was ok when I went to do mission 11 it said my pilot was deceased. So I don’t know. Either way he is done for the war.

Thanks for this one bud, hope you get a break soon!


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