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DiD Centenary Challenge

Posted By: CatKnight

DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:19 AM

DiD: The Centenary

They said it would be over by Christmas. Over the last century it's almost become cliche, a term for foolish over-optimism and a complete failure to assess the enemy.

Over by Christmas: Ten million soldiers and five million civilians died over the next four years - about 4% of the population in France and Germany. Most of the military deaths happened in the trenches of course, where a combination of mass produced artillery and machine guns turned No Man's land into a meatgrinder.

In the air it was different, especially in the beginning. Flying was a danger in and of itself and the pilots on both sides often felt more camaraderie for each other than the poor fellows on the ground. Initially armed with pistols and rifles, two 'combattants' might take a few shots at each other, but any actual hits or damage was besides the point. Incidental.

That would change of course. The Eindecker would pave the way and soon machine-gun armed scouts made recon and artillery sighting dangerous occupations. Then the scouts turned on each other. Getting shot was, of course, bad enough but the real fear was fire. You had no parachute: Did you let yourself die in flames or jump and shatter on the earth a kilometer below?

DiD campaigns let us try to mimic the campaigns these people fought in. This isn't about accumulating victories. It's not about glory. This is about seeing your mother/wife/girlfriend/dog one more time. It's about returning to your home village and being able to say 'I was there.' It's about taking this terrible madness that the lords of Europe have started, and using it to tell a story. Your story.

Make it an epic.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:22 AM

Orders of the Day (Rules)

Enlistment

Create a pilot using manual enlistment, and select a two-seater squadron of your choice to place him in.
Select the current date (in game) for the group you'd like to join (see below.)
Characters should start at the following ranks:
* Britain: (RFC) Sergeant; (RNAS) Flight Sub-Lieutenant
* Germany: (Luft.) Offizerstellverter; (Marine) Flugmeister
* France: Sergent
Name your pilots in alphabetical order. The first pilot's name within each group should begin with 'A', then 'B', and so forth.

Groups
There are two groups within the campaign. They are:

Intrepid Fliers (Start date of February 1, 1915)
The 'Fliers' are synced with our real calendar by days of the week. Monday, February 1, 1915 equals Monday, June 1, 2015. OldHat has provided a calendar we can use.




Warbirds Rising (Start date of June 1, 1915)
The 'Warbirds' are synced by date. June 1, 1915 equals June 1, 2015.

Note that WOFF does not allow flights on the 31st day of a game month. This means there will be days where there should be no flights within a given group. Perhaps your CO gave you the day off.

You may have two pilots in this campaign active at any one time, one in each group.

Workshop Settings and Aids
Any and all aids are permitted. Go with what you're comfortable with.

All workshop settings are allowed except as follows:
* Outcomes – Normal
* Campaign date advance – Manual
* Weather: Historical
* Campaign Mission Frequency: Historical
* Log: Campaign Only
* Unlimited Weapons, Fuel: Off
* Flight Model: Realistic


Training

Once you've created your pilot it's time for training:

First Mission: In Workshop, set your logging to 'All' flights. Now go into QC, and schedule yourself a transfer flight from one of the airbases mentioned below to your new home airfield:
* British Career: Netheravon, Hounslow, Eastchurch, Biggin Hill
* French Career: Saint Inglevert
* German Career: Koln

Once you've accumulated 25 missions (total) in the campaign, you may (but are not required to) ignore this step for future pilots.

Be sure to set your Workshop back to only logging 'Campaign' flights when you're done. Advance the campaign by one day.

Second Mission: Let the WOFF Campaign Manager schedule you a mission, but ignore the directions. Instead, complete two circuits around your home airfield and land. Some suggestions for these missions: (a) Get familiar with your area of operation. Make notes of landmarks to familiarize yourself with the area (b) Practice flight leader commands: Attack (A), Rejoin (R), RTB (Ctrl + R), Land Here (Ctrl + L) and Split Formation (S). c) Practice maneuvers with your new aircraft. If hostile aircraft attempt to engage you, disengage and RTB.
Suggestion: When you land, you might want to speed up time until your friends return home so they don't get lost over enemy lines.

Third Mission: Let the WOFF Campaign Manager schedule you a mission, but ignore the directions. Fly to the front and back. Again, if hostile aircraft attempt to engage, disengage and RTB.


Further Missions

Generate missions and carry them out, as dictated by the WOFF manager’s campaign briefing screen.

You may, for role-playing reasons, choose to use QC to simulate transfer flights, runs for repaired aircraft and so forth. If you do so, be sure to reset your Workshop to log 'All missions' (and change it back when you're done), and advance the campaign one day after the mission.

Once per week (minimum), submit a survey highlighting your accomplishments. I will use that to feed weekly reports on our progress. The survey is at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VKtvQ6J_IIAeMa-FsZMyC5JnYPhPB1LAEZbQ20RS77k/viewform?usp=send_form

Fly only one day's worth of missions per real world date in accordance with the calendars above. If your pilot is hospitalized or captured, you'll need to wait those amount of days before flying again. With the weekly 'scoreboard' I'll include a line resyncing the campaign dates with the real date to make sure we stay on the same page.

Transfers

After 10 missions (including the ones above) you may, but are not required to, request a transfer to another squadron. Once in a new squadron, you may not ask again until 10 more missions have passed.

There may come a time (especially if you're playing the French) when your squadron becomes unplayable due to lack of useable aircraft. If that happens, you have three options:

Emergency transfer: Your pilot sits for a week (7 days). After that, you may restart him in a new career with any squadron from his country. You'll need to manually track the pilot's combined record.

Wait: If this is a problem that will eventually correct itself (such as a squadron switching to a different plane), you can choose to wait it out. Your pilot will simply be inactive until he can play again.

Retire: You can retire the character and start a new one.


Scoring

REVISED POST 104:

Missions flown = 1pt
Hours flown = 1pt per full hour
Claims total = 1pt (wether confirmed or not)
victories conf. = 2pts (as per the rule 1 claim for every 3 victories in a single mission)

Promotion = 10pts per level.

n.b. perhaps a new rule...when you make Captain (or what ever in other nations) then you have to transfer to be a flight commander some where else.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:57 AM

in...gota figure out where though first. will edit post later

and thanks
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 12:56 PM

On Holiday. Will sign up Monday. thumbsup
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 01:15 PM

I'll fly, will sign up later today with Arnold.
Off to cut down a tree for a friend.

Probably will do the fuel trick, 5% for any squadmates for flights 2 & 3
Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 04:12 PM

I'd like to be involved with this, but I doubt that FlightGear would be the best sim to emulate this in, with it not having any Campaign mode. Plus this being a WOFF forum it's sort of conflicting of interest.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 04:37 PM

Put that old Blue Spruce right where it needed to land. No room for error on that old sappy conifer. Had to break out the 32" bar and chain on the Stihl 441 Magnum.
Why any one planted a tree that close to a house is beyond me...but it is down and I cut the large diameter trunk into sections they could roll to the bonfire. Left them the task of limbing, had a PBR tall boy and went home. It's quite the party they are having while they burn the tree up.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 05:05 PM

I'm in and I'll get my pilot and bio to you soon. Do we need to fill out the report with our starting info. before the campaign starts?
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 06:02 PM

I just tried to enlist, and got a start date of 14 Feb. 1915. ( In Jasta 1 )

Is this OK??
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 06:10 PM

AAAARRRRGGGgggggg.....
I was all ready to fly some WOFF and got a call regarding an uncut lawn from an elderly man within garden tractor distance travel.
I'll take care of him in the hopes that if that issue ever arises for me in years ahead...I've some good Karma.

Rear 54" brush hog or 62" belly deck...... I'll consult Walter and mull it over with a PBR tall boy.
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 06:13 PM

Hey, slow down on those PBRs, you gotta fly later! beercheers
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 06:17 PM

I would go with the brush hog. And good luck on the Karma!
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 07:02 PM

Banjoman: You can if you want, but you don't need the report until the campaign starts.

CW3SF: Did you use manual enlistment rather than auto-enlist?

Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 07:24 PM

Not that many squads to choose from which start 1st February. Go to the first post in the other thread to see my graph and choose a squad that starts in January. Then select "Manual Squad Deployment" to advance the date to 1st February.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 08:47 PM

I left the belly deck on. 18 minutes there at full throttle with the "cruise control" on. The Old X-585 made good time there. I could feel the momentum of the rear wheel weights going down the long hill, didn't notice any issues climbing the hill to home. I cut him a few paths out back to buildings after I cut around the house. He gave me a Miller 16oz bottle when he looked over his Craftsman that runs fine, but has a seriously messed up deck.

Tomorrow the rear 48" tiller goes on. It was 34F early this am before the sun came up.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:18 PM

CW3SF: Ah, I think I found the issue.

Jasta 1 doesn't activate until February 14. You have two options:

First, there are squads active on February 1. Just cycle through until you find one.

Second, if you want to be in Jasta 1 from the beginning, you can set up your pilot but couldn't start until the game catches up with you on June 14.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:22 PM

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I will be signing on for this campaign and am really looking forward to some early war flying again.

Also, I must offer a small point of order as concerns the following:

Originally Posted By: CatKnight
The Eindecker would pave the way and soon machine-gun armed scouts made recon and artillery sighting dangerous occupations.

It was actually Roland Garros who paved the way when he attached metal deflector wedges to the propeller blades on his Morane-Saulnier Type L and, on 1 April 1915, achieved the first ever downing of an aeroplane by firing through the propeller. He downed two more enemy planes in the same way before he was forced to land behind enemy lines due to ground fire and his plane was captured. It was inspected a short time later by Anthony Fokker who took Garros' idea and refined it with his interpretation of the interrupter gear. I say his interpretation as there was already a Entente design of such an idea that was on file but for some reason was not implemented until many months after Fokker's design had gone into service.

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Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 09:55 PM

Weren't the new Eindekkers slated to be escorts for FFA's, and weren't used in anything more than as behind lines escort fighters? I mean they didn't really patrol really close to the front for fear of their being captured if hit by AA or shot down. Also the Oberusal U.0's weren't exactly giving the E-I an advantage in climb.
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 10:27 PM

OK, I am in FA-13 with a start date of 1 Feb. 1915.

Now, quick how do you drop bombs? Or just fly around with the rest of the Lads?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 11:24 PM

Please forgive me if I'm being dense, but can I enlist and conduct my flight from England to St. Omer today or do I need to wait until June 1?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/23/15 11:43 PM

My best guesstimate is wait.....Heinz commercial time.

Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 01:41 AM

Banjoman: You can enlist today (with a start date of February or June 1), but wouldn't make your transfer flight until June 1st.

CW3SF Backspace to 'load' your bombs as your secondary weapon. Usually joysticks have a default button for their secondary weapon. You should be able to customize it in workshop.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 12:54 PM

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CatKnight, you've noted that French pilots must fly from Etampes to their assigned aerodrome, however the field at Etampes is not in WOFF. Might I suggest Saint-Inglevert instead. I am planning on having my pilot serve with MS23 which will be based at Lahoussoye on 1 February, 1915. Flying from Saint-Inglevert would offer a cross-country flight of about 160km with a duration of about an hour and twenty minutes. Here is the map showing what would be a very easy to follow route, (open the image in a new window to view it full size):



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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 02:52 PM

Does anyone know if we'll be able to continue the French campaign in October 1915, once the new expansion arrives with the N.10? IIRC we will be getting the CI model. The squadrons require the CI and the A2 models (not to mention the N.12's). Will these squadrons be able to function with only the CI's? I wouldn't want to sit around until the N.11's arrive. Is there any other way to get around it apart from switching to RFC?

Second question - can we keep the rank of the previous pilot, or do we have to start from the bottom again with the new pilot?

And finally, Pol - any chance of more early French planes that could be included in the second expansion containing the Fokker D II?
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 03:20 PM

First question - I'm hoping that an expansion is released by then. Otherwise, no other workaround but to either skip or start a new pilot.

Second question - I say keep the previous rank, but I'll let CatKnight say for sure.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 03:30 PM

Originally Posted By: RAF_Louvert
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CatKnight, you've noted that French pilots must fly from Etampes to their assigned aerodrome, however the field at Etampes is not in WOFF. Might I suggest Saint-Inglevert instead. I am planning on having my pilot serve with MS23 which will be based at Lahoussoye on 1 February, 1915. Flying from Saint-Inglevert would offer a cross-country flight of about 160km with a duration of about an hour and twenty minutes.

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Oops! You're right. I must have had my test pilot in 1917 when I saw Etampes.

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 04:10 PM

OldHat, thanks for your reply. I am counting on the expansion to be released by September (two weeks) and we will be able to continue our campaigns uninterrupted. I'm just wondering if only one variant of N.10 (the CI) will be sufficient to keep the escadrilles operational. Maybe one of the devs would be able to answer it.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 06:18 PM

Lou: Saint Inglevert it is. Thanks!

Fullofit: I certainly hope so, though I think we'd need a developer to tell us for sure whether the N10C1 is sufficient.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 08:41 PM

Reporting for duty.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 09:53 PM

Reporting for duty, Sir!

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 09:56 PM

wave Adian

Hey guys, should I complete a survey now?
Or wait until after the first QC mission is flown?
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 10:07 PM

Introducing Sgt. Alan Smith:
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/24/15 10:59 PM

MudWasp: You can, but no need to fill out a survey til we take to the air.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 08:35 PM

OldHat or CatKnight, as with the French, Koln or Cologne is not on the map for the Germans for a staring point. Any suggestions.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 08:49 PM


Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 09:09 PM

Not for a June start. Closest would be Mariakerke.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 09:14 PM

Maybe try again. Can you see something like this?

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 09:41 PM

For Koln, select Germany....for a Brit select England....in the REGION part of the menu.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 09:44 PM

Man, I'm going to have one long haul from Ghistilles to Colmar when I need a new airplane!
May I fly one out of Koln?
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 10:47 PM

You all will have to excuse me, I was born ignorant and had a relapse. I was looking in Flanders. Sorry Gents.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/25/15 10:57 PM

Originally Posted By: MFair
You all will have to excuse me, I was born ignorant and had a relapse. I was looking in Flanders. Sorry Gents.


That REGION setting has got me before too. cheers
Posted By: Raine

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/26/15 01:33 AM

CatNight -- please consider me in.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/26/15 03:47 AM

MudWasp: I'd say yes. Going back for a new airplane is optional, so Koln is fine.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/26/15 03:54 AM


screenshot



Well yes, I pointed towards Germany and he just took off !
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/26/15 08:37 AM

As the official start is June (Feb 1915) I thought I'd let my pilot(s) do the advanced flight training school first. And so Sgt.Alfred Ball has completed the school and orderd to report to No6. Sqn RFC in France.


Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/27/15 03:14 AM

wave


Getting ready to head on over.

https://youtu.be/Sg4jHzkLmWM
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/27/15 03:53 AM

I was disappointed when I got to the head water shed of the Rhine. Was hoping to see some fingers that trialed off or woff into the hills.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/27/15 07:02 PM

wave

https://youtu.be/HvtQIh2wJRc


Havin a go at it for the Centenary Flights.

All I want to know is :

Where the E'LL is Biggin Hill better yet which one is Biggin Hill ?
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/27/15 08:34 PM

I have a British and German pilot. The Aviatak is something else! And not in a good way. This should be fun.
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/27/15 08:54 PM

Introducing my pilot. I think I shall be making the flight from Köln to Phalempin on Saturday or Sunday RL. A test flight of the Aviatik BI leads me to think that this will take about 3 hours if I don't get lost or run out of fuel!

Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 01:54 AM

Originally Posted By: carrick58
wave

https://youtu.be/HvtQIh2wJRc


Havin a go at it for the Centenary Flights.

All I want to know is :

Where the E'LL is Biggin Hill better yet which one is Biggin Hill ?


Well in modern maps Biggin Hill is 14.3 Nautical Miles N/NE from Gatwick, EGKK.

Could you re-enlist as an RNAS pilot and leave from Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey? It would be easier to find
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 03:07 AM

Biggin Hill should be available. Are you sure you're looking in England region?

Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 02:41 PM

After lurking for a month, this has dragged me out of the shadows...

The Vix cousins...there's lots of them.





Looking forward to this.

Ken
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 03:19 PM

Great! This will be fun to see how long I can make it with an "A" alphabet pilot.



Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 03:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Kuroken
After lurking for a month, this has dragged me out of the shadows...

The Vix cousins...there's lots of them.





Looking forward to this.

Ken


Ken,
Glad to see another southerner here. I'm just across the line in Mississippi.
Gook luck with your pilots.
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 04:44 PM

Welcome to (actively posting about) WOFF and DiD flying, Kuroken!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 06:13 PM

Hey MFair, don't forget about me, I'm a good Southern boy.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/28/15 11:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Hey MFair, don't forget about me, I'm a good Southern boy.


My sincerest apologies Sir! It's just that I see Oklahoma on your posts and forget you are from the south. wave hope you are not getting too much bad weather in your part of the Midwest. Wet, hot and humid here.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 12:39 AM


hosting images

Let us have a go at it.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 02:34 AM

MFair, we have had an incredible amount of rain. This past Saturday we had 4 inches just in the evening. The whole state of Oklahoma was under severe drought conditions, but not anymore. I really don't know what our current rain total is right now, but this is by far the wettest May that I've experienced since moving to Tulsa and I've lived here 20 years.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 02:44 AM

And here I am.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 03:25 AM

I had posted a pic before in the prior thread.
Repeating myself again...hope it's taken as LOUD and DRUNK winkngrin

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 03:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
MFair, we have had an incredible amount of rain. This past Saturday we had 4 inches just in the evening. The whole state of Oklahoma was under severe drought conditions, but not anymore. I really don't know what our current rain total is right now, but this is by far the wettest May that I've experienced since moving to Tulsa and I've lived here 20 years.


This HillBilly feels your pain as best he can. Most water I see is when the Beaver Swamp walls are beeing reconstructed as they are now. Man. the township gives me a special permit to get rid of them when they do, as they are doing this summer..... How should i politely tell them Beavers to move this year?

Edit... NOT Taken as LOUD and DRUNK....oops...fooking clouded up... I'll miss the moon light tonight for frogging.
Have to make do or cat5ch them anutter night. screwy
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 02:34 PM

Do you catch enough for a good batch of frog legs? I haven't been frog gigging since I was a kid.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 09:36 PM

reporting in for duty:
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/29/15 10:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Do you catch enough for a good batch of frog legs? I haven't been frog gigging since I was a kid.

No, only 3 very large bullfrogs. I'm rusty at it.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/30/15 03:47 AM

Almost there
Flt Training
Biggin Hill



5-29-15



I say, what a journey, I will having a go at Solo flight then graduation. Used the Trams to get through London then joined up with some service types for the Bike ride over to the hill. Seems so long ago and now almost over.


image url


uploading images
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/30/15 07:44 PM

Since Germany itelf is a long way from familiar flying areas, I thought an early account of my flight from Cologne to Phalempin in Flanders would be helpful.

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Kölne. 1 Kompagnie Flieger Bataillon 3 (The German military flying school at Kölne)
Snow lay thick on the ground as Officier Stellvertreter Axel Liedenbrock prepared to take off. He was well wrapped up and the air was still and fairly clear, with only clumps of white cloud here and there.

His kit was in the front seat of his Aviatik BI in place of an observer. Liedenbrock climbed into the rear cockpit and checked his controls.

At 08:20 the Aviatik swept into the sky. Liedenbrock liked the power of the 100hp Mecedes engine. It was so much better than the training machines could give him. He didn't like the tail heaviness of the BI. He had to keep forward pressure on the wheel at all times. He climbed to an approximate height of 1000 metres and estimated his speed as varying between 80 and 100kmh depending on the wind. It was about 290 kilometres along his planned route, so Axel expected it to take 3 hours. His tank was full, which he hoped meant that he had four hours or better.

The first waypoint was the city of Kölne itself. The aerodrome was SE of it, so Liedenbrock headed toward the smoke of morning stoves. He crossed the mighty Rhine over the southern suburbs of the city. He smiled as he thought of the people looking up in amazement from below.



From here, Liedenbrock's planned route was to head west by compass until Flanders, find Lille and follow the rail lines south west from Lille to his new base at Phalempin.

There were rail lines here to the west of Koln, but for now Liedenbrock relied on his compass.

At 09:11, Liedenbrok overflew a town that he believed to be Aachen. At 09:52 he passed the town he knew to be Tienen.
At 10:00 the lone Aviatik was passing Brussels. The Belgian capital was to the north and between Liedenbrock and that place was a giant forest. Axel skirted the south edge of this in case he lost engine power and had to land.



The first evidence of war was found soon after Brussels slipped behind. At Etterbeck, there was an aerodrome with one of the great hangars used to store airships. Leidenbrock overflew this at 10:23, waving to the people below.



At 11:00, Liedenbrock reached the Scheldte river, which marks the eastern border of Flanders. Crossing it at Kluisbergen (due east of Kartrijk) he entered the war zone proper. Kartrijk was too far north for Liedenbrock. He established that he was north-east of his intended route and changed course appropriately. Soon, the built up areas of Roubaix and then Lille approached over the horizon.



The Aviatik was over Lille at 11:28 where Liedenbrock looked for the rail line and road that headed south-west in parallel. These he knew would guide him to Phalempin.

So they did. Phalempin was spotted at 11:30 near a balloon site. He circled to land, noting with dismay many fences in the fields around. The Aviatik touched down and taxied in 3 hours and 20 minutes after leaving the Flying School grounds.



Now Leidenborn had to report to... he checked his orders. Hauptman Steinborn.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/30/15 07:51 PM

I got breathless just by reading your account of the long journey, so I can imagine how much stamina you needed to complete it. Cool report. thumbsup

Carrick, take care crossing the channel in case of engine failure. Happened to me only once in 4 crossings.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/30/15 10:35 PM

In!

And In!
Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 02:05 AM

I like Maerans flight report. I've been practicing doing night flights from Vadeliancourt and Nanacy/Malseville to Mannheim/Ludwigschafen where the French squad MF-25 'The Owls', started doing their night bombing runs to the factory areas in the Saar valley and other areas that had previously been French steel smelting plants. It's a difficult route to master in the dark.
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 02:12 PM

Like all above, I have been practicing with the AV, mostly bombing & landing. I am not good at bombing.

Albert Bergman will show up for duty on 1 Feb 1915, to do his best for Germany.

I hope I have all of the proper checks on correct spots ( outcomes, weather, etc. ) and follow through with the first 3 missions properly.

Having no "real paper maps" I assume the in flight map "M" will work for mission one. Will it give me a headings to follow?

If bad weather forces me to land short of my landing field, you will find me RON in the nearest Gasthouse.

Will we get a final list of rules and "must do's"??

CW3SF
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 02:28 PM

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CW3SF, you could fly WSW from Koln following that main road until you hit the edge of my Flanders map at which point you could then navigate using the 'paper map' and WOFF landmarks. I've just posted an updated download that includes the situation maps for 1915.

Here is a link to that thread: WOFF Map Set May 2015 Update 3

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Posted By: Ace_Pilto

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 02:32 PM

Wow Maeran, 3 and a half hours!

I thought my last mission of just over two was a long one but that really takes the cake. In fact it also takes the cake tin, the sifter, the egg whisk and half the bloody kitchen!

My hat's off to you. cheers
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 04:53 PM

It's something to do once, I guess. I wouldn't want to do it again. Although a hopping 'tour' might be a possibility.
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 04:58 PM

Good Luck, you guys, fly safely!

RR
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 05:31 PM

For those who don't fly in realtime, then just fly at a high enough altitude, point your craft West and use time compression.


Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 07:17 PM

Almost There
Sgt, Rfc
In Transit



May 31, 1915.


Assigned to Ferry a BE Over There. Departed Biggin Hill to Manston ,But I Ended up at Dover after getting lost . Refueled and Crossed the Channel landing at St Inglevert. then on to 2 Sqn at Ablee Airfield in Flanders.

Took a pic of Biggin Hill.


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Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 07:20 PM

Being a full time RVer ( in a 36 X 8 foot coach ), we do not have a printer along with lots of other heavy stuff.

I plan to leave Koln with a full gas tank and fly on a heading of 225 Mag untill I reach the limit of WOFF maps.

Wish me luck.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 05/31/15 08:59 PM

And we're airborne!

REAL DATE: June 1, 2015

Intrepid Fliers: February 1, 1915
Warbirds Rising: June 1, 1915


Final Rules are on Page 1. Please note that it makes sense to get your transfer flight out of the way on the weekend, but in game it takes place on February/June 1, and advance your campaign a day after it's done. The first scoreboard will be posted next Sunday.

Good luck everyone!
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 12:10 AM






Adian Lothbrok has made it across the channel to his new home.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 12:18 AM

Sgt Alan Smith (Warbirds Rising)

Date: 1 June 1915
Mission: Transfer Flight from Biggin Hill to Ablee

1 June 1915 The day has finally arrived. I am off to the front, assigned to 6th Squadron. My observer, Capt. Sebastin Johnson and I are assigned to fly a BE to our new home at Abeele, in Flanders. The weather is terrible for a cross channel flight-steady rain, and almost a solid cloud base at about 4,000 feet. I won't be sorry to leave this English weather! Capt. Johnson suggests that since we really don't want to have our engine quit over the channel, we should get in the air early and do some touch and go's at Biggin Hill. The machine handles wonderfully. After landing and refueling, the adjutant verifies my latest flights in my log book and notes that I now have ten hours solo time, and so should be capable of this short flight to France. He's a queer one. I never know when he is being serious.

Capt Johnson and I are back in the air at 9:15 AM. With luck, we should get use to our new home in time for lunch. It continues to rain. I climb to 2000 feet, and head ESE, staying below the clouds so I can follow the roads. At Tonbridge, I climb to 3500 feet, and head to Ashford, my next navigation checkpoint. However, ten minutes East of Tonbridge, the aircraft begins to lose oil pressure. Fortunately, Kent is relatively flat, and I spot a suitable pasture. After shutting down the engine before it seizes, I make a successful dead stick landing, which was possibly the best landing I have ever made. A friendly farmer gives Capt Johnson a ride into Tonebridge to call Biggin Hill, and they send a mechanic to repair the engine. Fortunately, the problem was a relatively minor seal, which is quickly replaced. While the mechanic does the repairs, the farmer and I patch some holes in the field to provide as smooth a take off run as possible. By 1:30, the job is done and I do some engine run ups to make sure the repair holds. By 1:45, we are back in the air. By this time, the weather has substantially cleared, with only scattered clouds at 2000-4500 feet, and no more rain and light winds. Following roads, we easily make our next navigation check point at Dover without incident and then onto Calais, and from there on to our new home at Abeele, landing at 3:15 PM.
[Player note-I had a random engine failure and set it down in a field. To recreate a subsequent take off, I did another QC flight with the time suitably adjusted for a subsequent T/O, using Bekesbourne airfield, which is located relatively close to the pasture I landed in ]

Leaving Biggin Hill

In a cow pasture

Leaving England
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 01:06 AM

Nice pictures, everyone!

The flight from Koln (Cologne) to the front is over 3 hours. Yeesh. I don't want to have to do that too often!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 03:01 AM

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Ethelstan (Warbirds Rising)

Date: June 1, 1915
Orders: Transfer flight from Eastchurch to RFC aircraft depot at St. Omer and then onto RNAS 1 based St. Pol-sur-Mer

Flight Lieutenant Thayer and I left promptly from Eastchurch at 8:22am and headed southeast towards Dover for the crossing of the channel. The weather was a perfect June day with light fluffy clouds and a warm sun, if I hadn't known that we were flying off to war I would've thought we were on holiday. The flight to Dover was uneventful and pleasant with the two of us pointing out landmarks that we each were familiar with. I'm not ashamed to say that as I approached Dover I didn't get quite an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach as I looked on that vast amount of water that we had to cross. Silently saying a small prayer for the engine, I turned a few degrees to the east and began our crossing. It wasn't long before we saw the Dover-Calais ferry heading for Dover, I waggled the wings in a friendly hello. Before long we were across and I proceeded onto St. Omer. As we flew along, we both remarked how pretty France looked from the air and also it didn't appear to us, at least, that there was a war on. It wasn't long until St. Omer appeared and then the airfield. I circled and then landed and left the plane in the skilled hands of the aircraft depot's mechanics. While Lieutenant Thayer and I refreshed ourselves, the mechanics had our plane refueled and positioned for our flight to St. Pol-sur-Mer. We took off around 11:30 and arrived at St. Pol-sur-Mer in time for a delicious luncheon. After lunch, I reported to Squadron Commander Bancroft and he brought me up to date on my duties and what he expected of me and everyone else in the squadron. Tomorrow, is to be spent in training flight to familiarize myself with our operating area. I look forward to what tomorrow brings.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 08:10 AM

Very long flight from Koln to Colmar. Followed the river upstream to the head waters and then took a compass heading. 284 minutes of wonderful scenery.

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 09:09 AM

Salute

have 2 pilots...but Alfred Ball (RFC) got a little delayed and arrives at No.6 a few days later...
So My Hun Pilot "Anton Leber" (yes a real name from the real unit) had to make 2 missions to get to Rumbeke Airfield. All told he had to put in over 5 hrs. First leg to bring a BI to Giramont airpark, Verdun sector. Upon arriving Anton was very annoyed to learn the he would have to fly the same aircraft to Rumbeke and report to FFA.6 that is stationed there.

"Why the hell didn't I just fly there in the first place!"








Mr & Mrs. Ball will be getting a letter tommorow (I think)
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 11:40 AM

Ok. I've managed to upload my video finally, but not in HD due to a slow broken internet connection. After takeoff, I just stayed on a WSW course and eventually reached the pilot pool after about an hour and fifty minutes. I'll try to fly to my final base today.

Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 11:48 AM

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Sergent Allard Tremblay made his cross-country trip this AM from St. Inglevert down to Lahoussoye and his assignment with MS23. It was 8:00 on a beautiful winter's morning and the Morane Saulnier he had been given ran wonderfully as he lifted from the snowy ground. Here was his route.





Climbing into a crisp winter's sky with St. Inglevert slipping under the left wing.


The sun was just cresting the horizon as Sgt. Tremblay gained altitude.


Passing the Forêt de Boulogne as he flew south along the coast.


Sunrise at 1,500 meters.


Reaching the mouth of the Somme, Allard turns southeast to follow the river.


Passing Abbeville as he nears his destination.


Through a break in the clouds Lahoussoye comes into view.


Making the long descent to his new home, Sgt. Tremblay had climbed to 2,600 meters through the course of his flight, according to his wrist altimeter.


Coming into land, all was very quiet.


Safely on the ground, Allard reported in and was greeted most heartily by Capitaine Auguste de Reverend, Commander of MS23. Now the settling in begins.




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Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 01:49 PM

Great video, Oldhat! I was feeling some icy vibes from your observer, though... Bit of a pill, is he?
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 02:08 PM

Oldhat; very nice vid in spite of not being HD.

Some very enthralling screen shots in this thread folks!
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 03:28 PM

Good luck Gents. It seems all so far have made it to their new homes without any fatalities. My German aviator got lucky and had a dud engine right after takeoff and was able to land back at Koln. He was given a new machine and told to be on his way. 3 plus hours later he landed at Bertincourt.

Nice video OldHat!
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 05:40 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sgn, Rfc.
Flanders.




1 June 1915.


I say, bit of a cockup. I Have to pay more attention to Navigation. Landed at the wrong Aerodrome . Put down at Albee only to be told the chaps are at Merville so off on a lark to fine the chaps.
Posted By: Kuroken

Ambrose Vix - Letter Home 1 February 1915 - 06/01/15 08:22 PM




Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 08:31 PM

Thanks fellas.

Rick, when I was recording that scene, I imagined him saying something like "Hey you! what are you staring at?"

Carrick, I just did the same thing as you. I left at sunset from the pilot pool to the final base and landed on the wrong field, but I still had my engine running. So, I took off again and found the right one. The landscape is so sparse that it's easy to get lost.



Home sweet Home


EDIT: I'm really enjoying and learning from the variety of reports in this thread, the other DiD and the reports from the front thread. Very nice reading to pass the morning breakfast.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/01/15 10:32 PM

Sgt Sterling and Capt. Harris ferried a new MS 'L' to RFC-3 today. The plane was perfect, and the crew actually found the aerodrome, despite some poor visibility due to some cloud layers. An interesting mix of pilots welcomed them: a Sgt. McCudden, quiet but seems to have a good head, and a 2Lt. Harvey-Kelley, yup the same one who was the fist flyer over here. Boy, this should be fun!
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 03:22 AM

wave
yep

I think it was easy to get lost back then so this is realistic. I remember reading stories where early aviators landed near farms to ask for directions or followed train tracks to destinations. reading
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 04:50 AM

Ofz. Alfonse Straub
FFA 62, Aviatik B.I
June 2, 1915



We arrived on a warm, late spring day at Douai airfield. The trip from Koln took a little under four hours, with the fields and towns of Germany finally yielding to those of Belgium. The only real difference I noticed is the distinct lack of forest - the Flanders region is more heavily developed than the north.

Upon arriving I reported to Hautpmann Gerhard Holland, an amiable fellow. He said my first few missions would be simple enough, really just getting more used to my mount before the real fun begins.

As for said mount, the Aviatik machine is a wonder of modern technology. Still, even at 80 kph she has trouble staying in the air and, except for a dive, it's hard to imagine a machine going faster. This means she has a tendency to stall which can make her awkward, especially immediately after lift off.

Along with the captain and myself there are four others in our squadron. Two in particular stand out: Leutnant Oswald Boelcke seems like a natural leader to me and will no doubt command his own FFA some day. Boelcke says he has been working on rules or guidelines for new pilots to survive by. I'll be very curious to see what he comes up with.

Offizierstellvertreter Max Immelman is the other. I watched in awe as he put the Aviatik through its paces that first afternoon. I never saw an aircraft come around so fast - would not have thought it possible. I spoke with him and we got along famously, having a fascinating conversation about an aeroplane's energy and how best to utilize it.

I wish I could say I got along with my beobachter, Walter Moelders. When I found him quite out of order in the officer's mess I told him he would have a hard time of it tomorrow, which is when he made a reference to my mother I had to resent, and it deteriorated from there. I would not want to count on him in a fight.

On June 2nd I flew my two 'training' flights, one being a pair of laps around Douai, and the other a sprint to the front. During the latter I flew low over Lens to the admiration of the Frenchmen there.



You can't really hate them you know. Yes, the French need to be put in their place, but after this is over I would like to visit out of uniform. Maybe next spring.

Approaching the lines I got my first good look at the trenches.



I almost feel sorry for anyone trying to storm those!

Speaking of which, since I was kindly given some bombs for this 'mission,' I dropped them on the French trenches. No real damage however.

Tomorrow, Leutnant Boelcke promised me some real action. So far our missions revolve around artillery spotting and bombing. I can't wait!
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 12:13 PM

Well Anton (FFA.6) has been working hard getting to know the area. It's Squadron policy that all newcomers make their own maps.

below is just a bit of his work today.

Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 03:13 PM

Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 04:00 PM

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Fine batch of reports folks. Good to see everyone has made it to their assignments.

Sgt. Tremblay was tasked today by his CO, Capitaine de Reverend, with two sorties. The first was this morning when he was told to make a few large circles around Lahoussoye as he climbed to 1,500 meters and get a sense of his surroundings. The second was in the afternoon when he was instructed to fly east to the front lines and back to take note of landmark features and such. While the first sortie went as planned the second was cut short when his engine began failing about the time he reached Albert. He landed in a field on the south edge of the city and he and his observer, Sgt. Jerome Fauchard, had a brisk walk into town where they managed to get word back to camp and have a team sent to fetch them and their Morane.



Looking for a suitable field to land in on the south side of Albert.

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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 04:58 PM

Almost There
Sgt, B Flight
2 Sgn, Rfc
Flanders, France.





2 June 1915.



The Sqn Commander had me up doing circuits this morning. Then Tea with Biscuits and Jam. Followed by lectures and making ready for afternoon Orientation Hop.

1305 hrs Departed with 2 ships up to the lines then broke off and flew East till I spotted a River and followed it back towards the Field.

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/02/15 07:02 PM

Arnold did a couple laps around Colmar airfield and then found a balloon nearby.


Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 02:00 AM

Journal Entry - June 2, 1915

Today was a day of training and getting to know the area around St. Pol. I've been assigned 2nd Lieutenant Edmund Thayer as my observer and you can't imagine how happy I am about that. He flew over from England with me and we found that the only thing separating us is our rank, he is quite the comedian and I imagine working with him will be quite a pleasure.

We got an early start and initially flew a few circuits around the local area learning the landmarks and getting comfortable with our bus. Since I'm a lowly Sub-Lieutenant I've been assigned a B.E.2c and if the truth be told, is a very stable and easy to fly aeroplane, but it is incredibly slow. After our morning training flights we landed and had a spot of lunch with the rest of the boys in the mess. Our afternoon schedule was to fly up to the front and keeping on our side of the front we were to fly a few miles along the front and then return. This being our second day in France, we were both just a little anxious as to what the front had in store for us. Before we took off, 2nd lieutenant Thayer had plotted what he felt would be the best route for our inspection flight and away we went. I can only imagine Thayer was thinking when we reached the front, but I know that I was speechless. I don't believe I have ever witnessed a place as desolate and unforgiving as that small patch of the front that we witnessed. It looks completely sterile, but it is teeming with men that are determined to kill each other in the most gruesome of ways. I thank God that my brothers are too young for service and that I was fortunate enough to be selected for the flying service. I eventually turned for home and the trip home was certainly much more subdued that the flight out. All in all, it was a tiring and very sobering day. I've just been informed that tomorrow I start working for real. I only hope that when the chips are down I can fulfill my duty with honor.

I've included a few photographs that Thayer took with his Browning.

Here is the local supply train.


Our home


Thayer, he didn't want his picture taken


Dunkerque


Desolation of the Front


Unfortunate souls at the front
Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 02:44 AM

February, 12 1915,

Flight Log of Sous-leutenant Gerald Anoise: Flying from Etampes to Belfort-Chaux by way of Epinal-Mirecourt.


So today is the big day, I start my flight to the last Escadrille in France flying Bleriot-XI-Militaires,

BL-47, originally from Rheims, but since the Alsace region is not so busy, the big wigs at Armee d' la Aire have shipped the squad and their old workhorses, to sunny, (and cold) E-SE France in foothills of the Vosges. Word has it we will be flying cover escort for a Maurice Farman squad at Chaux, Esc. MF-29.

It is a cold morning, I have layered up in most of my clothes and the sheepskin sidcot to make packing my kit easier. But surprise. I have a companion. Emmanuel Poitiere also headed to Chaux. He is a Sargeant and has been interning at observation and running the Chaux aircraft shop. He was at Etampes readying our latest 'new' aircraft, 3 Bleriots, and has a bet on whether he can handle a full day of near subzero weather in an open cockpit.

There's a thin dingy fog roiling over the aerodrome, it is below 4 degrees centigrade with it possibly thawing a tiny bit if the sun can melt through the murk. The good thing is the weather is calling for light westerly winds, and a general clearing trend. Luckily Manu is a small chap, and most of his kit is bound East on a train, as is my bigger trunk. Our aero is a beauty, recently recovered, and re-engined with a LeRhone 7C 60 HP rotativ, with a monobloc carburetor with fuel and air control, and will make at least 120 KPH in cruise. We wait outside while the subalterns adjust and fuss over the little plane with fuel and oil. Soon it is time.

We take our seats. the seating is more snug than the cockpit of a Bleriot XI-2, and we have carefully loaded as much errata as we can safely fit between our floor and seats. I pump up the tank, get the fuel flowing and wait as the engine is primed and pulled over a few times. "Contact", the little LeRhone sputters to life and I coup the magneto while adjusting the tampier levers. Chocks away, and we trundle off. The engine revs slowly build and we are aloft in a few hundred meters. The climb is slow as I get the engine leaned to full revs, we're allowed only a few kilos of additional weight, besides our own weight and fuel, and the Bleriot is going to be leisurely about gaining altitude.

We climb above the mists, you can see some of Paris from about 200 meters up but the mists close again as we circle to the east from our Westerly aimed departure. A full moon sets behind us. There are areas of light frosting on the open ground below and the sun is just breaking to eastern horizon.





We average about 90 KPH while in climb, so to keep the engine well spun and loaded lightly. The newly risen sun is glinting off a big water course to our NE, the Seine, to intercept our eventual guide of the railroad tracks east from Paris. We pass over the train our gear is stowed upon, (we're hoping..) some 40 minutes into the flight. I level the Bleriot at about 1180 meters and pull the tampier back a little.

This wind is damn cold, I thank the assembly crew for mounting a small windscreen, it becomes my shield against the shrieking bite of the wind on my head. Manu has wrapped his face up with a long scarf, only his googles show from beneath is flight helmet. The mists clear more and a bank of Eastern clouds, underlit by the rising sun greets us.





I'm sure we'll make at least Mirecourt by mid to late afternoon, but I suspect this flight will have a few stops. I have marked out a few aerodromes that we can turn in at if our little overloaded Bleriot doesn't take well to our bulk and the cold. But for now the engine spins sweetly, holding 1190 rpm, and we easily hold altitude.

To be continued..
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 01:34 PM








Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 01:43 PM



Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 01:52 PM

Great stories Gents. This is going to be interesting. It seems we have some more very good authors out there!
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 08:10 PM

Almost There
Sgt, Rfc
B Flight, 2 Sqn
Flanders, France.


June 3, 1915.



2 Hops today for DivArty up at Lines near Lens. I must say No Mans land was lit up with Heavy and light Cannon fire. Most impressive. I was briefed to mark maps so I don't know if the Arty chaps hit what they were aiming at.


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 11:41 PM

First day of training did not go too well for Alfred. 7:00 am in February in a snow storm looks nothing like yesterday's transit flight.

Making circles around the aerodrome to get familiar with the surroundings would be futile. He opted to follow his flight leader to the front instead and do the circles the next day. The sun finally started to rise and Alfred congratulated himself for going with his gut and sticking with the rest of the flight.

This didn't last long and a different feeling crept into his gut. A strange noise announced a system failure and Alfred with his observer quickly turned home with terror on their faces. Fortunately it was not far and eventually he was able to find the base through the snow storm which did not stop even for a second. After landing Alfred thought he found the source of the failure as there was a small leak in the cockpit, but after showing it to his mechanic he found out to his disgust that the source of the leak was his observer, who relieved himself sometime after the failure occurred. He will re-fly the mission tomorrow and have a talk with his observer.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/03/15 11:53 PM

Glad you didn't fry your pilot on that system failure. Think Funeral Pyre... I had one that wound up with front engine afire. Cut the mix to off on a throttle wheel, but had too much altitude to get down quickly. Then I dove as fast as could be without ripping the craft apart. That put out the fire, but the pilot was wounded too much to return back for duty.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 01:42 AM

MudWasp: My observer also doubles as a firewall (with automatic sprinkler I may add).
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 01:51 AM

In better weather it is easier.
Clear view after pass, roll, cut throttle, line up with head to side, release bombs.... is my fun way winkngrin copter
Posted By: Lewis

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 02:25 AM

Bon Sang!

What a trip this has become, Myself and Manu are now residing overnight in a small hostelery outside of the town of Troyes. Yes, our little Bleriot has developed a problem, an intermittent sparking, or mixture problems, maybe even water in the fuel, but it's too cold and not enough tools to diagnose our plane's condition this afternoon. As it is we're lucky to have landed West of town, because the land gets wilder and more forested the further east of Troyes we travel. We especially lucked out with a relatively flat and unploughed bit of pasture to make our sputtering landing on.

Manu is a bit upset, as he oversaw the installation of the new engine himself. It's an unforeseen he should have foreseen I'm guessing. 'My friend, we're all going to have bad days...' I try to make small talk and defuse his frustration. We, after my landing, find a small land holder with a 'barn' nearby we can park the aeroplane in, more of an open sided roof, but it is sheltered with large stacks of hay and a west wall. His wife serves us a good lunch before I walk into town to contact Epinal and Belfort. Our farmer friend's tools are a bit limited for the job Manu considers for repair, so we look in town for tools we can borrow or rent. We may be here another day.

The aerodrome at Mirecourt wants to send a truck out and haul us the rest of the way in. Manu is stubborn, "I will get this going again, and we will arrive under our own power." he chides me when I suggest we take the offer for haulage. I sort of understand his pride in this, but I outrank him a little. "We fold the wings up and wait for a lift, I don't see the problem." But then I remember his wager, how much does he have riding on this trip?

We turn in for the evening, the short daylight limits us to a quick bit of morning wrenching and I trust that Manu's knowledge with aero engines should get us on our way.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 03:03 AM

Journal Entry: June 3, 1915

04:00 comes awfully early when you've made the mistake of staying up too late, oh well, that's life in the Royal Navy. I've been waiting for this day to come for almost a year and now it has arrived. I've finally been ordered to the front on my first combat patrol. I can't tell if what I'm feeling is excitement or dread, maybe it is a little of both. Anyway, breakfast has been eaten, engine has been warmed up, maps and other gear have been rounded up, so we best be off. Took off promptly at 06:05am and headed off over the channel to climb to our operating altitude. After what seemed like forever, we turned and headed off to the front where we had been ordered to photograph any troop movement along the front just east of Poperinghe. We arrived without incident and began circling over our target while I took all of the requested photographs. It was a smashing good time as we had the sky entirely to ourselves. On one of our circuits two Hun aeroplanes just flew right below us, they looked at us and we them. Before anybody could do anything they were gone, just as well, I don't know if I could have done anything anyway. As we were turning for home, my engine started making the most horrible racket one would ever want to hear while flying over Hunland. I had to leave the formation and begin limping for home. I remember the old salts in the squadron telling me that if I had engine trouble and I had to set her down somewhere other than an airfield then I was to look for a road to use because as they would say, "You really don't want to hit any fences, they can really ruin your day". I set her down and walked the few miles to a phone and had the squadron lorry come and fetch us. I would say, that was enough excitement for me on my first day.

Here are more photographs that Thayer took with his Browning.

Heading out to the lines.


Taking photographs of troop movements


Huns that flew right under us.


Thayer and myself sitting in a field.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 03:10 AM

I did one flight a day, three were needed to fly normal/regular squad missions. It's the 4th soon.
I've a kite with no gun....
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 09:15 AM

Tuesday 2nd Feb 1915
Home of Mr & Mrs Ball, Stapleford, Notts.

“Well, open it then.”

“Alright, alright, no need to make fuss Mary.” John Ball picked up the letter from the kitchen table. “Who’s Lt.Pennington?”

“I don’t know, why?”

“Cause his name is on the front of the letter…. With ‘passed’ stamped on it”.

“Get on with it John.” Mary Ball was smiling as news from her only child had finally arrived.
John opened the letter with a knife, revealing a letter on RFC note paper. He started reading, but to himself.
“Well, say something. I need to know how he is”. Mary’s voice sounded a little apprehensive.

“Says here that our Alfred has passed his advanced flying school. Where that was has been blacked out. He writes…. ‘Dear Mom and Dad. The weather has been cold but very clear these weeks, and we are all progressing very well. I’ve been learning to’ …. That’s blacked out as well.”
‘Captain Triggers says I’m doing well and that I should be on my way to France quite soon. Imagine that, me a Lad from Stapleford going abroad to France. I have passed all my exams and am now a full Pilot. I met a nice bloke, Alan Farmer. He’s a smithy but says he learned to fly on his own on account of his father once owning an areoplane himself. In fact I’ve met a lot of decent chaps here, but almost all are officers. I have received word that a few of us will be off to’ …. “Blacked out again.”

‘This is all very exciting, and I hope the war will not be over before I get there. Tell Mom not to worry. They say that our machines are top notch, better than anything the Germans have, and that they (the Hun) turn for home the moment they see us. I’ll write again as soon as I get to my Squadron. Before I forget, could you send me extra socks, long underwear and scarfs? It’s quite cold at 2000ft.’

“Well that’s it Mary. Alfred is doing fine.”
“Yes it sounds like he is.”
“But”
“The thought of Alfred being over there, flying at 2000 ft and such, and with Germans also flying”

“Now don’t you fuss girl, our Alfred can look after himself. If he says things are fine then that’s good enough for me.”




Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 05:03 PM

Ofsv Liedenbrock left his Aviatik and approached the group of men who had come out to watch him land. One was wearing the two pips of a Hauptmann. Liedenbrock stood to attention and saluted him.

"Officier Stellvertreter Axel Liedenbrock, sir. I have been ordered to ferry this Aviatik to Phalempin and then report for duty to Hauptmann Steinborn. Is that yourself, sir?"

"It is indeed," Steinborn looked Axel up and down as if he were appraising a horse. "That was a good landing. How many hours do you have?"

"15 hours solo, sir." Liedenbrock replied. "Plus the three additional hours it took me to reach here today. The weather has been too poor, sir. Otherwise I would have more."
"I see. Well, it's not perfect of course, but there is only one solution which is more flying!" Steinborn smiled. "Welcome to Feldfleiger Abteilung 18, Officier Stellvertreter. Here we are the eyes of the army. Very important!" Steinborn turned and spoke to one of the enlisted men. "Caspar, show this man to his quarters!" He smiled at Liedenbrock. "The officers are billeted in various farm buildings nearby. You should be comfortable enough. I shall see you at dinner."


The next day Steinborn flew with Liedenbrock in the new Aviatik. The Hauptmann explained that this was a familiarisation flight in the general area of the aerodrome.
"I want you to see how the lie of the land compares to your maps." The Saxon captain told him as they prepared to take-off. "Go where I direct you. Note the road and rail junctions. We will go as far north as Lille and as far south as Lens. We range further in our duties of course, but this is our home area and I want you to know it well."

They spent the morning flying up and down the Lille-Lens rail line. Liedenbrock noted how the roads and rail line between these two towns dominated the area and were a ready guide to the airman. Two hours later Liedenbrock landed. Steinborn climbed out and addressed his pilot.

"Which flying school did you come from?"
"Koln, sir."
"Is that a circus school?"
"No sir. What do you mean sir?"
"You were rolling all over the sky, Officier Stelvertreter. Perhaps you think yourself an acrobat! Keep my aeroplanes on a level wing. You are there to drive the observer to what he wishes to see. You will conduct this in a fashion appropriate to officers and gentlemen of His Majesty the Kaiser's armed forces. No more trick flying!"


That evening, one of the other pilots, Feldwebel Bruecher, gave Axel some advice on this.
"The observers want a steady base to make their notes from. These Aviatiks sideslip badly if you use the ailerons. So do not use them! Turn with the rudder. The ailerons are for controling any adverse roll."

Hauptmann Steinborn took the new Aviatik for his own use. Liedenbrock and his regular observer, Oblt Kamper were to use an older machine. It was still better than the old 'Arrow' type biplanes that Axel had been training with.

"This is another training flight." Steinborn had told him. "Fly up to the lines and then up and down for a time. See what you can see."

The lines were quiet in the snow of early February. No-one moved in the open, but Liedenbrock could clearly see the networks of trench-lines, they were so clear that it looked like they had been drawn on the landscape.

The next day was Liedenbrock's first active mission. It was no different from the day before, but this time Kamper looked at the British lines below and made notes of anything he considered worth reporting. After an hour the Aviatik touched down again at Phalempin.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/04/15 06:29 PM

Almost there
Sgt, B Flt
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders


4 June 1915.

Mission: Bombardment

Target: Haubourdin Aerodrome

B Flight: 4 Be2 armed with 4 bombs ea.
A Flt: 1 a/c Roaming Patrol


Remarks: Jolly good show, I feel like there's a war going on. The flight made a few hits on the field among the Maintenance Tents others struck around those areas. I dropped my eggs and saw them explode on the airfield apron leading up to the aircraft parking area. By Jove, we are in it now.


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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/05/15 02:56 AM

Ofz. Alfonse Straub
FFA-62; Aviatik B.I
June 3-4, 1915



I have three missions under my belt in two days and have at least avoided disgrace. I even earned my first kill, some kind of truck near the front lines at Ypres.

On the 3rd we were told to bomb an aerodrome. Leutnant Boelcke led the flight. It was perfectly routine, a fine flight with good men in good weather. Once I thought I saw some enemies - or at least the boys in the infantry thought so for they kept up a steady bombardment. They showed no interest in us though.

My aim was...not good. Actually none of us did particularly well. We returned home happy to have another chance later in the day, but disappointed in our progress.

Hauptmann Holland had me sit out the afternoon flight. As I understand it, only Immelmann and Boelcke went out, and between them managed to bomb one of the French flak pieces guarding the field.

Good enough, says HQ, for the next day we have a new target east of Amentieres. About half way there my engine abruptly stalled out - a leak in the fuel line I later learned. I must have been dripping petrol across half of Eastern France. My aeroplane entered a steep dive and I just barely recovered, coming to a landing at Houplin field.

After repairs I was ordered to rendevous with the afternoon flight led once more by Leutnant Boelcke. We would try for the soldiers at Ypres this time. This is where I bagged my truck and returned home in modest triumph.

Along the way home I saw some of our adversaries. Strange, I feel more in common with them than with our boys on the ground. We exchanged civil waves...



...right before they dropped their bombs on our troops. Rude!



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Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/06/15 01:24 PM

2 June 2015 Capt. Sebastin Johnson and I were assigned to familiarize ourselves with the area around the airfield. The weather was mostly sunny, with cumulus clouds with bases at approximately 2500 feet. Wind was 8 miles from the NNW. The orders to “familiarize ourselves with the area” were fairly vague, so we flew at between 1000-2000 feet east toward Ypres and familiarized ourselves with the terrain, especially around Poperinge, or “Pops” as we call it. From the air, Pops looked to have already had a difficult time of it. The Germans have figured that it is one of our main supply centers for this sector, and have been shelling it heavily. We stayed approximately 3 miles on our side of the front lines. I found navigating by the map to be very confusing, and was only by luck I found the airfield. I’m going to have to get much more familiar with the ground around here.


Historical citation: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/ypres-salient/town-poperinge.htm
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3 June 1915 The CO wasn’t too happy with our semi-authorized flight towards the front lines yesterday, so this time he assigned us a familiarization flight around the airfield, but to the west. The weather was good, and we had an enjoyable flight, with no problems. On our return, it was announced that the squadron was to turn in the Fe 2b’s, and the older Be 2’s. In exchange, we were receiving new Be2c’s, with a Lewis gun for the observer. The squadron also received two Nieuport Scouts. I’m not sure who will get those, but the rumors are that one of them will go to Capt. Hawker. In any case, I know that I won’t get one, being only a Sargent.
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4 June 1915 My first operational mission was a dud. I was assigned to fly with another aircraft and bomb the German lines with some 25 lb. bombs. Unfortunately, I had engine trouble almost immediately and had to abort back to the field. However, the other aircraft carried out the mission and returned without loss.
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5 June 1915 My second operational mission was more of a success. I was assigned to the 0500 patrol behind our lines with another aircraft, flown by Sgt. Hoskins. The weather wasn’t too bad. It was about ¾ overcast and threatening to rain the entire mission. However, as long as I kept below 4000 feet, I could still see the ground and navigate. While the patrol was supposed to consist of two aircraft, Sgt. Hoskins developed engine problems. He tried to land at a nearby aerodrome, but was unable to make it, and ended up landing safely in a farmer’s field. I completed the patrol alone, and returned to the airfield. When I landed, the CO sent me to Pops to retrieve some parts to repair Hoskin’s aircraft. I was able to snap this picture of the place:




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Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/06/15 06:20 PM

Excellent writing there Combs and Kuroken. Replacing Fees with Quirks? Terrible.

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"Look at Loewenstern," said Friedrich Kampe to Liedenbrock as they checked over 'number 3' before take-off. "He has his family crest everywhere. His notebook, his dressing gown. Even the case for his binoculars has a badge on it."
Axel looked at him. "Do you have a crest?"
"Not really." Kampe shrugged. "My family are only Niederer Adel. But, they were frequently Mayors in Gaggenau, and before that Vogts." He saw the lack of recognition on Liedenbrock's face. "That was a type of governor, before Baden started electing mayors. I might reasonably use Gaggenau's shield, I suppose."

"We could put it on the aeroplane," suggested Axel. "If we also paint on the arms of Hamburg."
"Oh?" Laughed Kampe. "And when did you rule Hamburg?"
"I never did," persisted Liedenbrock. "But we Liedenbrocks have a reputation for adventure that I want to live up to. And importantly, you do not build a reputation without being recognised. I want people to see this machine and know it is us. What do you think?" Axel leaned across conspiratorially. "Gaggenau could go first."
Axel could tell that Kampe was tempted.
"I'll think about it." He said.

Steinborn had instructed them to bomb an aerodrome at Izel-Les-Hameux. The Aviatiks would cross the lines in pairs and make their way to the enemy airfield to drop two 5 kilo bombs apiece. The observers were also to look to see what aircraft were there and anything else of military value.

Kampe wanted Liedenbrock to fly to Bethune first, and then follow the road south west of the town. This would take them over another known aerodrome at Hesdigneul and a nearby rail spur. Kamp considered that any activity on that rail line might be of interest.

It was over the town of Bethune that Liedenbrock first encountered Flak. He had heard about it, at the flying school mainly, but now little puffs of grey smoke punctuated the sky ahead of him and to his right. He found them curious. It seemed that the French were making little clouds. They certainly didn't seem threatening, being so far away.

Soon the Flak died away. The two Aviatiks passed over Hesdigneul unmolested. Kampe looked out with his binoculars and occasionally made notes. Leidenbrock turned south to their objective.

Swinging around to the west, the two German machines dropped their bombs on the aerodrome. The bombs all missed, although Leidenbrock's two drops did make craters in the landing field. As he peered over the side, Axel saw a structure with wings and a spindley frame. He did not know what it was. Henry Farman or FE2b. Perhaps Kampe could tell better.

There was more flak as they flew east over Savy, where there was another airfield and an army camp. Kampe's pencil was busy as they flew over the camp. Leidenbrock caught his eye and made a circling indication with his finger. Did he want to circle around? Kampe shook his head. No, he had got what information he needed.

Walter Ritter flying with his observer, Henke was in the other kette lead by Steinborn and succeeded in hitting one of the hangars with his bombs. Steinborn declared the entire mission a success as a result.

In the sitting room that evening, Kampe watched as Wilhelm von Loewenstern filled his pipe, with a crest on the bowl from a tobacco box which was also emblazoned with heraldry.
"Tell me, Liedenbrock. What colours are on the coat of arms of Hamburg?"
"It is a white castle on a red field."
Kampe smiled and poured himself a brandy. "That is most convenient. Gaggenau is also red and white."



Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/06/15 10:17 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn, Rfc.
Flanders

6 June 1915.


Posted to morning mission with B Flight. Our 4 BE2,s took off for the lines at 0506 hrs climbing to 700 meters then headed towards the lines across from Lens. 7/10ths cloud cover over target area but found a hole and completed the mission. A piece of cake point: +1


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Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/07/15 12:52 PM

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Sergent Tremblay and his gunner/obs Sergent Fauchard have spent a quiet first week at Lahoussoye, until this morning. They were assigned a patrol of the lines to the east, from Miraumont down to Péronne and back. Allard coaxed the Morane up to 2,700 meters as he and Jerome kept a lookout for any hostile craft that might be trying to cross the lines. About 45 minutes into the patrol, as they were passing over Fricourt, they spotted an aeroplane just off to their east and below them about 500 meters. It turned out to be a lone Aviatik which they immediately engaged. After a protracted game of cat-and-mouse Sergent Tremblay was able to give Sergent Fauchard several good shooting opportunities which were taken full advantage of. The enemy aeroplane began trailing black smoke and giving up altitude. A final burst from the Lewis gun and the Aviatik hit the ground hard and flipped on its back as its pilot attempted a landing. When the pair returned to camp and excitedly turned in their very first claim they were told it would likely be denied as the incident took place on the Boche side of the mud and they had no confirmation, to which Capitaine de Reverend added, "But you have the personal satisfaction of knowing you downed an enemy craft. Bravo!"


A single enemy aeroplane attempting to make a run for home after being spotted by Allard and Jerome.


Several excellent volleys from the Lewis and Sergent Fauchard had the Aviatik trailing smoke and dropping down.


The Boche pilot attempted a landing that ended in a total wreck.


Sergent Tremblay followed the Somme back to Lahoussoye.


They came in to land just as a patrol from the north was returning.


After pulling up to the hanger and shutting down the Le Rhône Allard and Jerome raced to the CO's office to turn in their AARs and their claim only to receive the disappointing caution that their first victory would very likely be denied them due to no corroborating witnesses. Ah well - c'est la guerre.

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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/07/15 10:47 PM

Bravo, Lou! First blood!


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/07/15 11:30 PM

Missed the deadline. Damn!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 03:02 AM

Crap, it's too late to turn in my report.
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 03:13 AM

I am doing well, with my very bad bombing? So far I hit one chicken house, killed the only rooster, and thus made all of the hens very unhappy. Other than that, fly out, do my best and fly home and land. Love the slow landing speed.

I see some with more than one mission per day-- I would love to fly more missions within the one day. Can we??

Would love to get something that shoot any thing from my V. B1 very tail heavy crate. Good engine!!

Are shotguns OK?
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 05:48 AM

CW3SF: Yes, if your squadron flies multiple missions per day, then you can fly as many as they give you.

If you can figure out how to get a shotgun up there, go for it. smile

Fullofit, Banjoman: There's always next week!
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 01:25 PM

OK, will fly all they give me within each day.

So when do I get a gun for my observer that I can jump in to and set the plane on "autopilot"?? And Then would the "autopilot" fly aggresive for the "gunner" ( now me ) to get the best shot?

Lots to learn about this "new adventure" we are in!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 01:46 PM

CatKnight, what time do you want us to have the reports turned in so this doesn't happen to me again?
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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 03:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Crap, it's too late to turn in my report.

I missed it too. In the future I'll try to report on Saturday mornings...
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 05:25 PM

Almost There
Sgt, B Flight
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders


June 8, 1915.


Morning Hop: B Flight dispatched 4 Be2's on a bombardment raid to Houplin Aerodrome. Dropped 16 bombs and had 1 hit a Tent all others fell Short or Over Target Zone. No Losses. 3


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Afternoon Hop: Great fun. 6 a/c from the Sqn dispatched to bomb a Rail Road junction by Loos. B flight dropped 16 bombs all in area but only a few Rails got tore up. We did make a lot of new holes. Spotted 2 e/a and had fun attacking them. My gunner got off 2 shots then my a/c stalled. Recovered but never caught up with them so RTB.


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Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 10:04 PM

Adain Lothbrok made his 1st deep bombing mission over enemy territory today. Still have not seen an enemy plane but the Archie was something to behold. All landed safe and the CO says we did some good.

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 11:54 PM



Adalwolf Becker has flown a few missions. One bombing of front lines and one Arty spotting. He even managed to hit something with his bombs which is a first. Rather be lucky than good!

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/08/15 11:58 PM

Gents, Been a bit busy of late and just getting around to catching up on whats happening. Great reads. Kuroken,I really like the old format use and great story line. Louseems to have the first victory even though it is uncomfirmed. Good on ya! Looking forward to keeping up.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 12:03 AM

Gents, (not you Hun devils), did you see in the paper that a naval bloke yesterday (June 7th) dropped bombs on a Zeppelin in the air and brought it down?! Great show, lt. Warneford!
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 12:45 AM

Are you guys dive bombing or level bombing. If level, are you using the F6 view or just winging it?

Thanks! rr
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 12:51 AM

I've been level bombing in the Aviatik BI. Experimenting in QC I think I should be able to get decent results from 1000 meters by looking through the hole in the floor.
In practice I haven't hit anything outside of QC but I've only had 2 bombing missions yet. Dive bombing probably wouldn't help as I have the observer blocking my forward view anyway.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 12:57 AM

Originally Posted By: loftyc
Gents, (not you Hun devils), did you see in the paper that a naval bloke yesterday (June 7th) dropped bombs on a Zeppelin in the air and brought it down?! Great show, lt. Warneford!

Yeah, Alvin is flying with Rex Warneford in 1 Naval Wing (which will become 1 Sqdn RNAS in August) - Reading up on Rex, he was very interesting. I think Alvin will have some thoughts on Rex in Wednesday's letter home.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 01:20 AM

Deadline:

Hm. I hadn't really thought of it. Let's go for Sundays at 5 PM UTC
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 02:50 AM

Kuroken, my pilot is also in 1 RNAS and I was wondering if you would mind if I start including him in my reports. I thought it might be kind of cool.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 12:11 PM

Salute

Alfred has been a bit buisy but having fun.




Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 03:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Kuroken, my pilot is also in 1 RNAS and I was wondering if you would mind if I start including him in my reports. I thought it might be kind of cool.

By all means. Alvin is not exactly a friendly kind of guy, and tends to shy away from close personal contacts, but use him as you like. Probably won't be much to say about him unless he a) does something heroic (unlikely) or b) is killed by his BE2 well before the first E I hits the sky (more likely).

Ken
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 03:36 PM

Lederhosen: Very nice post! I like the 'chalkboard' graphic!

The flare picture looks like someone's shooting at you with a laser from above. xwing
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 03:55 PM

Originally Posted By: CatKnight
Lederhosen: Very nice post! I like the 'chalkboard' graphic!

The flare picture looks like someone's shooting at you with a laser from above. xwing


me too
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 04:02 PM

Ken, Arthur was thinking maybe Alvin can introduce him to Alice sometime. biggrin I still haven't decided how I want to portray Arthur. I'm so busy with trying to create a story for Abner my '17 DID pilot that I haven't been able to come up with anything for Arthur.
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 05:52 PM

Liedenbrock and Kampe were sent up to spot for artillery near Ypres. They had reached the target area and signalled for the first battery to fire when Liedenbrock noticed a change in the engine noise.

A few circles were made, with Kampe noting the shell bursts and dropping corrections to the artillery below. The engine became far hoarser and Kampe looked at Liedenbrock. Axel shook his head and pointed down. Kampe agreed and dropped a final note to the artillery commander explaining their trouble. Axel determined to head for Menen as it was the nearest airfield.

About 10 kilometers from the aerodrome, the engine clattered to a stop the propeller began to slow.
Axel hoped that they had enough height to reach the airfield. They did not. Liedenbrock put the Aviatik down safely, but only narrowly missed a fence. The aerodrome was only across the far side of the next field. Axel got out and went to get assistance while Kampe waited with the machine.



Liedenbrock returned with men from the aerodrome to bring the Aviatik in. While they did so, Kampe walked ahead and telephoned Phalempin. Ritter and Henke were sent out to complete the shoot while Liedenbrock and Kampe got "number 3" in order. It turned out that a seal on the carburetter had failed, thinning out the mixture with extra air until the engine choked out. With a replacement seal the Mercedes engine came back to life.


That afternoon, Steinborn ordered them to bomb enemy trenches near Fricourt. Liedenbrock and Kampe took off with Bruechner and Henke in 'number four' behind them. After twenty minutes in the air, Bruechner turned back for home. Liedenbrock dropped his bombs at the prescribed location, but could not discern if the two 5 kilogram bombs had acheived anything at all compared to the artillery bombardment that was also taking place.

On the return to Phalempin it was getting dark. A pile of debris was on the field, but there was space to land. Apparently Breuchner's landing had been heavy and a bomb had detonated. The two airmen were dead. Liedenbrock never saw the bodies. Probably for the best.
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 07:30 PM

I enlisted " Akin Daniels " in the 3RFC at Abeele on Feb 8th as a Sergeant.

I sure hope I do not shoot down my self some mission. This should be great fun to see I do fighting on both sides.

Report on Sunday. Is about 10 pm Mt. Standard time ( Colorado ) OK , or do I need to report at an earler time?
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 08:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, Arthur was thinking maybe Alvin can introduce him to Alice sometime. biggrin I still haven't decided how I want to portray Arthur. I'm so busy with trying to create a story for Abner my '17 DID pilot that I haven't been able to come up with anything for Arthur.

That would work - Alice is quite the little trollop who loves her some airmen.

Of course, I don't know what will happen with her budding romance with cousin Ambrose's buddy, Greg Ryan - with any luck Ryan will die, embittering Alice and leading her to a "live for today" lifestyle. If not, they'll just have to break up. These things happen in war....
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 09:30 PM

Arnold has flown two recce missions from Colmar, one northwest towards St. Die and the other southeast over the front lines. No enemy aircraft encountered and all craft made it back home safely. A couple pics of the nice flying weather.





Time advanced a couple of days after his last flight.
Posted By: Adger

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 09:35 PM

Sorry i cant join this Extraordinary challenge as work commitments keep me busy but WOW......Im loving the stories ,screenshots,reports etc..great great work fellas thumbsup
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/09/15 11:53 PM

Scoring question. I just completed a bombing mission with my German pilot. The debrief says I had two "hits" . Is that 2 points? I have no idea who hit what on a bombing mission.

Having fun Gents. A tip of my "old hat" to OldHat and CatKnight,
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/10/15 03:36 AM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders


9 June 1915.


Assigned to Two flights today both short hops near Loos.

Recon: Clouds over target area (Troops) so dropped down to 1000 meters then home. On Landing, the # 4 Be2 . Pranged on the field and should be down for a few days with Heavy damage. 3

Afternoon: The flight went back to the same spot and dropped bombs from our 3 a/c some said there was a little damage but HQ Army is not happy.

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Posted By: Raine

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/10/15 03:40 AM

Diary entry from Sgt Alfred Eagles, 4 Sqn RFC:




8 June 1917

Off to the great adventure! Quick brekkies of eggs and toast and out to the old BE with Captain Nash. We took off from Biggin Hill just after six and made course for Dover, where we turned southeast for the French coast. After about a half hour we spotted the curve in the coastline between Boulogne and Calais -- we'd veered a little west of our intended landfall.

Just as we crossed the coast, the engine began making odd noises. I turned east along the coast and searched for an airfield but saw nothing. The banging and thumping from the engine grew louder so I switched off and landed on the coast road. We phoned to St Omer and were ordered to make for the emergency field at St-Inglevert, which was only about three miles off. A maintenance team would recover the BE and bring it there for repair. It looks like we may be on our own for two or three days until a new engine can be fitted.

The field at St-Inglevert is under the command of a Flight Lieutenant and houses only a few mechanics and administrative rankers. The head man there had no accommodation for us so we got a tender to drive us to Calais and took rooms in the Terminus Hotel. I am trusting the RFC to pay for our lodging, as I shall be quick broke otherwise. In the meanwhile, we are both quite comfortable, but wish we were reunited with our trunks, which were sent to the squadron ahead of us.

Now to wait...

"The banging and thumping from the engine grew louder so I switched off and landed on the coast road."
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Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/10/15 01:22 PM



Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/11/15 04:34 AM

Almost There
Sgt, Rfc
2 Sqn
Flanders

10 June 1915.


By Jove a real Banger today. 4 ships left for a Recon by Lens. Reaching the Lines , I spotted and engaged 2 Hun Recon Types. I pulled in front and a little low my gunner banged away 85 Rds. The sods just hung there finally Archie opened up and they turned for home. If I only had a gun firing forward I would have had them both.


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1 point
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/11/15 08:26 AM

Plinking with the .303 is fun





Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/11/15 04:57 PM

Another day and another artillery shoot. Leidenbrock circled around their assigned position while Kampe did his work.

As he looked around, Liedenbrock spotted two aeroplanes far below him. He watched with interest as they crossed into German territory. One machine suddenly deviated and made north. Then it came to a stop as it landed near the lines.

"Ours or theirs?" Liedenbrock wondered and decended to take a look.

It was a French monoplane that had come to rest in a quiet area that was hardly damaged by the battles of the previous autumn. Liedenbrock overflew the two airmen. This was the closest he had ever been to the enemy.

The Frenchmen just stared upwards.



Thinking this all very gentlemanly, Leidenbrock saluted them and returned south to his observation. The soldiers in the lines had no appreciation for the antics of these birdmen and shot a number of holes in the Aviatik's wings.



Duly chastised, Axel climbed away. He wondered what Steinborn would make of his wing damage.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 04:19 AM

Almost There
Sgt, Rfc
2 Sqn, Rfc

Flanders

June 11, 1915.



Dawn Recon Western most of our Operational Area. 4 a/c flown. No new trench's or bunkers observed. A supply train was spotted moving up. No aerial contact spotted.


3 a/c Arty Spot flown during the late afternoon. What a site, small and large explosions all over NML. However did notice that for a rolling barrage a lot of space was left open. Recommended that Volleys be closer together.


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points 2 ea.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 07:13 AM

Answering da questions:

CWS: 5 PM UTC is 1 PM US Eastern, or Noon US Central on Sunday. I'd consider filling out your form on Saturday if you can.

MFair: Personally for bombing missions I've been thinking that if there are any ground kills then that counts as a successful mission. If YOU get a ground kill then that's worth 1 point.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 12:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Maeran







I'm assuming you made that skin.....but where did you put it????? and with which name???

danke
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 12:40 PM

Yes I did.

You put the skin in the campaign/CampaignData/skins folder and the naming convention is very specific.

"Off_Aviatik_BI_ace_t_FFA 8b 1915_Axel Leidenbrock.dds" Replacing "Axel Leidenbrock" with whatever particular name you want. Note the spaces as well as underscores.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 02:04 PM




Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/12/15 02:07 PM


Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 03:31 AM

Journal Entry June 12, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, it's been a long and exhausting two weeks since I got to St. Pol. I believe Thayer and myself have really bonded into a fine team, though, I was really frustrated with the lad on the 10th, but I'll get to that in a bit. The rest of lads all seem to be a professional lot. We have normally been flying two sorties a day and I don't know if that's a normal schedule or not, what I do know is at the end of the day I'm very tired and I've been retiring early. I've met an interesting fellow named Alvin, rather quiet and keeps to himself in the mess. I think I'll see if I can strike up a conversation with him the next time we're together. I imagine there is quite an interesting story behind that quiet facade.

Well enough of the chit-chat sort of stuff, let's get right to the action, shall we. I know that what we do is vitally important to the chaps in the trenches and I know that our work makes a difference in this bloody war, but if I don't ever have to go on another photographing sortie, I'll be happy as a lark. They are dreadfully dull, we fly up to the front, circle over some spot on the front lines and then fly back home. In the two weeks that I've been flying I've seen three Hun aeroplanes and they were quite a distance off from us. That all changed on the afternoon sortie on the 10th and both the morning and afternoon sorties today. First let me describe the action on the 10th, we had flown to the front for one of our photo sorties, which we had completed successfully and we turned for home. As we were proceeding, I saw a single Hun machine flying in the opposite direction back toward the front. I had the craziest of notions and I turned to pursue the Hun. In the meantime, I told Thayer of my intention and he seemed game, so on we flew. In a short time, I had positioned myself in front of the Hun roughly 50 meters ahead, but Thayer just sat there. I signalled him to fire, but nothing happened. All of this time I'm jockeying our bus around to keep the Hun in position and avoid stalling, and nothing happened. Exasperated, I turned for home and said nothing the entire flight back. Once on the ground, I had a few choice words with Thayer, respectfully of course, the old boy does outrank me. He said some such nonsense of not having a clear shot. I was dreadfully worried that Thayer didn't have the metal for this game of ours. Well, let me tell you I couldn't have been more shocked by his behaviour in both of today's sorties. We took off at our usual time this morning for our usual photo sortie. When we arrived at the front I spotted two Hun aeroplanes approaching from the southeast and lower than our altitude. I was waiting for Lieutenant Epps to signal, but he continued with the mission at hand. I thought to myself, I'll give Thayer another opportunity. So, I dove and began to position myself in front of the trailing Hun aeroplane. I can only imagine what the Hun was thinking because he made no effort to prevent me from accomplishing my mission. Once in position, Thayer opened up like a whole hoard of Huns were attacking and before I knew what had happened the Hun aeroplane dropped a wing and plunged to Earth. I spun around and there sat Thayer with the biggest Cheshire cat grin I've ever seen.



We rejoined Lieutenant Epps and completed our mission and returned to St. Pol. After we landed, Lieutenant Epps ran over and started pounding on our backs exclaiming, "Bloody good show, old man!" over and over. After we filled out the necessary paperwork, I asked Thayer what happened, he laughed and said, "I told you I didn't have a good shot the other day." If that had been all that happened today, I would have been completely satisfied, but Thayer wasn't finished. In our afternoon sortie, which was of course another opportunity to take photos of the front, we arrived at our usual location and began taking photographs. This afternoon was quite busy with at least 6 Hun planes zipping around taking care of their business. As we were leaving, I saw a lone Hun flying over the front and I thought to myself 'Why not have a go at that old boy.' I informed Thayer of my intent, received a huge grin in reply and began to gently dive and position myself in front of this Hun. Once again, the Hun just sat and watched me getting into position. Could it be that the Huns don't know that we have Lewis guns up front with our observers? Anyway, once in position, Thayer began to fire that Lewis for all it was worth. This poor Hun burst into flames and began the long plunge Earthward. For a moment, I actually felt dirty for what I had done, it was like putting cattle down when it's slaughtering time. I turned to look at Thayer and he had that grin again, I wonder if maybe I've created a monster.



We landed and again Lieutenant Epps was overjoyed at our success. Needless to say, both claims were confirmed and we were quite the sensation at mess tonight. It does worry me a little that Thayer might be enjoying this business a little too much. Well, I'll wrap this journal entry up for today and retire. I'm sure I have another photo gathering sortie in the morning.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 04:58 AM

Almost There
Sgt, Rfc
2 Sqn War-birds Rising
Flanders


June 12, 1915.



2 Ships posted for morning Arty Spot. I was tasked to photo the shoot although I dont know why Hq cant just go to the lines and watch ?

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Afternoon Flight: The Sqn put up 3 machines on Recon to the Eastern limit of our A.O. across from Arras. I say what a sitter. However, the flight was peaceful no enemy about and done from 2000 meters.

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Points 2 ea flight.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 09:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Maeran
Yes I did.

You put the skin in the campaign/CampaignData/skins folder and the naming convention is very specific.

"Off_Aviatik_BI_ace_t_FFA 8b 1915_Axel Leidenbrock.dds" Replacing "Axel Leidenbrock" with whatever particular name you want. Note the spaces as well as underscores.



hmmm did all that but ...only default is used.
my DIII skin works though??????
Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 11:03 AM

Double check your naming of the file. I missed the "Off" part at the start at first and it wouldn't work. Cavaliere put me right.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 12:09 PM

Originally Posted By: lederhosen
Originally Posted By: Maeran
Yes I did.

You put the skin in the campaign/CampaignData/skins folder and the naming convention is very specific.

"Off_Aviatik_BI_ace_t_FFA 8b 1915_Axel Leidenbrock.dds" Replacing "Axel Leidenbrock" with whatever particular name you want. Note the spaces as well as underscores.



hmmm did all that but ...only default is used.
my DIII skin works though??????


I flat-out copy and paste the name from another skin and just add a letter or 2 at the end to make it stick out in the list; no problems missing a letter, or syntax, etc.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 12:26 PM

Banjoman,Congratulations on the 2 victories. At this rate you will be an ace in no time! Have not seen an enemy machine yet in my campaign, which is fine as it is a long war. Good on ya mate.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 01:06 PM

I hope Banjoman stays far away from my man Arnold and his Aviatik BI
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 02:25 PM

MudWasp, it is almost criminal, these Aviatik B.I pilots don't even try to evade. You really could rack up a pretty high score if you wanted, but I think I'll try and keep Thayer in check, not very sporting and all.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 03:30 PM

yeah .. I hope the next patch will give the Hun a rifle too !!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 03:53 PM

Hey CatKnight, just entered my log report for this week and I noticed that there isn't any way to enter our hours flown, don't we want to keep track of those?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 04:26 PM

Journal Entry: June 13, 1915
St. Pol-sur-mer

Surprise, surprise, this morning's mission was another reconnaissance sortie. We flew off, arrived at our part of the front and proceeded to take photos of the same part of the front that we photographed yesterday. I'm sorry if I sound frustrated, but I just think we could be doing so much more to help with the war effort, but who am I, I'm just a lowly sub-lieutenant and nobody asked me. Anyway, we saw a couple of Hun machines off in the distance but other than that it was just another typical sortie. We returned to St. Pol and enjoyed a wonderful luncheon. I'm rather fond of seafood and since we are right on the coast our mess sergeant can get most everything that we desire. I really don't know what he did before the war, but he can cook sole as well any restaurant that I've visited. After luncheon, a game of Whist will usually get started or some fellow will begin to play the piano while the others will drift off to take care of personal matters. Dear reader, that's just a small glimpse of a typical afternoon for the lads. We usually will leave for our afternoon sorties somewhere between 2 to 3 o'clock and today wasn't any different. Our mission was different, however, for today we were heading up to the front to do a line patrol. The difference being, this time we were specifically tasked with destroying Huns. I wonder if the success that Thayer and I have enjoyed had something to do with the change in our sortie. At any rate, we took off accompanied by Flight Commander Whiting and his observer, Lieutenant Gunn. We arrived at our patrol sector without incident and it wasn't long before I spotted a Hun aeroplane above us and flying toward our side of the lines. I looked toward FC Whiting and it didn't look like he had spotted the Hun so I began to climb to intercept him. I must have spooked the poor fellow because he began to turn for home. I continued the pursuit and eventually I was able to position ourselves where Thayer could engage. This Hun was made of better stuff because he at least tried to evade, but to no avail, Thayer was finally able to down him with a burst to his engine. He died in the most horrible of ways, plummeting to Earth like a comet.



We landed, were congratulated by Whiting and Gunn and filed our reports. Today's action brings our total to three. I think I'm beginning to see the wisdom in Thayer's last words to me after we discussed today's action, "We need to get while the getting is good." I foresee a day where I will pine for these days.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/13/15 11:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
MudWasp, it is almost criminal, these Aviatik B.I pilots don't even try to evade. You really could rack up a pretty high score if you wanted, but I think I'll try and keep Thayer in check, not very sporting and all.


Not always, as I just found out. Adain Lothbrok spotted a lone Hun on his last mission and when I tried to get ahead and under him, he went all over the sky. I guess word got around that you were shooting at them!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 01:22 AM

This is true. My pilot just found that out first hand. A simple patrol way, way behind friendly lines at 2300 m. Spotted the Hun way, way above. Didn't think we'll ever get him. Wasn't even sure Morane could fly this high. We finally got up to 200 m below him, but he knew what he was doing. He stayed just high enough out of range and I struggled to keep up with him without stalling - my wingman did jut that and ended some 500 m below us. He eventually caught up with us. Meter by meter we went higher and higher and eventually got in range. My observer almost emptied the entire supply of ammunition (60 rounds left), but we got him. Now I'm just waiting for the confirmation from the CO.

Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 03:47 AM

Banjoman: Nope, no need for hours. Just number of missions, confirmed kills and score for comparison purposes is fine.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 10:02 AM

Originally Posted By: MFair
Originally Posted By: Banjoman
MudWasp, it is almost criminal, these Aviatik B.I pilots don't even try to evade. You really could rack up a pretty high score if you wanted, but I think I'll try and keep Thayer in check, not very sporting and all.


Not always, as I just found out. Adain Lothbrok spotted a lone Hun on his last mission and when I tried to get ahead and under him, he went all over the sky. I guess word got around that you were shooting at them!


We sent out a memo to all German pilots after Banjoman's killing spree became known to us. Some pilots are also training in Ramming tactics... I'm carrying a sling shot in my flight coat winkngrin

Hey, if you really want to go on an Aviatik killing spree... enlist a high ranking Brit in a Bristol Scout!
attack
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 11:59 AM

my thoughts about attacking the Hun AvB1/II

since it aint got a gun why not do this....
You get only 10 rds rapid. If he's not going down after that then wave and leave him alone.
I know that when the CI arrives that the Hun pilots are going to attack everything in sight though.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 07:10 PM

HahahaHa.. Arnold went on a bombing run. He lead one other Aviatik and the target assigned was a RR station. His rpms started to bounce just after he crossed the fronlines and he decided to head for home. He was about to pass over an observation balloon so he continued straight and level and let them drop.



He then thought twice about signaling his squadmate to continue with the mission and decided against it. Arnold barely made it home to Colmar, his engine rpms kept fluctuating and the high end kept falling. Both landed OK and he filed a balloon claim that was confirmed.



He was awarded a mighty fine Goblet too!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 07:22 PM

Now that was awesome, good job. I'll definitely make sure I don't shoot him down. biggrin
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 08:27 PM

You're WAYYYYYY UP NORTH.......correct?

duck
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/14/15 08:40 PM

Yep, and truth be told, you'd probably drop a bomb on me. explode
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 12:23 AM

Sgt Alan Smith
11 June 1915

After surviving eleven days, Sgt. Smith died. He and his observer were assigned to lead a deep reconnaissance mission over a German airfield, ten miles across the lines. Upon arrival at the front lines, his wingman aborted due to a probable engine problem. The intrepid Sgt. Smith pressed on and arrived 8000 feet over the German airfield without incident. Almost immediately, though, things went south. His engine rpms began to drop, and wisely choosing the better part of valor, began to head home. Although the engine RPMs continued to drop, he was able to keep his airspeed up, by nursing his engine and trading a bit of altitude for speed. He made the front lines without any further incident, crossing them at about 6000 feet. However, the RPMs continued to drop, and it looked like he would not be able to make any airfields. He and his observer spied a nice level and long field that allowed an approach into the wind and set up the landing. Despite this, Sgt. Smith stalled his BE 2c 100 feet above the ground and crashed, killing him and his observer.

{In fact, what happened is my kid came in when I was on final and asked me a question. Distracted, I stalled the aircraft.)
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 12:34 AM

Introducing St. Bryan Smithe:
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 01:08 AM

Tough break Combs. I hope your next pilot has better luck! A toast to the departed.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 01:33 AM

That's too bad, Combs. You are the first of many who will be awarded the Croix de Bois.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 01:42 AM

MudWasp: Nicely done! Score one for the Hun!

Combs: Ouch, that's too bad. That's two down (CW3SF also lost a pilot) in two weeks and we aren't even shooting at each other yet!

Well okay, the British are shooting. The Germans are just peaceful observers.

Except MudWasp.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 01:43 AM

Scoreboard for June 14

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 01:52 AM

I knew a "retard" named Byran" when I was young.
I didn't call him that..."BReeTarRRDDD"....

He saved me one day, I was sliding SPADS and Camels down the slide at elementary school. Some Bullys wanted to destroy my toys, perhaps me too...but Burt came to my rescue.

RIP BURT I'll never forget your Big Head and Heart.
You defended me from bullies and taught to be a fighter.

Last I knew you were dead or in a mental hospital...much the same

I Salute you Burt Bergstrand salute
The spirit of the bear was in you, and it still lives in me
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 02:12 AM

It was my own fault-I should have paused the game when my daughter came in the room. I'm not such a good pilot that I can multi-task a dead stick landing in a field with a competing question from my daughter on how to solve a computer issue. I simply lost situational awareness regarding my speed, and didn't realize it had dropped as much as it did. I had all sorts of room and altitude, and could have come in a lot faster than I did

On a slightly related point: Is there a text file anywhere the player can see what is wrong with the aircraft? Right now, I really don't know what the failure was. I'm just curious to know if it is saved somewhere so I can look at it for historical flavor.


Originally Posted By: CatKnight
MudWasp: Nicely done! Score one for the Hun!

Combs: Ouch, that's too bad. That's two down (CW3SF also lost a pilot) in two weeks and we aren't even shooting at each other yet!

Well okay, the British are shooting. The Germans are just peaceful observers.

Except MudWasp.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 02:12 PM






(actually I had the buried-to-the-wing spawning bug and it was one of the rare times that I hadn't done a backup of the pilots directory after the last batch of flights...and I could hardly just let it stand as another failed mission. Ambrose has enough of those. Anyway, it's probably the most excitement he'll see for another six months, barring a collision or emergency landing gone wrong, both of which would be the the last excitement he sees...)
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 02:25 PM



Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 02:48 PM

Ken, great letter from Alvin. You have me really curious about this whole Blackpool business. It isn't Arthur who is bloodthirsty, but his observer Thayer and remember he outranks me so when he tells me to approach a Boche plane, I have to obey. I like how you are playing your character Alvin, really mysterious, keep up the good work.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/15/15 03:25 PM

Thanky!

Yeah, Alvin has some serious psychological issues, mostly revolving around what happened in Blackpool a year ago, and they color his perceptions on most things. His cousin Ambrose, though a year older, is a lot more naive about the war, and more caught up in the whole courtly knights of the sky thing and the great adventure of it all.

Both character arcs are on a low simmer at the moment, though Alvin's has the possibility to go to full boil pretty fast, depending on circumstances. Assuming that their fire isn't put out with a mishandled emergency landing or the arrival of Eindeckers...

There will be a bit more about what happened in Blackpool, probably sometime later this week unless something really interesting happens in his daily flights.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/16/15 03:00 AM

Journal Entry: June 15, 1915
St. Pol-sur-mer

Well, yesterday was pretty much a dud day. Thayer and I flew our morning and afternoon sorties as usual but we didn't see anything, just performed our duties and returned home to our airfield. I'm sure it won't be long when I wish everyday was as yesterday. Had a rather nice game of football yesterday with the lads, it is a wonderful pasttime that not only invigorates you physically but also mentally. I get the impression from some of the fellows that they don't approve of what Thayer and I are doing. No one has confronted either of us, but I notice the looks. I would ask them, aren't we in a war and aren't those Hun machines that we've brought down actively pursuing activities that will harm our lads. I'm no great moralist, but it seems to me that if I've a chance to protect a Tommy from some Hun depredation, then that's my duty and by Jove, I will not be condemned for not doing my duty. Furthermore, I've heard nothing negative from Ackerman in regards to our performance, so I will continue as before until I'm instructed otherwise.

Dear reader, let me tell you about today's excitement. Our morning patrol was another Line Patrol maybe the brass is starting to see the merit in what Thayer and I are accomplishing. Anyway, we arrived at the front being led again by Lieutenant Epps who if the truth be told, I'm rather fond of, he's a terrible footballer, but he is a smashing good flight leader. We had just begun our patrol when I noticed off to the southeast of us two Hun machines that were dropping bombs on our boys. I was outraged, their lives are bad enough without bombs falling on them. I signalled Epps, who must have been looking away because he never noticed them. I didn't need Thayer's command this time as like I said, I was outraged. I've found that the best way to approach one of these Hun machines is to fly at the same altitude and parallel. Then all you have to do is apply and reduce throttle to approach them and then a little rudder to ease into position. I had hardly gotten us into position, when I hear Thayer commencing to fire his trusty Lewis. It isn't long before the Hun is smoking and we witness him crashing just past the lines. I return to Epps and he waggles his wings because he had witnessed the whole thing. We return to a delicious luncheon and I took a short nap before the afternoon sortie. Imagine our frustration, when Ackerman orders us to fly a training flight for the afternoon sortie to test the new rigging that had just been completed on our bus. We had just taken off when I happened to glance back out our field and noticed explosions. For a minute, I was perplexed as to what was happening and then it hit me. I quickly looked up and there were the Hun bastards that were bombing my airfield. I looked at Thayer and he nodded his approval and our training flight quickly became a hunt. I squeezed every inch of altitude out of our old bus and I finally caught up with the Huns over Dunkerque. I began my attack on the leftmost aeroplane in the formation and it wasn't long before Thayer had his engine smoking. I followed him down and the Hun attempted to land just east of Dunkerque, but he cracked up in some trees. As I swooped over him, I saw the pilot and his observer crawling gingerly out of the wreckage. I turned for home and landed without any difficulty. The first words out of everyones mouths were, "Did you get one of those bastards?" I assured them that we did. Now, I'm not noticing those looks near as often and from as many men, maybe now the fellows understand that this isn't a game and to win we need to kill as many of them as we can or it might not ever end. By the way, that was our fifth kill and we had quite the bash that evening.

The cowards who bombed us.


Hun about to crash into the trees.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/16/15 04:00 AM

Almost There, Sgt
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders


June 15, 1915

Posted to a recon flight (2 Be2,s) up to Loos and back. It was a nice and smooth flight at 2000 meters. No enemy machines spotted. All back safe.




2 points
Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/16/15 01:50 PM

Please remove all of "My Pilots" from this event " Albert Bergman" and "Bob Daniels".

Thanks, CW3SF
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 12:17 PM

Now we all know about the Bloody Baron and such, but there was another Fox that was known, but alas all but forgoten before Richthofen started making his way into the history books. A BBC cleaning lady accidently nocked over a pile of old films while dusting the vaults. After trying to put things back in order she managed to mix the dates up, and so, as if by Godly intervention, this story came to be discovered.


Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 02:23 PM




Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 02:31 PM



Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 09:15 PM

Journal Entry: June 17, 1915
St. Pol-sur-mer

I really don't understand my fellow fliers in the squadron. We get explicit orders for both the morning sortie and the afternoon sortie, to prevent the enemy machines from crossing the lines by any means necessary. So, what does Flight Lieutenant Sheely do during this morning's sortie when a Hun machine passes right over us, nothing is the correct answer? I'll tell you dear reader, he would've let the Hun pass completely unmolested if Thayer and I hadn't been present. Let me tell you exactly what happened and you can be the judge if we acted in a proper military fashion. We took off this morning for our usual morning sortie and this time we were ordered to do a line patrol, which consists of flying over a certain section of the front with the specific intent of stopping the enemy from crossing said front. Everything was going according to plan and we arrived at our patrol sector without incident. It wasn't long before I saw a Hun approaching us at a higher altitude. I motioned to Thayer and he acknowledged me by getting his Lewis prepared. I waved at Sheely and received no indication that he saw me, so I waited patiently for him to act. The Hun actually flew right over us, maybe 100 to 200 feet above us and no reaction from Sheely. Just so the reader understands, the Hun was flying across the front and toward our territory, exactly what we had been ordered to prevent. Well, you may call me many things, but I do understand explicit orders, so I pulled our bus into a climbing turn and began to pursue the Hun. I managed to close with him just south of Niewpoort. Thayer began firing and managed to disable his engine and the Hun had to crash land just inside our lines. I can't believe that Thayer and I are the only ones that truly understand what we are involved in, this isn't a gentleman's game, this is full scale war and I'm terrified that it will get much worse before it gets better. I wonder if maybe it's because my father fought in the Boer War and I remember his stories of how hard the Boer's fought and how it was necessary to totally defeat them if we wanted any chance for peace. I'm sure some of my fellow fliers think I'm a monster, but if by killing these Huns I could shorten this war by one day, then I would kill many more. I'm sorry if that sounds brutal, but that's the way of it. Now for some happier news, apparently, the CO had put my name in for a DSO and tonight after dinner he announced that it had been approved. We had quite the party, which I'm sure I'll regret in the morning. Sorry dear reader, but Thayer had forgotten his camera so no photographs of this sortie.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 09:29 PM

Ken, my latest report isn't directed at Alvin, I'm just frustrated with the AI pilots. Even when we have orders to engage the enemy they just fly right past them. I guess when we get fighters maybe then their behavior will change.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/17/15 11:44 PM

Yeah, had the same thing with a solo AV breezing along 500 feet below a flight of three of us for a good 3-4 minutes. Roughly same course (I think his waypoint was the same airfield as ours), none of the AI pilots showed the slightest interest. Alvin was happy. I was neutral, since I'm not fond of the limited movement range of the gun on the BE - used to pointing and shooting with my single-seat campaigns, though I've been very successful with Strutters in a 70 Sqdn campaign.

I think a lot of it has to do with the two-seater AI (see the same thing in RoF) - if they've got two seats, defense seems to be in their blood. If an enemy aircraft comes into the gunners field of fire and range, the gunner will usually open up. Pilots will generally continue on blissfully until the plane starts getting hit, and then they start evading, but to escape the fire, not to attack.

It's irritating, but at least with your kills you'll probably get promoted soon, and be leading your own flights much of the time.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 08:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, my latest report isn't directed at Alvin, I'm just frustrated with the AI pilots. Even when we have orders to engage the enemy they just fly right past them. I guess when we get fighters maybe then their behavior will change.


I'm sure it has to do with how the files are written. Only one 2-seater (that I know of) acts like a scout and thats the Roland. All other 2 seaters will fly their merry way and will not attack. In fact the Roland goes berzerk if any enemy gets near. Its just something that one has to think of before you go out on the mission.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 11:42 AM

Baron von Borste had his first official run over the lines and it almost ended his career !








time to run and find a FOXhole...ha ha ha, Boom Boom
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 03:18 PM

Banjoman, Lederhosen: I'm pretty sure that's how they're programmed as well. Keep in mind some of us are being unusually aggressive in the BE 2c. (I'm looking at you Thayer!)

Lederhosen: What does Basil think about the Pfalz? I ran a few QCs yesterday and was impressed. The rear gunner is definitely a step up from the Aviatik B.I
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 04:23 PM

I think the bird fly's better than the Morane actually...dont pull up so much
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 05:39 PM

Catknight, he's just following orders. biggrin What's interesting is when I joined 1 RNAS there were two pilots that had 9 kills, but no one since June 1 has made any move to engage the enemy, except the dynamic duo of Ethelstan and Thayer. I think you're right and they are just programmed that way, I'm sure things will change when we get to single seaters.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/18/15 08:23 PM

Sgt , Almost There
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders.



18 June 1915.

Bad Mission: B flights 2 a/c corkscrewed up to 2000 meters and headed for the lines for a Arty Spot mission near Oppy.
Broken clouds all the way then 10/ 10ths clouds cover over target. The leed machine waved Washout so we RTB.

Points 1


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Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 01:33 PM




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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 01:37 PM



Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 03:01 PM

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Sergent Tremblay and his gunner/obs Sergent Fauchard have been awarded their first victory. Yesterday afternoon they were assigned a patrol of the lines at Bapaume and were accompanied by Sgt. Rouquette and his gunner/obs Lt. Sallares. The two Moranes climbed into a beautiful blue winter's sky as they worked their way northeasterly. At Beaumont-Hamel Sgt. Tremblay spotted an aeroplane straight east of their position that looked to be doing a reconnaissance. He signaled his flight mates and guided his mount to investigate. The intruder turned out to be a lone Aviatik who, upon seeing the approaching pair, swung around and headed for home. However, Allard and Jerome had gotten close enough before being spotted so that they were able to overtake the enemy craft as it was nearing Bertincourt. Sgt. Tremblay drew up alongside the Boche, who did little to avoid them at that point, and after Sgt. Fauchard sent but two short bursts from his Lewis into the enemy plane it erupted in flames and fell. It fully startled the Frenchmen who then watched as the burning ship crashed between two tent hangers at the aerodrome below, setting both of them alight. It was a gruesome thing to see. Upon returning to camp Sgt. Tremblay and his gunner turned in their report, which was supported by Lt. Sallares and his pilot. This morning confirmation of the claim was given and Allard and Jerome had their names added to the escadrille's tally board.


Sgt. Tremblay closing in on his prey.


Pulling up along side and turning into the Boche to give Sgt, Fauchard a clear shot.


The Aviatik bursts into flames almost at once from Jerome's handiwork.


The fireball hits the ground and torches the hangers on either side of the impact.


Allard makes a final survey of the unnerving scene before heading back to camp.

A victory to be sure, but not one the young Sergent is feeling altogether good about as he continues to imagine what the end must have been like for his foe. C'est la guerre.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 03:31 PM

Good job Lou, it looks like the Morane is a better plane for giving your observer a shot. The BE.2C has the observer in front of you and it makes it awkward sometimes when you are trying to line up a shot.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 06:14 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders


19 June 1915.


I say, bit of Bad luck for A flight. B flight was returning from a Bombardment mission and A flight had 2 a/c on Roaming cover flight. One of the machines landed short of the field. Actually, the chap put it in the River. Head later the pilot broke his neck, but the gunner was ok.

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Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/19/15 07:01 PM

That's a new one for me Carrick. Never saw a water landing before.

Lou,congratulations on the victory.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 03:13 AM

wave

MFair:

Me Too. He must have been one of those Navy Pilots. I have read that in WWII a former Navy Sea Plane Pilot forgot what a/c he was landing and crashed a smaller airplane. The story went on to state that he made a normal landing approach for a Sea plane but was too high when he cut the power The smaller land a/c just fell out of the sky for the last 10 ft or so. Of course, if he had been in a Sea plane the landing would been spot on.


Lou: Good going
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 04:58 PM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

Bryan Smythe
12 June 1915
I just arrived in Abeele late yesterday. While I was getting billeting arranged I was informed that the squadron had just lost a machine that day. Apparently, a BE 2 had gone down with engine trouble, and the pilot had stalled and crashed while landing. He hadn’t been with the squadron very long. Lieut. Lloyd and my first job was to go through his belongings and pack them up for shipment to his family. Very unpleasant business. His name was Smith, Alan Smith. A bit disconcerting, myself and him having similar names.
Today, myself and Lieut. Lloyd were assigned an to do an artillery spotting mission. Because we were new to the area, we flew as a wingman for Lieut. Dillon. I had a terrible time keeping formation. Lieut. Dillon was flying an Fe2. They are slightly faster, and despite everything I did, I couldn’t keep formation with him. However, I’m not sure how much longer I will have that formation keeping problem. Rumor in the squadron is that they are turning the Fe’s in, and getting Be2s in exchange. No one here is happy about that change, and think it is a bit like trading a racehorse for a plow horse.
12 June-Approaching the Front Lines near the Lys River
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 05:14 PM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

13 June 1915
Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

13 June 1915
No word yet on when the squadron is going to exchange the Fe2 for the Be2s. We are also supposed to be getting some additional scouting aircraft. We already have two, and Supply says a third is will be waiting for pick up at St. Omer very soon. While I would like to get a Scout, I still have trouble with just handling the BE. It looks like I’ll be assigned to “B” flight. The Flight Commander tells me not to worry about my lack of experience in the air, because at the rate they are flying now, I’ll have twenty hours by next week. That would double my flight time. I can’t imagine flying that much!
Today we did an artillery spotting mission to support a French attack to the south. Very quiet. We took no fire, and saw no hostile aircraft. I’m still having trouble keeping up with the Fee.

13 June 1915-Trying to keep up with an Fe2
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 05:51 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn Rfc
Flanders


June 20, 1915.

Planned on a big party in the mess tonight, but after talking to the ADJ, I put in for a transfer instead. It seems the Row is over my shot down Aviatik. We finished the morning bombardment of the lines ( 3 a/c), They turned for home and I went hunting across the lines. Spotted and attacked 2 Recon Types, one broke off and headed for a Hun A.F. I followed and 41 rds later his motor stopped. He tried to glide to the field,but crashed into the Trees just shy of the landing area.
The ADJ stated NOT Confirmed. No witness No Victory. So I put in for a transfer .

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 06:50 PM

Arnold Reinhardt
FA 294b
Colmar, Alsace

Less than 2 minutes after becoming air born, Arnold's BI suffered a system failure. He didn't have enough altitude to make it back to Colmar....





RIP Arnold salute
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 07:16 PM

Yikes! That's a grim outcome, MudWasp!


Anybody run into any 'Balance of Power' stuff yet?
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 07:20 PM

14 June 1915
We had a bit of an adventure today. The CO had us patrol the front lines to the north, near the coast by Nieuport. Just as in the past two days, 2nd Lieut. Lloyd and I was flying wing on an F.E.2. Just as in my earlier flights, he lost us west of the front lines. We went ahead and did our patrol alone, but saw nothing. After patrolling and seeing nothing for twenty minutes or so, Lieut. Lloyd passed me a note that said “Fly to Ghistelles.” Ghistelle is a German airfield near the coast. So I flew there at about 8000 feet. The Germans must have been asleep, as no one bothered us.

When we got back and reported, the adjutant told us the CO would be mad about our little adventure. Apparently, the CO is a bit of a stickler for rules, and we had deviated from our mission plan. Lieut. Lloyd explained that we were merely showing a bit of initiative. We had patrolled along the front for as long as assigned, and seeing nothing had gone on a hunting expedition. While sympathetic, the adjutant maintained that the CO would still be upset with our deviation. “Have you met Capt. Strange?” he asked us. “He’s in ‘A’ flight. About a month ago, he was flying a scout and attacked an Aviatik. He used up a drum of ammunition for his Lewis. Since he couldn’t reach that wing-mounted Lewis while sitting down, he stood up in the cockpit to replace the drum. As soon as he did, damned if his machine didn’t’ flip right on its back. So there’s Capt. Strange, hanging onto the Lewis drum for dear life on an inverted airplane. Now that’s a pretty grim situation, but then the machine goes into a flat spin! Somehow, Capt. Strange managed to kick his legs back into the cockpit. He must have been able to hook onto something with his foot, because he was able to swing back into the cockpit and pull out of the spin. When he gets back, the CO was upset that he caused unnecessary damage to his cockpit! So yes, I think the CO will be upset. Fortunately for you, Sergeant, he will be upset with the Lieutenant, because he told you to fly there.”

Lieutenant Lloyd then told me to go back to the hanger and check on the aircraft, and that he would talk to the CO. I don’t know how that conversation went, because I never heard anything more. When I asked Lieut. Lloyd about it later, he just said that we were still on the flight schedule for tomorrow, so he guessed the CO was okay with it. I told the Lieutenant that in my opinion, the sound of the artillery to the south probably had more to do with us being on the schedule for tomorrow.
Historical Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Strange

14 June-Patrol near Neiuport

Capt. Strange
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 07:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Yikes! That's a grim outcome, MudWasp!


Anybody run into any 'Balance of Power' stuff yet?


I'd like to fly the Pfalz two seater.
Can't find the squad lederhosen is in, FFA 4b, in the manual enlistment section
WOFF often gives a different squad label on different pages of the logbook
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 07:51 PM

Found my way by auto enlist and then quit back to manual.
Arnold's older brother...

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/20/15 10:49 PM

Combs, I really like your paper log reports. Very realistic.
Mudwasp, Bad way to bow out Bud. Good luck with number 2.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 04:20 AM

jawdrop Aw MudWasp what a way to go.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 04:53 AM

Never had a system failure that quick before, no altitude, trees in all directions except 180 back to Colmar. Couldn't clear the trees...
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 05:38 AM

Mud: I hope your next pilot burns hard. smile
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 06:15 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn, Rfc
Flanders



June 21, 1915.


I was finishing up a Photo Recon Hop near Messines when a Oil lines blew. I had bags of altitude so put down on our side on a dirt road. My gunner found that the oil line fitting came loose so the rubber hose just slid off and dumped most of the oil. Good thing I shut it down quickly. A farmer gave us the use of a cart so we could find a phone and call base.


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Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 09:47 PM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

15-16 June 1915
The past two days have been front line patrols over the front with Dixon as lead. We’ve had good weather, but haven’t seen any Germans. The faster Fe2 keeps leaving us shortly after we reach altitude. The BE simply can’t keep formation with them. God help us if we actually come into contact with armed German scouts.

17 June 1915

We had a recon over the front lines with Baily and Dixon. The weather was raining. There were towering thunderheads, with bases at around 4000 feet. Very majestic and awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, they made it impossible to do any type of meaningful reconnaissance from 8000 feet. The flight leader didn’t deviate from the assigned altitude and drop lower, so we didn't accomplish much.



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/21/15 09:50 PM

Kewl external view cloud pic, felt a twinge of vertigo...might just be the PBR whispering to me.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 04:15 AM

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Now that new planes are starting to enter the game, if you don't see yours listed feel free to add it under 'Other' and I will add the new model for next time.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 04:32 AM

Ofz. Ambrose Straub
FFA 48; Aviatik B.I
June 21, 1915


Have you ever met someone who so annoyed you that you didn't even bother trying to be pleasant or friendly? That is me and Flieger Hans Adam.

I transferred to FFA 48 in Alsace, figuring that if no one is going to give me or my observer a gun, I might as well enjoy the scenery. I arrived at Habsheim on the 18th and tried to make introductions to my new kommandant, Offizierstellvertreter Sandleitner, but Herr Sandleitner was still adjusting to the idea of running his own squad and could not be spared.

I spent the 18th flying around and admiring the sites. We are in an open area south of the forest at Colmar not far from where the Rhine enters Switzerland. I flew 'real' missions on the 20th and 21st. They seem to consist of reconnsaisance along the lower end of the Maginot Line to make sure the French don't try anything too awkward. Unlikely given the nature of the terrain.

In the first we flew near Belfort. I had three fliegers in company including Adam. As we didn't see anyone and still had fuel available, I chose to fly to the Swiss border and work our way back. Adam took exception to that, and while at mess that night he shared his unfavorable impression of Prussian hunters and their desire to dig in every little hole.

I replied that I wasn't Prussian, and I didn't have a favorable impression of his face. I would be pleased to rearrange it for him. Sandleitner made me stand down, but he sounded more amused than offended.

I know Flieger Adam talked to him, for the next morning I found he had his own flight while I would still lead the other fliegers. I avenged myself by forcing him to polish the cowl of my engine before we lifted off. Rank has certain advantages. It only occurred to me later that I gave him cause and opportunity to sabotage me, but neither happened.

It was just as well he was on his own, for I asked my observer, Papenberg, to take some pictures for me. They're a little blurry and grainy, but I like them:

This is soon after liftoff. Notice how the Alsacians are very civilized about surrounding their plots with trees and not those nasty titanium fences favored in Flanders.



This is the airfield just west of Colmar. Last night we listened in horror as Sandleitner told us how a pilot lost power just after take off and sailed into the trees.



The foothills are simply beautiful. I hope to explore them on foot someday.



We were so low over the French lines that machine guns blazed everywhere. No hits thankfully. I was more worried about sailing into the hills.



On the way home I skimmed over a lake to the southeast that I believe runs into the Rhine. There is a great rail bridge leading into Germany proper.



That evening Sandleitner let me know that Flieger Adam had been captured, apparently forced down over enemy trenches. I should be sorry for the man. Or humbled about how fragile we all are in this great cataclysmic war. I'm neither. If he escapes, fine. If not, perhaps I will appreciate his replacement more.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 11:14 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France


18 June 1915
Another Artillery spotting mission, but again we were too high to do good work. No HA seen.


19 June 1915-AM

Two missions today. The morning job was a front line patrol over Lens with Lieut Williams and Lieut. Garfield. By the time we reached the front lines, I was trailing badly. While over the lines, I spotted an unidentified aircraft, slightly above and north of our position, at about 3 miles distance, heading southwest. It appeared to be greyish, so we thought it might be a German. I tried to get Lieut. Williams’ attention, but they were almost a mile ahead of me, they didn’t see my warnings.

Lieut. Lloyd and I determined to pursue the HA, and turned west to intercept. We quickly gained on the aircraft, and identified it as an Aviatik. I tried to approach it from underneath and behind. The Aviatik did not appear to take note of our approach. Possibly he was concentrating on reconnaissance. When we got slightly in front of him, Lieutenant Lloyd gave him about 30 rounds. We saw a few hits on the aircraft, but it simply turned back towards its own lines. We tried pursuing, but I found it to be very tricky to get into a good firing position for the Lieutenant. While slow, a maneuvering Aviatik presents a significant collision risk because we have to get slightly below and in front of him to fire. All the time, I’m trying to fly the airplane, while trying to help the observer aim at a target behind me! Eventually, we simply let him go and returned to base, much pleased with ourselves. After landing and reporting, Lieutenant Lloyd pulled me aside. We discussed the engagement, and decided that by Lieutenant Lloyd would try to help point out the enemy aircraft position once I passed in front of it. We may get a chance to try this new system, as we have a patrol mission scheduled for this afternoon.

Stalking an Aviatik


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Posted By: Kuroken

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 03:53 PM

Well done Ken, you've really spent a lot of time building your characters back stories. I'm really enjoying the DID campaign but to be honest I just don't think I'm as good a storyteller as the rest of you guys. I'm starting to realize that it is going to be very difficult keeping our stories together because I haven't had anybody die in my game and since I'm not using any HAs that makes a big change as well. Anyway, I'm really enjoying the story you are weaving for Alvin.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 07:53 PM

Thanks. Actually, other than poor Rex, I don't have any HAs (and Rex wasn't an ace, just a VC winner). With Rex dead (the way I described it in a previous "letter to Alice", more or less), they're all regular pilots. And they're dropping like flies. In addition to the plane and crew lost a few days ago, have lost two more planes and crews in today's two flights. All Morane crews. I'm beginning to appreciate the BE a bit more....

If you don't mind, I'll continue to mention Arthur, when appropriate (promotion, more kills. medals, and whatever else) Alvin doesn't have any friends since Rex died, so the focus is moving toward his personal dilemmas - at least till the Germans start shooting back.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 07:59 PM

That's fine and I'll keep mentioning Alvin. I actually think it could make for a much better story since we are both in the same squadron. I think that is really interesting that you've had so many losses, I haven't had a one, matter of fact, if I wasn't such a loose cannon then nothing would be happening in my version of 1 RNAS at all. biggrin
Posted By: Raine

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/22/15 11:23 PM

Sgt Alfred Nash -- Diary entries...

10 June 1915

Finally got the news that the BE was airworthy again and checked out of the Terminus Hotel in Calais. Capt Nash is quite the man about town and I had to sneak away from him frequently so that I could stay within my means. As it is I owe him two quid.

Flew from St-Inglevert to Bailleul West without incident and reported to the OC, Major Longcroft. We have the role of artillery observation and reconnaissance, plus a new role of gas spotting. This involves sending messages to the front line infantry warning of approaching gas clouds!

14 June 1915

Spotted my first "Hun" today on the return from an artillery shoot. Our BE approached the Hun from behind, completely unnoticed, and swooped underneath him to give Capt Nash a crack with his Lee Enfield. Nash managed a few rounds, but probably frightened me more that the poor German fellow in the other aircraft. Seeing no result we went home.


"Our BE approached the Hun from behind, completely unnoticed...."



19 June 1915

Flew into enemy territory to drop some bombs on the aerodrome at Houplin. Saw them hit the field, but do no obvious damage.

21 June 1915

Bombed enemy front line positions. No Archie or serious return file. Saw bomb fall among enemy positions.

22 June 1915

Long recce jaunt on a line from Lille to Menin. Paraded back and forward at 6000 feet, but failed to see a single other aircraft. I'm starting to get quite confident here. We were escorted by two of the modern Bristols, each with a forward-firing machine gun.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 03:13 AM

19 June 1915-PM

The afternoon job was another patrol over the front near Lens. Lieut. Carter was the lead, flying a FE2. Like previous flights, his faster craft quickly outpaced us. By the time we arrived over the front, he was almost two miles ahead of us. As we arrived at the northern most point of the area, we spotted two grey aircraft 2.5 north of us heading east and below us. Carter was too far away to signal, and suspecting they were enemy aircraft, Lloyd and I flew out of our patrol area to intercept, finally accomplishing the trick as the aircraft approached the enemy airfield at Haubourdin. We identified them as two Avitak BI and began our attack as the enemy began their decent. Although it took several descending turns around the airfield, eventually by following where Lieut. Lloyd’s was pointing the Lewis, I managed to put Lloyd in a decent firing position. He fired a good burst into the wingman and I observed it wingover and spiral towards the ground from approximately 1200 feet altitude and crash about 500 yards east of the airfield. Immediately afterwards, Lieut. Lloyd targeted the lead aircraft, firing a burst into it. However, we didn’t observe any effect. About that time, our descending fight had dropped us low enough that we began seeing tracers from the MGs at Haubourdin flying past our bus. Neither one of us wanted to have to face the Germans after shooting down one of their aircraft on approach to its home field, so we departed the area, and returned to base. Although we put in a claim, it was denied due to there being no witness. The report is below:

While over the German lines at 8000 feet, spotted two enemy Aviatik two seaters and to the north of me, flying East over the German side of the lines, approximately 2000 feet below. Dived to engage and approached in from the rear quarter. Made a series of passes on the formation as it approached the German airfield at Haubourdin, north of the city of Lens. Fired approximately 30 rounds into the wingman, after which it spiraled towards the ground from approximately 1200 feet, crashing approximately 500 yards east of the airfield. Also engaged the lead aircraft with approximately 20 rounds with no obvious result. Broke off the engagement after we began taking ground MG fire.


Fight over Haubourdin.


Aviatik Crash Site-Haubourdin AF to the left
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 03:42 AM

Journal Entry: June 22, 1915
St. Pol-sur-mer

Charles Dickens said it best when he said, "it was the best of times it was the worst of times". He definitely had today in mind when he wrote that great quote, this was the best day for me and the worst day for me. Let me fill you in on what happened today, dear reader. This morning started out no different than any other morning in our squadron, I was assigned the morning observation flight that was being led by my good friend Flight Lieutenant Justin Bell and his observer Lieutenant Dick Stephens. We had breakfast as usual, we took off as usual, as a matter of fact everything about the flight was usual. As we were climbing to reach our patrol altitude, Lt. Bell signaled that he had some kind of trouble and was heading back. This in itself was not unusual because our buses have a tendency to go 'belly up' on us from time to time. I acknowledged his signal and moved into the lead position. We continued on and completed our mission without incident. We turned for home and were landing in no time. As we were walking back up to the Operations shack, we all noticed that something dreadful must have happened, but I couldn't imagine what it was. Before we could even ask what had happened, the operations officer blurted out, "They're dead!'. Well, naturally my first question was, "Who?" He stammered, "Lt. Bell and Stephens, they crashed short of the field, burned up, nothing left." I felt like the life had been sucked out of me, I knew that we would eventually suffer causalities, but for my friend to die in such a needless waste was something I wasn't prepared for. This was our first causality and we weren't handling it well, it's situations like these where real leaders are necessary. The CO took over and got each one of us focused on some necessary task to take our minds off of our shock and grief. That was the worst of times. The best of times would occur in the afternoon and Justin would've been proud, but it was still very bittersweet. Our afternoon sortie was going to be a line patrol and I wanted to do something that I could memorialize Justin's memory. By the way, Justin had already managed seven victories and that is another reason his death was so senseless, he was really accomplishing something out here. Anyway, we arrived at our patrol area and it isn't long before a Hun flies right over us. I turn and pursue and I close just east of Niewpoort where Thayer gives him a couple of good bursts from his Lewis after which his engine starts smoking and begins the long plunge to Earth.



"That one is for you, Justin." and I turn and rejoin our flight. We land, I fill out the paperwork and the victory is quickly confirmed because Lieutenant Edwards is within 300m distance and saw the entire engagement. Later that evening after mess, I'm informed by the CO that I've been promoted to Flight Lieutenant, awarded the Military Cross and I'll be flying the Morane from now on. I'm so glad to get rid of the BE.2C. So, dear reader, you now see why I quoted that dear quote from Dickens. What should have been a stellar day for me was marred by the senseless and untimely death of a dear friend. Justin Bell had the same sort of combative drive that I do and I'll try my best to make him proud of what I do out here. Since we were such close friends, the CO suggested that it would be very meaningful if I would write something to his mother, Oh Lord, what do I say.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 09:25 AM

Feb.22 1915
Baron Basil von Borste FFA 4b

Well that didn't go well. While the ground crews were warming up the engines, a lone French Morane flew over and pointed his middle finger to them. "What cheek. Fyling here and giving us the "Stinky Finger". Well Basil ordered his pilot to go after that "Franzmann"
Little did he know that it was that dasterdly ace "Garross".

I think the Fox bit off a little more than he could chew.

end result after a very lively shoot up.....10 days at the Vets!

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 10:26 AM




But what he didn't tell them only happened the day before:





Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 11:35 AM

Lederhosen, that Pfalz looks the business.

February is dull dull dull. For the next 6 months the most interesting thing that can happen with an Aviatik pilot is engine failure! Does anyone object to my shifting Axel to the June campaign? It should shorten the monotony a bit.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 05:45 PM

Catknight, enjoy the Alsace scenery!
lederhosen, that two seater battle looked like fun!
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 07:50 PM

Sgt, Almost There
2 Sqn Rfc
Flanders

June 23, 1915.

Posted to an Arty spotting mission. It was a short hop to the lines. From our 2 a/c we could see the shell fire hitting in NML or close to our own troops. Request a cease fire then home and tea. Upon landing I was told to pack my kit and go over to 3 Sqn and report for duty. I heard that they were flying a French Umbrella Wing type a/c with a machine gun.


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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/23/15 10:29 PM

Maeran: C'mon over. The weather's warmer.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 03:07 AM

Journal Entry: June 23, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Today was the first full day flying the Morane and even though Thayer and I had success in the afternoon sortie, the jury is still out on whether I will like it or not. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Thayer absolutely loves our new bus. He spoke at length tonight at mess about the improved field of fire for his deadly Lewis and I would say that his actions this afternoon would support that position. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself, let me describe my day.

Woke up to another glorious day in June with high fluffy clouds and a light breeze. We are close enough to the ocean to receive a delightful breeze full of the salty clean smell that I love about the ocean. Since my promotion, I'm now tasked with leading flights on a regular basis and this morning would be my first. It would just be Thayer and myself and Lt. Simon Askew and his observer Lt. Alfred Gunn. Our morning's mission would be a line patrol and it wasn't long before we were airborne and off to our patrol area. We had reached the southern end of our patrol sector and I was just turning us north, when I spotted a sneaky Hun trying to cross our lines just to the north. I signaled Simon and we turned after him. We chased him down after a mile or so and Thayer soon started firing and I noticed that he was scoring hits. The Hun turned away from us but flew right into the firing zone of Alfred and he started scoring hits right away as well. After the burst from Alfred, the Hun heeled over and spiraled to the ground. We were so excited for Simon and Alfred and didn't hesitate to congratulate them on arriving back home. Maybe, with Simon and Alfred scoring a victory it will rouse the rest of the squadron into taking some kind of action when meeting the Hun in the air.

Our afternoon sortie was another line patrol, but this time Lt. Lawrence Newbury and his observer Lt. Tom Stanley would be accompanying me. It was another beautiful day with high fluffy clouds and we wasted no time in getting into the air. In no time at all we had reached our patrol area and once again just as I was turning us north another Hun flew past us also heading north. I signaled Lawrence and began pursuit. After a pursuit of about half a mile, we closed and this time Thayer finished him off with a long burst which must have damaged his engine. The Hun began a slow dive which ended with him crashing just on the other side of the lines.



We are still awaiting confirmation on this victory, but since Lawrence and Tom were right there it should be a formality. I guess results speak for themselves and the Morane is good for what it was designed to do and that is give the observer a good field of fire. I'm just not convinced it is a better flier than the BE.2C, only time will tell.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 12:24 PM


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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 12:33 PM



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 06:54 PM

Man i wish i could write as well as many of you are writing. Guess I'm more of a picture book guy. Please excuse my grammar and punctuation in my feeble try to tell more with words.

BurnHarnd Reinhardt was told to leave Kohln at 4am and to head for Namur. Kommandant didn't say why and something seemed amiss to BurnHardt, but he didn't question his orders. Shortly before when he expected to arrive at Namur his engine rpms started to bounce. Just before he landed in the twilight he knew his engine was about to go kaput. He managed to land just fine. After landing he told the mechanic of his planes engine troubles and was told to see the Kommandant. He could tell something was odd in the voice of the mechanic.

That is when he learned the news that his younger brother Arnold had recently died shortly after take off due a leaky fuel line. More bad news came as BurnHard learned his Grandfather had passed on a few days earlier. As is the custom with his family in Thale his Granfather's corpse was burned and the Kommandant presented him with clay urn. Grandfather's old friend, Uncle Herman, had preformed the old Thale ceramony as there were no more local Reinhardt family members alive.

Kommandant went on to ask BurnHard what should be done with his brother's corpse which was badly burned in the wreckage of his Aviatik. BurnHard asked that it be sent to Namur while his Pfalz was repaired. He went to ask if he could further burn the corpse to ashes as his family custom. All bone and some flesh remained intact and that wasn't right to him. Kommandant agreed to his request, but noted there wasn't much spare firewood and that his brother's remains wouldn't arrive until wednesday.

BurnHard stated he would make more firewood and inquired about where to bunk down. Kommandant suggested the mechanics shack and joked about not having enough room in the massive Zepplin hangers which even caused BurnHard to chuckle...and then think for a bit.... "That gas burns easy and hot, doesn't it Kommandant?"

"What chu thinkin bout BurHard?"

"A funeral pyre for my brother Arnold, in the sky at dawn." was his answer.

"Bunk in with Fritz, talk about it and get back to me in the morning. He is overwhelmed with work and helping him might take your mind off recent bad news. Your Pflaz needs work too."

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 07:22 PM

Sounded fine to me MudWasp. I think you are not giving yourself enough credit. Keep them coming.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 08:05 PM

Rusty nuts and threaded bolts are what that part of my mind is like. A little liquid lubrication works wonders, but too much creates a Cluster F&*(@ed mess.

Thanks for the encouragement my friend.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 08:30 PM

MudWasp, that was fine. Some of these guys should be professional writers, so I learned not to try and compete because I'm just not that good of a writer, instead just tell your story.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 09:40 PM

yep
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 10:38 PM

Gentlemen,
Sergent Achille Renard flying with MS 57 was finally awarded his first confirmed victory after 44 missions. Drinks are on me! cheers
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 11:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
MudWasp, that was fine. Some of these guys should be professional writers, so I learned not to try and compete because I'm just not that good of a writer, instead just tell your story.


Well said! thumbsup
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 11:26 PM

Fullofit, congratulations on the victory!
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 11:31 PM

Looked good to me Mudwasp. Don't sell yourself short!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 11:34 PM

Fullofit, welcome to the club.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/24/15 11:51 PM

44....Been along time coming.
Ya Burst da Seal!
Now ya know the how to do it, and more victories will come.
Don't fly too close, those crazy Germans may very well wheel ram ya from above.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 12:15 AM

Thanks guys.
Achille had a few victories prior to this one, but all unconfirmed. This one ironically was confirmed with no witnesses.
The Hun was skimming the tops of the trees. Trying to avoid radar? My initial thought was to fly on top of him and force him into the trees, but thought better of it. I still needed my wheels to land, this being DID. We both gained some altitude once my observer started shooting. Of course he could not reciprocate on his Aviatik.
Then something I've never seen the AI do before happened. He dove under me and stayed there, trying to match my course. My observer had no clear shot. With the low altitude he could not do this for long and eventually I pulled along side him and my observer finished him off with a burst from his MG to the tune of La Marseillaise. This sim never stops to amaze me.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 12:41 AM

You can fly lower than ea in WOFF...if you can still fly after an EA engagement that went wrong. I like rivers with army bases nearby when being the mouse.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 04:21 PM

Sgt, Almost There
RFC-3 Sqn
Auchel
Flanders, France.

June 25, 1915.

Went over the lines to do a bombardment, Jolly good show our 2 a/c flight put 2 near the target. The Morane that we fly in the Sqn seems slower and wider in the turn than a Be2, but the Lewis Gun in the back is Wicket.


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2 Points.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 05:50 PM

Maybe somebody can answer this for me, did the 1 RNAS historically not perform any bombing missions? I haven't had a single bombing mission, all I get are recons and line patrols while some of you seem to do quite a few bombing missions.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 06:28 PM

I've not seen a bombing mission with 1 RNAS yet either in 48 missions. Though it may be because our BEs aren't equipped for bombing. Ambrose gets quite a few bombing missions in his Morane.

You're in a Morane now, and as will be seen when Alice gets her letter tomorrow, so is Alvin. A dozen missions in that deathtrap should show if it's just the BE, or if the RNAS doesn't believe in bombs.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 10:16 PM

Sgt. Archer Sterling is dead. he was trying to in in close position so that his crappy gunner might actually shoot at and hit the Aviatik, and there was a fatal collision.

Right before that, he noticed something weird that might be his gunner's problem: should the Lewis gun's aiming vane be pointing downwind, instead of into the wind like it is?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 10:54 PM

I didn't think that vane thingy on the end of the Lewis actually did anything. I'll check when I fly next.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/25/15 11:32 PM

In the sim it is indeed static; in real life, it swiveled to allow deflection. I was just thinking that if it is to be permanent, it at least should face the other way. Just a little thing to look at some day when there's nothing else more important for the devs to work on.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 12:55 AM

loftycSorry about Archer. It looks like a long war to me.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 11:54 AM




Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 12:08 PM




Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 01:28 PM

Ken, welcome to the club. You know what's funny, in my DID campaign I've also shot down Leffers.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 03:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
in my DID campaign I've also shot down Leffers.

Probably not for the last time...

Interestingly, I'm not sure the inadvertent kill had anything to do with Alvin's promotion. After whining about promotion in his most recent letter, Ambrose was promoted to 2nd Lt. after today's mission, and he hasn't done anything but fly around and miss targets when bombing. So maybe it was just Alvin's time.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/26/15 04:06 PM

That's the one thing that bothers me about HAs, in a past campaign I shot down the same HA four times. That's why I'm currently using one of the HA mods.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 03:56 PM

Sgt, Almost There
RFC-3 Sqn
Auchel
Flanders, France.


June 27, 1915.


Dawn Flight: Arty spot on the lines across from Lens. Heavy shelling but they were all over No Mans Land.
Redirected as best we could then RTB.

Just landed and was ordered to refuel, It seems a Convoy is moving up to the front South of Lens. Departed and scouted the assigned area but no Convoy or troops spotted.


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4 points.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 07:24 PM

Man, when you have a bad time it sure costs you. Engine failure on mission, landed in a field, did not complete mission, plane destroyed. -4 points. But I am still alive.
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 09:33 PM

Originally Posted By: MFair
But I am still alive.


+10000000 points!!!!
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 10:44 PM

Adain Lothbrok scored his 1st victory over a Hun machine. Confirmed!

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 11:31 PM

BurnHard left the Kommandant's quarters and was again awestruck by sight of the huge zeppelin hanger that dominated the opposite side of Namur airfield. More so now than he had been before landing his malfunctioning pfalz in the early dawn. It dwarfed everything else around especially his troubled pfalz that Fritz was tinkering working on.

"You're mighty lucky to be alive this morning." called out Fritz as Burnhard approached. "This fuel leak could have fried you crispy had you flown much further."

"Luckier than my brother. Kommandant told me burned alive shortly after taking off from Colmar a few days back.". Fritz bit his upper lip and started to say something, but BurnHard cut him off with a hand wave and replied, "Yeah, things could be worse. How hard will it be to fix?".

"Quick fix, an hour or so. Help me push her over towards my brick repair hanger. "

Fritz had just finished the repair when Kommandant suddenly appeared with a rather grim look on his face and more bad news for BurnHard. The train his brother's remains were on had been destroyed at a railyard near Buhl Lorraine. Enemy bombers had exploded the adjacent cars carring artillary ammo. The train and the railroad storage warehouses were all oblitered.

BurnHard was cleared to leave Namur and invited for fresh sausages. He declined even though he was suprised to see sausages. Fritz went on to tell him that one of the benefits of being at a zeppelin base was the availability of beef intestines for gas bag repairs. The other, an abundant hydrogen supply, had BurnHard thinking of an ample fuel source for the funeral pyre he could no longer give to his brother Arnold. He decided to take Fritz up on the offer to take some sausages with him for the trip to Duoai. Sooner or later his appetite would return.

As he sat in the seat of his repaired Pflaz and looked out at the huge hanger he thought about all the hydrogen inside a zeppelin and what a massive funeral pyre it would make for the crew onboard. "Things could be worse", he muttered to himself as he fired up the Pflaz and headed for Duoai.

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 11:36 PM

thumbsup Congrats MFair.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 11:46 PM

Wow! You downed that aircraft with an Enfield, no less! I'm very impressed! cheers
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/27/15 11:57 PM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Originally Posted By: MFair
But I am still alive.


+10000000 points!!!!


thumbsup
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:13 AM

MudWasp, I think your getting this story telling down pat!

Thanks on the victory Gents. I think it was the second shot that knocked the engine.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:16 AM

The trip to Douai went by in a hazy fast flash wave for BurnHard. The angry skies had held off for the most part and soon he was above his home airfield.

Landed just fine and was thankful for no equipment mishaps. Reported in to the Kommandant, found his bunk, met his squadmates, and crashed. He awoke half thinking his days journey had been a bad dream.

His squad is small and soon he learned much about all six of them as he shared the 15lbs of sausage Fritz had stashed below his seat.
In the next couple days he flew some around the airfield and made a trip to the nearby front lines. He often thought about funeral pyres when he saw observation balloons.


Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:21 AM

You got the right system for giving your gunner a shooting angle.!
I think I saw his head move before his rifle sighted in for a shot...and you moved in to make the shot angle even better.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:51 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France
20-22 June 1915
The French ground attack southwest of Lens is reportedly taking heavy casualties. During the past three days, the squadron has been assigned to patrol the front near Lens to help keep the German reconnaissance aircraft from observing the French and the British army in that sector. We’ve gone up each day, but haven’t spotted any EA at all.

23 June 1915

We had a bit of a switch in missions today. Rather than heading south east to support the French, we were assigned to patrol behind the German lines to the east, near Ypres. For the first time, I flew the lead aircraft, with Sgt. Garfield as my wingman. It was a morning job. Surprisingly, there were a fair number of scattered thunderstoms in the area. Fortunately, we could avoid them fairly easily. Just behind the German lines, we caught two Aviatiks flying east. Myself and Sgt Garfield intercepted them. In the melee, we lost the lead aircraft, but we managed to severely damage his wingman’s engine, which stopped. During our fight, I almost collided with his aircraft, missing by what seemed to be inches! Eventually, he crash landed about a half mile east of the German airfield at Menen. I almost joined him in crashing in the same field, as I was so focused on making sure he crashed, that I ended up flying both low and slow, a very dangerous technique. When I finally realized that I was below the height of the trees approaching in front of me, I pulled up, but almost stalled the aircraft because I was too slow. Fortunately, I put my nose down in time to avoid stalling, and barely cleared the trees at the end of the field that claimed the Aviatik. Sgt. Garfield rejoined me, and we flew back to base without further incident. Surprisingly, my claim was denied, despite Sgt. Garfield being on hand to witness it.


Storms on 23 June


Aviatik with stopped engine near Menen
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:00 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

23 June 1915
Had a bit of a harrowing adventure today. Lieutenant Lloyd and I were assigned to do a morning artillery spot along with Lieutenants McDonald and Dillon. Our take off was fine, but about twelve minutes into the mission, my engine started knocking quiet a bit. I immediately turned for the nearest base and throttled down, then the engine completely stopped. I spied what I thought was a suitable looking field, but came in too fast, and realized I was going to hit some trees at the end. I pulled up and missed the trees, but stalled and crashed, destroying my bus. Surprisingly, both Lieut. Lloyd and I walked away from this crash without an scratch. My Guardian angel must have been looking out for us!


Take off for an artillery spot
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:12 AM

You've had a busy week Combs!
These system failures have been rough on the early birds.....
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:32 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

25 June 1915
I was thinking about luck today, and realized that Lieutenant Lloyd and I have been extraordinarily lucky. The day after downing that Aviatik we crashed, but walked away without a scratch. The very next day, the CO assigned us to a easy mission to patrol well within our lines. We simply had to orbit one of the nearby airfields and keep away German reconnaissance aircraft. The flight commander said we got this easy mission, because after our crash yesterday, the CO wanted us to have an easy flight. I was assigned to lead, and Sgt. Garfield was my wing. As we were climbing out, Lieutenant Lloyd spotted a flight of three Aviatiks heading east. Apparently, they had just dropped some bombs on something nearby. We pursued, but they were well above us. We didn’t finally catch them until just after they crossed the lines, heading for their home base. Lloyd fired about a couple of bursts into the right wingman near the German airfield at Houplin. We saw him spin out of control, and I’m sure he crashed. I then went after the lead aircraft. Although we hit him, he was able to get away. My claim was again denied when I got back to base. I was stewing about my bad luck, but Lieutenant Lloyd correctly pointed out that I was very lucky. In the past week, we’ve cheated death at least twice-once when I almost crashed the aircraft chasing the Aviatik near Menen, and once when I wrecked on the 23rd. In return, we’ve shot down three Aviatiks, even if the records don’t show it. At the least, we are luckier than some. Lieutenant Lloyd also reminded me that the book of Proverbs says not to gloat when your enemy falls. He’s right. We have been extraordinarily lucky.

26-27 June 1915

Very routine missions the past couple of days. On the 26th, I did a bombing attack on some front line positions. The lead aircraft dropped his bombs from 6000 feet, so I did the same. Of course, we didn’t hit anything from that altitude. On the 27th, we had a patrol deep over German lines over their field at Phalempin. Surprisingly, we didn’t see any EA, and returned home without incident.



Homeward bound from the Morning Job



Out of control Aviatik near Houplin

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:36 AM

Congrats on confirmed kill MFair.
As to the system failures, I have not had a single one with either one of my pilots, or any member of their flight since patch 2.06. Weird, I even checked if the setting was not reset in the Workshop. Had plenty of them occurring prior to the latest patch. Lucky I guess, but somehow I doubt it.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:39 AM

I'm glad I've a rear gunner now in the Pfalz....the Aviatiks are getting slain hard.
Watch out for the C series if your DiD date is concurrent with calendar. Anybody flying one of them yet?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 01:52 AM

System Failures...It's a gamble and like gambling it can have some streaks of good or bad luck.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 02:42 AM

Had to open my big mouth. Got a system failure right after my last post. Thankfully AFTER landing. Still lucky.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 12:17 PM

yep the old jinx comment... glad you didn't die cause of it thumbsup
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 04:56 PM

popcorn

The next Jinx: A New paint Job.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 05:07 PM

Sgt. Almost There
1 Rfc
Flanders

June 28, 1915

B flight, 2nd Section. (3 a/c)


Hokie Smokes, Flew two Strikes against Harbourdin A.F. today. A cockup the 1st one, Bombs missed ( mine hit the road ) Landed at the wrong AF ( points -1)

The sqn did better the second time around ( mine still missed overshot and hit trees) 2 hit next to the Hanger tent.
( Ponts 1)


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Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 09:15 PM

Sgt. Bond Jameson ferried in a Be-2c to RFC-6 at Abeele yesterday, and did a couple flights around the area today. He was a bit nervous to go up to the front since hearing all about the fighting in and around Ypres, but he was surprised to not see a single shell or anything going on there. However, he did nearly soil his sidcot when all of a sudden a pair of German planes flew right past, not 50 yards away! They came from right in front, and Bond didn't see them at all because of Capt. Chittenden, his observer, right in his way. There has to be a better arrangement...? From what he's heard of the German design, they probably didn't see him either, but that really doesn't make him any happier.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/28/15 10:01 PM

The name is: Jameson, Bond Jameson. On His Majesty's (not so secret) Service.
Great name Loftyc. jamesbond
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/29/15 01:13 PM




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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/29/15 01:18 PM



Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/29/15 01:39 PM

Another good letter Ken, it is remarkable how different your experience in 1 RNAS is from mine. I've only had one flier die from a crash whereas you've had pilots dropping like flies. I guess that is just one of the cool things about WOFF, no campaign is like any other.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 12:04 AM

BurnHard Reinhardt was chosen to lead an artillery spotting mission down south near the frontlines west of Perrone. He flew west from Douai and turned south keeping the easily spotted cratered mud off his right wing and eventually crossed the river that signaled to him that this was the general area to be on alert for ground artillery burst spotting. Ten minutes or so later he spotted a steady shelling falling near the RR tracks of enemy territory.



Once spotted he reached back and tapped his rear gunner Gerhard on the shoulder and pointed it out to him. He then wagged his wings some as a siginal to Dieter Buchener that they were over target. Buchener has a habit of flying in BurnHard's blind spot causing him worries of collisions and often leaves him wondering if he was still even airborne. He could only hope that Gerhard the gunner would alert him if something happened to Buchener.

He lingered there for 10 minutes or so before reversing course and returning to Douai.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 02:06 AM

Nice stories everyone. Keep it up! Not much to report on my end: I chose to annoy a Morane with an Aviatik just to see what would happen, and he shot me for my trouble. frown

As you can see, a few 'new' pilots, and the Pfalz A.I is making an appearance.

SCOREBOARD



I only plan to publish this monthly or so. It's the top inactive (usually killed) character for each player. Sort of a high score.

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 07:38 AM

errr CatKnight... I thought we could have 2 pilots at the same time. So Alfred Ball should still be alive.
Basil is Pilot #2. I gave him a "B" name to match his pilot pic. I can see now why you thought Alfred was dead. Pls let him live on.

danke
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 10:21 AM

Well my last post was almost redundant. Here's why.

Talk about massive engine problems









Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 11:51 AM

OUCH!
I see the broken prop.
Never had what you described happen to me...YET
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 03:09 PM

Lederhosen: That's what I get for assuming. I'll return Alfred to the active list. Try not to get...

uhm...burned to a crisp?

I am AMAZED you survived that. I'm used to a flamer being instant death.

--

I just noticed an interesting little detail there. 'Greasing your faces' before the flight? Was that to protect the pilot's skin from the high winds?

Posted By: Maeran

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 03:47 PM

Grease - sometimes described as 'whale grease' was used to protect exposed skin from cold.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 06/30/15 04:32 PM

Oddly, the new scorecard is showing the results (for me at least) of last week, not the report I made Saturday night. Am I the only one?
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/01/15 01:06 PM




Posted By: Kuroken

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/01/15 01:19 PM

Ken, I'm really enjoying your letter from Alvin. It looks like Alvin will be joining me on the dark side pretty soon, because that's the mindset that Arthur has taken. If we want to go home then we must kill all of the enemy.
Posted By: BKCason

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/01/15 01:38 PM

Patton:
Now I want you to remember that no b*d ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb b*d die for his country.

EDIT: Hmmm, I didn't realize there was a profanity filter so I put in the * in place. Oh well, you still get the meaning.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/01/15 10:10 PM

July 1, 1915
Adj Achille Renard has suffered a system failure during his approach to the airfield. Was unable to maintain altitude and had to land immediately. Unfortunately this meant hitting the fence, which appeared out of thin air. Fortunately he survived the collision but will spend a week in hospital under the loving care of nurse Jaqueline. Titanium fences are so 1914.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/01/15 11:02 PM

Kuroken;

Very poignant letter from Alvin! Much to think about! thumbsup
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 12:25 AM

Journal Entry: July 1, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Just got back from a few days leave and I spent it basking in the sun with my first love, the ocean. Nothing like three days of fishing, sailing and swimming in the ocean to clear one's head of all the stress and strain of this never-ending war flying. I really don't know how Thayer spent his leave, but I'd be willing to bet that there was wine, women and song involved. Thayer likes to live on the proverbial edge, if you will, of life, while I much prefer a calmer pace of life. You might not think that if all you had to go by was our war record, but the fact is that most of our victories were at the prompting of Thayer. While I'm pleased with what he and I are accomplishing, I don't know if I would have the same level of success if I was on my own. Anyway, things to ponder while lying on my bed.

Our mission this morning was a line patrol, which is Thayer's favorite because these translate to hunting missions. He really loves the Morane because of the larger field of fire and he also can perform his photographing duties much easier. I on the other hand, really don't like our bus. I can't see anything above me or behind me and I'm constantly yelling back to Thayer for guidance. At any rate, we were leading the flight which consisted of Lt. Epps (pilot) and Capt. Rogers (Obsrv). We had reached the southern end of our patrol area and were turning north when Thayer tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that we had company. I turned and began to climb and that is when I saw the two Hun machines flying from our side of the lines heading back home. I waggled my wings to signal Epps and turned to close with the Huns. Lt. Epps had seen them as well and he also began to close. It is much harder to get our bus into a good firing position because I can't see a blasted thing, but with the assistance of Thayer I finally managed to place our bus where Thayer could use his Lewis. Thayer fired a really short burst and then ceased firing. I turned slightly and could see the Hun plunging on fire to Earth. I surmised that Thayer had hit the fuel tank and the engine, which caused the aeroplane to burst into flames. Afterward, Thayer told me that he had only fired thirty rounds. It is most disquieting to see that funeral pyre falling, spiralling ever so slowly to Earth, lucky for us, there is whiskey back at St. Pol and tomorrow we will have forgotten. Apparently, while we were busy with our Hun, that sneaky fellow Epps had just been putting the finishing touches to his Hun. I turned us back to St. Pol and we landed without incident. The CO was very pleased when we reported that we both had been successful. By the way, both victories had been confirmed by dinner time.

Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 12:48 AM

Banjoman;

You are really tearing up the skies with that bus. thumbsup
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 01:09 AM

Robert, my motto is 'Get while the getting is good'. When the Huns get the E series I imagine my success will quickly dry up. biggrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 01:19 AM

Now that one of my pilots is resting in a hospital I have some time and I thought it would be nice to know what's been happening around the world during the last month.
Here are the events for February 1915 - Intrepid Fliers:

February 1
A Turkish attack at El Quantara on the Suez Canal was repulsed by fire from British ships.
Russian forces counterattacked against a German advance in continued fighting at Bolomow.
February 2
Forward elements of Turkish forces reached the Suez Canal.
February 3
Turkish troops attacked El Firdan and crossed the Suez Canal but were beaten back by Indian and Ghurka troops along with French ships.
Three of the conspirators involved in the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were hanged by Austrian authorities.
February 4
The commander of the German High Seas Fleet publicly declared a war zone around the British Isles and announced that all merchant ships would be sunk without warning when a submarine blockade of Britain begins on 18 February.
February 5
The British, French and Russian Governments agreed to pool their financial resources.
February 6
British ocean liner RMS Lusitania arrived at Liverpool flying the flag of the United States.
February 7
The Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes, also known as the Winter Battle of the Masurian Lakes, begun between German and Russian forces.
February 9
After being stationed at Salisbury Plain in England, units of the 1st Canadian Division embarked for France.
February 11
US President Woodrow Wilson warned Germany that attacks on US ships breached US neutrality whilst simultaneously protesting to Great Britain about the misuse of the American flag on British ships.
February 12
French troops began an offensive in Champagne on the Western Front.
February 14
German troops captured British trenches near St Eloi on the Western Front.
February 15
Allied governments suggested to Greece that it should intervene in support of Serbia and promised military support at the port of Salonika.
The sepoys of the Indian 4th Light Infantry mutinied against the British in Singapore.
February 16
The British Government decided to send the 29th Division to Gallipoli.
February 17
Two German Zeppelins were forced down by high winds in north-west Denmark.
February 18
The German submarine blockade of Britain came into force.
French forces made slight gains near Verdun, in Artois, Champagne and Vosges.
February 19
The Allied naval bombardment of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli began.
The Norwegian ship SS Belridge was torpedoed by a German submarine near Folkestone in Kent - the first victim of the German blockade.
February 20
The British Government issued orders for the deployment at Gallipoli of Australian and New Zealand troops who were in Egypt.
February 22
Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes ended in a German victory with the Russians suffering heavy losses.
February 23
The Royal Marines landed at the island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea.
February 24
The First British Territorial Division left England for France.
February 25
British ships resumed their bombardment of the Dardanelles forts.
February 26
German troops employed liquid fire for the first time against French troops in the Verdun Sector.
February 27
The Russians recaptured Przasnysz during the First Battle of Przasnysz in Poland.
February 28
The troops of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry staged the first trench raid of the war near Ypres, Belgium.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 01:22 AM

News for the Warbirds Rising - June 1915:

June 1
French troops captured the trenches at Souchez, north of Arras on the Western Front.
June 2
The British Government announced a blockade of the coast of Asia Minor.
June 3
Przemysl was retaken by Austro-German forces.
San Marino declared war on Austria-Hungary.
June 4
The Third and final Battle of Krithia began at Gallipoli as the Allies attempted to push inland from their beach-heads.
June 5
The First Franco-British ministerial conference was held at Calais in order to coordinate war policy and strategy.
June 6
Zeppelin L9 bombed Hull on the east coast of England causing considerable damage.
June 7
The German airship LZ37 was destroyed in the air near Ghent in Belgium by Lieut Warneford of the Royal Naval Air Service - the first time an airship was successfully shot down by an aeroplane.
June 8
William Jennings Bryan resigned as United States Secretary of State in disagreement with President Wilson's policy towards Germany.
June 9
Italian forces captured the town of Monfalcone along the Isonzo front.
June 10
Allied forces captured Garua in the Cameroons.
June 12
German troops attacked north of Shavli and at Mosciska in Galicia.
June 13
Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos won in the Greek elections. His party of Venizelists won 193 out of 316 seats.
June 15
The Zeppelin L10 was involved in an unsuccessful bombing raid on the north-east coast of Britain.
June 16
British troops advanced in Bellewarde, a small hamlet north of Hooge and east of Ypres in Belgium.
June 17
The Russian evacuation of Lemberg began as Austrian forces pushed forward in Galicia.
June 18
The Second Battle of Artois ended in stalemate in the final Allied offensive of Spring 1915.
June 19
South African forces begun an advance on Otavifontein in German Southwest Africa.
June 20
The Royal Navy cruiser HMS Roxburgh was damaged by a torpedo from German U boat U-38.
June 21
British troops reached the Euphrates in Mesopotamia and reoccupied Aden.
June 22
Austro-Hungarian forces recaptured the city of Lemburg from the Russians.
June 23
The First Battle of Isonzo begun when Italian troops attacked the Austro-Hungarian army on the Italian Front.
June 24
Robert Lansing was appointed Secretary of State in the USA following the resignation of William Jennings Bryan earlier in the month.
June 25
The German press published an official statement addressing the German use of poison gas at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres two months earlier.
June 26
Montenegrian forces captured San Giovanni di Medua in Albania.
June 28
The Battle of Gully Ravine begun at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula between Indian and British troops and the Ottoman army.
June 29
A bill was introduced in Britain for the creation of a National Register.
June 30
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Lightning sank after striking mines off the Kent coast of England.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 03:34 AM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


1 July 1915.


Our 3 a/c section struck the enemy at Haubordin AF this morning. My bombing improved by dropping down to 1500 meters. They exploded on the flight line in front of a Recon type. The other a/c got close hits. ( 3 points)


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/02/15 05:17 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders

2 July 1915.


The section bombed the trenches today. The 3 of us dropped from 2000 meters and great piles of dirt flew up in the air. I doubt if we hit any place close or on the trench line. However, the C.O. was happy said Well done chaps.

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Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/03/15 11:46 AM

[/b]Fullofit[b], it truly was a world war, wasn't it? Before I fly in WOFF, I like to check the daily timeline ( I use http://www.greatwar.co.uk/timeline/ww1-timeline.htm )to get the bigger picture, and see how it matches with the sim's newspaper (I use the news mod from 77scout)
Posted By: Kuroken

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/03/15 09:15 PM

Originally Posted By: loftyc
[/b]Fullofit[b], it truly was a world war, wasn't it? Before I fly in WOFF, I like to check the daily timeline ( I use http://www.greatwar.co.uk/timeline/ww1-timeline.htm )to get the bigger picture, and see how it matches with the sim's newspaper (I use the news mod from 77scout)

LoftyC: With all this flying who's got time to read the news? Maybe the observer could read all the more interesting articles to us while en route to target, instead of pointing the gun at our forehead. I use the news mod as well, but it still doesn't come often enough. The most frequent news is the weather report.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/04/15 03:55 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


4 Jul 1915.

Fireworks today. I was posted as acting flight commander on a 2 a/c Arty spot. We had just finished up and spotted 2 Hun Recon machines. Bang up little fight, we did a lot of slow turns in front of the Huns as our gunners banged away. the followed one Hun down towards his side. His prop stopped and was last seen gliding off to Hunland. On the bad side, We had to cross the lines at 300 meters took 3 hits in the wing and another that killed my gunner. Put down at friendly airfield.
Ammo Rpt: Lewis Gun empty. Wing man a/c shot off 62 rds.


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/05/15 09:18 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders

5 July 1915.


Troop Bombardment

3 a/c

0500 hrs.

I flew as #3 on this one shot hop and lots of Dirt an d rocks blowing skyward. All 4 of my 20lb bombs Undershot missing the trenches completely. All a/c back safe.


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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/06/15 05:59 AM

The war is beginning to heat up for the July crew. The Fokkers are starting to wake up.

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Posted By: lederhosen

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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/06/15 03:10 PM

Nice stories, Kuroken!

It seems both Vixs have found German planes that can shoot back!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/06/15 03:21 PM

CatKnight, it is so interesting that Kuroken and I are in the same squadron but are having totally different experiences. I haven't seen a single one of the planes that he is now seeing, I'm sure it won't be long.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/06/15 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: CatKnight
Nice stories, Kuroken!

It seems both Vixs have found German planes that can shoot back!


Yeah, weeeeeeeeeeee! As if it's not bad enough that every flight in a Morane is a potential emergency landing, or, as I saw in today's flight, sometimes there's no time for an emergency landing - one of the A Flight's planes started making a terrible roaring sound I've not heard before - I looked back to see his plane turning back toward St. Pol, totally engulfed in fire. Maybe 30 secs from when I heard the sound to watching him burning and tumbling down into the Channel. No enemy aircraft, and we were about a mile off the French coast, so no Archie either.

I'm not sure Germans shooting at me is my main worry....
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/07/15 01:18 AM

I was flying around in my Aviatik last week when I saw a single puff of smoke. I took that as a signal to turn for home, but not really an emergency so I banked around.

Then my plane made a sound very much like a..uhm...methane bomb, and I turned around to see this thick trail of black smoke. Time to turn the engine off and hope for the best.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/07/15 02:56 AM

Yup, that was the sound. By the time I'd gone to external view to see around the observer, the plane was almost fully engulfed in flame, trying to get back to the field. He didn't get far before it nosed over and down he went, like a falling meteor.

Scary stuff. I'm hoping that killing the engine and landing as quickly as possible, anywhere I can, will keep it from happening to one of my pilots. I'd rather eat a fence than burn.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/07/15 08:34 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders

7 July 1915.

Up on a Recon with 2 other a/c. Spotted a Hun Recon so had a go at it. Gunner got of a full 97 rd Drum but no joy. We were low by then and Ground fire came up hot and accurate. They punched 6 holes in my Kite so I went Home.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 11:35 AM

Big day in history...for ww1 buffs that is.







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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 03:55 PM

Question for the group, should we include when we are awarded medals in our campaign write ups? The reason I ask is we all know that WOFF awards medals a lot quicker than in real life and I just wanted to know what the group felt about it.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 04:06 PM

It would be easier for all of us, I think.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 07:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Question for the group, should we include when we are awarded medals in our campaign write ups? The reason I ask is we all know that WOFF awards medals a lot quicker than in real life and I just wanted to know what the group felt about it.

I figure all of our pilots will end up with chests full of medals from our respective flying services if they live long enough. Then they'll die, and new pilots will take their places and start it all over again. So in the end, does it matter?
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 10:11 PM

Banjoman: Your discretion. If you think you earned it, why not?
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 10:29 PM

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Sure: If ya got it, flaunt it
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/08/15 10:38 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


8 Jul 17.

Off with 2 a/c to bombard a Hun AF the other side of Lens. I must say, I dont care much for the deep penetration flights. The Hun aerodrome had a large cloud over it but we dropped anyway. Hits ?

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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/09/15 05:08 AM

Ofz. Alfonse Straub
FFA 48; Aviatik B.I
July 6-7, 1915



It has been a boring few weeks: Just enough went wrong to keep me on my toes, but not enough to be worth writing about. Perhaps this won't be a gripping yarn either, but it's good to put pen to paper again.

As a reminder, there are six of us: Offz. Sandleitner, our fearless leader: Nice man, pleasant to talk to - when you can actually get his attention. Offz. Nebgen, a mechanic from Bavaria who used his skills and family connections to earn him this role. Fliegers Hammer and Todt - the former even more enigmatic than our leader, while the latter and I (verbally) jousted over which part of Germany was superior, mine or his. I won, of course, and he resents it, which I don't care. Lastly there's Offz. Andreas Collin, who stepped in after 'poor' Flieger Adam was captured. An unknown quantity, though highly confident in his skills.

We've spent the past several days reconning the same patch of hilly, forested land over and over. The French and English are certainly there, but if they're planning something it's beyond my ken and I have no idea what Army HQ thinks we're going to find. It's gotten to the point where we'll send two people up to do our duty and go home as quickly as possible.

Two fliers, for we've heard in Flanders some murderous BE 2 and Morane pilots have taken to settling in front of our Aviatiks and shooting them down. May they burn for their crimes. Perhaps I could be doing the same: Some of the squadrons are getting the new C model Aviatiks. It would probably be a hilarious battle watching two planes with rear gunners try to slug it out.

On the sixth it was just Collin and I, and we flew our routine patrol/recon. By this point I can almost do it with my eyes closed, and between you and me I do just that for a few seconds at a time until the next air pocket brings me to my senses. When I'm not doing that I simply enjoy the sights.



Our route takes us over The Web. That's my name for it - I don't know what, or even if, the converging network has a name. I'm surprised a town hasn't sprung up there, a depot or petrol station, anything. Perhaps after the war when we've finished knocking the French around.



My observer, Edgar Papenberg, has the real job. Whatever Army wants involves using a camera, and we've figured out that attaching the camera via a brace to the plane itself improves the pictures' quality amazingly. Every five seconds or so he takes an exposure as I wheel around. Every so often he reloads the camera. When he runs out of film he signals we can go.

Whatever it is he took pictures of got Army's attention, for on the 7th they sent two flights: Sandleitner leading one, while I led the second with my good friend Todt. We exchanged some unplesantries comparing our pay books and headed back past the rail tracks, past the Web and so to circle our English and French friends some more.

Today they're in a bad mood: They open fire on us, which only encourages me to fly a little higher. It's a dismal day over the front, but not so bad I have trouble staying under the clouds. Papenberg and Todt's observer take more pictures.

After Papenberg finishes we head home. I'm still a bit bored with the routine and idily tapping at switches as we begin our descent. I accidentally kill the magnetos.



In reality, I'd just remapped my joystick so I had one button to turn off the engine in an emergency. I forgot what it did, and thought to myself 'What harm can it do?' so I pressed it. Oops.

After much scrambling and cursing, where my poor Aviatik tried to simultaneously stall AND dive, I got the engine to fire and landed behind Todt.

Where was Sandleitner's flight? I'd seen him turn away to the northeast shortly after takeoff to gain altitude, a step I found unnecessary. Had he been delayed? Worse, had some of those Moranes crossed the line? I knew there were some stationed at Fontaine, perhaps 20 miles away.

After about 20 minutes I washed up then headed into the mess where the orderly made me a sandwich. Stepping back into the sunlight, I heard the familiar drone of engines. I swore Offz. Sandleitner jumped out of his plane before it was completely stopped.

"Where the devil were you?" he demanded, storming to me and wiping his face with his scarf.

"Sir?"

"You!" He pointed at my sandwich, which seemed to offend him. "You weren't on station when we arrived!"

"I'm sorry, sir, but we were there. Papenberg has a full camera as does Todt's man. Perhaps we were gone when you showed? There really is no reason to make a separate climb when..."

"We were supposed to go together so we could compare pictures!" he complained. "Now Army's going to want us to go back there."

I smirked and took a bite out of my sandwich. Army was going to send us back there anyway. Who was he kidding?

Sandleitner shook his head and stormed past me to clean up.

"Try the roast beef!" I called after him.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/09/15 09:14 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders

9 July 1915.


I was posted to due the morning Recon. Out on the ramp warming the motors at 0445 hrs. We launched at 0455 hrs and as we got up to 300 meters my #2 a/c went U/S and wound up in the weeds. He almost made the field but the wind was against him. No one hurt,but Heavy damage to the machine. I did the Recon and RTB.


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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/09/15 10:37 PM

Early March saw BurnHard leading two other Pfalz planes on a bombing raid targeting enemy troops south of Arras. Most of the snow has melted off the ground except for shaded areas near trees and fence rows.




As he snaked his way south along the lines an enemy troop concentration was spotted. It look to be good as any enemy target on the frontlines.

So he let his bombs go and soon heard those of the rest of the flight whistling towards the hunkered down enemy.
Some bombs hit!



BurnHard then turned towards German turf and and flew North paralleling the front lines. He did spot German flak bursts drawing near and decided to dive down to avoid an enemy contact. That tactic worked and soon all from his FA47b flight were safely back at Douai.

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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/10/15 04:36 AM

Ofz. Alfonse Straub
FFA 48; Aviatik B.I (Fokker E.I)
July 8-9, 1915



Some more quiet time on the Alsace front. On the 8th, wouldn't you know Sandleitner was right? The Army sent us right back to the same patch of ground we'd been watching for a week now to see if we could coordinate our cameras better.

This time it's Nebgen and Todt in one flight, while I take out Flieger Hammer. There really isn't much to say, except the Frogs in Fontaine were on a similar mission we were. Twice we saw flights of two Moranes a piece - or far all I know they were the same flight. Regardless, Papenberg and I watched as closely as possible to make sure they tried no mischief. They must have watched as well, to make sure we weren't ambitious C.Is, for after awhile we tipped our wings at each other. Their observer even waved.

When we landed, we found mechanics gathered around a new prize: A single-seater Morane!


(The Fokker E.I has shown up for our 'aces' to use. Since I use the Aces 0 mod, that means no one! Below I gave myself a free 'test' flight.)

During dinner, Offizierstellvertreter Sandleitner told us about her. Apparently some Dutchman named Fokker thinks he's figured out how to get a gun to fire through the propeller. There are already a small handful of these flying in Flanders and enjoying limited success.

"The Eindecker isn't cleared for use by our squadron," he told us. "There are too many questions, and anyway what would we do with our observers? No, it is here strictly for defending our airfield and for further testing."

Testing simply involved flying a few laps around the airfield and sharing our thoughts. Sandleitner offered the Offizierstellvertreters a chance to try her out on the 'morrow. We agreed eagerly. Neither Flieger would be invited to join us.

I was third in seniority, so took her up at about 9 AM. The Eindecker was...a nervous creature. While rolling down the field the plane tried to slip to the left. I compensated and took off, and now she tried to bank to the right. Indeed, her rotary engine made turning right a breeze.

Once underway with some speed, the plane settled down. Slowly I circled the field. Sandleitner asked we stay in sight, and also that we avoid being seen by people on the ground in case spies are about.



Isolated houses here and there made the latter difficult, but I figured as long as I didn't fire the gun or tarry any curious onlookers would mistake me for a Pfalz built Morane. Indeed, now that Fokker had solved the gun synchronization issue I wondered if they would put forward firing guns on the Pfalz as well. A plane that could shoot both forward and back would be deadly indeed.

Almost as soon as I had that thought, it occured to me how dangerous that would be. Up until now, except for a few isolated instances, aerial 'warfare' had been non-existent. We might take shots at each other with pistols and rifles, but the general expectation was everyone would make it home. Aeroplanes dedicated to hunt other planes would escalate the war. We build the Fokker, and of course the Frogs have to build something to compensate.

The days of two flights tipping their wings at each other and going about their business might be drawing to a close. As I landed next to Hammer's Aviatik, I wondered if newer in this case was really such a good idea.

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/10/15 10:03 AM

Bad day for Alfred I'm afraid...here's why







The patrol had ended. Sgt.Ball and his Observer Cpt. Clark were bombing targets around Ligney-Petit. Nothing spectacular, as the bombs were way off target. After making a target of themselves, Cpt.Clark pointed for home and a nice cupa tea. The flight home was uneventful and soon Alfred started to descend and follow the road to Poperinghe.

A few miles from the airfield Alfred noticed a lone lorry heading for God knows where. Cpt. Clark started to smile, as if he knew what was about to happen. Thus with no protests coming from the front cockpit, Alfred turned and dived for the unfortunate driver. The route wasn’t that easy with large ugly trees near the road, but Alfred was sure of his abilities, and so, with the wheels just above the road he stormed towards his victim. Looking over the cowling Alfred could actually see the amazement in the face of the poor driver. By a very small margin Alfred just missed the Lorry while pulling up. Cpt. Clark was laughing, but he was moving his head rather slowly left and right as if he knew something.

A few minutes later and Be2#469 landed, another mission over.

“You, that Man!!”
“Yes Yooou, you ‘orrible little Man”, barked the Squadron Sgt.Major, “don’t move. Headdress off! Attention! To your front in double quick time, quick maaarch! Left right left right left right leeffft!”

Alfred wanted to know what was going on, “Whats wr---“

“Shut your cake-ole Flt.Sgt. Ball, you’re on charge is you” came the reply. The two of them, one shouting the cadence the other looking quite funny trying his best to keep up. They entered “B” flight office where Lt. Dolly was waiting.
“Left right left right left right….. Halt. Left tuuurrrn! Sgt Alfred Ball as requested Sar!”



“Thank you Sgt.Major” came from Lt. Dolly, “I see that Flight Captain Mannequin is waiting for you Sgt.Ball…..good luck” And so, with fear written all over his face, Sgt Alfred Ball went on to face his first, of many, charges during his time with the RFC. The little entourage marched into Cpt. Mannequins office, and with a huge Bang and a damn fine regulation salute, Alfred began to dread what was coming.



“Sergeant Ball, do you know why you are here? Let me tell you a little story, one with a very unhappy ending.. for you in the end I suppose.” Cpt. Mannequin sat behind his desk and glared Alfred in the eyes. “You know why you here?”

“Well, yes Sir, you requested a Pilot I suppose”

“Yes, quite true. And have a guess why you are replacing a Pilot. Don’t bother Man, I’ll tell you why. This other Pilot decided one day that he was tired with military flying and wanted to do some stunting. He saw a car with a few Red Tabs sitting in it and decided to show them how good he could fly. Well he put on a fine display. Any idea what happened Sergeant ?”

Silence

“He put the wind up some General, and then flew his Be2 into a damn tree. The end result was 2 dead men and one of his Majesties aircraft STRUCK OFF CHARGE!! Not to mention the balling out this squadron had to endure because of this event. The driver of the Lorry today was bringing supplies to this airfield. He’s a bit upset and is waiting for you in the Sergeants mess. If I were you, I’d apologize and buy him a beer and hope that this incident stays here…do you understand me Sgt.Ball ?”

“Yes Sir I do.”

“Good. You’re on 14 days extra duties, 30 days no grog and 14 days suspension of pay. Sgt.Major thank you.”

“Saar. Sgt. Ball left Turn! Out of the office, left wheel, in double quick time, quick Maaarch!. Left right left right left right… Arms Straight! Thumbs pointing forward you Oribble little MAANNN! “
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/10/15 12:49 PM

Lt. Dolly & Captain Mannequin made my morning winkngrin
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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/10/15 05:29 PM

thumbsup Well done great stories to go with my morning Cup of Java.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/10/15 05:36 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


July 10, 1915.


I say, frightful morning. I just couldn't aim the bombs on the run over Vimy Junction. T missed it completely even after I went down 1600 meters. My #2 Mac got the hits on target and saved the day. Good thing he came along Wot? Heard a banging noise on the way back so put down at Savy AF ( friendly) to have a look see.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 01:57 AM

Journal Entry: July 10, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, this has been a whirlwind couple of days. First, the mess is all abuzz with the rumors of the Huns having some new kind of aeroplane. Neither Thayer or myself are convinced that the Huns even have a new kind of aeroplane, I mean really, could the Huns have developed something that is qualitatively better than what we have, I think not. We are the British for Heavens sakes, we span the globe and I'm sure that if there was anything better than what we are flying then we would have it. We've both decided that we shan't believe it until we witness it with our own eyes. Enough of this talk of Hun super weapons, let's get to the exciting part, shall we.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were like every other day with morning and afternoon sorties. The pace picked up for Thayer and myself when we were fortunate enough to score our eleventh victory during the morning mission



and our twelfth victory during our afternoon sortie. This was our second double and we were feeling mighty proud of ourselves.



Thursday was routine and those kind of days are very welcome with this constant flying and the ever present threat of mechanical failure. Dinner was delicious as usual and the small talk centered once again on the reports of these new Hun machines, which caused quite the discussion when Thayer announced to the group that he thought these rumors were "pure rubbish". He went on further by stating, "With the success that Ethelstan and I are having, don't you think that if the Huns did have these super machines they would be using them against us? Furthermore, we haven't see hide nor hair of any such machines." Well needless to say, that started quite a row and it might have gotten out of hand if the CO hadn't stepped in and made a general annoucement to the men. We were told that there would be no flying on the 10th because some brass was visiting our squadron for a tour and inspection. Friday dawned sunny and beautiful and promised to be another glorious day. We ate breakfast, shaved and put on our best uniforms and sat around awaiting the arrival of our guests. Everyone was quite curious because we had never had visitors in the past and as you know dear reader, when routines get changed people get curious. It wasn't long before we were called to attention as three staff cars began to pull up to the airfield. Out came more brass than I've ever seen, there were men that I've never seen before and a few that I was familiar with. After they composed themselves, our CO called in a loud voice, "Flight Lieutenant Arthur Ethelstan and 2nd Lieutenant Edmund Thayer, step forward". We looked at each other and wilted, could we be in trouble for our vocal disagreements about the new Hun machine. We stepped forward with much fear and trepidation and awaited our approaching doom. Well, the older general, I believe Trenchard was his name, began to read and I started to hear words like valorous and above the call of duty. By this time I was so confused I hadn't any idea what was going on until I heard the general say, "It is my pleasure to confer upon each of you the Victoria's Cross." Well as you can imagine, I almost fainted. I was expecting punishment but instead was rewarded. I don't even remember what I said as the General stuck me with the medal's pin. As soon as he finished and we were dismissed, everyone swarmed around us. These Generals are shaking our hands like real chums and everyone else is pounding us on our backs. Afterward, the CO told us that he had decided that it would be a good surprise if he didn't tell us what was going to happen. The rest of the day is pretty much of a blur, with the party getting started around lunchtime and just ending after dinner.

Now that I'm all alone with my thoughts, I'm not sure that I am all that happy with receiving this medal. Our CO will now expect us to always perform at the level this medal requires and though the two of us are committed to always doing our duty, we aren't perfect. I'm completely honored and humbled by receiving this medal, I can't but somehow feel like politics were part of the decision. Certainly, we've been very successful against the Huns, but I wouldn't say we are any braver than anyone else in the squadron. I think the brass are hoping this will motivate the others to push harder and I also think this is going to be used as a morale booster for the other squadrons. Whatever the motivation, I will wear this with pride and hope I can live up to the expectations this medal requires.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 12:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
"It is my pleasure to confer upon each of you the Victoria's Cross."

Very cool, and good point about the pressure that kind of highest honor can put on somebody. I'm sure Alvin will have something to say about it in his Monday letter.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 04:08 PM

Nice shooting Banjoman
11 is an impressive tally!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 06:12 PM

Journal Entry: July 11, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Woke up to a splitting headache and could hardly move, now I remember why I very seldom partake of alcohol. After splashing copious amounts of water on my face, over my head and just about anywhere I could reach, I drug myself to mess to scrounge up a cup of tea. Upon arrival I spotted Thayer just as chipper as a young lad, sometimes I have no idea what makes that man tick. Anyway, after some toast and tea I was feeling much more like myself and I learned that we had an easy day scheduled for today. The CO informed the two of us that we were going to do another run around the area to make sure our bus was rigged properly and everything was in order. That was sweet music to my ears and it wasn't long before we were in the air. It is amazing how the brisk, clean air of flying will clear one's head. We were heading out over the channel to climb to our operating altitude when I head a very distinct rumbling sound, not unlike thunder. I turned and blast it all, those Huns were bombing our airfield again. I quickly looked up and located the offending Huns, signaled Thayer and began to climb. It wasn't until we were just a little east of Dunkerque that I was finally able to get into our attacking position and Thayer with his usual efficiency made quick work of one of the Huns.



We were unable to bring down the second Hun because he was able to slink back across the lines before we could catch him. We turned for home and it wasn't long before I was landing, of course, everyone wanted to know if I had gotten either of those two Huns, and I assured them that we got one of them. At lunch, Thayer and I were discussing the morning's events and we came to the conclusion that we don't know if the Huns are incredibly brave or incredibly stupid. How many of these Huns must we kill before they stop coming? We've shot down thirteen planes and yet they still come, we wondered if maybe we put some kind of marking on our plane to tell the Huns who they are dealing with. We asked the CO and he gave his permission, now all we need is some kind of symbol that will strike fear in the heart of the Huns. I told Thayer that he could decide what the symbol should be, so I'm sure it will be something outlandish.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 07:22 PM

It is good to be a cat at this time of the war.
That second Hun was good at being a mouse. Probably a breeder, better eliminate that one or an infestation will happen.


Go pound their nest before things get outta hand.....bombing run smash
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/11/15 11:00 PM

Still catching up from my R/L holiday week. Here's Sgt. Smythe's log book from 28 June-4 July:

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France
27 June-4 July 1915
I haven’t had much of a chance to catch up with this journal. No sooner did I get back from the mission on June 27, then I was told I had received a 48 hour pass, but I needed to get on the transport immediately if I wanted to spend it anywhere but at Abeele. Needless to say, I had my kit packed and was on the truck in a matter of minutes. I got as far as St. Omer, but didn’t make it any further that night. While getting a billet, I ran into some Aussies who were heading east. We got to drinking, and when I woke up the next day, most of my money was gone, my jacket was ripped, and I somehow had lost my right boot, but had managed to replace it with a second left boot that looked to be about a size larger than what I normally wear. The Sargent Major took what was left of my money, saying that it would help to defray some of the damages to the lodging house down the road. He also suggested that I head back to Abeele. Since returning, it has been pretty pleasant flying. I’m flying every day, and haven’t seen any Germans at all. Even their Archie has been very quiet, since we finished up the offensive near Lens two weeks ago.
Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/13/15 02:17 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France
5-11 July 1915





Posted By: Combs

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/13/15 11:38 AM

Sgt. Bryan Smythe
Warbird Rising
6th Squadron, RAF
Abeele, Flanders, France

5-7 July 1915
The flying continues to be very pleasant. Lieutenant Lloyd and I are flying every day, but the missions are very routine. There has been a lot of talk about this new German pursuit aircraft, but no one in our squadron has seen one. In fact, the Germans have been very quiet-We haven’t encountered any German aircraft or even Archie since I returned from my leave.


8 July 1915
I had a minor adventure today. We were assigned to do a bomb drop with Lieutenant Dixon and Sgt. Garfield. The bomb run went without a hitch. My string landed fairly close to the trench line, but I fear not close enough. Shortly after we made our way home, my oil line broke, and I lost all oil pressure. I shut down the engine to prevent damage. Although there were no airfields nearby, I was still at altitude, so I thought I might make Bailleul. I managed to stretch out my glide, and ended up in a pasture about 500 yards south of the field. Had there not been a line of trees right before the field, I might have made it all the way in, but I thought the better of trying to risk getting over the trees with a dud engine, so I set the bus down in the field. We were both very pleased with our effort, and had a very nice lunch at Bailleul while the mechanics fixed our bus.


Bombs Away

Dead Engine


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/13/15 07:12 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


July 13, 1915.



The section was sent over Haubourdin AF for bombing today. My bombs seem to slide sideways and short as they went down missing all the tents but throwing up alot of dirt. The other a/c got hits and RTB as I dove and made a firing pass for my rear seatguy. I dont know if he anything, he shot off 40 rds and we had a good time. The kite did pick up 2 hits 1 in the wing and one in the elevator .


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/14/15 03:31 AM

Journal Entry: July 13, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Yesterday was exciting and that would be the understatement of the month. Thayer and I had a line patrol sortie for our morning's work, which was just fine for us. We took off and proceeded up to the front and arrived at our usual patrol area without incident. It wasn't long before Thayer was tapping me on the shoulder and pointing off to starboard. There is one thing you can say about the Huns, they are a prompt and predictable people. This Hun was arriving almost like clockwork. Well, if they are going to keep coming, then we will oblige them by shooting them down. I got into position and assumed that things would go as they had in the past. Thayer, is my closest friend in this blasted war and I count on him to protect us, but sometimes I think that he might be addled in some fashion. Anyway, he starts firing like usual but this time he begans to yell rather vigorously. I'm busy flying the plane, so I can't see why he is yelling, but it isn't long before the Hun has burst into flames and begin the long dive to Earth.



It wasn't until we landed that I could ask him why he had been yelling. he just pointed to the tail. I turned and that's when I noticed the bullet holes, in his exuberance to shoot down the Hun, he had actually shot our tail. I'm sure all of the color left my face as a cold hand gripped my heart. The dolt just gave a weak laugh as I staggered away.

I really don't understand the brass at all. This afternoon, the CO called me into his office. After the usual formalities he asked me to sit, I took a seat. He then informed me that I had been promoted to Flight Commander effective immediately. I was stunned and began to protest, "Sir, I haven't served long enough to deserve this promotion." He allowed me to stammer a few more protests and ended with a brusque, "Ethelstan, what's done is done. I expect you to do your duty and if the higher ups think you can handle this new responsibility, then your duty is to accept it." I stood, saluted and left his office and wandered around the airfield for a while. First the VC, and now this promotion, I truly am dreading what the future might bring.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/14/15 04:49 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


14 Jul 1915


Up to the lines dropping bombs, some hit, but not mine. This high altitude 2000 meters or more dont seem to be practical for me to hit anything.


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/15/15 06:11 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


July 15, 1915


I say, Smashing good patrol wot ? Our 3 a/c section was doing a bombardment over Bertaincourt AF. When I spotted 3 e/a in a V formation so I scooted on over. They must have been looking ahead because I was able to fly under and in front of their # 3. My Back Seater fired off 68 rds and got the motor or and Oil line Black smoke everywhere the he slanted left and nosed down for Hunland. By then we were totally lost so crossed and landed at a friendly AF for directions home.


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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/15/15 07:02 PM

Good tactics and kill.
Seen any Aviatik CI in the air?

BurnHard has flown a couple recon runs spotting troops and artillery fall.
No enemy engaged him, no system failures.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/17/15 03:36 AM

yep


I thought so too, but No confirmed Kills. I haven't seen any C-1,s as of yet.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/17/15 03:42 AM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


16 July 1915.


Bloody Wash out. Popped over to NML for an Arty Spotting mission in 9/10ths cloud cover. Our 3 a/c section couldn't see a bloody thing. If we had gone lower to avoid the clouds, we would have been at 300 meters above machine gun nests. The Flight leed fired the washout flare and we RTB.


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/17/15 09:01 PM

Sgt, Almost There
3 RFC
Flanders


17 July 1915.


I say, Jolly good show. I put a bomb in the middle of the Maint Tent over at Phalenpin AF today. E'LL of a good shot from 1200 meters, the other 2 a/c put em down close to their living area.


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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/17/15 09:35 PM

Good Bombing!
Hey, if you destroy an enemy plane on the ground....it's likely to be a claimable.

The best is dropping bombs on EA that are "On Alert"...Good Fun, but Low Percentage of a hit as the targets are often rolling on the airfield.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/18/15 03:03 AM

reading

MudWasp: Everytime I go lower I get shot up so maybe I will stay high for awhile. lol biggrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/18/15 03:49 AM

Journal Entry: July 17, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, it's been four days since I was promoted to Flight Commander and I haven't destroyed the squadron, yet. No seriously, I'm starting to learn my new responsibilities and the expectations that come with the new position. I must admit I do appreciate the increase in pay and the respect that the rank deserves, but I've learned that the Empire must run on paperwork. For the last four days, I've been swamped with reports and reports of reports and other forms of paper torture. In my mind, I always envisioned an officer gallantly leading his men into battle, but I've learned the truth, that same officer is more than likely stuck behind a desk filling out some blasted paperwork that nobody will ever read. The first thing the CO did after he announced my promotion was make me the new Supply Officer. I'm tasked with filling out requisition forms for our food stocks and all of the necessary parts and material to keep our buses running. It's quite a daunting task and I work on it whenever I'm not flying.

Speaking of flying, let me relate the excitement from this afternoon's sortie. I was leading B Flight in a defensive patrol orbiting over a nearby airfield. We were pleasantly orbiting the airfield when I noticed to the Southwest of us an aircraft that was being pestered by our archie. I signaled the flight and turned to investigate. This was quite a cheeky Hun, for he surmised that if he flew low enough he might just be able to sneak in and get his pictures and then sneak out. I led the Flight in a dive and flew right into position where Thayer took care of business, as they say, and before long the Hun was crashing right outside of Dunkerque. Fortunately for the Hun, he was so low that some local farmers were able to pull both the pilot and observer from the wreckage before they were consumed by the flames. We landed, piled into a lorry, and rushed over to town. Found the observer in the local Constabulary's office, just shaken up, but otherwise unhurt. The pilot on the other hand was seriously wounded and was rushed to the hospital. We loaded the observer up and brought him to our airfield for the usual smash up. It turns out that he was quite fluent in English and that made our time together much easier for all concerned. He informed us that his name was Lt Eugen Molders and he had cousins living in England and that accounted for his fine English. Apparently, the Huns sing the same songs we do because after a few drinks Lt. Molders was singing as loud as the rest of us. At some point in the party, Lt. Molders asked to speak to the person that had vanquished him in the air. He was directed my way, clicked his heels together like a good Prussian and said, "I just wanted to salute the fine airman who had bested us today." He then proceeded to tell me that they know all about me and they actually have a name for Thayer and myself. I chuckled, and asked, "What pray tell, do you call me?" He said, "Der Sensenmann". "What does that mean?", I queried. Lt. Molders thought for a minute and said, "I believe in English it would translate out to The Grim Reaper." Well, I started laughing and then Thayer joined in and it wasn't long before everybody was laughing. I've never had a nickname before and when I do, it's the Grim Reaper. I'm laughing as I write this, but it has given me an idea. Thayer and I haven't been able to come up with an idea for a personal marking for our bus. I believe if that is what the Huns are already calling us, then why not mark our bus as such, sounds like a capital idea.



Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/18/15 09:26 PM

Nice read Banjoman. Congrats on another victory.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/19/15 07:34 PM

Journal Entry: July 19, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, my personal battle with paperwork rages on. Do you have any idea how many forms I have to fill out just to get a replacement propeller? I imagine not, and neither did I until I became the squadron supply officer. As King Henry said, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." and so I will continue my battle against my implacable foe.

A bit of exciting news, after our enjoyable time with Lt. Molders, I tasked Corporal Tomlinson to create a suitable Grim Reaper for our bus. It turns out that Corp. Tomlinson is quite the artist and jumped at the opportunity to revive his artistic skills. Here are a few photographs of his work. I should say that we are quite pleased with his endeavours.







On a more serious note, I would say that our new bus is proving to be quite fortunate for us. During this morning's sortie we were patrolling over La Gorgue airfield and I noticed another Hun machine attempting to sneak through at a very low altitude. I'm sure I wouldn't have seen him if it hadn't been for the archie that was furiously objecting to his presence. I dove and Thayer fired and fired and then fired some more until the Hun was seen crash landing just north of Loos. When we landed I asked Thayer what had happened, his only response was, "Somedays I'm on and somedays I'm not." That, my dear readers is the essence of dear old Thayer.


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Posted By: Hellshade

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/20/15 02:27 PM

Great stuff BJM. Keep sharing! smile
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/20/15 03:16 PM

Ken, it seems that Ambrose is becoming a stone cold killer like Arthur.

Hellshade, thanks, I'm really enjoying Arthur.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/20/15 03:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, it seems that Ambrose is becoming a stone cold killer like Arthur.

Of my two pilots, Alvin is a lot harder than Ambrose. The death of Rex Warneford (who you didn't have since you run without HAs) and his talk with Godolphin on his day off affected him, but not so much that he's quite ready to start shooting. His demons actually keep that in check to some extent.

Ambrose, on the other hand, was more naive and idealistic about the war, and since 3 Sqdn has had light casualties, he hadn't been personally touched. The death of his long-time observer combined with the arrival of Hubert Harvey-Kelly (another HA - interesting dude) was enough to change him profoundly. There's still some of the old Ambrose in there, but now he's a man with a mission.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/21/15 03:20 AM

Excellent posts everyone! Keep them coming!

I'm sorry I didn't get an update up last week. I've been a bit unwell and now my work life's about to get very busy. Bleh.

SCOREBOARD

Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/22/15 03:56 AM

Almost There
Sgt, 2 Rfc
Flanders


July 21, 1915


The section did an Arty Spot for what appeared to be 1 Gun with large shells. 5 to 8 shots and Home for Tea.


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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/22/15 07:32 PM

Almost There
Sgt, 2 Rfc
Flanders


July 22, 1915.

Drove me Bus up to the lines and dropped 4 bombs on the German positions. Great Clogs of earth thrown up but couldnt see if we hit anything.


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Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/24/15 01:17 AM

Okay, this has been the oddest evening of flying for me since this started...

First, I fly Ambrose, as usual. He does his lets-kill-kill-kill thing that he's doing these days and goes after two AV B1s. Get the first one. Shoots up the second, who turns and runs for home. I try to engage again, but he's getting closer to Houplin (which we'd just bombed) and starting to land. I figure I'll make one more pass and if I don't get him, I'll head back to the barn.

We're low - like 1500 ft low - Archie is bad. We have a nearby blast - observer at 96% health, Ambrose at 97% percent. I don't realize, at the time, that it also tore a gaping hole in my fuel tank and I'm leaking fuel like a sieve. I continue my maneuvering until I get the low fuel warning. I look. 11%. Turn toward home (front line is maybe 6-7 miles W.) Don't get far before the fuel is gone.

I'm at 1500 feet, I have no fuel, and I know I won't make it over the lines to land, so I put down in a field maybe a mile and half from Houplin, resigned to a few days in POW cage. Instead, I get the results page, Ambrose and observer are "shaken up", no mention of landing behind the line. Click Done and it's the next day and we're ready to fly.

Having been forced down behind the lines in other campaigns, I've never not been captured. Maybe it's distance to the lines based?

So then it's on to Alvin, where he gets a "special assignment", the first bombing mission I've seen in 1 RNAS since I started the campaign 6+ weeks ago. Fine. I know how to bomb thanks to Ambrose. Weather's lousy, but we make it to Ghistelles, drop the bombs, and head back across our lines. As I'm crossing the lines, I see this:



A mile+ long convey of trucks, on a road that runs across NML. I didn't go down for a closer look, and honestly am not sure if they were German or British, but the convoy was half on one side of the lines, half on the other. And we were more than a mile out of Shakeytown.

Okay, then on to the afternoon flight, when Alvin's wingman did the famous "burst into flames" trick while we were still gaining altitude over the Channel. Heard a noise, went to external view (Smiler, Alvin's observer, has a REALLY big butt) and the other Morane was already totally involved, as we used to say in the fire service, and heading down. Haven't seen this in three weeks or so, but have been flying on autopilot with my external view watching my wingmen, waiting for this so I could see it happen.

Of course, this time I wasn't watching him. I was still thinking about the convoy (and humming the song). My main reason for wanting to see it happen is to determine if there's time to kill the engine before it and the rest of the plane catches fire. Or a warning sign. Smoke or something before the whole thing is burning.

Definitely three unusual flights, one after the other. Which you can read about from Ambrose and Alvin's perspectives on Monday when Alice gets the letters.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/24/15 03:07 AM

I've seen convoys crossing NML like that before and I've had wingmen just suddenly burst into flames, but I've never been able to land behind enemy lines without being captured. Maybe the game did its calculations and since you escaped just didn't tell you, but I would think you as the player would want to know that. I
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/24/15 03:49 AM

Agreed. Ambrose certainly could have escaped capture and recrossed the lines with his observer, though 6 or so miles is a pretty good distance. In fact, that's how I'll write it on the Monday letter to Alice. A harrowing tale of evasion and escape, perhaps.

It's just odd - I am almost certain I've been forced down with other pilots fairly close to the lines - even closer than 6 miles in enemy territory. And it's always resulted in at least a couple/few days in a POW camp before I escape. And sometimes it's a week or more after that before the observer escapes.

I'm not complaining - Ambrose is headed toward some major changes, as will be evident in tomorrow's letter to Alice, and it would be an annoyance to sit things out for a week waiting to escape. I was already thinking about how it would go down for Ambrose when I realized I was going to have to land a mile or two from Houplin.

So it was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/24/15 08:47 PM






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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/24/15 09:30 PM

Poor old Ambrose and congrats to Alvin's promotion. Too bad Ambrose and Arthur can't join forces, we'd make a fine pair of Hun killers.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/25/15 04:32 AM

Almost There
Sgt, 2 Rfc
Flanders


July 24, 1915.


I say , bit of bad luck. Prang my kite during take off, I gave a little to much elevator and the prop struck the ground. It wasn't too bad till the ground loop started. Wicket. The ob was just shook up but I will be down for 6 days. My ship kind looks like match wood.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/25/15 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Poor old Ambrose and congrats to Alvin's promotion. Too bad Ambrose and Arthur can't join forces, we'd make a fine pair of Hun killers.


Yeah, unfortunately Arthur will always be four months ahead of Ambrose. Though if Ambrose lives to July, he might be able to mention that RNAS pilot who's tearing it up near the Channel.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/26/15 12:05 AM

Alfred Pennyworth has suffered the dreaded great ball of fire engine failure. Fortunately for him it happened during the landing approach and he was able to land his plane, but not without damage to the machine, his observer or himself. He will be spending 9 days in the hospital cared for by nurse Katie.
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Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/29/15 01:26 PM

Nice pics Lederhosen!
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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/29/15 06:46 PM


Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/30/15 01:36 PM









(Yes, it was a bit of a conceit to have Ambrose receive his VC from George V, but I figured this early in the war, it was certainly possible - the first VC actually awarded to an RFC flyer was about a month later, and he (William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse) died the next day from his wounds. And it made for a nice positive story for the newspapers...)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/30/15 03:26 PM

Ken, great story, Ambrose is a rapidly rising star. I sure hope he survives because you can spin a good tale.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/30/15 04:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, great story, Ambrose is a rapidly rising star. I sure hope he survives because you can spin a good tale.


Thanks! I have some doubts on how long Ambrose can stay alive - he's become more reckless than he should be, counting on luck and my flying skill to get him out of anything he gets into, but that probably can't last forever. And because he's fairly unsophisticated and doesn't have a cynical bone in his body, something like this will only amplify that recklessness.

So we'll see. He's self-aware enough to know he's being reckless sometimes, and has commented on it in his letters. It's a race to see if he can temper it before it kills him.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/30/15 06:23 PM

On a different note, keep tabs on his medals. I have a sneaking suspicion that WOFF doesn't really handle medals correctly. Arthur has already been awarded another VC, I just didn't tell anybody because I thought it odd. I did some research and found that three men actually were awarded the VC twice and now I just waiting to receive another one. If I do, then that will get listed as a 'bug'.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/30/15 09:01 PM

Yeah, Ambrose got a second DSO today - since the program doesn't seem to be able to award bars to medals (DSO with 1 bar, DSO with 2, etc.) for subsequent awards of the same medal it just gives you another one. I'll describe that as a bar in his letter home, and if he gets a third, as a second bar. But that's as far as the bars go, near as I can determine, so if he gets a 4th, I won't mention it at all.

My Briff pilot has two VCs, two DSOs, and some other stuff - all in 6 weeks at the front. I put him on pause when I started the Centenary Challenge, so I don't know how many more of each he might get if he'd kept on the same pace moving forward.

It may be a bug, or it may just be how the program handles medal eligibility. A couple of DSOs, to represent bars, are okay, and even a second VC instead of a bar for it, which is what actually was issued.

Beyond that, I don't plan to even mention it.
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Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 07/31/15 09:07 PM

Kuroken;

I have been meaning to comment on your report posts here for some time. I just haven't had much quality time on the forum as of late.

Your reports are fantastic and greatly appreciated. I have managed to read through most of them in spare time and thoroughly enjoy the reads. I just wanted to let you know that your work is not in vain!

Best Regards and keep them coming Sir!
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/01/15 12:21 AM

Thanks, Robert!

I wanted to do something a little different and this seems to be working.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/01/15 04:07 PM

Another month's behind us.
Here's what's been happening around the world in March - Intrepid Fliers:

March 1
Great Britain and France announced a total blockade of merchant shipping to and from Germany.
March 2
The British naval bombardment of the forts resumed in the Dardanelles.
March 4
The French Government decided to send an Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles whilst Turkish defenders drove off British landing parties at the entrance to the Narrows.
March 5
The Greek Government offered naval and military support for operations at the Dardanelles.
British naval forces began the bombardment of the strategic city of Smyrna on the Aegean coast.
March 6
Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos resigned after a disagreement with King Constantine of Greece about the country's role in the war.
March 7
The Greek Government asked for an explanation of the British occupation at Lemnos.
March 9
The British Government explained that it was a military necessity to attack Lemnos.
The British bombardment of Smyrna ended.
March 10
The British army attacked at the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, giving support to the much larger French offensive in Champagne.
Dimitrios Gounaris replaced Eleftherios Venizelos as Prime Minister of Greece.
March 11
The armed merchant cruiser HMS Bayano was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-27.
March 12
General Sir Ian Hamilton was appointed to command the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in order to gain control of the Dardanelles straits.
March 14
The German cruiser SMS Dresden was scuttled by her crew after it was attacked by British warships off the coast of Chile.
March 15
The Royal navy cruiser HMS Amethyst was damaged by field artillery whilst on minesweeping duties in the Dardanelles.
March 17
Following his appointment earlier in the month, General Sir Ian Hamilton took up his position as Commander-in- Chief of the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
March 18
The Allied naval attack of the Dardanelles forts was repelled by the defending Turks. British battleships HMS Irresistible and HMS Ocean and the French battleship Bouvet were all sunk in the battle.
March 20
The British Government guaranteed that Greece would have Lemnos after the war.
March 21
In the first German airship raid on Paris two Zeppelins dropped high explosives and bombs on the capital city.
March 22
The Siege of Przemysl ended when the Russians captured the fortress at the strategically important city.
March 23
Originally built as a tramp steamer, HMS Manica was the first kite balloon ship to be commissioned by the Admiralty.
March 25
The German military commander General Liman von Sanders was appointed to command the Turkish forces at Gallipoli.
March 28
The first American casualty of war was killed when the cargo-passenger ship Falaba was torpedoed by the German submarine U-28.
March 29
The British and United States Governments agreed that rubber would not be exported except to Great Britain.
March 30
South African forces occupied Aus in German South West Africa.
March 31
The city of Libau on the Baltic Sea was shelled by the Germans.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/01/15 04:07 PM

Almost There
Sgt, 2 Rfc
Flanders


August 1, 1915.


As my Ami friend said, its nice to be back in zee saddle again. 2 a/c were posted for A.F. bombardment this afternoon. However, McCudden,s machine turned out to be U/S so I took off alone to Douai. Bang up flight, went in low level an a big explosion occurred from bomb hits. I made a second pass so that my gunner could fire off 18 rds then home and tea. My kite had slight damage 9 bullet holes in the wings some close enough for my gunner to reach out and touch.


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/01/15 04:09 PM

And the news for July - Warbirds Rising:

July 1
The Battle of Otavi was fought between South African and German forces in German South
West Africa. The final battle of the South-West Africa Campaign ended with a decisive South African victory.
July 2
The British government formed the Ministry of Munitions and passed the Munitions of War Act which required compulsory arbitration of labour disputes and banned strikes and lockouts.
July 3
The Germans continued their advance into Poland along the Eastern Front.
July 5
Fierce fighting continued between French and German troops at Souchez, Arras and on the Meuse.
July 6
British and French ministers held the first Allied war conference at Calais.
July 7
The First Battle of Isonzo ended with a victory for the Austro-Hungarians.
The Italian armoured cruiser Amalfi was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-26.
July 9
German troops in South-West Africa surrendered to General Botha's South African forces at Tsumeb, 370 km north of Windhoek.
July 11
The German cruiser SMS Konigsberg was destroyed and sunk in the Rufiji river in German East Africa by British river monitors.
July 12
The German Government announced its intention to take control of the coal industry.
July 13
A new Austro-German offensive began on the Eastern Front.
July 14
The Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden attended his first meeting of the British Cabinet.
July 15
The National Registration Act became law in Great Britain.
July 16
The Battle of Krasnostav began.
July 17
Bulgaria signed a secret alliance with Germany, Austria and Turkey.
July 18
Following the conclusion of the First Battle of Isonzo earlier in the month, the Second Battle of Isonzo began on the Italian Front with heavier artillery support against the Austro-Hungarian army.
July 20
The Battle of La Linge began between French and German forces near the Vosges mountains of Alsace.
July 21
The Russian town of Ivangorod was invaded by Austro-German forces.
July 22
British forces captured Bukoba on Victoria Nyanza in German East Africa.
July 23
Austrian warships bombarded Ortona and the Tremiti Islands in the Adriatic Sea.
July 24
Rozan and Pultulsk in North Poland were captured by German forces.
July 25
The American steamer Leelanaw was torpedoed off the Scottish coast.
July 26
Italian troops landed on and occupied Pelagosa Island in the middle of the Adriatic.
July 28
Germans forces crossed the Vistula between Warsaw and Ivangorod.
July 29
The East Persia Cordon was established in order to protect British interests and prevent enemy infiltration from Persia into Afghanistan.
July 30
German troops used flame throwers for the first time against the British lines at Hooge In Belgium.
The Pope sent an appeal for peace to belligerent Governments.
July 31
The Battle of Strelcze was fought on the Eastern Front.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/01/15 04:12 PM

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Holy C%$# what a lot of typing ( Keyboarding )
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/03/15 04:08 AM

Almost There
Sgt, 3 Rfc
Flanders



August 2, 1915.


Ran up to the lines for bombardment with 3 a/c. I dont know if mine hit anything but they did go down on the enemy lines.


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Posted By: CW3SF

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/03/15 04:01 PM

ALVIN

WORD EXCESS
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/04/15 01:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
And the news for July - Warbirds Rising:

...

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


Lots of things on the Eastern Front and the Med; still several more weeks before the Battle of Loos fiasco in the west.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/04/15 01:09 PM

Sgt. Bond Jameson reporting back from leave:

I was going to spend time on an island, actually going under the water instead of flying high above it. I thought they'd send me over on a boat, but you'll not believe what happened: I went over on some type of aeroplane that neither Messrs. Wells nor Verne had even dreamt of yet. It must have held dozens of people, and gone at least 200 mph, but also the engines didn't have any propellers! Crazy, I know! But I swear I wasn't drunk or anything. So if it was real, then why aren't they using it to bomb the Huns?

Well, it's off to Ypres in my BE2. I have a feeling that I'll never be happy in it again.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/04/15 04:38 PM

Almost There
2 Rfc
Flanders

August 4, 1915.


Up to the lines for an Arty spot. I say, not a tidy show. Big guns firing but all over the place.


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/05/15 07:47 PM

Almost There
Sgt, 3 Rfc
Flanders




5 August 1915.



Posted to an Arty Spot mission, it didn't go to well. I was the far left hand a/c in the formation with heavy cloud cover. In fact, every time we turned over target at 2000 meters the ground was obscured. Hope the other 2 chaps saw something.



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Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/07/15 10:00 AM







"Do you think they have a chance Sir?"

Captain Mannequin turned slowly away from the fire place, "Price was a ground pounder. If anyone knows how to survive then him. Still we have to look at this realistically what Dolly. You havn't-"

"Reported them as missing...not yet. The Paperwork is done but I thought I'd wait a day or two, if thats fine by you Sir?"

"Yes you did the right thing I suppose. Damn bad news I'm afraid, damn bad news."
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/07/15 11:18 AM

Lederhose;

I expect the next report to say they made it back across the lines!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND!!!


Damn!
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/10/15 12:46 PM

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I haven't had much free time as of late to keep up in either of the DID challenges, much to my dismay. But Allard has managed a few sorties over the last several weeks and was presented l'Croix de Guerre avec Palme for his efforts. I am fearful however for him and his observer because at some point they are going to meet up with an enemy aeroplane that can actually shoot back. Methinks the Morane will not fair well in such an encounter, unless of course the intrepid French duo bravely run away.




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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/10/15 06:24 PM




Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/10/15 07:17 PM

Kuroken;

I'm enjoying your series on Alvin. Keep them coming.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/10/15 08:02 PM

Almost There
Sgt, 2 Rfc
Flanders


August 10 1915.



Up to the lines dropping bombs on the PBI. The 3 of us dropped 4 25lb bombs each and all 12 missed. The C.O. and the Adj are Browned off at us.


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Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/11/15 11:14 AM





Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/11/15 12:59 PM

Nice lederhosen.

I really like the "letter home" (nothing to worry about, forced landing, everything's fine) combined with the real story.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/11/15 04:22 PM

Almost There
2Lt, 3 Rfc
Flanders

August 11, 1915.


Well done oh boy, shouted the Adj above the Noise. I was warming the motor for the sections A.F. Attack over by Loos. The Adj handed me the appointment to 2LT. Wicked I thought as I gunned the motor and took off.

Since I was section leader, I took us in to target at Low Level ( less than 800 meters) and smack the bombs were right on. After pulling up , I made 2 more down on the deck runs for my back seater. Ever mindful of the economy ? He fired in 3 to 7 rd burst's Claiming hits on the 3 parked Recon machines for the expenditure of 43 rds.


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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/11/15 05:27 PM

You kicked butt in that ground attack!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 01:22 AM

Journal Entry: August 11, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, the last two weeks were glorious because I wasn't here. The higher ups apparently decided I needed a rest because of the pace I'd been on. I, of course, wasn't going to complain and I took my leave like any good soldier would. I spent the last two weeks fishing with my father, sleeping late, taking long walks along the seashore, and generally just being lazy. I would have expected dreading coming back, but just the opposite happened, toward the end of my leave I was getting restless to get back to the boys. All in all, it was a good leave and I dare say I'll get another like it for a long time.

When I arrived yesterday, it felt like I had never left, the same fellows flying the same missions. It didn't take long to get caught up on all of the news and I was glad to hear that nothing terrible had happened to any of my comrades. There was one bit of news that I was rather excited to learn, it seems that Alvin Vix may finally be coming out of his shell. I learned that the other day he deliberately sought out and destroyed a number of Hun machines. I say, jolly good show, he's a fine pilot and is turning out to be a good and conscientious officer, but I've always felt that he was just a bystander in this war and I believe that is one thing we can do without. We need everybody pulling their weight if we are going to beat the Hun.

For some strange reason, the CO has reassigned Thayer to another pilot and given me Tom Stanley as an observer. Tom is a fine fellow, but why break up such a successful team as Thayer and Ethelstan. The CO said that Tom needed to learn from my experience and Edmund has been assigned to a newer pilot to share his experience, so I can see the logic. I sure hope this doesn't jinx Edmund and myself.
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Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 02:41 PM





Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 06:50 PM

tanksalot MudWasp.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 06:57 PM

Almost There
2Lt, 3 Rfc
Flanders


August 12, 1915.



Lifted off with 3 a/c for an Arty Spot Mission and came back with 2 machines. One machine ( Sgt Foss) dropped out on the way to target. Why ? Spotted him landing on our side of the lines in an open field. Mission complete/ RTB.


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Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 07:39 PM

Sgt. Bond Jameson has disappeared. Literally. I had an issue yesterday that I figured I'd fix be reinstalling. No big deal, I've done it before. Except this time, I didn't realize that I forgot to put aside my pilots folder. So he's gone. They're all...gone...

Even worse is that my disc reader, well, isn't; it had lots of trouble with the main files, and it won't even acknowledge my v2 file on the disc that it's saved on. So I'm back to v1.26 until the new hardware gets here. All this just a few days after my 1917 DiD pilot spontaneously combusted.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 08:02 PM

That's a bummer, loftyc. I hope you have better luck with your new hardware.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 09:11 PM

Loftyc, that really stinks. I wonder if the Devs could add the pilot backup utility into WOFF, it would probably help with the remembering part.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/12/15 09:52 PM

Originally Posted By: loftyc
Sgt. Bond Jameson has disappeared. Literally. I had an issue yesterday that I figured I'd fix be reinstalling. No big deal, I've done it before. Except this time, I didn't realize that I forgot to put aside my pilots folder. So he's gone. They're all...gone...

Even worse is that my disc reader, well, isn't; it had lots of trouble with the main files, and it won't even acknowledge my v2 file on the disc that it's saved on. So I'm back to v1.26 until the new hardware gets here. All this just a few days after my 1917 DiD pilot spontaneously combusted.


Loftyc

Get my backup and restore facility from the WOFF User Mods section.

You should alwYs use it to start WOFF. After it backs up or restores pilots it will ask you if you want to launch WOFF.

NO REASON TO FORGET BACKUPS IF U DO THIS.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/13/15 03:17 AM

Journal Entry: August 12, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

If there could ever really be such a thing as a good day in a war, then this day would be it. It all started with this morning's sortie. At breakfast, I had a good conversation with Trent and Oscar, the other two pilots in my flight for this morning's sortie, and I explained to them my ideas on how we might better carry out our attacks against the Huns, they were game and actually seemed excited. I also spoke with Tom about what I expected from him and explained that all he needed to do was to shoot straight and I would handle the rest. The morning was beautiful and it wasn't long before we were patrolling deep in Hunland. It wasn't long until I spotted a flight of three Aviatiks and I signaled Trent and Oscar and turned to attack. Tom had already seen the enemy and so he was prepared when I led our flight into the midst of the Hun flight. Almost immediately Tom started banging away at our Hun and I could hear that Trent's and Oscar's observers were doing the same. Here are some photographs of Trent's and Oscar's victories. My victory wasn't as spectacular and I didn't bother with a photograph.





This is the first time since I've been promoted to Flight Commander and flight leader that I've felt that I actually was leading men into battle. I was so proud of my flight that I gave Trent and Oscar a handshake that must have wrenched their shoulders when we landed. The Old man was extremely pleased with out performance and ordered that I begin to coach the other pilots in how to attack the Huns. Our flight destroyed an entire enemy flight, what if we could do that on every sortie? Could that possibly shorten this dreadful war? I firmly believe that the more painful we can make it for the Hun then maybe they will sue for peace and this blasted war will end.

As if this day could get any better, I managed to score my nineteenth victory in the afternoon sortie. I found a cheeky Hun patrolling over St. Omer and I stalked him for more than 30 minutes before Tom sent him packing.



I do miss Edmund, we made a wonderful team, but I do believe Tom is showing quite a lot of spunk and I look forward to working with him. I'll say goodnight as I wrap up a productive day for King and Country.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/13/15 10:41 AM









„Let me get this right Captain Price, your claiming a Hun Balloon by bombing, correct?”

“Yes, that right. Somewhere west of Menin. I’m sure someone must have seen it go down. It was only few miles over the lines. Went up like very light, err down that is.”

“Anyone near you at that time? Another Squad perhaps?”

“Well…no. You see we left our formation to look for Lorry’s and such, which is why we headed east. It was a bit cloudy too as we used the cover to sneak in as it were. Did you notice anyone Sgt?”

“Err no Sir. It was just like you said Sir, a bit cloudy and I did my best to keep us out of sight Sir.”

“Nathen, just how am I going to sell this one to Wing? They’re going to think I’m mad …or worse.
I know I know, I believe you two. If you say it was hit and sent down then it happened.
Problem is no one saw it I’m afraid.”

“Dolly”

“Sir”

“Get on the blower. Call the Engineers,
if someone saw this Balloon of yours then they would have.
Ask them if they can confirm this morning’s event please.”

“Anything else?.....no”

“Errr, yes just one more thing Sir.”

“Yes Sgt.”

“I noticed that the Hun now has a monoplane in our area.
I spotted two flying south to north. I thought they were ours. They look very similar to the Morane used by No.3 Squadron Sir.
It was just their marking that gave them away Sir.”

“hmmm, a new Hun. We’ll have to keep an eye out then. Thank you Ball.”

“Sir, if I may suggest.”

“Yes Strange, what loony invention of yours this time?”

“Err no Sir. I thought that as we have another line patrol this afternoon,
then perhaps we could fly with two machines together and try to bag another Sausage like this Morning Sir.
I’d say let Sgt.Ball and Cpt.Price take some bombs along and repeat their deed.
I and my Observer could then witness this event and put in a proper claim this time.”

“Splendid idea Strange. You up to it again Cpt.Price?”

“Why yes Sir, of course.”

“Good that’s settled then.
You lot ask Dolly where the next Balloon is, take a couple of bombs and go cook a Sausage with eggs. Not bad what??”
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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/15/15 03:34 AM

Journal Entry: August 14, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

By George, I think my mates are finally getting the hang of aerial fighting. This afternoon's sortie was a wonderful example of what can be accomplished through teamwork. Lt. Sheeley and myself had been ordered to fly a line patrol sortie in the Loos area and before we left I huddled with Barry and his observer to discuss what each of us would do in any particular situation. We took off and in no time we were orbiting over Loos. In just a few minutes time I spotted a Hun machine that was blatantly flying over our side of the lines and signaled Barry, and turned to engage. It wasn't long before I was in position and Tom started banging away with his Lewis. I knew that Tom had hit him hard in the engine and I began to pull away to begin another firing run. Before I could even manage to do that, Tom was tapping my shoulder and pointing downward. I looked in the direction he was pointing and here came Barry charging in to administer the coup de grace. Tom quickly took a photograph of the Hun right as Barry was finishing him off.



It looks like maybe my mates are finally starting to understand what I've been telling them all along about aerial fighting. When we landed I told Barry that the drinks are on me. It won't be long until everybody has joined in and maybe then we can really start to do some damage to the Hun.

As a side note, I did manage to score my 20th victory in the morning sortie, but in light of the afternoon's happenings I think it's not nearly as important.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/23/15 01:22 AM

Journal Entry: August 22, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I'm so furious I could scream. I've been ordered by the old man to start building some fighting spirit in my fellow fliers and what do those idiot bean-counters up in Wing headquarters do, they stifle all of my work. Let me try and explain the situation. It all started two days ago, Oscar and I get ordered to do a line patrol up near Loos and I'm excited about the prospect of what Oscar might do in this sortie. Oscar has been exhibiting more and more confidence and fighting spirit, so to encourage that I'm going to let him take the lead if we encounter any Huns during the patrol. As usual, a Hun comes trundling along not unlike a cow going to the slaughter and before I can even signal Oscar he has already started his attack. As a matter of fact, you can see just how close this poor Hun came to ramming me.



After his successful attack we returned to St. Pol and began our celebrations. I just learned a few minutes ago that his claim has been rejected. He was so overjoyed at his success, this news will crush him. It's as if those idiots at Wing are fighting against us. Why should they care if he gets credit for this victory, they will never lay their life on the line like Oscar will. If he should fall, they won't even notice. Bean-counters, damn them all, they should be lined up and shot. I will just have to explain this to him somehow while still encouraging him. Blast, I hate this job.

I've been promoted to Squadron Commander, but does it really matter? I've no squadron to command, so I'll just continue with my supply paperwork and fly my sorties.

I did manage to score victories number 25 and 26 today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I'm so focused on trying to get the others to start demonstrating some fighting spirit that my own tally doesn't quite mean as much.



Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/23/15 01:23 AM

Hey, is anyone still producing the tally records? I haven't seen one in a while and I was just wondering.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/24/15 11:58 PM





Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/25/15 12:02 AM



Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/25/15 02:03 AM

Ken, it looks like it is just you and I flying in the Centenary DID. I haven't heard from anybody else. I wonder what's up?
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/25/15 02:51 PM

Banjoman, my guess is the bloom quickly left the rose of flying the early planes for many. On the Brit side, 3+ months of flying a Morane or BE (in 1 RNAS we'll finally move to Nieuport 10s in October, RFC doesn't see anything but Moranes and BEs till May when FEs are deployed to 6 Sqdn (Ambrose's next destination for some variety, though I don't like pushers) French get Nieuport 10s in September, and until then it's Moranes. Germans get EIs in June, but only for high-ranked pilots. So it's a few months in an unarmed Aviatik B1, or a lot of months in the early group, since there's not a lot of chance for promotion when all you can attack with are cutting stares.

The Morane can be used as a combat aircraft (as we've both proven), but without a front gun like a Strutter or Brisfit, two-seaters definitely aren't a ton of fun to take into combat.

I'm still enjoying it, as much because of my "role-playing" of Ambrose and Alvin as anything else. And when they die, as they will someday, I'll be happy to bring in new pilots to get a different perspective on the war. Like my pilots, I'm here for the duration.

But I can certainly see people losing heart on their 87th bombing mission in an unarmed plane...
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/25/15 03:25 PM

I've been reading your adventures, good stuff!
I got wrapped up in the N10 C-1 in a non did campaign. Might drop back in when their flight dates coincide with the 1915 calendar.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/25/15 04:22 PM

I agree with you Ken and like you I'm in it for the duration. If I remember correctly that's why we started this whole thing so that we could experience the whole war.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/26/15 01:40 AM

I'm still in. Flying 2 missions a day with each of my pilots. Just not posting any reports. The scoreboard at least was showing the progress, but even this is MIA for more than a month. Can't wait to get my hands on the N10 - only one more week.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/26/15 02:19 AM

Fullofit, you get the N10 in a week? I have to wait until sometime in October. banghead Catknight was doing the reports but I haven't heard from him in a long time, I hope everything is alright with him.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/26/15 09:23 PM

Banjoman, I guess the French get them earlier. I suppose they're the original beta testers.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/26/15 09:37 PM

Well, that would make sense, just don't rub it in too much.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/27/15 01:03 AM

twoweeks
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/27/15 01:01 PM

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Kuroken, Alvin’s letters home continue to be very entertaining. Great stuff.

lederhosen, love the added documents and photos and such to your reports - and Captain Mannequin of course.

carrick58, I hope Lt. There is still, well, there. I notice his reports have been absent as of late.

Banjoman, wonderful journal entries and screenshots as well. Also, congratulations on making it to Squadron Commander, but with 26 victories while flying a Morane it’s no wonder.

loftyc, hard luck on the disappearance of Sgt. Jameson. I feel your pain as I’ve had the same thing happen to me numerous times in the past. Robert’s back-up program really is the answer to this, assuming your computer doesn’t burn up completely of course.

Fullofit, glad to see you're still around. And the N10 in a week you say? Lucky dog.


Adjutant Tremblay continues to do his bit for France and has in fact reached ace status. He was given a week’s leave upon being presented l’Médaille militaire and has returned just recently from Amiens where he most certainly did not behave as a gentleman. But then, seeing as he was still “le sergent” at the time, his behavior was très à propo. His bump to the officers' ranks came when he returned to camp and luckily ahead of the reports that came in from the local authorities in Amiens. Had those arrived first it is doubtful the young pilote would have received the promotion. C'est la guerre!



Allard's last five or so sorties have all been at sunrise and they have been magnifique!



While real life continues to be very busy and has denied me the time I would like to spend posting in the forums rest assured I am still about, as are my DID pilots. Keep fighting the good fight Gents.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/27/15 02:31 PM

It's the absence of CatKnight that has me a little worried. Has anybody heard anything from him? By the way, nice report Lou.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/27/15 03:36 PM

Banjoman, I saw him post last week in the windows 10 thread.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/27/15 10:37 PM

BurnHard lived up to his name today when he tangled with a Morane down low and didn't realize he was above enemy trenches. It was a great Dog Fight until the troops hammered him.








RIP




Think I'll go for a current date French pilot, or an American flying for the French as my next pilot.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/28/15 12:08 AM

MudWasp;

You really know how to throw caution to the wind! I'm glad you are more cautious with your other DiD pilot. He has an amazing career and I would hate to see him go east.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/28/15 09:00 PM



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/28/15 11:19 PM

Here is my new pilot;


He set a Course for Paris and then turned towards the frontlines refueling at Toul. Then he followed the lines down to their southern end and landed at Fontaine. Took a nice landmark photo to send home to uncle Pierre.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/28/15 11:28 PM

Kuroken you continue to write great reports. I feel I am really getting to know Alvin.

MudWasp, hope he stays alive for some time!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/29/15 01:56 AM

Journal Entry: August 28, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

We had quite the brew-up the other day in the officer's mess. It seems that Ackerman felt the need to insinuate that Vix wasn't quite as brave as he should be and wasn't attacking the Huns with the proper fighting spirit. Vix took offense and provided a chance for Ackerman to prove him wrong in the afternoon sortie. No one was surprised with what occurred during that sortie because as everyone knows Ackerman is not a brave man. As a matter of fact, Ackerman is a pompous ass and if I were in the old man's shoes I would get rid of him. I have to hand it to Vix, I believe he handled the situation admirably and hopefully we won't hear too much more out of that windbag. Speaking of Vix, he has developed quite the taste for combat, I must congratulate him on his outstanding performance of late.

I feel like Don Quixote tilting at the proverbial windmills because once more Wing has seen fit to reject the claims of my three fledglings. I sometimes wonder if the bean-counters at Wing are just flipping coins to see whether or not the claim is confirmed or not. Luckily, my fledglings do not seem to be dismayed by the antics of the pencil pushers at Wing. I think I'm more bothered by it than they are, which of course is a good thing.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/30/15 06:48 PM

ARGGGG!!!...spent like an hour collecting thoughts and typin, I'm a slow typer, and this web page reset, causing all my typing to go poof and disappear into yber space pitchafit
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/30/15 06:52 PM

Heh, I've had that happen before! Now I type anything long in word and then cut and paste it here!
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/30/15 07:04 PM

Short version;
Clarke's rear gunner Geoffrey showed off his skills on Sunday the 30th on two deep penetrations into enemy turf which resulted in 7 confirmed Aviatiks downed. Aces Pegoud and Zarapoff assisted on both and shot down 8 between the two of them.

Pegoud collided with an an Aviatik on the second mission of the day and died.

WOFF advanced to the next day and the newpaper read;


Bitter sweet morning as Clarke was awarded the Medaille Militaire.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/30/15 07:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Heh, I've had that happen before! Now I type anything long in word and then cut and paste it here!


Yep, that thought just went through my head before I read your comment.
I think there is a thunderstorm between my dish and the satellite in space.
Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/31/15 12:55 AM

All: First, I want to apologize for not publishing scores in a good month. Life is...well, kinda hectic lately and it's not going to let up for a bit yet. I'm happy if I can get a half hour in shooting at planes let alone reporting.

Banjoman has kindly offered to help and will be administering the form and scoreboard. If you haven't reported in awhile but you're still in, please go ahead and update and we'll get a scoreboard published.

Thanks Banjoman!
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/31/15 11:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Heh, I've had that happen before! Now I type anything long in word and then cut and paste it here!


maybe Rick's backup program can help? Or, could it work for my garage door, that I hit with the car last week...!?
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/31/15 12:29 PM

Originally Posted By: loftyc
Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Heh, I've had that happen before! Now I type anything long in word and then cut and paste it here!


maybe Rick's backup program can help? Or, could it work for my garage door, that I hit with the car last week...!?


I did that once, a hammer is what did the job there, if the panels aren't too far out of whack... hahaha
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 08/31/15 03:54 PM






Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 02:41 AM

Hey guys, I guess everybody has probably seen CatKnight's lastest post telling everybody that I'm going to start producing the weekly reports from now on. His life is getting a little hectic right now and I'm pleased to help him in this way. Anyway, if I could ask that everybody start turning in your weekly reports on Saturday then I'll the the Status Reports done on Sunday. We just got all of the permission stuff completed this evening and I'll work on getting the most current Status Report out tomorrow. Thanks and if you guys think of anything you would like me to add to the Report just let me know.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 04:05 AM

okey dokey yep
I sent one in for Clarke and will up date on Saturdays in the future.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 01:33 PM

Flying hours per pilot, maybe?
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 01:49 PM

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Banjoman, awfully nice of you to lend a hand, well done Sir.

Since my French aviateur's recent promotion to Adjutant he and his gunner/obs took it upon themselves to have their bus repainted. During previous missions they had both observed how the natural linen finish on the Moranes made them “visible comme une mouche dans un verre de lait” when it came to not blending in with the local landscape. It was time to do something about this undesirable situation. After a lengthy deliberation with their lead mécanicien, which included a ‘gift’ of two bottles of burgundy and a fresh pouch of pipe tobacco, the work was contracted and completed in a very timely fashion. As an emblem for their fresh mount Allard chose the feline from a book he’d read often to his younger brother Maurice, back in the days of their golden youth: “Les Tribulations d'un chat”. It seemed quite à propos as the book dealt with the exploits of a cat that found himself in all sorts of tricky situations; situations he was always clever enough to get out of. Allard hoped such would be the case for him and his partenaire dans la guerre.
(right click on an image and open it in a new window if you wish to view it full size)








Allard and his gunner/obs on the flight line, preparing to take off for their first sortie in the new bus.



Notice how well the new colors blend in with the landscape below as compared to the natural linen.



The underside now sports a sky blue finish.



Returning home after an uneventful outing - not a single Bosche to be found in the air anywhere. Still, it was fun to kick around in the new livery.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 02:30 PM

Lou, your paint job is simply amazing. I look forward to hearing the adventures of that crafty cat.

Ken, I was thinking about adding flight hours and I also want to add the pilot's status, either wounded, active or dead, like we have in Olham's DID campaign. Thanks for the idea.
Posted By: Hasse

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 02:35 PM

What a fantastic skin, Lou! Easily one of the best WOFF skins I've ever seen.

I've been keeping an eye on this thread. It's tempting, but I don't think I have the time and energy to concentrate in two DID campaigns simultaneously.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 06:21 PM

Damm Lou!!!!
You could sneak into a flock of Pfalzs with that skin! ready
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/01/15 09:04 PM

Lou, less pictures of the scenery and more of your plane.
Oh, I see ... Your plane is the scenery. Sneaky.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/02/15 03:28 PM

Hey everybody, here is the latest status report. I noticed on the last status report that Lederhosen was listed as having two pilots in the Intrepid Fliers group, but in the form data his German pilot is listed as flying in the Warbirds Rising group. I went ahead and moved that pilot in the report to the Warbirds Rising group, Lederhosen let me know if that was correct. I intend to spiff it up a little bit, but for right now this will do. Remember, everybody log your current status on Saturday and I'll produce these reports on Sunday.


Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/02/15 05:40 PM

Journal Entry: September 2, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Well, the game has just changed and not for the better I might add. Tom and I were ordered to fly our usual line patrol which consists of flying up to Loos and flying south a few miles and then returning back to St. Pol. This morning was no different than the countless other times we have flown this mission. We had just arrived at our patrol sector when just like clockwork, here comes a Hun Aviatik flying along without a care in the world. I tell you, you can set your watches by the Hun, they are a punctual people. Anyway, I signal Tom and began to dive into my usual attack position. Before I get there, I hear the ack-ack-ack of machinegun fire and almost like magic three holes appear in my right wing. I turn and look at Tom to see if maybe he had shot our plane in his zeal to get at the enemy, but no, he was still just sitting there waiting. Then that ack-ack-ack again and this time I happened to be looking directly at the Aviatik and I'm thunderstruck by what I see. The observer is actually shooting at us. To be honest, I was so shocked that I instinctively put the plane in a steep diving turn and got out of there and flew straight back to St. Pol. Upon arriving, the first thing I did was warn all of the other pilots that it looks like the Huns have finally armed the Aviatik and the easy times are probably over. This changes everything, now every Aviatik we approach we must assume that it is armed. It looks like the Huns have finally grown tired of us continually shooting down their aeroplanes. Life just got a lot harder.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/02/15 08:45 PM

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Damn! I knew it was too good to last. Looks like we Morane jockeys are going to catch it now.

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Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/03/15 03:29 AM

The Aviatik C.I has shown up? The tide may turn yet!

Lou: Easily one of the best camo jobs I've seen. I had to squint my eyes and look really hard to find your aircraft amid the ground clutter.

Banjo: Thanks again for helping!
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/03/15 02:41 PM

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CatKnight, (and Banjoman, Hasse, MudWasp, and Fullofit), thank you for the comments and kudos on the livery for Adjutant Tremblay’s mount – much appreciated. Allard and his gunner/obs had the opportunity to show it off in battle against an Aviatik B.1 early this morning in the skies above Marchélepot when they intercepted a lone enemy running reconnaissance along the front lines there. G/O Sous-lieutenant Joubert was spot on with his aim and in short order had shut down the engine in the hostile craft, which could do nothing at that point but glide down and land. Unfortunately for Allard and Marc the Bosche pilot was able to park his bus just inside his own lines. There would now be much doubt with HQ about the claim for this one, even with the presence of witnesses. Merde!



Allard pulls up along the enemy's port side and closes the gap.



Sous-lieutenant Joubert makes quick work of the engine in the Bosche kite, with the luxury of witnesses present in the second Morane following up behind.



Their prey drifts down to earth, sans power.



The brave French fliers watch as the B.1 manages to get back across to the Bosche side of the mud. Allard considered following to try and persuade the enemy to land elsewhere but the ground gunners were looking more menacing than he liked.



The sun was burning off the morning haze as Adjutant Tremblay and his G/O returned to camp along with their flight mates.



Enjoying a quiet sky as the descent back to Lahoussoye commences. A good outing.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/03/15 11:13 PM

Finally N10 C1's are here. Capitaine Achille Renard had his first flight this morning. What a difference. It almost feels unnatural to shoot at the enemy from behind, after such a long time in the Morane. After figuring out to aim below the cross-wires, shooting the BI's is easy as ... comment on dit? ... pie. Unfortunately, as Banjoman has already mentioned the CI's are here as well (and the EI's).
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 02:26 AM

Fullofit, you are a cruel man. You know we don't get those until October. sigh
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 03:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Fullofit, you are a cruel man. You know we don't get those until October. sigh


To quote Olham: "Muahahahaha!". scuseme
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 04:10 AM

Still love that livery, Lou, another masterpiece!
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 05:14 PM




Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 05:34 PM

Enjoy the N10C-1 bananadance
Reading about Alvin's adventures is always good, watch out for those Huns with Guns
Nice pic of that rear gunner getting his work done, Lou
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 06:54 PM

A few shots of Geoffrey in action as Clarke pilots the Morane into position.



Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 10:43 PM

News of the World from last month for Intrepid Fliers - April 1915:

April 1
French pilot Roland Garros shot down a German aircraft with a forward-firing machine gun bringing in the era of the dogfight.
April 3
Britain completed the construction of an anti-submarine net barrage across the Straits of Dover.
April 4
Russian forces captured the village of Cisna and reached Sztropko in the Carpathians.
April 5
The United States demanded reparation for the sinking of their merchant ship William P. Frye in January 1915.
The French army began a broad offensive from Meuse to Moselle on the Western front.
April 6
French forces attacked the Germans east of Verdun in the Battle of the Woevre.
April 8
The Turkish government commenced mass deportation and massacre of Armenians.
April 9
An assassination attempt failed on the life of the sultan of Egypt, Hussein Kamel.
April 10
French troops continued their advance between the Meuse and the Moselle.
April 11
The German battleship Kronprinz Wilhelm was interned at Newport News in south eastern Virginia.
April 12
British and Indian forces attacked Ottoman troops in Mesopotamia at the beginning of the Battle of Shaiba, southwest of Basra.
The Greek Government rejected the Allied offer of Smyrna to Greece - made to entice the Hellenic Republic to join operations at Gallipoli.
April 14
The Battle of Shaiba ended when the British successfully defended the city of Basra.
The Germans accused the French of employing poison gas at Verdun.
April 15
The Belgian town of Ostend was bombed by Allied aircraft.
April 16
Turkish forces occupied the city of Urmia in northern Persia.
The British transport ship SS Manitou was attached by the Turkish torpedo-destroyer Demir Hissar.
April 17
Heavy fighting at Hill 60 near Ypres resulted in British forces regaining possession of the strategically significant area of high ground.
The German-commanded vessel Demir Hissar was intercepted south Of the Greek island Of Chios by British destroyer HMS Minerva and forced to run aground.
April 18
Fighting continued on Hill 60 with an unsuccessful German counter-attack.
April 20
Armed Turks attacked Armenians in Van but they were repulsed. Outside the city, all Armenian owned property was destroyed and the Turks laid siege.
April 22
The Second Battle of Ypres began with the Battle of Gravenstafel Ridge which marked the first time that Germany used poison gas on a large scale on the Western Front.
April 23
The British Government declared a blockade of the Cameroons.
April 24
The Battle of Julien began as a counter-attack by the Allied troops to try to regain ground lost to the Germans after the Battle of Gravenstafel Ridge in the Second Battle of Ypres.
April 25
The Gallipoli Campaign started when allied troops landed on the peninsula in the Ottoman Empire.
April 26
The Treaty of London - a secret pact between the Triple Entente and Italy - was signed in London by Great Britain, France, Russia and Italy in order to win the support of Italy against its former allies in exchange for substantial gains of territory.
April 27
The British submarine E14 took part in an operation in the Sea of Marmora where she sunk the Turkish gunboat Nurel Bahr.
April 28
The first Allied advance was repelled at the First Battle of Krithia during the Gallipoli Campaign.
April 29
German Zeppelin LZ-38 bombed Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
April 30
German forces occupied Shavli in the Baltic Provinces.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/04/15 10:45 PM

News of the World for Warbirds Rising - August 1915:

August 1
The Galata bridge in Constantinople harbour was destroyed by British submarines.
August 3
The Second Battle of Isonzo ended with no strategic result as both sides ran out of artillery ammunition.
Russian forces evacuated Van in Armenia.
August 4
Russian troops evacuated Warsaw but took up defensive positions on the north side of the Vistula River.
August 5
After the Russian withdrawal the Germans occupied Warsaw in Poland.
August 6
The Battle of Sari Bair (also known as the August Offensive) began - the last and unsuccessful attempt by the British to seize the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman Empire.
August 7
Heavy fighting continued in the Battle of Sari Bair. British troops were supported by New Zealand and Australian troops.
August 8
The Turkish battleship Barbaros Hayreddin was sunk by the British submarine E11 in the Dardanelles.
August 9
British troops recaptured the trenches at Hooge.
August 10
A surprise Turkish counterattack from Sari Bair on Gallipoli forced the Allies to withdraw.
The German Zeppelin L12 was damaged by aircraft fire during a raid on Dover in the English Channel.
August 12
A British torpedo-carrying seaplane took off from HMS Ben-my-Chree and sank a Turkish supply ship in the Sea of Marmara.
A British advance at Suvla towards the Tekke Tepe Hills was repulsed by the Turks in the Gallipoli Campaign.
August 13
The passenger ship HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-14 in the Aegean Sea.
August 15
The National Register was taken in Britain.
August 16
Lowca and Harrington near Whitehaven in Cumberland were shelled by a German submarine.
August 17
The city of Kovno on the Eastern Front fell to Austro-German forces.
August 19
The German battle cruiser SMS Moltke was torpedoed by British submarine E1 in the Gulf of Riga.
August 20
British airmen destroyed a German submarine off Ostend, Belgium.
August 21
The Battle of Scimitar Hill in the Gallipoli Campaign, which ended in another strategic failure, was the final British offensive in the Dardanelles.
Italy declared war on Turkey.
August 22
Ossowietz in northern Poland was stormed by German forces.
August 23
British warships bombarded German positions at Zeebrugge and Knocke on the Belgian coast.
August 25
German occupying forces established a Polish government in Warsaw. General Hans Hartwig von Beseler was named Governor General.
August 26
German forces occupied the fort of Olita on Niemen and captured Byelostok and Brest-Litovsk in Poland.
August 27
Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff notified Secretary of State Robert Lansing that, "full satisfaction" would be given to the United States for the sinking of the ocean liner SS Arabic on 19 August.
August 29
A combined British, Anzac and Gurkha force failed to take Hill 60 at Suvla.
August 30
The British Government agreed that the Allies could guarantee eventual freedom and self-determination of Bosnia, Herzegovina, South Dalmatia, Slavonia and Croatia, provided Serbia agreed.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 03:29 PM

Adolwolf Becker was flying a spotter mission and got hit by Archie. His health went to 97 and soon after the engine quit. He was able to glide back to friendly territory and make a dead stick landing on a road. Lucky it was just a scratch. No hospital time.
Posted By: Rick_Rawlings

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 06:06 PM

Nicely down, MFair, nothing hurt but your pride, the best way to come down!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 07:41 PM

Here's last week's status report. Please remember to post your updated status on Saturday so I can include it in our weekly status report on Sunday.


Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 07:44 PM

Thank you for doing the charts Banjoman. thumbsup Fullofit, nice touch with the new to put the war in perspective.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 07:47 PM

Not a problem, I'm really enjoying this DID much more than the other. My dislike for the SPAD is affecting my enjoyment of flying Abner.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 08:41 PM

MFair, I thought this would really show that it was a World War. Funny they didn't call it that at the time.

Banjoman, I'm with you. I prefer this slower pace as well.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/06/15 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Nicely down, MFair, nothing hurt but your pride, the best way to come down!


Thanks Rick, it was quite easy. There was a beautiful road right below me.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/07/15 06:54 PM





Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 03:49 PM

Clarke has been on a few long patrols down in Alsace. Recently they had a short distance patrol from Fontaine airfield that went across the frontlines due east. No enemy planes sighted, Clarke was preparing to head back to Fontaine when he heard a steam locomotive. Geoffrey his rear gunner also heard the train and tapped his shoulder and pointed down while grinning wildly. Clarke signal to other two planes that he was leaving formation and dropped down alongside the enemy train.

They weren't far from the frontlines and this train was heading deeper into enemy territory. Might be one of those smuggler's trains he had heard about, didn't matter really as it was about to become target practice for Geoffrey.




They didn't damage the train enough to stop it, but Geoffrey sure did enjoy the three passes Clarke made along side the enemy train.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 05:46 PM

Way to go MudWasp, anything to stop those nasty Boche. biggrin
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 06:42 PM

We gave them hell today on a patrol up near St Die. Clarke lead two other Moranes piloted by non HAs. He set up a patrol line between Colmar and Ensisheim and caught a flight of BIIs. His squadmates stayed in tight formation as he dove underneath the Aviatiks. Geoffrey rattled off a few bursts and then the rear gunners of his mates blasted away. Soon he heard the sound of two planes burning and headed to the ground.

He returned to the patrol and spotted another flight headed towards them. He set up position to pass directly head on and underneath their flight of three and soon spotted the visual clues that these German Aviatiks had GUNS. Fortunately this tactic worked and no Moranes were seriously damaged. One Aviatik was downed and claimed by Clarke. The claim was approved and is his first for an armed enemy aircraft.






His squadmates Flachaire and Tessier had claims confirmed too!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 07:54 PM

Congrats, I've only seen one Aviatik CI and it put a few holes in my wings. I've been wondering how to attack them in a Morane.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 08:54 PM

That ain't the best tactic as we fly exposed to their guns, although only briefly.

Best position to be in in my head is slightly below and directly in front of them as they can't fire directly forward. Trouble for us is that all the Aviatik pilot has to do is kick a rudder and side slip some to bring his forward gunner on target.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 09:28 PM

Top Secret bombing run early am yesterday. Target Freidrichshafen Germany, just inside the Morane's fuel range.

Intel has it a new Hun secret weapon is being developed in massive hangars there. Clarke took off at 06.00 with Flachaire and Tessier who were not armed with bombs. Their task was to provide cover in case the new armed Aviatiks were in the area. They headed out a hair south of due east from Fontaine. Two hours later they found their target.







Clarke could tell his bombs hit the massive hangar and Geoffrey rattled off his gun at it as Clarke swung clear and peaked beneath his upper wing at the damage. He was disappointed, the Germans must have hardened it against bombs this size.



He set his compass for west and arrived at Fontaine about two hours later. "We need bigger bombs" was what he told the commanding officer. "Then that target will have to wait until we have a more capable bomber aircraft." was what Clarke was told in response.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 09:36 PM

Cool, Clarke is getting to perform some really interesting missions. Up in St. Pol, it's always the same two missions, line patrol and deep recon. sigh
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/08/15 09:55 PM

That wasn't a WOFF assigned mission...I just wanted to do something different.
Can't/won't do that all the time, but it was fun to see if it could be done. Still had about 10% fuel left. Long flight to drop 4 bombs.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 08:19 AM

And why not... I read a book a months ago about a French painter that was sent to the airforce to paint for propogander etc.
He ended up near Verdun by long range bombing Squadron (Voison 5's). They claim to of invented massed long range bombing runs to various towns in Germany. So your Secret Mission is quite correct actually.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 08:59 AM

That is good to know.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 10:20 AM

Here's a new one.... Alfred got Promoted to 2Lt...yippy.
But I wanted to know a bit more about this sort of thing.

Seems measures had been taken before the war started, and that NCO's could become "Temporary Gentleman"...that is hold a Temporary commision for the duration of the war. Now this had been seen as a necessary evil in 1914 and that Officers from the ranks would have to replace dead ones. Thus all Temporary Gentlemen would have to take part in a very short emergancy training of one month in Sandhusrt..... Emergany training for proper Gentlemen was 4 months!!! holy crap, my basic Tarining was 6 months plus another 6 for infantry.

So perhaps, for this Campaign, The promotion from Sgt to 2Lt should force us to take a month off.

I know this could happen to Hun NCO pilots as well, but it was quite uncommen. Most NCO pilots were sent to the bombers with the scouts being almost completely reserved for Officers.NCO pilots would then have to stick it out no matter how good they were for the most part.


so I'm going to advance the date by say 2weeks travel and a months training. Then fly 1 mission per week till I catch up to the real date of this year and fly in sink with my other DID pilots.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 10:36 AM


Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 11:07 AM


Nottingham, May 1915.

„Morning Mom“
„Morning Alfed. You sit down here and I’ll get your breakfast.”
“Ta Mom”
“Morning Son. Here’s a letter in the post for you. Looks all official and such, here.”
“Hmm, it’s from London.”
“Go on then, open it. Don’t keep us in suspense.”
“To Sgt……….. “
“What’s it say then?”
Alfred looked straight into the fire place with a sort of dumbfounded expression. Both parents started to worry.
“Is it bad news then?”
“What, err no Mom. Seems I’m to be a Temporary Gentleman, whatever that means. I’m to report to Sandhurst Officers Training School by the end of this week.”
“Well what’s that mean then? How can anybody be temporarily a Gentleman. You’re either born that way or not.”
Alfred gave the letter to his mother. A small smile started to grow as Alfred thought about it.
“Good Lord! You have to buy all this then. Why it’s a small fortune. You don’t have that sort of money Alfred.”
“What you talking about Woman, give me the letter will ya.”
Alfreds Farther read through the list of things that would have to be paid for. After a deep sigh he looked at his wife.
“Well, we have a little put a side don’t we. And I know we were saving it for Alfreds future an such, but I don’t want someone saying that our Alfred can’t afford to be a Gentleman. You don’t fuss about this Alfred, if they says you’re a Gentleman then you are one.”
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 01:22 PM

Sounds fine to me lederhosen.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 10:30 PM

Good backstory lederhosen

Clarke went POOF with a WOFF mishap, so here is Dolf....

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 11:11 PM

MudWasp,
Saw what happened to your rig in the Albatros challenge. Too bad about all your pilots. I'd hate to lose the pilots for this challenge with 180 missions under their belts. Tough luck!
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/09/15 11:34 PM

I think I screwed up and backed up pilots after my WOFF went wonky. Not sure why or how WOFF gets corrupt, but it happens.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/12/15 11:17 PM

Cennydd Cadwallader will never enjoy squinting into those bright early morning suns, but he has to admit that there are a few moments to remember:


and it puts a softening glow to the machines:


... makes it easy to forget that the whole reason of being up there in the first place is to kill people.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 02:16 AM

Loftyc, just wait for the searchlights to add to the ambiance. copter
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 03:08 AM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
I think I screwed up and backed up pilots after my WOFF went wonky. Not sure why or how WOFF gets corrupt, but it happens.


Maybe a good idea to keep a second backup somewhere, say twice a week so if it ever happens again you only loose a couple of days. Isn't it wonderful how hindsight is 20- 20!
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 05:43 PM

Dolf is becoming acquainted with his squadmates and his Aviatik BII. All three models of the Aviatik are currently in use with Ernst Udet being the only C-1 equipped pilot. Unfortunately when he leads a flight he forgets our Aviatiks are slower. The best formation so far has been with Dolf leading the flight in a BII at a speed which the BIs can keep up with.

Moranes were sighted on a frontline bombing run. Fortunately they didn't engage our flight.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 06:44 PM

MudWasp, the survey hasn't been updated with Dolf so that's why he isn't in this week's status report.

Here you go guys this is the latest status report for last week's activity.



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 07:02 PM

Thanks for posting these Banjoman. I'll make sure to update on Fridays in the future.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/13/15 09:41 PM

Some pics of an afternoon bombing run from Colmar to the nearest enemy airfield Fontaine. Three of us in our flight with Udet in the Aviatik CI and Beineck and Dolf in the first BIIs.


Fontaine is easy to get to by simply keeping the hills off the right wing with a rough heading of South West. On the way there Beineck's Aviatik BII caught on fire and exploded. Now we are down to four pilots with another on leave.

Dropping bombs on Fontaine



Udet's CI carries more bombs and took another 10 minutes or so to drop his bomb load. Getting home to Colmar was simply a matter of keeping the hills off the left wing and a rough heading of North east. The sun was setting and the full moon was rising as they landed.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 01:07 AM

Nice report MudWasp, it won't be long till you get a scout.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 10:12 AM

Pic says it all





Thats my own third fire this campaign. I've witnessed two others turn into meteors thus far too. With all the info
turned off these massive failures are just tooooo sudden and hard to respond too. Other engine failures you can hear before they
happen. Anyway of having ..say a smaller fire before the thing errupts????

Another 6 days off from Off
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 01:23 PM

Glad you lived!
Plane usually explodes when I get a fire.

Sight and sound we can simulate in WOFF. Not smell though and I'm guessing there would be a strong fuel odor in some of these fires.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 02:37 PM

You know, I've read a bunch of WWI memoirs and I can't remember a one of them that mentions their plane or wingmen's planes bursting into flames. I wonder if maybe the engine failure code could be tweeked a little?

In another topic, does anybody mind if I create an additional pilot to fly as a German in the Intrepid fliers group? We don't have any Germans in the Intrepid flier group.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
You know, I've read a bunch of WWI memoirs and I can't remember a one of them that mentions their plane or wingmen's planes bursting into flames. I wonder if maybe the engine failure code could be tweeked a little?

In another topic, does anybody mind if I create an additional pilot to fly as a German in the Intrepid fliers group? We don't have any Germans in the Intrepid flier group.


Banjoman, I'm not running this rodeo but the more the merrier I say!
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:22 PM

Go for it with the german pilot. Hey, i think I screwed up the alphabetical naming sequence with my pilots, should have had Clarke start with an "A" as he was my first pilot in that time period
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Nice report MudWasp, it won't be long till you get a scout.

heck, I'll be glad to see a plane that has a gun for my observer.
Posted By: Hauksbee

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:29 PM

Aviatik pilots: when you come under fire from enemy fighters, do you twist and turn and try to maneuver away from their bullet streams, or fly straight and level to give your gunners the most stable platform?
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted By: MudWasp
heck, I'll be glad to see a plane that has a gun for my observer.


I imagine that would be a marked improvement at this point in the game MudWasp. Tired of being a clay pigeon?

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:39 PM

So far the Morane's haven't been aggressive, only spotted three flights so far and they weren't going to cross in a manner that would bring their gunners into range or position. The BII is still unarmed, but it's more powerful engine seems to get it up the same speed as a Morane for running away purposes.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:42 PM

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Running away is a viable combat tactic and one I've employed many, many times. Just do it bravely and with a certain amount of panache and no one will question you on it.

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Hauksbee
Aviatik pilots: when you come under fire from enemy fighters, do you twist and turn and try to maneuver away from their bullet streams, or fly straight and level to give your gunners the most stable platform?


Only the CI has guns. Had a CI pilot some time ago who took out a Morane by flying head on and below into the Morane and then kicking the rudder to give the front gunner a quartering shot out of the props arc.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 03:45 PM

Originally Posted By: RAF_Louvert
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Running away is a viable combat tactic and one I've employed many, many times. Just do it bravely and with a certain amount of panache and no one will question you on it.

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I haven't tried ramming. I wonder if my AI squadmates do?
I get a kick out of the pilots in the Duty Room who have victories in a B-series.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 04:00 PM

Since I'm going to create a German pilot for the Intrepid Fliers group I guess I better figure out how to survive as a clay pigeon. Arthur has been shooting the Aviatiks down without any difficulties and it will be quite a different experience being on the receiving end of all that love.

MudWasp, since Clarke was supposed to be your 'A' pilot and Dolf is now your 'B' pilot why don't you just start over with a new 'A' pilot, I don't care and I imagine no one else really does either.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 04:07 PM

Yep Clarke should have been an "A" and Dolf a "B". I'd just as soon leave it be, and correctly name them going forward from here.

Next flier in the Intrepid will be a "C" as I've gone through two German pilots already, Arnold and BurnHard.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 05:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
You know, I've read a bunch of WWI memoirs and I can't remember a one of them that mentions their plane or wingmen's planes bursting into flames. I wonder if maybe the engine failure code could be tweeked a little?

In another topic, does anybody mind if I create an additional pilot to fly as a German in the Intrepid fliers group? We don't have any Germans in the Intrepid flier group.


Yeah, the exploding plane feature actually seems to be fairly new, at least in my limited experience. Prior to the Centenary Challenge, I flew a Laf Esc campaign from April '16 to February '18 (and was sad to find I didn't automatically transfer into an American squadron, so I had to recreate him to move on) and never saw a plane blow up. Plenty of system failures, but no consuming fires, for me or for anyone else in any flights. So something seems to have been either added or changed.

As for a second early pilot, I say go for it. Four flights a day is about my max, so I'll stick with one in each group, though I have a German and an American (who will fly for France) ready to go when Ambrose or Alvin fall. Which I choose will depend on who dies first - if Alvin, I can get into an EI squadron. If Ambrose, maybe a Nieuport squadron. Either way, no more Moranes for me. With 500 hours between the two pilots, I've had enough of that charming little plane.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 05:56 PM





Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 06:03 PM




Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/14/15 09:51 PM

Ken,
I'm with you. Had enough of BE2 early and the plinking of that rifle. Alfred's career is going nowhere fast. I'm planning to transfer him to RFC 6 at the end of the month to get his mitts on a forward firing machine gun. At least Achille is happy with his N10C1, he just runs out of ammo too fast.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 12:07 AM

Fullofit, remember it's a long haul, we have 4 years of war to fly through. You will get more action than you can handle before you know it. It won't be long when we are missing these quiet days of no activity.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 01:01 AM

Banjoman, I agree (Albatros Challenge). I just can't stand the frustration of finally getting a kill with the rifle and have it rejected. duckhunter
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 01:12 AM

I know, sometimes how WOFF handles claims doesn't make a lot of sense.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 01:14 AM

Say hello to Offv Ahren Auge. That flight from Koln to Bertincourt is really long, but amazingly enough I didn't get lost and I landed right where is was supposed to after almost 4 hours of flight time.

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 01:25 AM

I keep telling myself, that if it bothers me this much I could switch to the easy claims, but I like realistic, except realistic sometimes doesn't seem realistic.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 01:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Say hello to Offv Ahren Auge.


Hello
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 02:11 AM

I know what you mean, I firmly believe that it all just comes down to a die roll.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/15/15 03:52 PM

Howdy, it's a long flight from Koln to anywhere.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 09:54 AM

Crap....I realy wanted this to live the whole war. Alas.

My fault realy, was to sure of myself while landing. Hit hard and nosed over...ever so slowly but enough
to break my neck I guess. Poor Mom.







Shame realy....but wait..... I hear a Boom Boom. Why it's Basil Brush, the brother of Baron Basil von Borste and he's somehow
come back to life.



Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 10:20 AM



Posted By: CatKnight

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 11:55 AM

Ack! RIP Alfred!
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 12:08 PM

Lederhosen, nice historical touch with the use of the memorandum and notification of death forms.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 01:36 PM

lederhosen, that hurts! Very sorry to hear of Alfred's demise. Long live "the Fox".
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 01:45 PM

Danger lurks everywhere.

Good Luck Basil!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 02:42 PM

Lederhosen, that's too bad, I'm afraid you are just the beginning of a long line of wooden crosses. I can't even imagine the odds of Arthur making it all the way through the war.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/16/15 08:03 PM

Journal Entry: May 18, 1915
Bertincourt

I made it from Koln to Bertincourt the other day. It was a very long and monotonous flight and much to my amazement, I didn't get lost. I arrived around lunchtime and was quickly ushered into Hauptmann von Schoenebeck's office. I smartly came to attention and stood ramrod straight as I gave him my orders. He glanced at my orders and began a close scrutiny of me, which was very unnerving. I should add that I come from a middle class family and Jasta 1 is an exceptional Jasta filled with only the best that Germany has to offer, I was very concerned that I wouldn't be accepted. Well, as I stood there starting to sweat, Hauptmann von Schoenebeck began to stare intently into my eyes which only made me more nervous. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, he broke the silence and stated, "I see from your papers that you come from Schwemmelsbach, what does you father do there?" "He is a grocer, Herr Hauptmann.", I answered and feared what was to come next. I didn't have long to wait, for the dreaded "I see" came next, so that was it. He looked up at me and said, "You know what Auge? I don't care what your father does, I don't really even care where you come from, all I care about is can you fly and can you follow my orders. Well, can you?" "Yes, sir." I stammered. "Good, we are a close knit group of fliers and we work as one. We don't have time for the inane social conventions that you were accustomed to back home. You will find that as long as you do your job competently, you will fit right in, understood?" he said. "Yes, sir" I answered. "Now get out of my office." he barked and I turned and left as quickly as I could. He was correct, none of the other men even asked about my history, all they wanted to know was what I've flown and how many hours did I have. I think I'm going to like it here.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 05:53 AM

Just reflecting a bit on this DID campaign thus far.

1915...few aircraft and lots of space to fly in. It's a cheery time for both sides as war flying isn't very dangerous. If you stick to your mission only then conflicts with the other side are rare indeed, allowing pilots and observers time to improve their skills. Shoots and recce must of been very good by Sep 15. A first taste of what's to come in the form of Mg's being mounted to Be's etc.. the arms race has began.

Thus far my biggest "HUN" has been the engines errupting into fireballs. For the past 5 months Alfred has whatched at least 3 members of his flight go west this way and had three fires himself too! I found myself looking at the Rev&oil indicators and listening to the engine more than looking for beastly Huns. Alas one moment of overconfidence and even the tame Be2 can become a Hun on landing. So far No.16 Sqn has had 3 crews dead due to fire, I crashed as have a few others, and some just never returned. Except for the ones lost over Hunland, due to ?????, almost all casualties have been due to accidents.....and that sounds about correct.

I can see now were the mess traditions of these very young crews started. They had plenty of time in the evenings to drink and play at the mess, after all this war aint so bad is it?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 01:37 PM

Lederhosen, very good points. I sometimes wonder if maybe the engine failures are turned up a little to high. I stated in another thread that I've read a lot of WWI memoirs and I don't remember anyone ever mentioning engines just bursting into flames.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 01:47 PM

I agree that system failures are more deadly than the AI enemy at this time.
It won't be long until things change as the forward mounted scouts arrive.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 01:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Lederhosen, very good points. I sometimes wonder if maybe the engine failures are turned up a little to high. I stated in another thread that I've read a lot of WWI memoirs and I don't remember anyone ever mentioning engines just bursting into flames.


I'm no WWI engine historian. I think too many failures occur, at least for my liking.
Now I can understand a engine going bad, losing power, seizing up, and dieing. We get all flamers though with our Aviatiks.
Like you mentioned, there sure are a lot of fires. Lost two Aviatiks yesterday in one mission that way. We've plenty of Aviatiks, but are down to 4 men again. We've lost 4 in about a weeks time, had 2 replacements come, and lost 2 again.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 02:10 PM

I read some where that the rotary engines had many a problem. Lots of camel missions would lose 50% or more due to dud engine forcing the pilots to return home. Plus many a new pilot didn't realy know how to adjust the fuel/air correctly when they arrived at the front..(no wonder with so few hours).

Somewhere I have Bletchy's engine failure doc from RB3d days. That was quite a good a mod.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 02:24 PM

Hey, can we deliberately blow engines by going too lean or hot?
Is that modeled into WOFF?
or are failures all just random?

Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 02:32 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Hey, can we deliberately blow engines by going too lean or hot?
Is that modeled into WOFF?
or are failures all just random?



That, Sir, is a very good ?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 05:18 PM

Lederhosen, like you I've read plenty of accounts where the engine failed, but I don't think they ever mentioned fire. I just think that the incidence of fire is too frequent. Oh well, just my opinion.
Posted By: OldHat

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 06:39 PM

I went to see the simulation.xml file for answers and I saw these lines:

Click to reveal..
<Failure weight="1.0" masterdisable="n">
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_one" average_hrs="90" damageAmount_pct="31" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_one" average_hrs="120" damageAmount_pct="70" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_one" average_hrs="160" damageAmount_pct="5" frequency_secs="111" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_one" average_hrs="200" damageAmount_pct="5" frequency_secs="25" dump="y"/>

<FailureRule SystemID="engine_two" average_hrs="90" damageAmount_pct="31" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_two" average_hrs="120" damageAmount_pct="70" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_two" average_hrs="160" damageAmount_pct="5" frequency_secs="114" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="engine_two" average_hrs="200" damageAmount_pct="5" frequency_secs="24" dump="y"/>

<FailureRule SystemID="coolant_reservoir" average_hrs="100" damageAmount_pct="4" frequency_secs="32" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="coolant_reservoir" average_hrs="95" damageAmount_pct="50" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="oil_reservoir" average_hrs="150" damageAmount_pct="5" frequency_secs="50" dump="y"/>
<FailureRule SystemID="oil_reservoir" average_hrs="95" damageAmount_pct="50" dump="y"/>
</Failure>


Short of the devs releasing an update to the failures, I think it might be worth a try to untangle these numbers and experiment a bit. Unfortunately, I don't have much free time and the only way to find out if adjusting some numbers really works would be to play over time. Since you wouldn't know right away if it's working or not like my DM MOD.

So, I'll give it a shot at explaining what I think everything means, but I could be wrong.


Click to reveal..
Each Plane's DM has an engine_one plus/minus an engine_two. So, engine_one is definitely in all planes. All planes also have an oil reservoir, but only some have a coolant reservoir. However, I doubt these are what will cause engine fires, since it's not set up that way in the DM.

So, I've narrowed it down to adjusting the values for engine_one. Here are my observations:
-System ID is obvious
-average hours and damageamount_pct are repeated with different values. I wonder if increasing the average hours would make the engines last longer or maybe lowering the damageamount_pct to have the same effect.

Note that if this is successful, then you won't get as many engine failures, but the tradeoff is that you won't see as many fires either. However, the oil and coolant can still fail as usual.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 07:05 PM

Oldhat, if anyone could figure this out it would be you. I've always thought the Devs should recruit you to help them.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/17/15 07:27 PM

Journal Entry: September 17, 1915
St. Pol-sur-mer

It's been a long time since I've written anything in my journal, mainly because it's been so blasted dull around here. We fly plenty of sorties, but they are all of the same type. Shooting enemy aeroplanes has even lost it's excitement, something needs to give. All of the above was true until this morning's sortie. Some wise person once said, "You should be careful what you wish for", well they were right.

This morning we were ordered to fly a line patrol down along a line from Lens to Loos. We've flown this sortie a hundred times, we could probably fly it in our sleep. We always encounter the Huns down there and sometimes we are successful in bringing down one or two. I was leading with my mates Andy Baker and Fred Bates and we had settled in for our usual patrol. In a short while, I spotted three Aviatiks approaching from the south. I signaled the flight and we dove to attack. I thought, "three's a good number, we will each get one today". What follows was probably my fault because I've always taught the other pilots that the key to successfully attacking the Aviatik is to get really close, I mean really close. I usually get Tom within 25 to 30 yards of the enemy before he attacks. I think that is why almost all of our victories are flamers because I've also instructed Tom to aim for the engine. Anyway, I'm sidling up close to my Hun and I look to the right and see Fred is as well. I look to the left just in time to see Andy's machine collide with the Hun machine. The Hun immediately went into a spin which led to his top wing collapsing. Andy's machine also started to spin, but fortunately Andy was able to recover and began limping to a friendly airfield. Once I saw that it looked like Andy would be okay, I turned my attention back to my targeted Hun. I quickly sent him spiraling to earth. Tom was also successful in bringing his Hun down. Today was my 36th victory, but at almost a cost I wasn't prepared to bear.



Of course, when Andy made it back to St Pol, the first thing he said was, "How'd you like that, mate? Think of all the ammo I saved."
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/18/15 12:54 PM




Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 12:42 AM

Hey Banjoman - Just had a Jimmy Ethelstan transfer into 6 Sqdrn with Ambrose to replace a casualty - any relation to Arthur?
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 01:06 AM

Kuroken; Alvin is becoming quite the ace! I'm enjoying your stories mate!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 03:22 AM

Ken, you can make him my older brother if you want and I'll start adding some notes about him in my journal entries. I can't believe you've actually seen and shot down and Eindecker. After that Aviatik C1 I saw I haven't seen anything else but the usual Aviatiks. Man, I'm so jealous. I'm getting tired of the same old prey, I'm ready for something new.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 02:44 PM

Thanks, Robert!

Banjoman, I hadn't seen any Eindeckers from that first one around the same time you saw the C1 until this week. And I have yet to see a C1, which I'm looking forward to trying (probably get Alvin shot-up - with machine guns on both sides of the observer's position, it looks like there aren't many dead zones - gotta thread that needle VERY carefully to get into firing position with a Morane...might give it a shot, but I imagine I won't have much success until the Nieuports arrive).

I'll start including Jimmy in Ambrose's letters home - hopefully his plane doesn't blow up on one of these flights.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 03:00 PM

Ken,Banjoman, Achille tangled with 2 E-I's in his N10 this week as well. They handed him his butt on a platter due to some accidental keyboard presses. He will spend next week in hospital. It is getting more dangerous up there.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 05:44 PM

Fullofit, it is...and I've decided I'm leaving C1s alone till I'm in a Nieuport.

First flight today spotted one low, rolled down behind him figuring I'd come up below him from behind...and couldn't catch him. They're faster than the Morane. Same altitude, and he slowly pulled away from me, so I finally broke off.

Second flight, saw another one, again low. This time I thought I'd swoop down fast, pass below him, and let my observer get some shots on him. Bad move. Before I was even below him, he was chewing at my plane. I broke off, and fortunately neither Alvin nor Holcombe got hit, but the plane was beat up.

So I think I'll stick to the low-hanging fruit of the B1s and the relatively low-hanging fruit of the E1s....at least for another month.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Kuroken
Fullofit, it is...and I've decided I'm leaving C1s alone till I'm in a Nieuport.

First flight today spotted one low, rolled down behind him figuring I'd come up below him from behind...and couldn't catch him. They're faster than the Morane. Same altitude, and he slowly pulled away from me, so I finally broke off.

Second flight, saw another one, again low. This time I thought I'd swoop down fast, pass below him, and let my observer get some shots on him. Bad move. Before I was even below him, he was chewing at my plane. I broke off, and fortunately neither Alvin nor Holcombe got hit, but the plane was beat up.

So I think I'll stick to the low-hanging fruit of the B1s and the relatively low-hanging fruit of the E1s....at least for another month.


You could try a low frontal pass!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/19/15 07:12 PM

Dang Ken, I don't see any of those planes. I just flew two missions and didn't see a thing.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/20/15 12:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Robert_Wiggins
You could try a low frontal pass!

One of the observer guns on the C1 seems like it can shoot forward pretty well...There probably is a dead zone, but with a Morane, I have to get past the C1 before my gunner opens up...with very little margin for error on either side. I still have a vivid memory of Ambrose veering just a little to the left while stalking those Pfalzs and getting a wing full of lead...

Might give it a shot next time I see one. And be ready to dive very sharply if bullets start hitting me.

Banjoman, I run with labels on to aid my aging eyes (though I will only go after German planes if they're within a mile or so of me, to keep it at least semi-realistic) - looks like Jasta 1 is running C1s pretty exclusively. Our old pal Leffers will get a nice break - you've shot him down a dozen times, Alvin at least 7, and Ambrose the same.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/20/15 01:13 AM

I think Leffers is waiting for a new plane more than any of us. ar15
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/20/15 01:21 PM

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Adjutant Tremblay's escadrille was moved across the river to Allonville yesterday morning - a puzzling move as there seemed no purpose for it. But who knows what the generals are thinking. The new digs are actually quite nice and the setting is very pastoral. Although, it is a bit worrisome taking off and landing towards the woods as having the engine conk or overshooting the field are both about a guarantee of an empty chair at the mess table.






Upon arriving at the new aerodrome the Capitaine congratulated Allard on his twelfth victory as word had come in while they were making the move that his latest claim had been confirmed. As of this AM's mission the Adjutant's log book looks like this:



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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/20/15 03:33 PM

Lou, in my limited experience transfer like this signifies a new plane! Too bad WoFF does not include the N10A2, otherwise you'd be flying it now.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/20/15 06:25 PM

Here is the status report for last week. CatKnight, Combs, and Carrick58 I haven't received a status report from you guys in a while, I hope that doesn't mean you left us, that would be a shame because our group would miss you guys.

Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 01:27 PM

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Thanks for the updated chart Banjoman, you're a good egg.

Fullofit, quite right about a move to a new drome often signifying a new mount coming. But as there are none in the stable I don't think that is the case this time. But we can hope.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 02:22 PM

Thanks Lou, I'm really enjoying the Centenary DID campaign. I know it's going to be really long but for some reason it feels more real to me than the other DID campaign, probably because I came in late in that campaign. Anyway, I can't wait till I get a new plane, I've just about milked everything out of the old Morane.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 02:29 PM

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And there wasn't much there to milk in the first place.

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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 02:43 PM

Just think about how late those guys in RFC 3 flew that Morane, like into 1917...!
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 02:53 PM

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Yes, but by then most of their flying was straight down, in flames.

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 03:47 PM

When I hear about things like that, I always think those British officers should have been tried for war crimes against their own men. I really don't know how they slept at night.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/21/15 08:42 PM






Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/22/15 09:52 AM

Basil had a Brush with the H(o)un(d)s today!!







Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/22/15 02:02 PM

Whew, that was close. I still haven't seen any of those.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 03:08 AM

Me either and I fly for the Germans.

Have fun in the Fee Kuroken...Fokker hunting is a blast in that bus!

Great Picture Story lederhosen yep
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 11:53 AM




Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 01:47 PM

Lederhosen, I thought foxes preferred the dark?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 03:49 PM

Oh, they love the twilight hours of dusk and dawn too.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 07:48 PM

Engine failures have dropped AF(A) 206 down to three pilots.
Plenty of planes to fly, but not enough pilots for the squad to operate.
Hopefully the next day or two has pilots and observers transferring in.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 09:17 PM

Journal Entry: May 26, 1915
Bertincourt

I've almost completed two full weeks with the Jasta and things are going better than I had hoped. While I was in pilot training I would often hear about the air war and I imagined that we would be shooting at each other every time we went aloft. I was pleased to find out that wasn't so, it's seems we have a gentleman's agreement of sorts, the French and British don't bother me and I don't bother them. When we do fly close enough to see each other we salute and fly on. The only fighting that I see on a daily basis is the hell that is the trenches. When I think that I could have been down there instead of where I am serving, I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

We did have a really tragic occurrence the other day, we were flying an artillery shoot and Oberleutnant Hilleke and Oberleutnant Schaub signaled that they were heading back to the aerodrome. We thought nothing about it and carried on with the mission. When we returned we were shocked to learn that they had both died in a freakish accident. It seems that their machine burst into flames as they were attempting to land, no one could possibly help them. I didn't know them very well, but they were both pleasant towards me and I shall miss them.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/23/15 09:28 PM

Journal Entry: September 23, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Wouldn't you know it, the one pilot that has historically been the most reluctant to engage the enemy is the pilot that actually shoots down the first Hun scout. I'm not jealous mind you, but the irony is killing me. I've been up everyday hoping to see one myself because, like Vix, I want to test my mettle against a pilot that can shoot back. So far, it has been a bust, nothing but the usual Aviatik B1s. I did score my 37th victory today, but it just doesn't seem to satisfy anymore. I did take a beautiful photograph of my latest victim as I was stalking him.

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/24/15 08:50 AM

Love the weather these days.







"A" Flight landings again..... I see they are getting better at it.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/24/15 02:32 PM

Lederhosen, I really enjoy your reports, keep them coming.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 09:49 AM



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 10:59 AM

thumbsup rofl
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 02:15 PM

salute
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 02:17 PM

Hey guys, I'll be out of the country from Sept. 26th to Oct. 3rd on a trip with my wife. Is it ok if I wait until Oct. 4th to produce the latest status report?
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 02:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Hey guys, I'll be out of the country from Sept. 26th to Oct. 3rd on a trip with my wife. Is it ok if I wait until Oct. 4th to produce the latest status report?

No! Let her go alone! You have responsibilities here! pilot

Enjoy the trip, Banjoman!
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 02:34 PM








(Actually, Alvin's had a VC for 3-4 weeks...actually 2 of them....but I figured I'd wait for him to do something worthwhile before I let him have it...and we'll just ignore that second one completely...)
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 07:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Hey guys, I'll be out of the country from Sept. 26th to Oct. 3rd on a trip with my wife. Is it ok if I wait until Oct. 4th to produce the latest status report?


Have fun!
I'll complete my next survey on October 3rd.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 08:06 PM

The Fokkers are on the receiving end of this Scourge. yep

Alvin, leave some Fokkers for the other pilots to shoot down. cheers
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 08:21 PM

Dadgummit, I still haven't seen a single one of them. sigh
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 08:34 PM

Try Fokker hunting in north Flanders. Marine KEK aka MFJ I has had them since September 1st.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 08:54 PM

Ken and I are posted to the same airfield, I guess it is just luck of the draw. I'm sure I'll see them soon enough. I am getting a little bored with shooting down the old Aviatik BIs.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/25/15 08:55 PM

I've run into them from between Bethune and Arras north - right now, as Mudwasp said, the only squadron to be fully outfitted with them in mid-late September is MFJ 1. Supposedly some other squadrons have them, but only one or two for escort duty on two-seaters - dunno, since all I've seen are the naval flyers in E1s - sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs.

They seem to be based at Nieuwmunster, about 7 miles NE of Ghistelles (a regular destination for us happy RNAS pilots), and I've often thought of going over there and kicking the hornet's nest. But I'd like to have Alvin survive to get into a N10, so I'll probably just take them as they come.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/26/15 01:35 AM

Banjoman, this works out perfect for me. I'm also leaving on the 26th with my wife and returning on the 4th.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/26/15 01:21 PM

Sgt Cadwallader has flown 14 missions now (note to self: update survey), and only seen 1 Fokker. Oddly, though, that was the only EA at all that he's seen. Based at Bailleul, he's around Wipers/Armentiiereirdieiries, or whatever it is, but there haven't been any Huns around. are the rest of you guys leaving any?

Also, now we know that the guns we've heard all last week were for the big battle down in Loos, so now we'll break through and the war will over by Christmas.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/27/15 06:54 PM

FA(A) 206 received two pilots and can now resume operations.
All Aviatik BI have been retired.
Udet our lone Aviatik CI pilot has transferred out along with all Aviatik CI aircraft.

We now only fly Aviatik BIIs and have four pilots and observers along with two spare aircraft. No aircraft in repair status.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/27/15 07:04 PM

Last I knew MFJ 1 goes from EIs to EIIIs around the end of the year.

Fokker EIIs will be the rare bird to bag. There seem to be just a few for a short period of time in a few select squads of two seaters.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/28/15 08:52 PM






(Sorry, Banjoman, was looking forward to having Arthur's big brother with Ambrose for a while, but it wasn't to be...)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 09/28/15 11:22 PM

That's OK because now I have a reason for Arthur to hate the Germans.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/02/15 10:59 AM

Finally get some time to fly..and finally the German high command has released newer aircraft.

Basil von Borster and his new Bus!







unfortunately my wingman landed first and put in for both... the cheek of it... but both were rejected..hahaha Boom Boom!
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/02/15 06:07 PM



Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/02/15 10:44 PM

Thats a good angle of attack shown in that first pic, lederhosen. Sucks that your wingman is a victory hog, but at least he fights the enemy.

Good to read of Ambrose and his action packed missions. Watch out for bad engines and green Fokkers. The green ones should give him a better fight.

Dolf flew a mission and witnessed two of the new guys go down with bad engines. One survived and should be back soon. Good supply of Aviatik BIIs, but on the edge for pilots.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 02:41 AM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Good to read of Ambrose and his action packed missions. Watch out for bad engines and green Fokkers. The green ones should give him a better fight.


Actually it was Alvin's letter (which I've fixed) - had Ambrose on my mind, since he's just moved from FE to Bristol Fighter and I'm finding the switch from two-seater to scout jarring (after four months in two-seaters - actually closer to 7-8 since I was running a Strutter campaign and then a Briff campaign before the challenge started).

I am liking the Bristol Fighter, though - even with the whack gun placement. Since I have to fly to the side of the German planes to get a shot at them, I'm finding it's better to fire at the pilot area than the engine. The angle is good for that, and when I take out the pilot, down they go. Not as spectacularly as when the gunner on a Morane or FE blows up an engine, but a kill is a kill.

Hopefully when the green Fokkers get tired of Verdun and Alsace, they'll come on up to Flanders.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 04:16 AM

Alvin should run into some scrappier prey soon. Let me know if you bag a Fokker EII.
That Bristol is a great plane for this time despite the odd gun angle.
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 03:29 PM

Sgt. Cadwallader read in the papers that after all the hoopla at Loos and Champagne last week, French casualties were about 200,000, british 50,000, and germans 150,000. And the line didn't move. Almost got him wondering if there was something about all this that he was missing?

But his is not to wonder why - off he went, bombed Hauberdin and back, all without seeing a single Hun.

What's all this about an "Fe" or "Bristol?" Nothing against his gunner, but maybe a new plane will brighten him up.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 06:24 PM

Yikes....N10C-1s are in the skies now !

Dive and run!


Oh No... more down low




The Nupe crashed and Dolf managed to land on a road. His two squadmates died. He spent 8 days in the hospital and several more waiting for replacements to bring the squad up to 3 pilots so that they could fly again.

Hope he gets a plane with a gun soon!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 07:48 PM

MudWasp, Niupes were available since the beginning of September. Looks like you were lucky so far. Hope you'll get to fly something that can shoot back soon. This is almost torture.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/03/15 08:20 PM

Dolf can fly on the 16th and might get an Aviatik CI about a week later.
Looks like Udet might rejoin the squad then too.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/05/15 02:51 AM

Here is the updated status report, thanks for being patient.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/05/15 03:17 AM

Thanks for the chart pilot
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/05/15 02:34 PM








(And so, that's why cousins Alvin and Ambrose never speak of each other in their letters to Alice)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/05/15 11:07 PM

Hey Banjoman, thanks for keeping the score. Just noticed something odd with the numbers.
Compare this one:



With the one 2 weeks later:



Ken is getting screwed out of some victories in his Ambrose career. 33 and 2 weeks later only 26 confused

And then again in his Alvin career his score is 402 and 2 weeks later 630. That's mathematically impossible.

Sorry Ken, I'm not picking on ya, just wanted to make sure you get credited for all the hard earned kills.
That's it. Bean-counting over. (Not everyone counts rivets)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 01:01 AM

I noticed that as well and I just assumed that Ken had entered the numbers incorrectly. I don't do any type of manipulation of the data, I just take what you guys enter and then carry it over to my spreadsheet. I guess if the latest is wrong then it will get corrected when Ken enters his data on Saturday.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 05:06 AM

Yeah, two weeks ago I wrote down my stats (on paper) differently than usual before entering them, and swapped Alvin and Ambrose's kills. As for the score, the big jump has to be an error - will go back to 6 Sept and re-add from there, so this weeks should be back to where it should be. I'll double check.

Sorry about the errors...and Fullofit, somebody has to count the rivets.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 09:13 AM

thumbsup
Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 10:26 PM

Sgt. Cadwallader had another bombing mission on the German front line troops opposite Wipers today. Nothing unusual, until he noticed a convoy of supply vehicles just outside Wipers that, upon a clos flyby, turned out to be German. Must have been some kind of secret supply raid on our side of the lines? The nerve...!



Unfortunately, he had already dropped all his bombs, and for some reason was unable to get his observer to open fire on the enemy. Grounds for treason? After he landed, he checked on his transfer status (still pending), as he feels he can better serve his country.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 10:45 PM

News of the World - May Edition for Intrepid Fliers:

May 1
The Battle of Gorlice-Tarnow began when German troops broke through Russian lines in Galicia.
The American tanker Gulflight was torpedoed without warning off the Scilly Islands by the German submarine U-30.
May 2
The Turks attacked French and British forces in the First Battle of Krithia in the Dardanelles.
May 3
The Triple Alliance was denounced by Italy.
May 4
The Battle of Julien ended when British forces were withdrawn from forward positions to take up new defensive lines to the east of Ypres.
May 5
Hill 60 was captured by the Germans during the Second Battle of Ypres.
May 6
The Second Battle of Krithia began, continuing the Allied attempts to advance on the Helles battlefield during the Gallipoli Campaign.
May 7
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk off the south-west coast of Ireland by the German submarine U20. 1198 citizens were killed including more than 100 US citizens - creating a diplomatic crisis between Germany and the USA.
Japan presented an ultimatum to China demanding territorial concessions.
May 8
The second British-French assault on Turkish defenses near Krithia failed and brought the Second Battle of Krithia to an end.
May 9
The short-lived Battle of Aubers Ridge began a British offensive against German forces on the Western Front. The battle was a disaster for the British army as, despite suffering heavy losses, no ground was won and no tactical advantage gained.
The city of Libau was occupied by the Germans.
May 10
The German Zeppelin LZ-38 bombed Southend in Essex.
May 11
German forces evacuated Shavli in the Baltic Provinces.
May 12
A Turkish destroyer torpedoed and sank the British battleship HMS Goliath in Morto Bay off Cape Helles at the south-westernmost tip of the Galilpoli peninsula.
May 13
South African forces captured and occupied Windhoek, the capital of German South West Africa.
May 14
The British War Council met for the final time.
Prime Minister and dictator of Portugal, General Joaquim Pimenta de Castro was overthrown by a politico-military uprising which also led to the resignation of President Manuel de Arriaga.
May 15
Jose de Castro took over as Prime Minister of Portugal after the deposition of General Joaquim Pimenta de Castro.
The British army attack in the Artois region of France in the beginning of the Battle of Festubert.
May 17
The German Zeppelin LZ-38 carried out further attacks on Dover and Ramsgate.
May 19
Russian forces captured Van in Armenia during the Battle of Van.
May 21
The Russian Expeditionary Force landed at Enzeli en route to Persia.
May 22
British troops advanced towards La Quinque Rue In the Battle of Festubert.
May 23
The Italian government ordered mobilization and declared war on Austria.
The British submarine E11 sank a gunboat and other small craft in the Sea of Marmora.
May 24
The Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge began with German artillery bombardment on British troops during the Second Battle of Ypres.
May 25
The "Shell Crisis" precipitated by a shortage of artillery shells on the front lines, resulted in the formation of a coalition government between Prime Minister Herbert Asquith and Tory leader Andrew Bonar Law.
May 26
A British naval battle squadron gathered at Malta before joining the Italian fleet in the Adriatic.
The German Zeppelin LZ-38 bombed Southend again.
May 27
First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill was demoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster as he was held responsible for the unsuccessful Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns.
May 28
Sir Henry Bradwardine Jackson was appointed First Sea Lord of the Admiralty following Admiral Lord Fisher's surprise resignation.
May 31
The first Zeppelin raid on London took place.
British and Indian troops broke through the Turkish lines at Qurna north of Basra.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 10:47 PM

News of the World for Warbirds Rising - September 1915:

September 1
The German Government accepted the United States' demands for limitation of submarine activity.
September 2
On the Eastern Front German forces captured Grodno and attacked Vilna.
September 3
The Second Battle of the Isonzo ended with an Austro-Hungarian victory over Italian forces.
September 4
The British passenger ship Hesperian was torpedoed by German submarine U-20 near Fastnet off the Irish coast.
September 5
Tsar Nicholas II took personal control of Russia's armies at the military headquarters In Mogilev (Mahilyow) in Eastern Belarus.
September 6
US newspapers published secret documents reporting that Austrian Ambassador Dr Konstantin Dumba was involved in a scheme to sabotage the American munitions industry.
September 7
Russian troops began a counter-offensive on the Sereth River at Tarnopol in Galicia.
September 8
Two Zeppelins successfully attacked London, dropping bombs on the docks of the capital city.
September 9
American Secretary of State Robert Lansing requested that the Austro-Hungarian government recall its ambassador Dr Konstantin Dumba as his presence was no longer acceptable.
September 10
Four Allied warships rescued more than 4,000 Armenians from Musa Dagh in Armenia and took them to Port Said in Egypt where they remained in Allied refugee camps until the end of the war.
September 12
The three-masted Norwegian sailing ship Bien was sunk in the North Sea by German submarine U-6.
September 13
Following another Zeppelin raid on London, Admiral Sir Percy Scott was tasked by the First Lord of the Admiralty Arthur Balfour to establish the London Air Defense Area to defend England's capital city from the increasing threat of air attack.
September 15
German submarine U-6 was attacked and sunk by British submarine HMS E16 off Stavanger in Norway.
September 16
German troops captured Pinsk in Belarus on the Eastern Front.
September 18
German forces capture Vilna (now Vilnius) but suffered heavy casualties.
September 19
The Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive ended when the Russian lines collapsed and the Russian troops retreated.
September 21
The Bulgarian government ordered a partial mobilization of its forces.
Greek Premier Eleftherios Venizelos asked for a guarantee of 150,000 British and French troops as a condition of Greece's intervention in the war.
September 22
French airmen dropped bombs on the Royal Palace at Stuttgart in Germany.
September 23
The Greek Government ordered precautionary mobilization as a "measure of elementary prudence" in view of Bulgarian actions.
September 24
The French and British Governments informed the Greeks that they would be prepared to send the troops requested.
September 25
The Great Allied Offensive focused on Loos and Champagne when the British 1st Army, commanded by General Douglas Haig, attacked German positions at the start of the Battle of Loos.
September 26
General Sir Archibald James Murray was appointed Chief of the Imperial General Staff replacing Sir James Wolfe-Murray who had resigned the previous day.
September 27
Greek premier Venizelos obtained the secret consent of King Constantine I to the proposed Allied expedition to Salonika.
September 28
Austrian Ambassador Dr Dumba was recalled from the United States.
The Greek Government refused the Allied offer of troops.
September 29
French troops attacked in Champagne and progressed towards Tahure on the Western Front.
September 30
Lord Derby assumed responsibility for recruiting in Britain.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/06/15 11:02 PM

It was an interesting week for Alfred Pennyworth. Tired of flying around armed with a rifle, he put in a request for a transfer to a unit with better equipped planes. He finally was granted his transfer at the beginning of September. Flew the BE2 for 2 days and was finally given a new mount - an FE2. What a difference a machine gun makes! He finally understood the danger of trench warfare. He shot down 3 planes in a single day. This is exactly the same number of planes he downed with the rifle equipped BE2 in 4 months! This feat earned him a promotion next day and with that a new aircraft - the shiny Bristol Scout. All in a span of 2 days.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 01:01 AM

It's amazing what killing the enemy will get you. biggrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 01:22 AM

Win-Win situation. salute
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 02:04 AM

Journal Entry: June 8, 1915
Bertincourt

Feldwebel Reinhard and Leutnant Rudolph fell today and that sight will forever be etched in my memory. We were coming back from a routine artillery spotting mission and Scwarm Eins was patrolling above us. Just as we were leaving the front, I happened to look up and saw an Archie shell burst right next to Reinhard's machine, it jerked and immediately burst into flames. I was horrified and watched in agony as he slowly wheeled over and began the long plunge to earth. I swear I could hear them scream, but I'm sure that was just my mind recoiling at the sight. They made a fine team and had served the fatherland admirably. That is two teams we've lost in a little over a month, I'm sure this war is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 04:56 AM

That is a sight I haven't seen in awhile.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 04:11 PM

Nice Screen shot BanjoMan. Have seen it a few times in flight and always an attention getter.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 09:59 PM

Wow. Death by flak. Is that even possible in WoFF? I've flown through many clouds of shrapnel without even a scratch. I think I was hit by one and my health was reduced by 10% but that was long time ago (it seems) in version 1.xx.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 10:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
Wow. Death by flak. Is that even possible in WoFF? I've flown through many clouds of shrapnel without even a scratch. I think I was hit by one and my health was reduced by 10% but that was long time ago (it seems) in version 1.xx.


You betcha! Happened to my DH2 pilot with 40 something missions. If it was not Archie, which was present, my plane just exploded for some odd reason.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/07/15 11:49 PM

This is the second time that I've witnessed 'death by Archie'. It seems that it happens only rarely, but when it does it can ruin your day.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/08/15 12:13 AM

Had one explode so close my pilot lost his hearing. Like 4-6 times.
Well, just the part concerning engine sound.

About 1/2 the time a system failure occurred within about 10 minutes.
So pick a heading and spot if it happens to your pilot.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/08/15 12:14 AM

You can't rule out spontaneous combustion. Happens more often than AAA.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 02:36 AM

Journal Entry: October 9, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I do believe our beloved and trusty Morane L's have about given all they can give in this nasty little war. I haven't seen hide nor hair of a Hun since September 25, but I saw one today. We were returning from an artillery shoot down near Loos and off to the west I spotted one of the new Aviatiks. I signaled the flight and we began to position ourselves to attack. The Hun wasn't having any of that and simply flew away, my poor old Morane couldn't keep up. I don't know what more we can do with these outdated machines. The old man stated on our return, 'that we should be getting new kites in less than a fortnight'. I certainly hope that is true because it's hard to fight a war when your enemy can simply run away.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 11:54 AM

Banjoman, I haven't seen BI's in the air for a while. It's all CI's now. Come to think of it I've never seen the BII's in the air. The easy pickings are over.
Has anyone seen any German HA other than Gustav Leffers so far? He seems to be the only one (and almost exclusively flying alone). What gives?
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 11:59 AM

Basil in No16 RFC has seen quite a few BII's, a few C1's and only 2 EIII'S thus far. Granted that there are few squadrons along the whole front, and that Huns fly mostly once a day may explain why so few are seen.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 12:48 PM

Lederhosen, glad that at least some of us see some variation. thumbsup
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 03:49 PM

Two Fokker EIIIs already?
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 03:56 PM

Wait a minute, are the EIII's out already? I only saw some news about EII's being out and bagged EI, but no EIII's.
Lederhosen, are you flying with the Fokker Scourge add-on, or without?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 04:22 PM

Probably a typo.

But yeah, with no Fokker Scourge add on EIIIs are out there now in squads like MFJ I .
At least that's how I remember WOFF without the Fkker Scourge add-on.

I had an Aviatik CI pilot enlisted before the Fokker Scourge came out who then reverted to BIs after the install
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 04:30 PM

MudWasp, that was my thought. Either a typo, or no add-on. When are the EIII's supposed to show up?
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
Has anyone seen any German HA other than Gustav Leffers so far? He seems to be the only one (and almost exclusively flying alone). What gives?


Ambrose has shot down Leffers 18 times (one time twice in one day, morning and afternoon flights). Alvin only 6 times. I imagine there are other HAs, in the Verdun or Marne sectors, but from Albert north, Leffers seems to be it going into October. We'll probably see others when the KEKs start deploying.

Haven't seen a BII, or any Eindeckers other than EIs yet (and not a lot of them) with Alvin. Just CIs, and with Leffers in a CI now, he's safe from Alvin at least till 1 RNAS gets into Nieuports. Then maybe he'll get to shoot Alvin down, cause right now, Alvin stays away from the CIs after a couple of bad experiences.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 04:57 PM

Yup, CI's put Alfred in hospital once already and that was in the Scout. Not so easy to kill them now. Losing wingmen left and right. They're still used to easy kills.
I expect Boelcke and Immelmann will show up along with the EIII's?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
MudWasp, that was my thought. Either a typo, or no add-on. When are the EIII's supposed to show up?


MFJ I is all EIII in January,




Some squads like Jasta 15 don't start to get them until late March 1916.
Jasta 1 has EIVs by then for top rankers
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:22 PM


Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:31 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
MFJ I is all EIII in January,

I'd be happy with just a few more EIs or even some EIIs for Alvin. Those long flights from St. Pol get tedious when the only enemy planes you see are too dangerous to go after.

At least Ambrose is having fun in his Bristol Scout. Nothing to worry about for him except fire, collision, and forced landings gone wrong. It's unfortunate that I never see any Pfalz Morane copies anymore. I'd like to try the Scout against one.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:31 PM

I guess we're safe for now. Thanks MW. I find it a little strange not to see the Eindekkers in greater numbers. Aren't we in the middle of Fokker Scourge?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
I guess we're safe for now. Thanks MW. I find it a little strange not to see the Eindekkers in greater numbers. Aren't we in the middle of Fokker Scourge?


MFJ I is the only all EI squad I know of at this time. Bagging an EII would be a rare bird trophy.

Just my opinion, I see no scourge at all in the Fokkers favor as far as flying WOFF is concerned.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:40 PM

I know what you guys mean, I'm going to get the Fokker Scourge addon just to see if that spices it up a bit.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 05:55 PM

Banjoman, the add-on doesn't increase the number of planes. It just lets you fly the earlier models, or shoot them down. So far, I've only encountered 2 EI's and no EII's - not much of a Scourge. Even when flying for the Germans, the EII type is a rare bird and appears for a short time.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 06:05 PM

Fullofit, I went ahead and got the Fokker Scourge add-on, will it take effect in an ongoing campaign?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 07:05 PM

It will, did so in an Aviatik campaign of mine. My squad went from CIs to BIs
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 07:17 PM

What MudWasp said. It works with your current career. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to fly the N10 C1.
Congrats on the add-on. You should still get some use from it and down a few EI's / EII's before the EIII's take over. Let's see who'll bag the first EIV. winkngrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 07:28 PM

BTW, I haven't seen any Eindekkers escorting Aviatiks either. Anyone seen them together?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 07:34 PM

That is going on and becoming more common right now, still in the early phases now. Some squads will have one or two HAs or high rankers in a Fokker now while the rest of the squad has Aviatiks.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 07:53 PM

That should be happening since June/August. Seems like the Fokkers are late to the party, or are we just missing it? I'm pretty sure we're flying exactly in the area where they're supposed to be. Not complaining - don't want my butt shot from under me by one of them, but doesn't seem accurate.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 08:12 PM

Not that many really.
I did this;


and clicked through the squads to see what WOFF was offering, by declining the enlistment option until all options were offered and it went into the next year, or was it season...?
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 08:16 PM

ok ok... a Hun monoplane then.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 08:42 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Not that many really.


So, no Scourge then. nope
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/10/15 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: lederhosen
ok ok... a Hun monoplane then.

Well then, that could mean it could have been a Pfalz. biggrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 01:21 AM

Journal Entry: October 10, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I guess patience is a virtue because today my patience has finally paid off, today I had two encounters with the vaunted new Hun machine. This morning's sortie was an artillery shoot up near Lens, while we were orbiting registering the artillery salvos, here came two of the Hun monoplanes flying along without a care in the world. I'm sure they thought the three Morane L's above them didn't pose any threat, but they were dreadfully wrong. As soon as I spotted them, I signaled the flight to attack. I don't think even as we were attacking that they considered us a serious threat, well I'm sure the Hun whose wings collapsed isn't thinking that now. I was pleased with the performance of the whole flight, we all fired at the Huns but I was fortunate enough to provide the killing burst. While all of this was going on, the other Hun fled for the safety of his aerodrome, can't say that I blame him.



This afternoon we had a line patrol up on the Lens to Loos line. Once again, as we were patrolling I spotted a single Hun monoplane approaching below and to the Southeast of us. I signaled the attack and we dove on him, he turned and ran but somehow we managed to chase him down. Tom gave him a burst and he spiraled into the ground. I think he must have either killed the pilot or wounded him.



Anyway, I go from not seeing anything since Sept 25 to having two combats in the same day with the newest Hun machine. Now, I feel like I can start paying them back for what they did to my brother Jimmy.

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I don't know if the Fokker Scourge add-on had anything to do with today's action, but the skies sure seemed busier and I did see three Fokker E.Is.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 02:37 AM



Good on you, Banjoman. I guess we'll need to rename this period to Banjoman Scourge.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 03:06 AM

Hahaha, I do love the minions.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 04:15 AM

Banjoman, enjoy it. Once you burn through them, they don't get replacements that quickly, and EIs become scarce. Then it's back to CIs or empty skies. Made even worse if they cut you back to one flight a day, like Alvin's been on for the past week.

But they are fun to shoot down.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 06:45 PM

Here is the latest status report. Ken, your numbers for Alvin still look off or are those the corrected numbers.

Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 08:27 PM

Those are the corrected numbers - went back six weeks or so, saw where I'd gone off the rails and 430 somehow became 630. But these were double checked.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 08:37 PM

Thanks for putting it up. thumbsup
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 09:01 PM

Does anybody know what happened to Carrick58, CatKnight, and Combs? I haven't heard from them in a long time.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 09:16 PM

Thanks for the chart BanjoMan. I was out of town and did not update mine this week. I will take care of it next week.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 09:27 PM

Hey guys, I would like to 'spiff up' up the reports a little. Would you guys like me to include our flying hours? I'm also open to any other ideas ya'll might have.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 09:32 PM

Make it any way you wish notworthy

Adding hours is fine.
Maybe also WOFF medals too.
I wish WOFF kept track of ground objects destroyed for the bomb runs.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/11/15 09:50 PM

Oh, I donno. Days spent in hospital. All claims biggrin - kills that we know we should have, but weren't credited for. Stuff that's easy to grab from our pilot screen.
Thanks for taking care of it Banjoman. salute
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/12/15 12:09 AM

I'm good with whatever you want to add - hours would be fine, actual kills vs "reportable" kills (Ambrose has 86 vs 57 reportable, for example). Actually the metric I care least about is score - probably because I don't understand why an easy-peasy landing at your home field is worth a point, and putting down in a wheat field is a -1, for instance - from a pilot point of view, I feel a lot more pleased with myself when I manage to land someplace other than an aerodrome and come out of it alive without eating a fence or tree.

But if people like scoring, I'm cool with it - and sometimes I can even add correctly!

Medals I'm not sure of though, just because it's kind of wonky - I think Alvin got two DSOs and a VC within two weeks, which seems a little ahistorical...on the other hand, we are in Bizarro WWI, where a pilot has 86 kills in a little more than 4 months of 1915, 49 of them in a Morane.

Whatever you like. Whatever everybody else likes. I'm in for the duration.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/12/15 12:46 AM

You'll be filling in dozens of columns in no time rofl
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/12/15 06:57 PM



Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/16/15 01:41 PM




Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/17/15 02:34 AM

Journal Entry: October 16, 1815
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Just got back from five days of much needed leave and it's good to be back flying. When the old man told me that he was giving me five days of leave I immediately thought of going home. I hadn't been home since Jimmy died and I thought it would be good for me to spend some time with the parents. After spending almost a week home I don't know if I helped or hurt my parent's situation and that troubles me greatly. My father seems to be handling the loss of Jimmy remarkable well, I don't know if that's just good old British pluck or if he's just cut from a different bolt of cloth than my mother. Mother on the other hand, is not handling it well at all. She seemed very uncomfortable around me the whole time, it seemed as if there was a dark cloud hovering over us the entire time. I really feel for Charles who, as a typical fifteen year old, is dying to get aloft to give the Huns a good thrashing for what they did to Jimmy. I pray that this dirty little war is over before he could ever join up. I can only hope that the old saying, 'That time heals all wounds' is true for my mother's sake.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 12:50 PM

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As always, wonderful reports and stories and letters everyone. Thank you all for sharing them here.

Sous-lieutenant Tremblay's lastest sortie was a recce of the Bosche lines just west of Villers-Carbonnel. He had never seen such a sustained bombardment before. It was in effect as he approached the lines and continued at an unbelievable intensity for the entire 20 minutes of the reconnaissance. He and his G/O actually felt pity for the poor enemy troops down in those trenches. It must have been hell.





(really, in all my time in OFF and WOFF I have never seen this kind of intensity - it was frighteningly awesome)

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 01:33 PM

Hey Lou,
I've also noticed the magnitude of the barrages when flying above. In some places it looks like the entire front sector is on fire. It really kills the frame-rate even in 1915. I wonder how many CPU cycles are used to make this show. Anyone know if WoFF uses ballistics calculations for those barrages? I've noticed that these barrages slow down my computer more than all the planes up in the air put together. You can tell by flying away from the Front and notice the framerate increase. My reasoning is that those planes are there all the time so the frame rate should be the same for their AI calculations, but take away the barrage and the frame rate increases. Wonder if those barrages can be optimized - reduce CPU cycles? This could help with the 1918 campaigns and not need to reduce air activity to minimum.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 02:11 PM

Sounds like a good suggestion for a workshop setting scale
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 02:22 PM

Hey MW,
Probably should go to the wish list thread first. Proper channels - you know.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 03:47 PM

Yep, toss it out there as a wish list suggestion.

Hey, try Alsace in 1918 if your PC struggles with frame rates in sections that have a large ground war ongoing.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 04:52 PM

This has been asked before but nothing. Instead we get reduced air activity when I, and others perhaps, beleave the ground activity is causing this and realy, do we need it?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 05:01 PM

Ask again and a few of us will add our approval.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 06:47 PM

Here is the latest status report, you will notice and entry listed as Unkwn, that means unknown because I didn't have that info when I created the report. Does anybody have any ideas how we can get people interested in this campaign again?

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 06:56 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Yep, toss it out there as a wish list suggestion.

Hey, try Alsace in 1918 if your PC struggles with frame rates in sections that have a large ground war ongoing.


Mud Wasp,
Alsace works just fine for me. It actually runs faster in 1918 than Flanders in 1915 during an offensive. It's a quiet region, where nothing happens and with all the forests your biggest worry is where to put down your wounded bird without crashing.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 06:59 PM

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Thanks for the updated stats Banjoman, much appreciated. I wish I had any ideas for you on how to increase interest in this campaign, but interest in general around here seems pretty low when it comes to the campaigns and such. Hell, I can't even get interest in a free custom WOFF livery.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 07:00 PM

Originally Posted By: lederhosen
This has been asked before but nothing. Instead we get reduced air activity when I, and others perhaps, beleave the ground activity is causing this and realy, do we need it?


Lederhosen,
I'm with you. all these troops modeled down there ... that must be a drain on CPU and to be honest I haven't seen any of them while flying - trying to fly high to avoid the ground fire. It is a great touch, but should have the option to turn it off to gain frame rate.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 07:05 PM

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If it is something that can be changed I would definitely ask that it be a choice we can make via the workshop. I would NOT want to lose all the ground activity as it is a very large part of what makes this sim so immersive.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 07:20 PM

Originally Posted By: RAF_Louvert
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If it is something that can be changed I would definitely ask that it be a choice we can make via the workshop. I would NOT want to lose all the ground activity as it is a very large part of what makes this sim so immersive.

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Lou,
Agreed. We wouldn't want it removed, but made as an option to scale down - and only if it would help with the frame rate, otherwise what's the point? In a few years we may all have computers powerful enough to turn it all back on and even ask for more - like smoke that lingers on long after the barrage is over, small arms muzzle flashes, crew at the aerodromes, birds. The list goes on.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 07:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Here is the latest status report, you will notice and entry listed as Unkwn, that means unknown because I didn't have that info when I created the report. Does anybody have any ideas how we can get people interested in this campaign again?


Banjoman,
Thanks for trying to spice it up with new entries. How come there are no entries under "Days Wounded"?
I also have no idea how to make it more interesting. It all depends on the people what they are interested in. Early years are slow so people lose interest quickly. I prefer the early birds that's why I'm still flying. I probably would have been flying a career like this anyways, so to me this is convenient. Having these stats posted every week helps even more. I guess more variety of planes would help this situation immensely - more French 2-seaters anyone?
I suppose tracking your wingman's career and posting his score as well could add to the role playing factor. You're not just responsible for your career but his as well - making sure he survives as long as possible and scores kills that could be posted, maybe along with his medals and promotions. All this could be added to your score. Added bonus is that you wouldn't care that he stole your kill. biggrin
Too bad about some of them being stupid.
This obviously wouldn't work for the guys still flying bombers, but eventually everyone will get to fly a fighter and have a wingman. I think there was a challenge like this before to keep your wingman alive as long as possible.
Also, don't forget this is a loooong challenge, so people will lose interest, but maybe new people will join later on when it becomes more interesting.

EIII's 50cal
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 08:42 PM

Fullofit, the Days Wounded column is supposed to be when your pilot is wounded you can add the time he has to sit out there. I thought people would like to know how long someone was wounded, but maybe it's a bad idea.

Lou, I would love another one of your skins, but I have no idea what that thing is. biggrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 08:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Fullofit, the Days Wounded column is supposed to be when your pilot is wounded you can add the time he has to sit out there. I thought people would like to know how long someone was wounded, but maybe it's a bad idea.

Lou, I would love another one of your skins, but I have no idea what that thing is. biggrin


I see. I thought it's the total time spent in hospital for the entire career. duh
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 09:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Yep, toss it out there as a wish list suggestion.

Hey, try Alsace in 1918 if your PC struggles with frame rates in sections that have a large ground war ongoing.


Mud Wasp,
Alsace works just fine for me. It actually runs faster in 1918 than Flanders in 1915 during an offensive. It's a quiet region, where nothing happens and with all the forests your biggest worry is where to put down your wounded bird without crashing.


Plenty of pretty birds to take from the air down there.
Quiet....?
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/18/15 09:19 PM

Well...Relatively quiet.
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/19/15 04:00 PM




Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/20/15 02:30 AM

Journal Entry: October 19, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

They say that patience is a virtue; they also say that good things come to those who wait. Well, they are right. Today while we were enjoying our lunch, the adjutant came and whispered something to the CO after which he exclaimed, "Splendid", he then arose and left. Well naturally, we got up and followed him. We stepped outside just as a large number of lorries were arriving in front of the hangar area. Once the commotion had died, the CO announced to one and all, "Gentlemen, our new kites have arrived. We will be turning in our Moranes for the new Nieuports". Pandemonium ensued, we were acting like boys on Christmas morn. When we had settled down a bit, the CO explained, "Half the squadron will be fitted out with the Nieuport 11, while the rest will be given the Nieuport 10C1". He also stated, "Everyone will eventually get an 11 when they become available". He gave instructions for the kites to be rigged and ready for tomorrow's sorties. Here are a couple of photos of our new planes.





Lost in all of the hubbub was what will happen to our observers. I told Edmund and Tom that I would use all of my influence to get them into pilot training if they were interested. They both expressed that desire and I spoke with the CO and he readily agreed. They will be transferring out in a few days. It will be very lonely without my two trusty observers. If the truth be told, I know I couldn't have made it this far without either of them.

Seems like in all of the excitement regarding our new machines, nobody noticed until later, the new guy that had also arrived. I introduced myself and learned that his name is Roderick Dallas, seems like an okay chap. We'll see if he makes anything of himself.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/21/15 02:31 AM

Journal Entry: October 20, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I'm having difficulty putting into words what a difference flying the Nieuport is from all of my previous flying experiences. Until today, I don't think I've ever really flown. Oh technically I've flown, but this machine is as different as night is to day from all of the previous aeroplanes that I've flown. The French call this plane BeBe which means baby because of it's size, but I think a more appropriate name would Butterfly because it flits around like one. It is in every respect better than the Morane, it's faster, it climbs faster and higher, it's more agile, and finally it has a forward firing machine gun. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with my new kite. Oh by the way, we didn't see anything on our sortie, but I didn't particularly care.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/21/15 02:32 AM

Almost There
2Lt, 3 Rfc
Oct 20, 1915.





Just returning to the front after a leave in England.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/21/15 02:33 AM

Yea carrick58, we've been missing you.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/21/15 08:29 PM

popcorn


LOL
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/21/15 08:39 PM

Almost There
2Lt, Rfc
3 Sqn Flanders.


21 Oct 1915.


Posted to a combat hop for Line Bombardment, What a sitter. My how things have changed around here. My flight had a Pursuit escort. They used a ship called the N-10 for part of the way. After seeing them, I put in for a Transfer using my Naval Reserve Rank for a posting to RNAS 1.



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Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 11:46 AM

emmmm a small problem.

I just sent Basils stuff through and then went in again for Basil von Borste. The page after filling in the aircraft type for the Kaiser is asking me for a RFC rank and aircraft ....so I cant finish the report for von Borste.

danke.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 11:53 AM


Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 01:31 PM

Lederhosen, I'll look into it tonight. Are both of your pilots named the same?
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 01:35 PM

Basil Brush

and Basil von Borste

it wasn't a problem before, but then the reports themselves have been changed, i.e....hours logged and number of claims (not kills).
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 01:38 PM

Yep, I added the other stuff, the other pilots wanted to see a little more info. As a matter of fact, if there is anything that I can add that you think would make the reports better then just let me know.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/22/15 09:49 PM

Lederhosen, I've fixed it but check to make sure. I may be a programmer, but obviously I'm not a perfect one. banghead
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/23/15 03:03 AM

Almost there
2lt, 3 Rfc



No adventures here just an Arty Spot for Hq. Routine flight.


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Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/23/15 05:30 PM


Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/23/15 08:34 PM

Almost there
2lt, 3 Rfc


Oct 23, 1915.



Recon

3 Morane L,s Looking for Convoy movement none was sighted.


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Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 05:10 PM

Sgt. Cadallader is dead; spontaneous engine fire. Disheartening after 20+ missions.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 05:18 PM

loftyc, that's too bad. I personally think the engine bursting into flames in WOFF happens too frequently.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 05:40 PM

It seems to occur less and less with new aircraft. I see it very rarely in the N10, or the Bristol Scout.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 05:46 PM

That's true.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 06:34 PM

Journal Entry: June 26, 1915
Bertincourt

Another week of flying in the books and not really much to show for it. I must admit that while the flying so far has been peaceful it has also become rather routine. I guess I can't complain in light of what I learned in the mess this evening. The other gentlemen were discussing what can only be described as three cold blooded killers operating up in northern Flanders. One of these killers is called Der Sensenmann, the other doesn't have a name but does fly an all gray aeroplane, and really nothing is known about the third pilot. These three Tommies have taken it upon themselves to single handedly kill every German they come upon. This is war, but these men seem to take great pleasure in killing unarmed enemies. I shudder to think what would happen to me if I met one of these killers. The great question in my mind, is why haven't our leaders armed our aeroplanes? It boggles my mind that our leaders will send unarmed men up into the air knowing there are men who will take great pleasure in killing them. I can only hope that they have good reasons for how we are fighting this air war.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 06:42 PM

Journal Entry: October 24, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Blast it all, I've had this wonderful new machine since the 20th and I haven't seen a blasted Hun. I'm dying to know how this kite will measure up against the new Hun monoplane and the new armed Aviatik. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day and maybe I'll get my chance then. I did have Corp. Tomlinson work his magic on my new kite and here she is in all of her glory. I never imagined that Tomlinson even knew who John Donne was and much less had read anything written by him. I really must stop prejudging the enlisted men - makes me look rather like a fool.

Posted By: loftyc

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
loftyc, that's too bad. I personally think the engine bursting into flames in WOFF happens too frequently.


at least one time too often, I'd say!
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/24/15 08:59 PM

Basil Brush almost got himself a Hound today. Fox hunting he calls it.




Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 02:06 AM

Almost There



10 24 17.


Up on a Airfield Bombardment Mission our bombs missed. so I went low to let my gunner rake the planes on the airfield after the 2nd pass i spotted other game. A convoy of trucks easy pick-ins. On the 3 rd Low level pass ( I hit the map button by error before I could drop it) I flew into the ground. Pilot Deceased end of career. Bummer.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 02:15 AM

Carrick, sorry to hear that. Pilot error.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 03:14 AM

Dang, that's two in one day. I guess we better start getting used to pilots dying now that things are starting to heat up.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 04:13 PM

wave



The wife did me in one time. She had a honey do so I got up to help out came back and my Pilot was Destroyed.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 04:55 PM

Originally Posted By: carrick58
wave



The wife did me in one time. She had a honey do so I got up to help out came back and my Pilot was Destroyed.


I believe it's called force majeure. biggrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/25/15 07:06 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/26/15 12:50 AM

Journal Entry: October 25, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Finally, I didn't think I would ever get to test my new kite against the enemy and the funny thing, it wasn't even an offensive mission. Roderic and I were just ordered to fly around the area and test the new rigging adjustments that the riggers had made to our kites. We had just taken off and were climbing to gain some altitude when I spotted two of the new Aviatiks bombing just a few miles to the south of us. I signaled Roderick and we both began climbing like crazy to reach the Huns. Once again, I was amazed at the performance of our machines and how fast they can climb. In our old Moranes we would have chased them halfway back to the front before we would have reached their altitude, but in our Nieuports we reached them while they were still forming up after their bombing work. The tricky thing with the new Aviatik is the armed observer in the back. I had been pondering exactly how I would attack them ever since I saw that first about a month ago. It seems to me that the only safe avenue of attack is to attack from below and behind. It worked like a charm for the two Aviatiks that we met, but I know that two tests can't, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a conclusive test. Only time will tell, but I'm pleased with how my kite performed in its first combat.

Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/26/15 02:31 PM





(That was a scary ride - I figured when the engine blew, it was curtains for Ambrose. I'd read a few months ago that Hellshade had managed to put out an engine fire with a dive, so I thought it was worth a shot - I was high enough that I had a little breathing room in the dive, but not so high that the sustained dive would, indeed, tear off the wings. Landed at around 100 mph in a field, which was also pretty scary. Was at 50% health when I hit Q, but oddly only got 6 days in the hospital - I've had 80% health in other campaigns put me in the hospital for 10-12 days, so I guess it's random. Decided superficial second degree burns on the hands fit the time in hospital. Of course, once he's back, he's going to have to whine about the pain and tightness of the skin

Since both he and Alvin will be going on leave for a week starting next Saturday when I go on "leave" for a Florida roadtrip, he should be feeling better when he gets back - that may even be a good reason for them to give him some leave...)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/26/15 11:25 PM

Hey Carrick, shouldn't your new pilot's name have started with a 'B'?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/27/15 02:02 AM

Journal Entry: October 26, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I had another chance to try out my tactics for attacking the new Aviatik this afternoon. Roderic and I were ordered to fly a line patrol up near Lens and we arrived without incident. It wasn't long until I spotted a flight of two Aviatiks. I signaled Roderic and we both dove to attack. I led us around until we were approaching the Huns from the stern. I didn't begin to climb until I was around 200 yards from my target. This worked out rather well because I was climbing from below and could attack the Hun unmolested from either machine. In quick fashion, the Aviatik began to turn on its back and spin to Earth. Roderic attacked his Aviatik in like manner and when I checked, his target was spinning earthward as well. I know this is only the second test, but I'm beginning to think this might be the most successful tactic for attacking these Hun machines. By the way, Roderic and I make a good team, we seem to know what the other is thinking when we are flying.

Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/27/15 02:39 AM

popcorn


Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn U R Right. I will have to push him under a Bus.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/27/15 02:54 AM

Hahaha
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/27/15 05:35 PM

New Pilot:


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/27/15 06:55 PM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres


3 A/c Patrol of lines

Remarks: Spotted and attacked 2, 2 seat enemy machines over NML . My wing mates doubled up on one e/a and she smoked then spun out of control. I fired on the second e/a but too far to hit. Change the drum and made a second pass the bursts went to high then Empty.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 01:43 AM

Journal Entry: October 27, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I'm beginning to really like Roderic, he remimds me so much of Jimmy. Today for instance, we were supposed to just fly around the area while we continue to get accustomed to our new kites, but Roderic had other ideas. While we were walking out to our machines he said, "Why don't we scoot up to the front and get accustomed to our kites there instead of flying some boring circuits around the aerodrome?", of course I agreed. We took off, and when out of sight of the aerodrome, we turned towards the front. We arrived and began flying along just enjoying the simple pleasure of flying, there didn't seem to be anybody but us up there. After we had flown back and forth for quite I while, I was beginning to grow antsy and it was then that I spotted the Hun gasbag below. I had always wanted to have a go at one those things, but I could never figure out quite how to attack them in a Morane. I looked over at Roderic, got his attention and pointed down. He looked down, got a big smile on his face and immediately knew what I was thinking. I gave him a big thumbs up and began to lose altitude so that I could attack the sausage. Our new kites are wonderful, but just like real butterflies their wings are very fragile and one doesn't just dive if one wants to live a while longer. After floating down about 2000 ft, I was finally able to begin my attack run on the balloon. Since I hadn't put a lot of thought into this attack, I just bore in with my gun blazing. After about a drum of ammo, I noticed some wispy smoke appear, which grew darker and before I knew it, it just exploded. Of course, the Huns on the ground were not pleased with our activities and were shooting everything they possessed at us. We danced away and turned towards home, laughing all the way.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 01:50 AM

Journal Entry: June 29, 1915
Bertincourt

I now have over 50 hours of flight time and I finally feel like I'm really contributing to the war effort. Hauptman von Schoenebeck just the other day was complimenting me on how far I've come in such a small amount of time. Today we had a full Jasta patrol and it was quite exciting to see all six of us in the air at the same time. I've decided to not spend any time worrying about those blood thirsty Tommies that I've heard about. If I see them I run, other than that, nothing much more I can do. Here is a photograph of Schwarm Eins during our Jasta patrol today.

Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 07:30 AM

my new log book

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 01:15 PM

That's really neat, did you make this yourself or did you find it on the web? Now for the most important question, can you send a blank one to me?
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 01:47 PM

I made it myself...have a blank for anybody who wants one.


Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/28/15 07:53 PM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres


Oct 28,1915.



Line patrol: Spotted and chased a 2 seat type ,but lost him in the clouds.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/30/15 03:49 AM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres

Oct 29, 1917.


Security Patrol;

5 a/c in 2 flights.

Remarks: No contact flew over to Vert Galand and back.


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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/30/15 04:41 AM

lederhosen, that is sweet. thumbsup
Could you pm me a way to get a blank?
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/30/15 05:49 PM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres



Oct 30, 1915.



Line Patrol: The Sqn put up 5 a/c in 2 flights for patrol. No enemy contact did see 2 flights of 2 Rfc types flying back from the front BE2 I think ?


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/30/15 06:16 PM

Carrick58, things are awfully quiet in your sector. I wonder if that's the calm before the storm as they say.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/31/15 03:32 PM

yep

The $#@! hit the Fan this Patrol.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/31/15 04:01 PM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres

Oct 31, 1915.

Offensive Patrol: Houplin Aerodrome near Loos.

3 a/c Bait Flt

2 a/c Distant Cover Flt.


Remarks: The Esc 5 N-10,s were Trolling for the enemy a/c and acting as Gunnery Patrice for the Hun guns at 6000ft. As the flt made its last turn a 2 Seat type was spotted near another enemy air field. ( Harbourdin ? ) We passed the e/a wing tip to wing tip as I turned , my trailing wingmate ( Robi Gallet) cut inside and attacked , then the pursuit fell apart.


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Officially, The report states that after his machine gun jammed, the pilot rammed the Enemy machine ( his 2nd Kill) in an effort to save France from the Invaders. Personally, I think, Robie had target fixation and got to close.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 10/31/15 04:20 PM

The war just got real for Becker.


While on a arty spotting mission, he and his wingman were attacked by 2 French scouts. Becker barely made it back over the lines with the Frenchie in hot pursuit.



Luckily his tranfer has come through and he can at least defend himself with guns now.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 03:21 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 04:24 PM

October 31
Dolf now has an Aviatik CI......a plane with GUNS ! bananadance

It was to be a routine arty spotting run to the NW near St. Die. Shortly after his flight of two had formed up and were gaining altitude...a lone Frenchman attacked the two plane formation.





Turned out to be an important ace from Esc 73. He must be important, he has 6 or 7 names!
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 05:20 PM

Isn't that the truth Mudwasp. My first encounter with those scouts was not fun! Anyone know when in Dec. the EIII shows up?
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 05:24 PM

They sent Dolf down for a crippled emergency landing when he had an Aviatik BII with no guns.

Fokker EIII....late Dec for MFJI. Some Jasta get them around the new year also.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 05:27 PM

Are you looking to pilot a Fokker, MFair ?
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 06:07 PM

Thought I might. I have survived my last two missions by going to the Ob. Seat and defending myself but have not got the hang of the guns yet. As I am still the lowest rank it would be a while before I am Ina scout.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 06:08 PM

Esc 15
Savy , A.F.
Sgt, Bessieres


1 Nov 1915.

Escort 1 FE2b Recon

4 N-10c,s 3 Close + 1 roaming support.


Remarks: Long Recon over the enemy side of lines pass Rail-yards . We did spot numerous dots deep on the Hun side,but the flight stayed with the Fee.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 07:02 PM

Mfair, just pay your dues until you get a scout. That's what I'm really enjoying about the DID Centenary, we have to make do with what they flew instead of having the best plane available.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 07:41 PM

Originally Posted By: MFair
Thought I might. I have survived my last two missions by going to the Ob. Seat and defending myself but have not got the hang of the guns yet. As I am still the lowest rank it would be a while before I am Ina scout.


I've flown some early Fokker campaigns and I feel safer in the Aviatik CI. mainly because the Fokkers are so fragile all maneuverability can be gone in a couple bullet hits. I let the AI handle the guns and try to spin/turn with hard rudder to give him a shooting lane.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 08:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Mfair, just pay your dues until you get a scout. That's what I'm really enjoying about the DID Centenary, we have to make do with what they flew instead of having the best plane available.


I will be paying my dues for a couple of months at least before a scout is available. As MudWasp says, might not be the "better" plane. As I have not flown 2 seaters much, I am still learning their best defensive tactics. I have had 3 encounters with the Nieuport 10 in the last 5 missions and lived so must be doing something right.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 08:41 PM

Early Fokker Campaigns became harder with the N10CI and before that the wind and an improvement in rear gunner AI. At least that is how it went for me.

I might go Jasta 15 later in the fall and fly a EI....IDK....longest I've lasted with them in an EI is 12 missions in a non-DiD campaign. They don't upgrade to an EIII until spring, think they skip the EII altogether.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 09:56 PM

Thanks for the tip MudWasp. Just flew 4 QC against 2 Niep. 10's using your tactics. Only got whacked once when one of the flew into me. Seems if you can fly defence and offence when the opportunity presents works well. Efen shot one down. Thanks again Bud!
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 10:11 PM

Glad to help cheers

They have unusual shooting lanes, helluva lot of ammo between the two guns
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 11:24 PM

I was thinking today that with my German pilot I'm just going to stay in Jasta 1 for as long as he lives. I've been wondering if they could transfer as often and as easily as WOFF allows. Anyway, that's what I'm doing, you guys can do whatever you want, that's the beauty of WOFF.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 11:32 PM

Journal Entry: July 4, 1915
Bertincourt

Today I thought I had met my end. It happened as we were coming back of an artillery shoot and as we were circling to land, I heard a loud bang and my engine was on fire. Thank God I was circling our field or I would have died today. Anyway, I've learned that when something like this happens, training kicks in. I went through the ritual of shutting off the engine and fuel and landing as fast as possible without even thinking about it. Fortunately, I was able to get us down without either one of us being seriously injured, just a little singing but it could have been worse. The worst part was about 30 minutes later when the magnitude of what just happened finally hit me, I could hardly stand because my legs suddenly gave out. Hauptman Schoenebeck has ordered no flying for either of us tomorrow, I didn't argue with him.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/01/15 11:50 PM

Was it running too lean?
or just a random Failure?

Glad ya Lived thumbsup
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 12:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
I was thinking today that with my German pilot I'm just going to stay in Jasta 1 for as long as he lives. I've been wondering if they could transfer as often and as easily as WOFF allows. Anyway, that's what I'm doing, you guys can do whatever you want, that's the beauty of WOFF.


If I stay were I am at I will be flying a EIII wether I want to or not in a few months. I will have to transfer to stay in a two seater. That is if I live that long.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 12:27 AM

If you go Fokker E series I'm full of advice from Da Skool O' Hardk Nocks
It's a TUFF path to take. A non-DiD pilot from WOFF 1.xx days.
Things are much harder now


Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 03:13 AM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
If you go Fokker E series I'm full of advice from Da Skool O' Hardk Nocks


Do tell - I'll be joining this challenge shortly in Jasta I and I know they start getting the Fokker Es soon... I've flown a few QC and they're very tricky beasties! Like yaw and pitch have a lot of control authority, but those warping wings are slooooow to make the thing roll.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 01:20 PM

It is such a poor plane that I like to secure as many advantages as possible...altitude, numbers, home turf (know where to run and find archie's help).

It is real easy to fly it with a crabbing motion and not know it, that bleeds speed and there is precious little speed to spare with the Fokker Es, so stay off the rudder as much as possible. I use a twisty stick and have to often check to make sure I'm not twisting rudder input without intending to. Recently I disabled the twist and use a gizmo on my pro throttle for rudder. Next week I'll probably go back to the old set up.

Not a whole lot of maneuvers go well with the Eindecker imho.
I mostly change direction 180 with a half barrel roll and a pull back on the stick. lose altitude but keep speed with this

Not sure of the name... a steep climb and hard rudder as running out of energy at the top, then descend full power is a good maneuver. The AI do this often. Some people call this an Immelmann, some don't. Altitude can be gained doing this, or at least not given up.

It can be turned like a falling winged seed pod with practice. Good trick when Nupes are all over you as it confuses the AI.

It is a difficult airplane to fly, have fun in QC. Watch out for Morane rear gunners! and Nupes!
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 03:01 PM

Thanks MudWasp. I did a QC duel against a DH2 (on beginner) and over the course of a rather long duel had him fairly injured but as i was trying to finish him off I collided with him frown

I too use twist rudder and i would often only realize that i was applying full rudder when my plane would begin to stall. After a while I did start to get the hang of it - at least i could kind of control it - but it is definitely a long ways from the easy flying of the Pup or even the Camel! Feels like i'm fighting the controls a lot.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 03:31 PM

Try some QC against the E series too and watch how the AI fly. That can help, watching how the AI Aces do it.
Have you tried a DRI yet? That plane can be a handful too.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 03:37 PM

AceofPengwins, please read the beginning instructions carefully before you begin a career. We have some interesting things that you need to accomplish before you can get started. We added those to make it more of a realistic start and to increase the roleplaying aspect of this DID. One other thing, remember the first letter of your pilot's first name needs to start with an 'A' and as you go through pilots you just move through the alphabet one letter at a time. Welcome to the club and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. Remember, you are trying to survive the whole war so no need to be a hero.
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 06:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
AceofPengwins, please read the beginning instructions carefully before you begin a career. We have some interesting things that you need to accomplish before you can get started. We added those to make it more of a realistic start and to increase the roleplaying aspect of this DID. One other thing, remember the first letter of your pilot's first name needs to start with an 'A' and as you go through pilots you just move through the alphabet one letter at a time. Welcome to the club and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. Remember, you are trying to survive the whole war so no need to be a hero.


Cool. So according to my understanding I need to create a pilot with first name of A on today's date 1915 (for the warbirds), and then QC fly him from Koln to my assigned airfield (Bertincourt in this case as I was planning on joining Jasta I which is currently flying two-seaters.) Then the next two missions i follow the specific training instructions in the post on the first page.

Does that sound right?
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 06:46 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Try some QC against the E series too and watch how the AI fly. That can help, watching how the AI Aces do it.
Have you tried a DRI yet? That plane can be a handful too.


Good idea, and I have not tried the DRI yet but I do intend to, I've always thought it was an interesting aircraft.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 07:11 PM

Originally Posted By: AceofPengwins
Originally Posted By: Banjoman
AceofPengwins, please read the beginning instructions carefully before you begin a career. We have some interesting things that you need to accomplish before you can get started. We added those to make it more of a realistic start and to increase the roleplaying aspect of this DID. One other thing, remember the first letter of your pilot's first name needs to start with an 'A' and as you go through pilots you just move through the alphabet one letter at a time. Welcome to the club and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. Remember, you are trying to survive the whole war so no need to be a hero.


Cool. So according to my understanding I need to create a pilot with first name of A on today's date 1915 (for the warbirds), and then QC fly him from Koln to my assigned airfield (Bertincourt in this case as I was planning on joining Jasta I which is currently flying two-seaters.) Then the next two missions i follow the specific training instructions in the post on the first page.

Does that sound right?


Sounds right to me
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 07:19 PM

To: Commandant Esc 15

From Red Cross
Graves registration
Flanders, France


Nov 2, 1915.



Sir, we regret to inform you of the witnessed crash of two of your pilots. The aircraft were seen to be turning at about 3000ft on our-side of No Mans Land when they hit each other. Both of the machines Burned on the way down at least the parts left of them. 2 Bodies were recovered, we can only I.D. one of them because of a pass book on the Airman. Rank: Sgt
Unit Esc 15 Name Jean Bessisers .


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also a picture of a mademoiselle Enclosed.


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Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 08:26 PM

Thats terrible Carrick! Tell Mademoiselle Bessisers she may come and stay with me. Always thought "Elvira" was hot!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 10:06 PM

News of the World - June Edition for Intrepid Fliers:
June 1
French troops captured the trenches at Souchez, north of Arras on the Western Front.
June 2
The British Government announced a blockade of the coast of Asia Minor.
June 3
Przemysl was retaken by Austro-German forces.
San Marino declared war on Austria-Hungary.
June 4
The Third and final Battle of Krithia began at Gallipoli as the Allies attempted to push inland from their beach-heads.
June 5
The First Franco-British ministerial conference was held at Calais in order to coordinate war policy and strategy.
June 6
Zeppelin L9 bombed Hull on the east coast of England causing considerable damage.
June 7
The German airship LZ37 was destroyed in the air near Ghent in Belgium by Lieut Warneford of the Royal Naval Air Service - the first time an airship was successfully shot down by an aeroplane.
June 8
William Jennings Bryan resigned as United States Secretary of State in disagreement with President Wilson's policy towards Germany.
June 9
Italian forces captured the town of Monfalcone along the Isonzo front.
June 10
Allied forces captured Garua in the Cameroons.
June 12
German troops attacked north of Shavli and at Mosciska in Galicia.
June 13
Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos won in the Greek elections. His party of Venizelists won 193 out of 316 seats.
June 15
The Zeppelin L10 was involved in an unsuccessful bombing raid on the north-east coast of Britain.
June 16
British troops advanced in Bellewarde, a small hamlet north of Hooge and east of Ypres in Belgium.
June 17
The Russian evacuation of Lemberg began as Austrian forces pushed forward in Galicia.
June 18
The Second Battle of Artois ended in stalemate in the final Allied offensive of Spring 1915.
June 19
South African forces begun an advance on Otavifontein in German Southwest Africa.
June 20
The Royal Navy cruiser HMS Roxburgh was damaged by a torpedo from German U boat U-38.
June 21
British troops reached the Euphrates in Mesopotamia and reoccupied Aden.
June 22
Austro-Hungarian forces recaptured the city of Lemburg from the Russians.
June 23
The First Battle of Isonzo begun when Italian troops attacked the Austro-Hungarian army on the Italian Front.
June 24
Robert Lansing was appointed Secretary of State in the USA following the resignation of William Jennings Bryan earlier in the month.
June 25
The German press published an official statement addressing the German use of poison gas at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres two months earlier.
June 26
Montenegrian forces captured San Giovanni di Medua in Albania.
June 28
The Battle of Gully Ravine begun at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula between Indian and British troops and the Ottoman army.
June 29
A bill was introduced in Britain for the creation of a National Register.
June 30
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Lightning sank after striking mines off the Kent coast of England.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 10:12 PM

Warbirds Rising - October News:
October 2
The Greek Premier Eleftherlos Venlzelos asked the British and French to land troops at Salonika as soon as possible.
October 3
Germans recaptured part of Hohenzollern Redoubt on the Western Front.
October 4
The Entente Powers sent an ultimatum to Bulgaria.
October 5
Russia notified Bulgaria that diplomatic relations were at an end.
The political crisis in Greece continued to grow as King Constantine refused to support the policy of Venizelos who then resigned again.
October 6
Serbia was invaded by Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria.
King Constantine of Greece assured Britain that his country would remain neutral, but nonetheless Greek mobilization and Allied disembarkation at Salonika began.
October 7
Austro-Hungarian and German forces attacked across the Danube into Serbia.
October 8
The new Greek Government, with Alexandros Thrasivoulou Zaimis as the new Premier, confirmed their policy of armed neutrality.
October 9
Belgrade was captured by Austrian forces.
Wumbiagas, in the Cameroons, was captured by British forces.
October 10
The Greek Government rejected the Serbian plea for help against invasion.
October 11
Bulgarian forces began hostilities against Serbia.
October 12
Following a court-martial, British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by German firing squad for helping POW's escape from Belgium to Holland.
October 13
A sustained Zeppelin airship raid on London and the Eastern counties resulted in over 200 casualties.
French Foreign Minister Theophile Delcasse resigned and was temporarily succeeded by Rene Viviani.
October 14
Bulgaria joined the Central Powers, declaring war on Serbia and invading Macedonia.
October 15
Great Britain and Montenegro declared a state of war with Bulgaria.
The Romanian Government refused assistance for Serbia.
October 16
France declared war on Bulgaria.
Allied forces began a naval blockade of the Aegean coast of Bulgaria.
October 17
The British Government offered Cyprus to Greece in return for supporting Serbia against Bulgaria.
October 18
The Third Bartle of the Isonzo began between Italian and Austrian-Hungarian forces along the Soca River in western Slovenia.
October 19
Italy and Russia declared war on Bulgaria.
October 20
The Greek Government rejected Britain's offer of Cyprus.
October 21
Allied naval squadrons bombarded Dedeagatch in Bulgaria.
Bulgarian forces captured the City of Veles in Serbia.
October 22
Bulgarian forces captured the cities of Kumanovo and Uskub on the Southern Front.
October 23
The German armored cruiser Prinz Adalbert was sunk by the British submarine E8 in the Baltic.
October 24
La Courtine in Champagne was captured by French forces.
Venice was bombed by Austrian aircraft.
October 27
William Morris Hughes replaced Andrew Fisher as Prime Minister of Australia.
October 28
British battle cruiser HMS Argyll ran aground and was wrecked on Bell Rock off the east coast of Scotland.
General Sir Charles Munro took command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
October 29
French Premier Rene Viviani and Minister for War Alexandre Millerand both resigned.
October 30
Aristide Briand succeeded Viviani as Prime Minister of France.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/02/15 10:18 PM

AceofPengwins, you are correct. Carrick58, remember your next pilot's first name needs to start with a 'C', that way it saves confusion on my part.
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 12:43 AM

Finally! August Wolff had recieved his papers - he was to be posted to the front, at Bertincourt!



Shortly after take-off he crossed the Rhein, thinking brightly of the glory that awaited him in the sky.



But the 3 hour flight gave him time to think and ponder the reality that there would be other young men - French and Englishmen - up in the sky as well and intent on killing him. When he landed at Bertincourt at last, he was glad of the welcome he recieved from the other pilots - and also quite glad when the commander informed him that he was to spend a few days becoming familiar with the area before he would be ordered into battle.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 12:58 AM

thumbsup
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 01:09 AM

Welcome to Bertincourt, my German pilot is stationed there, but he's there in July. It's sort of like a Twilight Zone thing. biggrin
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 01:58 AM

Welcome to Bertincourt Ace. Adalwolf is stationed there also. Watch out for the Nieuports as they show up with regularity. If you do not use labels, keep a real sharp eye and run like the devil if you see one. I have had to fight them off on three occasions of late. If this keeps up, I will have a negative score as they keep me from finishing the mission and damage my plane! Good luck. Look forward to your stories. Drinks in the mess, I hear you are buying!!
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 06:59 PM

Thanks everyone! I will try to be careful in the skies.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 09:12 PM









MFair: Elvira is Hot. I remember many terrible Old Horror movies I sat through just to catch her spots on the T.V.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 09:42 PM

Carrick58, you've done it again. rofl The first name of your new pilot needs to start with a 'C', not the last name.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Carrick58, you've done it again. rofl The first name of your new pilot needs to start with a 'C', not the last name.


He can't help it Banjoman! He has Elvira on his mind. It's enough to drive any man a little bonkers.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/03/15 11:43 PM

Yeah, I know. I was actually wondering the other day what happened to her, is she still alive?
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 04:03 AM


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 04:06 AM

By George, he's got it. biggrin
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 02:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Yeah, I know. I was actually wondering the other day what happened to her, is she still alive?


Yep, and she is still hot at 50 something. But then at my age I have not seen an ugly women since 1995.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 02:48 PM

I used to have a life size cardboard grocery store advertising prop with image her that came out every halloween. Always put it away for the year in the loft. One year my wife 'forgot' about how carboard holds up in a moist environment and stored it in the basement..... nope...Elvira went moldy and saggy
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 03:20 PM

Mfair, she is actually in her sixties and you are correct, she is still looking good.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 08:55 PM

Journal Entry: July 7, 1915
Bertincourt

Today was absolutely horrifying, we lost two machines to engine fires during this morning's sortie. When we took off it looked like the day was going to be a beautiful day for flying, but looks can be deceiving and what promised to be a great day quickly turned into a nightmare. While we were orbiting the field gaining altitude I noticed that Friedrich and Carl's machine burst into flames. I sat there horror stricken and I helplessly watched them plunge to earth like a comet. I sat there stunned until I realized that the mission must go on and I turned and led Scwarm Zwei to the front. We arrived at the designated shoot and began circling. After about 10 minutes, I looked over and waved at Andreas and Robert, it was at that moment his machine burst into flames. I will never forget that terrified look that came over Andreas' face as he was engulfed in flames. He and Robert began that long plunge that ends in oblivion. I decided to scrub the rest of the sortie and headed home. In one sortie we lost two officers from Schwarm Eins and two officers from Schwarm Zwei and by the way, there wasn't another machine in the sky. After today's events Hauptman Schoenebeck has suspended all operations until he can get to the bottom of these engine fires.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 08:57 PM

popcorn

Although she may be Saggy, she is still hot.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 09:20 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 4, 1915.

Mission: Line Patrol

1st Sec: 4 N-10,s

T/O: 0805 hrs.

Remarks: Lost engine power in-route to target and forced landed at a Church yard. Eng fuel Line clogged


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 10:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Journal Entry: July 7, 1915
Bertincourt

Today was absolutely horrifying, we lost two machines to engine fires during this morning's sortie. When we took off it looked like the day was going to be a beautiful day for flying, but looks can be deceiving and what promised to be a great day quickly turned into a nightmare. While we were orbiting the field gaining altitude I noticed that Friedrich and Carl's machine burst into flames. I sat there horror stricken and I helplessly watched them plunge to earth like a comet. I sat there stunned until I realized that the mission must go on and I turned and led Scwarm Zwei to the front. We arrived at the designated shoot and began circling. After about 10 minutes, I looked over and waved at Andreas and Robert, it was at that moment his machine burst into flames. I will never forget that terrified look that came over Andreas' face as he was engulfed in flames. He and Robert began that long plunge that ends in oblivion. I decided to scrub the rest of the sortie and headed home. In one sortie we lost two officers from Schwarm Eins and two officers from Schwarm Zwei and by the way, there wasn't another machine in the sky. After today's events Hauptman Schoenebeck has suspended all operations until he can get to the bottom of these engine fires.


Banjoman, do you suspect sabotage? Look for the wooden shoe between the cylinders!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 10:18 PM

Journal Entry: November 4, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I believe that Roderic and I have successfully figured out how to attack the new Aviatiks with a minimum of risk. The trick is to approach from below and behind, it appears that even dead astern is safe from their guns. During my last four victories, I approached from below and slid into position dead astern and I received no fire from the observer. Of course, if the pilot sees you approaching and begins evasive maneuvers then you will have to rethink your options. Here are some photos of my last four victories.









One other important note, it appears the observer is still sitting in front of the pilot which makes attacking the pilot from the rear a viable strategy and one that almost certainly assures victory in the engagement.

On a sadder note, we lost Larry today. He didn't die due to either Archie or any enemy action, he died because of a bloody engine fire. I felt certain we were over these when we transitioned into the Nieuports, but apparently it is beginning again. He was a good chap and made a great wingman, I will surely miss him.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 10:20 PM

Fullofit, I suspect an undocumented feature in the code. biggrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 10:25 PM

Banjoman, do you think that if you look closely at the code you will find a flambé turkey recipe mixed in there?
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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/04/15 10:30 PM

Hahaha, maybe so or some napalm.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 02:21 PM

Adain Lothbrook
RFC

Adain scored his second victory today shooting down an Aviatik with his BE. He and his observer caught the Hun crossing NML about 1000' below them headed west. He dove down and under him and came up in front. His gunner gave him a good burst and he turned back east. Adain followed and the Huns engine soon quit and he landed in a field south of Monchy.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 03:52 PM

Way to go, Adain, that's the ticket.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 08:33 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 5, 1915.


Up to the lines and back with 3 a/c in a vee formation. Everyone is nervous as we wait til meet the Hun.



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Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 09:14 PM

Dolf has been dropped bombs on the enemy airfield of Fontaine today and 5 hit a row of hangers hard. He dove on them in a moderate dive while and dropped them all in one dive. His squadmates dilly dally around dropping one bomb per pass > He hung out until they were done and flew back to Ensisheim/Reguisheim.

Yesterday a N10 CI made an attck on him and a squadmate as they were doing recon on enemy troop movements. The Frenchman ate a few rounds from both Aviatiks and headed home.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 09:29 PM

MudWasp, that's what Gould Lee did and his squadmates thought he was crazy, but it worked.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/05/15 11:24 PM

That method works the best for me, especially with a decent wind making it very hard to level bomb while looking thru that small hole in the floor.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/06/15 06:04 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 6, 1915.

I departed at 0650 hrs on a 2 a/c fight over to Rosnay and back. What a sitter, I didnt realize how far away the AF was located.


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Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 03:20 PM

Klaus Schindler (my observer) and I took down a Neiuport today in our first expedition over the lines now that our training is complete. We were out to do some artillery spotting but there was a lone scout circling directly under our area of operations. He must have been lost and not paying attention, because we surprised him and he took off towards French territory, but Klaus fired a long burst after which he lost control and spiraled into the ground.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 03:30 PM

thumbsup Good Job flying penguin!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 04:27 PM

Way to go Penguin! I didn't know penguins had teeth. biggrin

Remember AceofPengwin to fill out the status report today. I don't know if you saw in the rule section that we log our results every Saturday and I publish the status report on Sunday. Anyway, I don't want to miss your success in my status report tomorrow.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 04:43 PM

I think I've been scoring points wrong on some missions.

Example; Bombing mission in which I and my squadmates score hits on ground targets, WOFF manager says it's a success!
My plane is not damaged and I land at home base.

score +3?
1 point for me hitting a ground target
1 point for a successful mission
1 point for landing at home.

If so I've forgotten to add points for me hitting ground targets.
Is point keeping still optional?

..................................................


I also would like a clarification on this from page 1;

Question 2: How successful was your mission?
* I confirm one or more airplanes or target balloons destroyed (1 point)

Does that mean if I witness a squadmate shoot down an enemy EA or balloon that I should claim a point?
So far that situation hasn't occurred.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 05:06 PM

Hey MudWasp,
I was also wondering what constitutes a successful bombing mission. I consider it successful if I or someone from my flight hits a target. If no one from my flight hits it it's a fail (even if the other flight hits it). I also add 1 point if I personally hit a ground target.
so just like you had it:
1 point if I hit the target
1 point for successful mission (target must be hit by anyone from my flight)
1 point for landing at home airfield.

That is until I was flying bombing missions. Hopefully I'll get to fly a plane again that carries bombs.
I was never able to get a 4 point mission: bomb a target and shoot down a plane.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 06:00 PM

I think that both of you guys are doing it correctly, at least that is how I'm doing so it must be right. biggrin Seriously, that is how I read the first page.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 06:13 PM

I'll redo some points calculations then for next week.

What about my second question from page 1 :

Question 2: How successful was your mission?
*I confirm one or more airplanes or target balloons destroyed (1 point)
* I destroyed one or more ground targets (1 point)
* The CO (WOFF manager) says we completed our mission successfully (1 point)
* The CO says we didn't complete our mission successfully (-1 point)
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 07:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Way to go Penguin! I didn't know penguins had teeth. biggrin

Remember AceofPengwin to fill out the status report today. I don't know if you saw in the rule section that we log our results every Saturday and I publish the status report on Sunday. Anyway, I don't want to miss your success in my status report tomorrow.


Thanks! filled it out. I also have the same question as Mudwasp though lol.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 07:22 PM

I think it depends if you bombed the correct target, then the mission should be considered a success. If you bombed some other target of opportunity then it is a fail. Some missions require you to destroy more than one structure for the mission to be successful. I would say the mission is success no matter what the CO says, as long you or your flight hit something in the target area (as shown in the debrief screen). Just like arty spotting - there is no way to tell if the mission was a success. To me it is successful if you got to the target waypoint, loitered for the requested amount of time and returned home, or at least landed on your side of the mud.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 07:50 PM

Nice work AOP! Keep it up and stay sharp.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 08:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Fullofit
I think it depends if you bombed the correct target, then the mission should be considered a success. If you bombed some other target of opportunity then it is a fail. Some missions require you to destroy more than one structure for the mission to be successful. I would say the mission is success no matter what the CO says, as long you or your flight hit something in the target area (as shown in the debrief screen). Just like arty spotting - there is no way to tell if the mission was a success. To me it is successful if you got to the target waypoint, loitered for the requested amount of time and returned home, or at least landed on your side of the mud.


Already said the mission was a success, didn't state it was the enemy airfield of Fontaine, no mistaking that target.
I get confirmation of artillery spotted with no problem.
Same for enemy troop spotting . That is fun to do in the rolling mountains. cowboy
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 08:37 PM

MW, I know WoFF will confirm successful arty spotting mission. And that's the thing. You could be doing barrel rolls instead of spotting artillery during this mission and WoFF will tell you the mission was successful. You have to use your judgment to determine if the mission was successful or not. In your case WoFF manager says mission was successful but your CO says it wasn't. What to do? Well, you apply the DiD Centenary Challenge (R) rule: if at least one target was destroyed by you or a member of your flight then the mission was successful.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 08:42 PM

MudWasp, to answer your second question, I only give myself that point if I was the one who destroyed the target, that may be harder than the rules intended but that's just how I play it. I think Fullofit is correct, just use your own judgement as to whether your mission was a success. In the long run, I don't think it really matters since the points are really for us and don't really serve any other purpose. I mean whoever wins this challenge will be the one who survives. I guess if we have more than one survive then the points might mean something, but really, what are the odds that any of us will survive?
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 08:51 PM

Our computes may not even last until the end of this challenge. mycomputer
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 08:53 PM

Hahaha Fullofit, I hadn't even thought of that.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 09:01 PM

Imagine, we could all be flying using VR goggles of some kind by 1917.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 11:34 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 7, 1915.


Patrol: I went up solo today. flew up to the lines then the enemy gunners started shooting so I flew back to the field. I had kept looking high since the Adj told me that's where the ones u don't see come from. No contact.


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/07/15 11:37 PM

Here's someone who transferred into our Esc. today.



I'd better keep my I on this one. He looks like a pro.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 05:36 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 8, 1915.


I came back alone from the 2 a/c Patrol, there was a fight. We happened on 2 Recon types near the front. Sgt Bocare followed one and I chased the other. My target a 2 seat type was in a shallow right turn towards his lines. I got under him and gave him a drum full. I Eased off the power and Reloaded. emptied another drum load into his Belly then smoke fire . No one around to see it so I guess it will be unconfirmed. My wing mate landed later with light damage and No kill.



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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 07:15 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 08:53 PM

Thank you for your work on the chart BanjoMan!
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 08:54 PM

Thank you for your work on the chart BanjoMan!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 09:05 PM

Journal Entry: November 8, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Fabio was killed today. He had been assigned as my wingman only yesterday, and I hadn't had a chance to teach him any of my tactics. He was an experienced flier with many hours logged, but in the heat of combat I can only imagine he lost his head. Anyway, here is how it all happened. I was leading Fabio and Roderic on the morning patrol up near Loos. As we were approaching Loos, I spotted a couple of the new Hun monoplane machines. Well, I had been hoping for such an opportunity because I wanted to see how our new buses would perform against the Huns best machine. I signaled the flight and we swooped down on the Huns. They must have spotted us as we were diving on them because they began evasive maneuvers. I had no difficulty staying on the tail of my Hun and it wasn't long before he was spinning towards earth. After taking care of him, I turned and soon spotted Fabio engaged with the other Hun. I can only assume that Fabio was so consumed with destroying this Hun that he lost track of his closing speed and collided with the Hun. Something must have damaged Fabio's engine because his plane burst into flames almost immediately and they both spun into the ground. We were so low that Roderic and I circled the area thinking that maybe Fabio could survive, but no, he must have been killed on impact. Damn this war, it would be one thing had Fabio been killed by enemy action, but to be killed by a simple mistake.

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/08/15 09:09 PM

Those E1's are filling up the skies rather quickly. I feel the scourge is about to begin. BTW Gustav Leffers is now flying an E1. Payback time.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 04:00 AM

Hey guys, let me know what you think about the status report now.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 04:30 PM

Spiffy thumbsup
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 04:46 PM

Nice Banjoman! Thanks for the work.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 09:35 PM

wave

Wow thats a lot of work, thanks Banjoman.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 09:36 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 10, 1915.


Up to the lines and back with a 5 a/c flight. No contact.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/09/15 11:12 PM

Looks good Banjoman.
Can you try a different font? For some reason I have to strain to read it. Yes, I have my glasses on. winkngrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/10/15 01:28 AM

Fullofit, that's not a problem. I'll see if I can find a font that is good for all of our old eyes. biggrin
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/10/15 01:38 AM

old_simmer
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/10/15 01:42 AM

Fullofit, is this easier for you to see. Remember to click on the image and you'll see it at it's full size.


Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/10/15 02:02 AM

Hey Banjoman,
This is great! Now I can see it just fine even without blowing it up to full size.
Thanks
salute
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/10/15 02:45 AM

That's great, I think I'll leave it like this for a while and see if people like it. I can always change it if people what it to look different.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/11/15 02:19 PM






p.s. Banjoman the score card looks great by the way
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/11/15 02:44 PM

Think there is a bullet in every part of that Aviatik!
Was it one huge eruption of groundfire, or did they strike a few different times?
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/11/15 05:30 PM

we got to low and I beleave its friendly fire trying also to shoot down the N10
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/11/15 09:51 PM

wave yep

I HAVE HAD THAT HAPPEN
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/11/15 09:56 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

11/11/1915.


Solo Patrol up to the lines, Got into it with a 2 seat type. I made my pass firing off 1 drum as I turned he nosed over into a cloud and was gone. No Kill No claim.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/12/15 12:38 AM

Journal Entry: November 11, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

As they say these days, “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” and that's just what I'm going to do.



My wingman and I working together as a team brought down two Aviatiks at the same time.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/12/15 06:41 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Nov 12, 1915.


A nasty little fight with the Huns today. I was flying as wing-man when my flight leader Bocare attacked a 2 a/c enemy flight. He led us right up their tail pipe. I thought this is no good then his plane started to smoke and I last saw him going down near our lines. I renewed the attack ending up damaging a 2 seat type and taking 24 bullet holes in my kite . Running out of ammo I returned to the Field.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/12/15 06:52 PM

Carrick58, since we're allies let me share some tactics that Arthur uses and seem to work quite well. It appears that since the observer sits in front of the pilot he is restricted in firing dead astern. Since that's the case, Arthur has had great success in approaching from below and behind and attacking from either that position or directly behind. You do need to be careful though, if you slide too much out of that small window then you open yourself up for retaliation. One other thing, when breaking off you must be very careful how you disengage because the observer can fire to either side. From one ally to another, I hope these pointers help in your quest to rid your beloved country of the hated Hun.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 04:43 AM

wave

Thanks for the tips, Banjoman
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 01:43 PM

Dolf Reinhardt has been busy down in Alsace running recon sorties. On one such mission they were tasked with spotting enemy troop movements. Dolf found the enemy troops on the move deep in the hills and let Ernst Fromm, his gunner, get in some target practice.


Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 02:57 PM

MudWasp, do you get credit for ground kills when you attack those trucks? That's one thing I've never done in WOFF.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 03:52 PM

He didn't take any out. I think taking one out would count.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 05:44 PM

popcorn

Mudwasp: They look like Ants.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/13/15 06:05 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.




Nov 13, 1915.


I led 5 a/c up for Patrol of the lines this dawn. No contact with zee Bosche.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/14/15 05:29 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 14, 1915.


We put zee Bosche down today. A section of three a/c went up to the Peronne area and didn't see anything. I led a 2 a/c section up to our eastern side of the lines and engaged 2 Recon 2 seat machines. I can confrim my flight leader Housseman,s Kill as it smoked a great deal as it headed down. I closed on mine ( remembering what a fellow aviator told me about staying low and behind) I started firing at 100 meters and banged on my second drum at 50 The last drum was nose up and stalling as I fired and saw him spin out of control. Leveling out I saw the e/a spin into the ground.


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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/14/15 05:40 PM

Way to go Carrick. Looks like Banjoman's bum-rush tactic works well.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/14/15 06:04 PM

Now you got the hang of it!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 03:02 AM

Oh, it works really well. The problem that I'm tackling now is how to disengage without getting shot to pieces. So far, the only thing that works right now is flying straight ahead but diving. If you turn at all the observer can blast you.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 04:14 AM

banghead


U R to disengage ? Just when I think I got it there is another worry.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 06:36 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 15, 1915.

I took a section of three in a Vee formation up to the lines on Patrol. More than the usual ground fire in our area Otherwise, no contact.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 08:59 PM

Gentlemen,
Just wanted to take a poll of all pilots flying for the Entente if during your fights anyone has seen any German HA pilots other than Gustav Leffers. Between the 2 careers I am flying in 1915 I am still to see anyone else than him. Let me know if you're using any Ace Redux mods or not.
Thanks salute
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 09:43 PM

I've only seen Leffers, but I am using one of the Ace Redux mods so I probably wouldn't be the best one to ask.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 09:47 PM

Thanks Banjoman,
Is Leffers actually on your mod list? Is there any way to check that?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 09:52 PM

If you set the mod to 50, let's say, then how it works is the sim will only use the top 50 aces from the list for that country. If I remember correctly, the stock files that the sim provides are in descending order by top ace to the last ace and the name of the ace is included in that file, so you should be able to see which aces are being included with your mod. A lot of words to just say, Yes you can.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 10:11 PM

Here's the latest status report.

Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/15/15 10:19 PM

Banjoman,
So what number do you use to limit the HA's in your mod if I wanted to check if Leffers should be there or not?
Thanks for the score report BTW.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 03:11 AM

Deacon211, I'm a little confused by your Pilot entry. FFA 18 isn't flying Fokker E.Is and it is an army unit, so how do you have a Naval ranking? Anyway, I think you might want to take another look at your entry in the status report.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 03:53 AM

Fullofit, it looks like I've forgotten what mods I'm using for the the Aces Redux. It turns out that I modified the British and French to have only 100 HAs but I left the Germans alone. If I remember correctly, since I was initially flying a Brit, I didn't want to have many British HAs in my squadron, but I did want to have all of the Germans. Since I'm now flying a German I can see that my thinking was a little short-sighted. Anyway, Leffers is Ace180 in the German list.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 07:08 AM

Status report won't load for me.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 03:05 PM

MudWasp, I don't know if I can help you, all I do is click on the image and it pulls it up.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 03:50 PM

The other older charts all load fine... dizzy
Hopefully it load next week for me

Edit...now it shows up hahaha dizzy
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 08:00 PM

Hope to get back into the skies soon! I installed a new CPU and motherboard and didn't realize that my new motherboard didn't have a connection for my (very old) dvd drive, so i was unable to reinstall WOFF frown. The new drive arrives today so i should be up and running.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/16/15 09:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Fullofit, it looks like I've forgotten what mods I'm using for the the Aces Redux. It turns out that I modified the British and French to have only 100 HAs but I left the Germans alone. If I remember correctly, since I was initially flying a Brit, I didn't want to have many British HAs in my squadron, but I did want to have all of the Germans. Since I'm now flying a German I can see that my thinking was a little short-sighted. Anyway, Leffers is Ace180 in the German list.


Thanks Banjoman.
Anyone else seen any German HA's other than Leffers?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/17/15 02:06 AM

Journal Entry: July 19, 1915
Bertincourt

I've finally made it, I think that because after our morning's mission I was promoted to Leutnant. Hauptman Schoenebeck made the annoucement at lunch which created quite a stir. Apparently, I am now responsible for everyone's drinks this evening in the mess. This is what I've been working for, but I'm also concerned about the increased responsibility. After the hubbub had died down, Hauptman Schoenebeck stated, "I'm very proud of you Auge, I had my reservations at first but you have blossomed into a fine pilot and a fine officer." Needless to say, after that fine endorsement I will have no hesitation is providing the refreshments for this evenings festivities.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/17/15 05:35 AM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 16, 1915.


No Flights due to Weather
Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/17/15 11:17 PM

August Wolff, FFA 32
Bertincourt, 17 Nov 1915

Weather is too bad to fly, but there was some paint sitting around the airfield so i added something to my plane to make it more 'mine'. I took my inspiration from the penguin, which also cannot fly today...

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/17/15 11:18 PM

And the legend is born. biggrin
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/18/15 05:11 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 18, 1915.


No flights due to weather
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/20/15 07:15 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 20, 1915.




I got to up today, just to the lines and back as a wing-man. No contact.



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Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/20/15 08:54 PM







Posted By: AceofPengwins

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/21/15 03:32 AM

Sounds like Alvin is having quite the time at this war!

Nov 20,

Dismal flight today. It's the first time in a week we've been able to go up at all, but it still rained for the entire hour and a half of our flight. We were spotting for artillery, but Klaus said he had a devil of a time seeing anything through the heavy clouds and rain. We stayed high over the front and didn't see any other airplanes - if they have any sense they're still on the ground. All three of our Aviatiks landed safely.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/21/15 08:45 PM

Journal Entry: November 21, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Whoever said that northern Flanders is a beautiful place has never been here in late November. If the past week is any indication of what we have to look forward to, weather wise, then this will be a dismal place to spend a winter. In spite of the constant rain, I was able to fly a number of missions so the week wasn't a total loss. It is my ambition, quest if you will, to build a working set of tactics that will enable our pilots to successfully engage the enemy's machines whenever they might chance upon them. I believe that I have achieved that in regards to the Aviatik, so this week I've turned my attention to the Fokker monoplane. It is my intention to seek out this aeroplane and engage it to learn it's strengths and weaknesses. This week I had the good fortune to successfully engage four of the Fokker monoplanes, and even though the pencil pushers back at Wing saw fit to only confirm one of them, I still learned a great deal. So far, it appears that our Nieuports have the advantage in speed, climbing ability, maneuverability, and robustness. In all four engagements, I was never at a disadvantage unless the enemy dove. In diving, the monoplane does have the advantage because it doesn't have the tendency to shed a wing, but even then, if the Nieuport pilot is attentive then he can turn that disadvantage into his advantage. In regards to robustness, it is becoming more apparent to me that the Fokker is very sensitive to any damage to it's tail planes. In fact, in two of my engagements I'm sure that I didn't hit the enemies tail planes with more than a half a dozen bullets and yet the enemy lost control and crashed. I will continue my research for a few more engagements and then I'll present my findings to the rest of the squadron.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 02:47 AM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 21, 1915


The Esc put up a 3 a/c Vee formation patroling the lines. No contact.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 06:17 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 22, 1915.

A rather odd occurrence today. I supported my wing leader in a standard attack on 2 seat Recon types. Lt Verdines took heavy damage and pull off. I fired at long range all my ammo saw one swing to the left the other continued straight for Hunland. After seeing 8 holes in my a/c the Adj said I got the Kill The P.B.I. spotted an a/c falling and exploding at the time and place of the engagement
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 07:59 PM

Here is the latest status report. AceofPengwin, I didn't have a current entry for you, please remember to enter your data on Saturday so I can get you into my snazzy report. biggrin

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 10:22 PM

yep Spiffy Report.
Thanks Banjoman !
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 11:20 PM

Thanks, I wish I could get more people interested in this DID campaign. It's actually very interesting, at least to me, trying to figure out how to successfully engage the enemy with these early planes.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/22/15 11:41 PM

And with only a handful of bullets!
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/23/15 01:00 AM

thumbsup


Good report Thanks
Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/23/15 09:29 PM




Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/24/15 03:46 AM

popcorn

I like this version of the DiD campaign. U get to play with all the early aircraft. If u use the more realistic mods, the old a/c are a handful. Just getting hits are shoot and pray. Knocking an aircraft down = a well done.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/24/15 04:46 AM

I agree, I'm having to figure out how to actually attack the enemy and when I've succeeded I feel like I've accomplished something. I enjoy Abner in the other DID, but the planes are all so powerful it doesn't quite seem the same.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/24/15 10:28 AM

Basil has been buisy the last few days. He moved to No.6 at Abeele and has been doing some free flying with his new Fe2a grid.
Seems No.6 are not just doing shoots and such, but actually hunting the Hun. Basil has also been put forward to be a Temporary Gentleman(fox) and will be leaving for England early december for 4 weeks....good luck Basil.



Posted By: Kuroken

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/24/15 02:59 PM

Originally Posted By: carrick58

I like this version of the DiD campaign. U get to play with all the early aircraft. If u use the more realistic mods, the old a/c are a handful. Just getting hits are shoot and pray. Knocking an aircraft down = a well done.


Agreed - but I do have to say Bristol Scout vs. Aviatik B1 = Turkey Shoot. And if you run into a lot of B1s, as I did last week, the good amount of ammo helps.

The N11 is another story - very limited ammo with C1s and E1s that shoot back. Whether I'm successful in the engagement or not, I never come back with a lot of ammo. Though I did have a nice 5 minute duel with Leffers in an E1 - lot of maneuvering, not much shooting till the end - he got some bullets into me early, then we danced for a good while - when he broke off, I came up behind him, one burst, he rolled left and went down. Of course, we were down to 500 or so feet, so down wasn't far...
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/24/15 07:20 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Nov 24, 1915.


I flew as wing-man to my old wing-mate Sgt Bocare, He was forced down a few days back and spent time with the Arty people then 3 day in Paris, up to the lines and back. No enemy contact.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/25/15 11:25 AM

Today was Basil the Hun's turn to fly, quite eventfull realy.






Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/25/15 01:39 PM

Hahaha. the odor of fish & chips rofl
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/25/15 10:39 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Nov 25, 1917. I flew as wing man in a flight of three N-10 around our bases. No contact
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/26/15 10:38 AM




Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/26/15 07:19 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 26,1915.

Patrol: 3 N10,s
Area: Just befor NML our-side of lines.
E/A : 2 Recon types
Alt: 2000 Meters

Results: 2 E/a shot down
3 N-10 Damaged with 1 Pilot Wnd.


Pilot Statement: We attacked in formation Bucquet Leading. I can Confrim his kill. The Recon machine smoked then started down in a nose dive. Bocare attacked the other a/c then pulled off. I took a few hits as I closed, banged on another drum and fired then under him at 50 meters fire my last drum. The e/a staring smoking and lost power as it glided towards Hun land.


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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/27/15 06:21 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.


Nov 27, 1915.


I flew up to the lines and back with Guyenmer today as his wing-man. He is a fail looking fellow but his flying is all precision.
No enemy contact.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/28/15 12:13 PM

Dolf managed to down a Nupe that was attacking a german army camp near the frontlines.
Well, Fritz did the shooting, Dolf just put him in position for the bursts.




The advantage of two guns when one jams



forgot to add that he put in for a transfer to FA(A) 296b and hopes to be piloting a Pfalz EIII soon.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/29/15 06:42 PM

popcorn

Good show
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/29/15 06:48 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Nov 29, 1915.


I led the dawn patrol up to the lines all two of us ! Most of the other seven machines are down for maint. or Repair.


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No Contact
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/29/15 07:37 PM

Here is the latest status report. Congratulations to Lederhosen on the promotion of both Basils.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/29/15 09:05 PM

Journal Entry: November 29, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

It has been a while since I've reported anything in my journal, I guess I've been just too busy or it has just slipped my mind. In any case, I have quite a bit to report today. I'm beginning to wonder who is the more implacable enemy, the Hun or the bespectacled, bureaucratic pencil pushers of Wing headquarters. Here is a perfect example of what I mean: Just the other day, Roderic and I were ordered to fly a routine line patrol just east of Nieuwpoort. We engaged two Fokker monoplanes and became separated in the clouds. I quickly vanquished my opponent and filed a claim form without any witnesses. Later in the day, Roderic and I were ordered to fly a defensive patrol over a friendly aerodrome that was nearby. Before we arrived he developed engine trouble and had to return to St. Pol, I continued on with the mission. It wasn't long before three Aviatiks arrived to bomb said aerodrome. I successfully engaged them and downed an Aviatik and also filled a claim form with no witnesses. The next morning, Conner, Roderic, and I were ordered to fly a line patrol east of Nieuwpoort and we encountered two Aviatiks within sight of our aerodrome. I promptly shot an Aviatik down and Conner got the other one. We then continued with our mission. Which claims were confirmed? You would be correct in assuming the claims that had multiple witnesses and within sight of our aerodrome, but you would be wrong, both of my claims with no witnesses were accepted and my claim and Conner's claim with multiple witnesses was rejected. I wish Wing just understood what I'm trying to accomplish with my wingmates. I don't really mind my claims being rejected, but it can be quite discouraging to the chaps who are working so hard when their efforts are continually rejected. We will ultimately defeat the Hun and I suppose the bureaucrats in the end, one can only hope.

First unwitnessed victory


Second unwitnessed victory


Multiple witnesses
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/29/15 09:35 PM

Hey Banjoman,
Thanks for the chart.
I share your pain in regards to the claims. Later in the war, with all the planes flying around, it is hard to figure out who shot who, where and when. But in 1915, where there is only your flight and the enemy in front of you, there is no way in hell my wingmen didn't notice me shooting down that solitary enemy. Oh well.
BTW, if you have your wingman and an HA in your flight, who do you usually trust more to put down as your witness?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 11/30/15 04:07 AM

Fullofit, in the case you mentioned above I usually use my wingman, it seems that he sticks closer to you than the HA will. I really wish we could act as witnesses for our wingmen. I'm starting to role-play Arthur as being more concerned with his wingmates success as a opposed to his own. If I can get the other pilots to score victories then the squadron gets better and anyway that's what a real person would do.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 12:59 AM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 30, 1915.



Solo Patrol today, I had no enemy contact.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 01:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Banjoman
I really wish we could act as witnesses for our wingmen.

Already on the wishlist biggrin

On another note, yet another practical joke from my wingman's mechanic. It took him half the night but he finally was able to dig that hole at the end of the airfield, fill it with water and cover it with turf. Worked like a charm.



I don't know if you can see it, but the gunner in the Fee is trying really hard to stifle the laughter by covering his mouth with his hand.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 03:50 AM

Haha, did that happen to you or somebody else? I've been really fortunate that I haven't had anything really weird happen yet.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 10:23 AM

This is my wingman, who landed just ahead of me. No "J" key was harmed in making of this picture.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 02:41 PM

Fullofit, how do you like the Fee? In 1915 the Fee could be a real game changer.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 04:46 PM

Seems like the Fee would be a top plane to me too at this date in the war. Leave some Hun for the other players!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/01/15 10:58 PM

I'm actually flying the Bristol. Picture was taken from my cockpit. The Fee was our escort - it's a mixed squadron. I flew Fee for one day when I transferred to RFC 6. Shot down a few Aviatiks, was promoted and moved to Scouts. In 1915 it is an excellent "fighter" when no one else can shoot at you. No more "aiming" your rear gunner by flying in front of the enemy. You can still do that, but why bother?
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/02/15 11:48 PM

Here's another set of News of the World for July 1915 - Intrepid Fliers:
July 1
The Battle of Otavi was fought between South African and German forces in German South
West Africa. The final battle of the South-West Africa Campaign ended with a decisive South African victory.
July 2
The British government formed the Ministry of Munitions and passed the Munitions of War Act which required compulsory arbitration of labour disputes and banned strikes and lockouts.
July 3
The Germans continued their advance into Poland along the Eastern Front.
July 5
Fierce fighting continued between French and German troops at Souchez, Arras and on the Meuse.
July 6
British and French ministers held the first Allied war conference at Calais.
July 7
The First Battle of Isonzo ended with a victory for the Austro-Hungarians.
The Italian armoured cruiser Amalfi was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-26.
July 9
German troops in South-West Africa surrendered to General Botha's South African forces at Tsumeb, 370 km north of Windhoek.
July 11
The German cruiser SMS Konigsberg was destroyed and sunk in the Rufiji river in German East Africa by British river monitors.
July 12
The German Government announced its intention to take control of the coal industry.
July 13
A new Austro-German offensive began on the Eastern Front.
July 14
The Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden attended his first meeting of the British Cabinet.
July 15
The National Registration Act became law in Great Britain.
July 16
The Battle of Krasnostav began.
July 17
Bulgaria signed a secret alliance with Germany, Austria and Turkey.
July 18
Following the conclusion of the First Battle of Isonzo earlier in the month, the Second Battle of Isonzo began on the Italian Front with heavier artillery support against the Austro-Hungarian army.
July 20
The Battle of La Linge began between French and German forces near the Vosges mountains of Alsace.
July 21
The Russian town of Ivangorod was invaded by Austro-German forces.
July 22
British forces captured Bukoba on Victoria Nyanza in German East Africa.
July 23
Austrian warships bombarded Ortona and the Tremiti Islands in the Adriatic Sea.
July 24
Rozan and Pultulsk in North Poland were captured by German forces.
July 25
The American steamer Leelanaw was torpedoed off the Scottish coast.
July 26
Italian troops landed on and occupied Pelagosa Island in the middle of the Adriatic.
July 28
Germans forces crossed the Vistula between Warsaw and Ivangorod.
July 29
The East Persia Cordon was established in order to protect British interests and prevent enemy infiltration from Persia into Afghanistan.
July 30
German troops used flame throwers for the first time against the British lines at Hooge In Belgium.
The Pope sent an appeal for peace to belligerent Governments.
July 31
The Battle of Strelcze was fought on the Eastern Front.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/02/15 11:51 PM

November 1915 News for Warbirds Rising:
November 2
British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith declared Serbian independence to be an essential object of the war.
November 3
The first meeting of the newly constituted British War Committee was held.
The Third Battle of the Isonzo ended in a victory for Austro-Hungarian forces.
November 4
Lord Kitchener set sail for Galilpoli with the objective of gaining firsthand knowledge of the situation.
General Sir Charles Munro was given command of the British Salonika Force. Sir William Birdwood took command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Galilpoli.
November 5
Bulgarian forces captured Nish in Serbia following 3 days of fighting.
Kitchener left London on a visit to the Near East.
November 6
The French offensive against the invading German army, the Second Battle of Champagne, ended in a stalemate.
November 7
The German cruiser SMS Undine was sunk by the British submarine E19 in the Baltic.
November 8
The Italian passenger steamer SS Ancona was sunk by an Austrian submarine off the coast of Tunisia, while sailing under the Austrian flag.
November 10
The Fourth battle of the Isonzo began as Austrian forces continued to resist the Italian bid to cross the River Isonzo.
November 11
Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced the composition of a new British War Cabinet; Winston Churchill resigned from the Government.
November 14
The North African Senussi order began hostilities against the British when they attacked an Egyptian post at Sollum.
November 15
Representatives of the Central Powers left Teheran as Russian forces advanced.
November 16
Bulgarian forces captured the Babuna Pass and Prilep in southern Serbia.
November 17
An Anglo-French conference was held in Paris to discuss aid to Serbia and the situation at Gallipoll.
British steam ship SS Anglia, which had been requisitioned for use as a hospital ship, hit a mine and sank in the English Channel.
November 18
In Britain new restrictions were imposed on the opening hours of London's clubs.
November 20
King Constantine of Greece and his Government assured lord Kitchener that Greece would never attack Allied troops.
November 22
The Battle of Ctesiphon began as Turkish troops halted the British advance on Baghdad.
November 23
The British Western Frontier Force began military operations against the Senussi.
The Allied Powers sent a Note to the Greek Government demanding non-interference with Allied troops and guaranteeing the eventual restoration of occupied Greek territory.
November 24
The Greek Government accepted the Allied demands of the previous day.
Field Marshal von der Goltz took command of Turkish forces in Mesopotamia.
November 25
The Battle of Ctesiphon ended with a strategic victory for the Ottoman Empire when the British retreated to the city of Kut-al-Amara.
November 29
Afonso Augusto da Costa succeeded Jose de Castro as Portuguese Prime Minister.
November 30
The Pact of London was formally signed by Great Britain, France, Russia, Japan and Italy: each country declared it would not make separate peace.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/03/15 04:22 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Dec 3, 1915.



Dawn Patrol : 6 machines up and back. No enemy contact.


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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/03/15 05:12 PM

Carrick58, things sure are quiet down where you are. Up in northern Flanders I see enemy planes on most missions. Be thankful, you will probably live longer working down there than I will up here.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/03/15 07:08 PM

Dolf's transfer came through and he has a new mount, a Pfalz EIII






Lone Wolf mission



He encountered a lone Nupe near the frontlines. The Nupe put up a good fight until it's engine took some hits and it crashed into a wooded hill line. "No Witness" on the claim form, I wonder if it will be confirmed.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/03/15 07:28 PM

MudWasp, the Pfalz E.III is just like the Morane and can be quite dangerous if used properly. I'm sure you will have great success in that airplane. As far as your claim goes, I don't have any luck with claims when I do have witnesses. banghead
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/03/15 10:41 PM

The Pflaz A1 is the Morane copy with the rear gunner. The EIII has a forward gun instead of a rear gunner.





That claim was confirmed!
Dolf has been promoted to Lt.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 04:10 AM

Thanks for the info., I didn't know that. I bet it still handles like the Morane.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 04:24 AM

Yep, handles about the same. Little less stick work to fly straight and level...maybe
Decent matchup with the N10C1
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 04:10 PM

The Pfalz E3 can dive a lot faster and can handle more G-Forces than the N10... but anyway, you should never go Bersek on the Steering or apply too hefty G-Forces. The Wing won't break as early as those of the N10 - but it WILL break sooner or later...
Climbing is superior, also.
Blip regularly - and listen. This Way, your Ears can compensate the blind Areas of the Plane.
Try to keep the Enemy below you. Climb first, attack later. You don't want the Enemy, where you can't see him. This is relatively easy, because most N10-Pilots dive early and stay low, once, they are there.
Stay directly above your Prey in tight Circles, and then dive in tight Circles without Power (just keep Ignition on long enough to prevent the Engine from stopping). You shouldn't have any Problems to stay behind him, for you can fly much slower than him without stalling.
Chicken Race: Steer down. You have a huge "Antenna" on top of your Plane, that is litterally indestructible. If he hits it, he will be spliced in two - and you even get a Kill for that biggrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 07:19 PM

Nietzsche, you should join us in the Centenary DID we are having a good time flying these old planes. It's a lot of fun first learning to fly the plane and then learning the tactics of actually fighting with the old planes.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 08:08 PM

You are right: These Long-Term-Campaigns sound like a lot of Fun thumbsup
I was a bit intimidated by the long Set of Rules, first, but I think I'll get that managed ;-)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 08:16 PM

We sure would love to have you in the group. To be quite honest, I really prefer my 1915 British character over my 1917 DID character because I'm having to try and figure out the tactics just like they had to do. It just seems to me that in the later war the planes are so good you can be a lot more aggressive, but in 1915 you really have to feel your way along. It's a very fine line that you are tiptoeing along in 1915.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/04/15 09:14 PM

Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.



Dec 4, 1915.



2 A/c Patrol: My flight leader spotted a Recon type machine on the enemy side of the lines we gave chase. We followed and fired as we went in between clouds. It was during the second set of clouds that we lost him so RTB. I had only 10 rds of 303 caliber left. My wing leader had suffered light damage.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/05/15 11:29 AM

It takes bullet damage way better than the Fokker E series. Have to remember the top mounted sword slash move...thanks Nietzsche

Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/05/15 03:14 PM

Ouch. That'll need a hell lot of Scotch-Tape... eek
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/05/15 11:54 PM

popcorn


How did ya keep the old Bus up ?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 12:37 AM

Journal Entry: December 5, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

The last two days have been very productive in both helping me to hone my tactics and in destroying the hated Hun. I must say, that my wingmate Connor Milne has really taken my tactics to heart and is becoming quite the skilled scout pilot. In spite of the bloody bureaucrats at Wing, he has tallied 9 victories and looks to continue scoring. My last two sorties will serve as a perfect example of what I'm trying to accomplish with my flight. Yesterday's sortie was typical for us, we were ordered to fly a defensive patrol over a neighboring aerodrome. We were orbiting over the aerodrome watching the sunrise when here came two Aviatiks, I signaled Conner and we began our attack. I immediately noticed that Conner began his attack just as I had instructed him and in no time his opponent was spinning earthward. After I was certain he was okay, I began to attack my opponent and I quickly had him also spinning earthward.



You might notice from the photo how close I am to the enemy, well, I've discovered in my experiences that the closer you are to your opponent the better the opportunity for success. Our opponents both crashed within a mile of Coodekerque aerodrome so they were quickly confirmed.

This morning's sortie was a line patrol up near Niewpoort with Roderic. We were flying along enjoying the sunrise, when off to our west here came two Aviatiks returning from some kind of mischief. We began our attack and just like clockwork we had two more Aviatiks spinning to earth. Roderic is well versed in my tactics since he and I developed them together so it makes us a very efficient team. It's always gruesome when you get a flamer, but I feel pretty certain that because of how I attack the Aviatiks that I killed the pilot before the aeroplane burst into flames, at least I hope so.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 06:12 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 07:03 PM

duh

My pilot had a Mid-Air today. 4 A/C PATROL on a Deep penetration raid. Top Cover knocked down a Recon type ( Burned)
Then Sgt De Orleans chased and fired into a second recon type Crash in a Mid air collision making him Deceased. Target Fixation !


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KIA Stats: Missions 26 Time: 31.42 Kills 3 confirmed 4 Claimed. 1 Medal.
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 08:10 PM

well, at least it wan't one of your own that crashed into you. Still a bit frustrating
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 08:39 PM

That sucks, you've had a string of bad luck, maybe with your 'D' pilot things will turn around.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/06/15 09:55 PM

It happens....
Arg, forgot about my weekly report...SATURDAYS....
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/07/15 04:24 AM

Journal Entry: August 8, 1915
Bertincourt

I reached quite a milestone today at least that is what Hauptmann Schoenebeck said. Today I broke the 100 hour mark in my log book. It was so momentous that Hauptmann Schoenebeck has actually given me a 48 hour pass to Douai. I have no idea what I'll do there, but I have two whole days to find something interesting. Anyway, time to turn in because I start my little adventure in the morning.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/07/15 06:11 PM

ahem... excuse my sillynes, but, if I want to start in Warbird-Mode now, do I start at June, 1st or at the current "Date-Equal" Dec. 7th?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/07/15 06:30 PM

You would start on today's date, Dec. 7th. Remember, you need to fly from the starting airfield in whichever country you choose to their airplane depot. If I'm confusing you, just read the rules everything you need is in there. Finally, welcome to the party I think you'll enjoy it.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/07/15 06:44 PM

...yeah, the "Transfer-Flight" is also the Reason, why no Americans are available. The Transfer Route New York-Fontaine sure explains, why no american Fighter appeared on the Scene before 1918 LOL
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/07/15 07:20 PM

Well, that and they're neutral. rofl
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/08/15 12:12 PM

Gentlemen, I hereby produce before you:

Offizierstellvertreter Albert Appelkorn from Nordhausen - Home of the famous "Nordhaueser Doppelkorn".



Storyline will follow soon...
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/08/15 01:42 PM

Welcome to the grinder Nietzsche!
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/08/15 02:46 PM

Welcome and if I've forgotten to mention it, please submit your weekly status on Saturday so I can build the report on Sunday. There is a link on the first page of the thread.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/08/15 03:20 PM

Thanks smile
Okay, I will do that. I will take on Mission #2 this Evening and try to get familiar with the Area, there. The good Thing: A lot of Airfields... pretty rare in that Era. Let's see if that is helping...
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 03:20 PM



Okay, Albert Appelkorn has finished his Training and earned his first Point in a "Take some Pics of the Front Mission".

I have one Question: A Point for the Mission is only then granted, when the Mission-Debrief explicitly describes it as a Success, or says "Well done" or something like that, right? When the Summary just says: "Took off, been there, flew back and landed." that's not enough.
So, I counted only one Point for Landing @ Home.

I'm not yet listed in the Surveillance-Link, so I'll enter my Data as soon as I'm in.


...found this funny Scene in J-Mode:

Domesticated Sheep can become very tame indeed ;-)
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 03:56 PM

Nietzsche, that's how I'm calculating the points. I don't think you need to worry about being too careful in how you calculate the points, I think most people just view the points as a kind of barometer on how they are doing. At least in my mind, the winner of this campaign will be the pilot who survives.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 04:10 PM

Those sheep best be careful or they could wind up as ground meat.
Has anyone ever had their plane make contact with an animal? Is it like running into a fence?
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 04:13 PM

I'm with Banjoman, points mean nothing really. I find the hours flown more impressive than the points.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 04:15 PM

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Those sheep best be careful or they could wind up as ground meat.
Has anyone ever had their plane make contact with an animal? Is it like running into a fence?


Don't know about that, but I tried to use some horses as target practice. Didn't work out as I expected. No explosions, not even smoke.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 04:23 PM

What?!? Horses do not explode? ...that's disappointing deadhorse
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/12/15 04:43 PM

Another item for the wishlist.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/13/15 02:40 AM

I remembered to fill out a survey this week even though I dozed off after dinner. biggrin
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/13/15 09:48 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 01:51 AM

Journal Entry: August 15, 1915
Bertincourt

I'm sorry that I've been so remiss in writing journal entries; it defeats the whole purpose of keeping a journal if one doesn't write entries every so often. I would wager that the reason for the lack of journal entries would be caused by the lack of anything noteworthy happening in the last couple of weeks. I won't say that it is dull, because it's not possible for flying to be dull, but it is very routine. We get up, fly our daily sortie, come back to a delicious lunch and dinner and then spend the afternoons and evenings either resting, playing cards, listening to music or reading. I guess it is a rather lovely way to fight a war. I do have a sneaking suspicion that these halcyon days aren't going to last much longer. Just the other day, we heard a rumor of a new type of aeroplane that the High command will be releasing to certain units for testing. It's all very hush hush and we didn't hear of any details. I fear these relaxing, peaceful days where our only concern is what's for dinner won't be lasting too much longer.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 02:11 AM

Journal Entry: December 13, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

Have you ever fussed and worried over a cocoa-nut and as soon as you finally reach the prize, your friend comes along and eats it before you can. Well, I had something similar happen to me today. Roderic and I were sent to fly a line patrol near Niewpoort. We had just arrived when we spotted a lone Aviatik flying along without a care in the world. That poor Hun saw us at the same time and quickly turned for home, but we are quicker and he couldn't get away. I swooped in and gave him a good burst after which he began belching smoke, but my Lewis jammed so I had to turn away. It was at that point that Roderic pulled up and quickly shot down my Aviatik. I had done all of the work and I wasn't very happy. When we returned, he just smiled and said, "What, I didn't think you wanted it." What could I do but laugh and together we walked to the RO's hut together.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 02:54 AM

Yup, my wingman does it all the time. It's not so bad now when the enemy is armed. I let them have the first go. They swoop down shoot each other up and limp back home. That's when I step in an sweep whatever's left over. Usually by then the rear gunner is knocked out and the plane on its last leg.
It was a totally different story with BI's - pretty much a "race" to get there first and try to shoot the poor #%&*$# down before the rest gets its turn.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 10:57 AM

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Greetings folks. I was able to get back to some flying in this campaign, now that I have the majority of my mapping project under my belt. It was very enjoyable catching up on everyone's pilots here and thank you all for the wonderful reports and such. However, what was not so wonderful was the engine trouble my pilot, Allard Tremblay, suffered in his first mission back. He and his gunner/obs were forced to land 10 kilometers behind the lines where they were immediately set upon by Boche troops and captured. They are now guests of the Kaiser for the next six months - six months! So, I now have a question. Would it be allowable to move Sous-lieutenant Tremblay to the "War Birds Rising" group in February when he makes good his escape? Elsewise I will be waiting a very long time for his return in this campaign. Thanks for your consideration on this point.

Allard and his G/O sitting in their now-useless mount moments before their imminent capture.



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Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 11:53 AM

sounds fine to me
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 02:50 PM

I'm certainly ok with that. I do have a question for you Lou, would it be possible for you to work your medal magic in this campaign? It might be too late and I'm sure it's a lot of work, but it is one of the best parts of the other DID campaign and it's the only regret I have with this campaign.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 03:13 PM

Well, I'll start with Berthold Brecht, then LOL
...too sad, I hadn't got the Camera running.
On his 2nd "real" Mission, we were over the Lines, taking some Photos of the Mud below us, cruising along at 12hundred rpm in our two Aviatiks, when I noticed a Doubledecker far away and below us, who was heading in our Direction.
I turned Home at full Throttle, my Squadmate followed, but somehow he did not fly as fast as me.
The Problem:
This one Doubledecker brought his Friends, so there were 3 N-10 Single Seaters in Pursuit... and my Teammate had an unarmed Avi B.
Well, none of these Planes are particulary fast, so I had a long Time thinking about the Options at Hand...
Be egoistic and leave these two poor Guys as easy Prey, while my Gunner and I return comfortably? Or turn around and risk a Fight, allowing my Teammates to escape in the Meantime? (Player's Comment: I trained hunting down multiple Ns with an Avi C quite thoroughly in CQ. 2 Nupes are nothing more than Cannon Fodder for an Avi with a good Gunner. 3 is a somewhat different Situation...)
My Gunner never fired one Shot before, so I had no Idea, if he would just pump a lot of Holes into the Sky (or worse, our own Plane), or if he would rock the House.
Below us - on our Side - no Balloon or Ground Support of any Kind, so, no Sense in forcing them down into Ground Fire (Player's Comment: I've got the AA / Groundfire-Settings in Workshop @ Rambo4 / Terminator3)

All in all, it would be a totally silly Idea, to turn around and save my Teammates from certain Death... so, guess what I did biggrin
To make a long Stroy short:
After almost half an Hour (!) of circling around and hoping for my Gunner to place some lucky Hits, one of the Nupes went Kamikaze on me charge
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 04:12 PM

That's too funny, I'm not laughing at you, but with you. biggrin


Hey, go ahead and post the info for your first pilot so that I can add him to our dead pilots roll. He should at least get honored in some way.
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/14/15 04:38 PM

Okay, I filled in all the Blanks... sorry for not remembering the Name of my Aerodrome (I wrote "Marne"). I know exactly, where it is... the first one after the Bend of the River, right in the Middle of the two Bridges... but that doesn't really help, here biggrin
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/16/15 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
I'm certainly ok with that. I do have a question for you Lou, would it be possible for you to work your medal magic in this campaign? It might be too late and I'm sure it's a lot of work, but it is one of the best parts of the other DID campaign and it's the only regret I have with this campaign.


Thanks Banjoman for giving the thumbs-up on my DID pilot's move. To the medals, I'd be willing to do that when time allows. I would ask though for a rundown on who is actually still active in the campaign so that I can focus on proper awards for those pilots.

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Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/16/15 08:28 PM

reading



Mine is dead and gone. I will start over again maybe after X mas.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/16/15 09:42 PM

What happened? jawdrop
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/20/15 09:43 PM

Here's the latest status report.

Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/23/15 04:36 PM

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Thank you for the updated stats Banjoman, much appreciated. So, if a few medals were to be presented in this campaign would you be able to add them to the chart?

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Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/23/15 06:11 PM

Yep, I sure could. The chart is still evolving, so if you have any ideas on how to make it spiffier I would sure like to hear them.
Posted By: carrick58

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/24/15 08:06 PM

reading

Banjoman: He had a Mid-Air with his Target 2 seat Recon plane.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/24/15 08:40 PM

I'm still flying. Had much going on in the real world, a windows loading issue with my rig, and a new Grandson born on the first day of winter.

Dolf went out for a flight a few days ago. His wingman is back from leave so now there are two Pfalz EIIIs in the air to protect the rest of the squad which is flying Aviatik BIIs and CIs. Think I'll take Dolf out for a flight now after advancing some time to current date. Seems like those BIIs ought to phased out now.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/26/15 07:18 PM

Journal Entry: December 26, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I haven't flown for 10 days and it's been great. I returned from a five day leave on the 21st and it's rained ever since. It has rained nonstop for the last five days and St. Pol is a morass. It will probably take a week for everything to dry out. This is beautiful country in spite of the rain, but when it does rain, it isn't fit for man or beast.

My five day leave couldn't have come at a better time, I went home and was able to celebrate Christmas with my family. It was a lovely time of just relaxing with my family, eating good food, and generally just lazing around. Of course, everyone wants to know about the war and I tried to relate only the humorous and positive happenings, no sense in burdening everyone with the reality of what is really going on. I found the common man's reaction to both of my VCs to be rather humorous as well, I hadn't realized that I was now royalty. I'm enjoying this respite, but I understand that it won't be long until the killing begins again and I'll be called back to do what apparently I do rather well, shoot down Huns.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/27/15 02:19 PM

Here is the latest status report.

Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/27/15 02:40 PM

Thanks Banjoman
Posted By: Nietzsche

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/29/15 05:07 PM

Okay, my new Guy is Berthold Bruchlandung. Nomen est Omen, his very first Transfer Flight from Cologne to the Front ended with a major Engine Malfunction in the Proximity of St. Quentin. The 2nd did not even start, because WOFF spawned the Planes below Ground (all Crafts written off, all Pilots okay).
Nevertheless, I absolved the Training Flights in an Avi C... and now I am allowed to "use up" Berthold's old E1 for the following Misions :-)
Enlistment in the DID-Board will follow soon...
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/29/15 05:13 PM

Haha, I don't know who has worse luck, you or Carrick.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/29/15 05:47 PM

Thanks for the Chet Banjoman.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/30/15 12:46 AM

Today my squad was renamed from MS57 to N57. With that came the new emblem:



I decided to add it to my otherwise plain plane. Hopefully it doesn't look too much like a bull's eye.

Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/30/15 01:23 AM

That looks good. The French had such cool markings for their Escadrilles.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/30/15 01:38 AM

Agreed. I especially like their Egyptian motives.
Storks ... not so much.
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 12/30/15 02:14 AM

Dec. 29, 1915

Seems the new emblem on Achille Renard's mount is a magnet for Eindekkers. He and his wingman were on a routine escort mission when 2 E.III's came sniffing around. Achille's wingman took care of his pretty quickly, while Achille himself was toying with his prey, savoring it, letting him think he can run away (not really - he could barely get behind the Fokker and aim properly until they run out of altitude.)



Even then he barely escaped from crashing into the trees, but finally he got a lucky burst. The Fokker started burning and crashed into the ground. It happened so quickly there was no time to take a picture.



Achille looked around for his wingman, but couldn't locate him. He assumed he already went home, but noticed a few dots above the nearby Douai aerodrome. He contemplated going there and taking a few shots at the unsuspecting Huns concentrating on landing. He didn't have much ammo left - he didn't have much ammo to begin with. Then he noticed that the dots weren't really circling the 'drome. It was another dogfight and most likely this is where he would find his wingman. Achille pointed his plane towards Douai. It didn't take long to get there, as his wingman was already in full retreat flying to the closest friendly field, followed closely by a German. The enemy pilot was concentrating so intently on catching up to Achille's wingman that he totally missed another Nieuport fly right behind him and empty the rest of his ammo into his back. He started smoking and went down in slow circles. Achille and his wingman made it back home safely.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 04:56 PM

Nice little dust up Fullofit!

To anyone who cares to chime in. Is scoring optional? Adelwolf has been promoted but I have completely lost track of his score. Surviving is my score but will try to reconstruct it if mandatory.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 05:06 PM

Scoring isn't mandatory and I've wondered if I should just drop it. I think when we started we wanted some way to measure how well everyone was doing in relation to each other. If the rest of the group wants me to eliminate the score from the Status Reports I'll do that or we can keep going as is and you can just pickup where you left off.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 05:12 PM

Thanks Banjoman, I will be flying this campaign more now that Adalwolf has more than engine fires and Archie to worry about. Lots of fun!

Happy New Years!
Posted By: lederhosen

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 05:26 PM

ahhhhh...all those report forms I've filled in!

either way...just staying alive seems to count the most. But then we already have Olhams DID. If we only had online play.
Perhaps a different way of score keeping is needed. As it is I fill out my homemade logbook after each flight or things get messy come wedensday.

Maybe:

Missions flown = 1pt
Hours flown = 1pt per full hour
Claims total = 1pt (wether confirmed or not)
victories conf. = 2pts (as per the rule 1 claim for every 3 victories in a single mission)

Promotion = 10pts per level.

n.b. perhaps a new rule...when you make Captain (or what ever in other nations) then you have to transfer to be a flight commander some where else.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 05:42 PM

Originally Posted By: lederhosen
ahhhhh...all those report forms I've filled in!

either way...just staying alive seems to count the most. But then we already have Olhams DID. If we only had online play.
Perhaps a different way of score keeping is needed. As it is I fill out my homemade logbook after each flight or things get messy come wedensday.

Maybe:

Missions flown = 1pt
Hours flown = 1pt per full hour
Claims total = 1pt (wether confirmed or not)
victories conf. = 2pts (as per the rule 1 claim for every 3 victories in a single mission)

Promotion = 10pts per level.

n.b. perhaps a new rule...when you make Captain (or what ever in other nations) then you have to transfer to be a flight commander some where else.


Nice idea. Sure would make scoring easy.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 06:07 PM

Lederhosen, I like your scoring idea. There aren't many of us flying this campaign so I say that we switch over to your scoring from now on. As far as the transfer idea goes, that is what I'm going to do anyway as soon as another RNAS unit gets created.
Posted By: MudWasp

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 06:31 PM

lederhosen, That score system looks way easier! I was often scratching my head on whether the mission was a success with the current system.

So Banjoman, do we switch to the new system today when we send in scores/fill out report forms?
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 07:04 PM

Everybody start using Lederhosen's scoring system today when you fill out your reports.
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 09:18 PM

Adalwolf Becker has been promoted to Lt.! He just brought down his first plane. Waiting confirmation.


Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 11:00 PM

August News of the World for Intrepid Fliers:
August 1
The Galata bridge in Constantinople harbour was destroyed by British submarines.
August 3
The Second Battle of Isonzo ended with no strategic result as both sides ran out of artillery ammunition.
Russian forces evacuated Van in Armenia.
August 4
Russian troops evacuated Warsaw but took up defensive positions on the north side of the Vistula River.
August 5
After the Russian withdrawal the Germans occupied Warsaw in Poland.
August 6
The Battle of Sari Bair (also known as the August Offensive) began - the last and unsuccessful attempt by the British to seize the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman Empire.
August 7
Heavy fighting continued in the Battle of Sari Bair. British troops were supported by New Zealand and Australian troops.
August 8
The Turkish battleship Barbaros Hayreddin was sunk by the British submarine E11 in the Dardanelles.
August 9
British troops recaptured the trenches at Hooge.
August 10
A surprise Turkish counterattack from Sari Bair on Gallipoli forced the Allies to withdraw.
The German Zeppelin L12 was damaged by aircraft fire during a raid on Dover in the English Channel.
August 12
A British torpedo-carrying seaplane took off from HMS Ben-my-Chree and sank a Turkish supply ship in the Sea of Marmara.
A British advance at Suvla towards the Tekke Tepe Hills was repulsed by the Turks in the Gallipoli Campaign.
August 13
The passenger ship HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-14 in the Aegean Sea.
August 15
The National Register was taken in Britain.
August 16
Lowca and Harrington near Whitehaven in Cumberland were shelled by a German submarine.
August 17
The city of Kovno on the Eastern Front fell to Austro-German forces.
August 19
The German battle cruiser SMS Moltke was torpedoed by British submarine E1 in the Gulf of Riga.
August 20
British airmen destroyed a German submarine off Ostend, Belgium.
August 21
The Battle of Scimitar Hill in the Gallipoli Campaign, which ended in another strategic failure, was the final British offensive in the Dardanelles.
Italy declared war on Turkey.
August 22
Ossowietz in northern Poland was stormed by German forces.
August 23
British warships bombarded German positions at Zeebrugge and Knocke on the Belgian coast.
August 25
German occupying forces established a Polish government in Warsaw. General Hans Hartwig von Beseler was named Governor General.
August 26
German forces occupied the fort of Olita on Niemen and captured Byelostok and Brest-Litovsk in Poland.
August 27
Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff notified Secretary of State Robert Lansing that, "full satisfaction" would be given to the United States for the sinking of the ocean liner SS Arabic on 19 August.
August 29
A combined British, Anzac and Gurkha force failed to take Hill 60 at Suvla.
August 30
The British Government agreed that the Allies could guarantee eventual freedom and self-determination of Bosnia, Herzegovina, South Dalmatia, Slavonia and Croatia, provided Serbia agreed.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/02/16 11:02 PM

Warbird Rising News for December:
December 1
Italy announced her adherence to the Pact of London.
December 2
Bulgarian forces captured Monastir in Serbia.
December 3
Following the retreat from their defeat at Ctesiphon in November, British forces reached Kut al Amara.
December 4
The American anti-war peace expedition of Henry Ford set sail for Europe on the Oscar II.
December 5
The French submarine Fresnel was sunk by Austrian destroyers off the coast of northern Albania.
December 6
The Allied War Council held a military conference in Paris.
December 7
The Siege of Kut began when the Ottoman Army besieged the British-Indian garrison in the town of Kut al Amara in Mesopotamia.
President Woodrow Wilson delivered a war message to Congress denouncing anti-American plotters.
December 8
British forces at Anzac Cove and Suvla in Gallipoli were ordered to evacuate.
In Flanders Fields was published in Punch magazine. It was written by Canadian medical officer John McRae after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier earlier in the year.
December 10
German attaches Captain Boy-Ed and Captain Papen were recalled from the USA by their Government.
December 11
General and politician Yuan Shikai accepted the title of Emperor of China.
December 12
Greece conceded Allied demands regarding Salonika.
December 13
The Affair of the Wadi Senab concluded two days of action fought in Egypt's western desert between the Senussi and British and Indian forces.
December 14
Hamadan in western Persia was occupied by Russian troops.
December 15
Field Marshal Sir John French resigned as Commander-in-Chief of British forces on the Western Front and was replaced by Sir Douglas Haig.
December 17
German light cruiser SMS Bremen sunk in the Baltic after striking a Russian naval mine.
December 18
US President Woodrow Wilson married Edith Galt at her home in Washington.
December 19
The Allies started the preliminary evacuation of Gallipoli.
December 20
The evacuation of 83,000 troops from Suvla Bay and Anzac Cove in Gallipoli was completed.
December 21
The Japanese passenger steamer Yasaka Maru was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat near Port
Said in the Mediterranean Sea.
December 23
British naval operations began on Lake Tanganyika.
December 24
The French passenger steamer Ville De La Ciotat was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea by German submarine U-34.
December 26
The British government entered into a treaty with Ibn Sa'ud, the Emir of Nejd, accepting protectorate status and agreeing to make war against Ibn Rashid, who was being supported by the Turks.
December 28
British and Indian forces at Cape Helles were ordered to evacuate Gallipoli.
December 29
Draft rules were approved for the Inter-Allied War Council.
December 30
P&O passenger liner SS Persia was torpedoed and sunk without warning by German U-Boat commander Max Valentiner.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
Posted By: MFair

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/03/16 12:24 AM

Thanks for the news reel Fullofit. It's always educational to see what's happening at the time.
Posted By: Banjoman

Re: DiD Centenary Challenge - 01/03/16 01:56 AM

Lederhosen, I just used your scoring system and we are definitely using it, it was so much easier. Thanks for the great idea.
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