Rick Rawlings
No 60 Squadron
February 25, 1917
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Busy flight earlier today. The Major took us up for a line patrol and we were climbing with A flight when all the sudden, everyone took off like crazy. I looked up to see a German recon craft escorted by an Eindecker! That's right! Now you can imagine that everybody wanted to be the guy that shot down the last Eindecker on the Western Front, so they were all off like a shot. I contented myself with the recce craft. Fortunately, it wasn't a Roland, so I used its more docile handling to my advantage. Climbing above him and getting out to the east of his flight path, I was just getting ready to swoop down and attack when I spotted four dots moving in from the North. Squinting in, I made them as Albatros scouts, coming to the rescue! Now the fight was good and truly joined! I was on the one that headed in my direction and was firing on him until I noticed another Nieuport getting attacked and I broke off to defend him. As I followed his assailant down, some of the fabric ripped off my wing, making it very hard to roll my scout. I wasn't much use for the rest off the flight but went looking for stragglers to the east. It was about then that another flight of Albatros floated by above me. Two came down to play and that was when I really got the brunt of it. Barely able to roll into or out of turns, it took all of my concentration to get myself out of there, with a good number of bullet holes in my crate to boot! To make matters worse, my wing fabric fully ripped off on landing and I spun in, wrecking my scout and shaking me up pretty badly!



Player Commentary: As you can see in the video, I don't know what to make of that landing. Overall, these are my favorite kind of missions where things just go crazy quickly (it's almost as if the RNG gods heard my complaint about small skirmish sizes in the other post!) I think I will click on the top aces only selection while I am with 60 squadron, otherwise it gets a bit silly where everyone is an un-killable ace...