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#3975572 - 07/01/14 05:20 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart ***** [Re: Olham]  
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77 Scout Take another drink ,and U will feel better.

#3975583 - 07/01/14 05:32 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Dawn Patrol : Took 3 a/c B flight to the lines and back. Top cover was late arriving to the lines so we didn't spot them till after we headed home. They were still going to the target area. After landing, only one a/c came back from 1 st flight. 1 a/c destroyed, ( Both KIA) one wnd and forced down with a gunner killed. I say , Bad luck.

#3975587 - 07/01/14 05:41 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Scout, I didn't want us to get that "sinking feeling" - but it comes anyway.
All I wanted to create with Jim's and Lou's great assistance, was a campaign experience together with like-minded flyers,
where the bias is all on survival and the permanent awareness of the threats of life everywhere around us -
while victories, promotions and medals are only just by-products of all the struggling.
Not unimportant ones though - we all want to receive awards for our hardships.
But firstly we just need to survive - it is a long way to the hundred hour mark, and to the "Blue Max" or it's Entente
equivalent. So long, that we can really only fly most careful and aware to have a chance at all.

And if it comforts you a little - I am already now beginning to feel that cold fear, when I climb into my crate -
with still less than 10 hours on my slate...


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#3975595 - 07/01/14 06:18 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Ok, Now I understand.
I had been thinking that one column was for Lou's medals and the other for WOFF.

It all makes sense now.

#3975611 - 07/01/14 07:16 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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I flew one mission today. Completely uneventful. A nice change of pace after seeing the whole Abteilung wiped out by Sopwith Tripes which in real life weren't even in service in squadron strength in June 1916!

My pilot has now flown 7 missions and 9 hours. No kills, as expected. Just staying alive is enough for me!


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#3975622 - 07/01/14 07:24 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Alright, MudWasp, it wasn't my day either - I made three corrections for the chart.
That scramble egg I use for a brain... maybe add some salt & pepper? ...

Carrick, you "iron-bum" - when I meet you in my Roland, we can have a battle!
Do you have a forward gun? You are doing fine - carrick on!

Hasse, I just had an hour-long art.obs. trip, where I had to lead 3 more Rolands.
Damn, that was my first bigger lead, and I felt VERY uncomfortable - planes left and right
of me - I had to pay double attention all the time. And on return to base we even got jumped.
I though by a Bristol, which we had seen lower before. But it was a Strutter two-seater,
and he attacked us. When I swung round and took him on, he suddenly ran!
I emptied my whole magazine after him, and - really! - the Blighter sinks and has to put
his kite down on a meadow! My third victory!


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#3975624 - 07/01/14 07:25 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Originally Posted By: Olham
Scout, I didn't want us to get that "sinking feeling" - but it comes anyway.


I probably could have said it better than I did ... not focusing on the sinking feeling, but just to say that my sim-life now feels important to me. I can feel a hint, however small, of what it might have been like to know that you can die at any time, to fly with a heightened sense of awareness, to be on edge and constantly looking behind you. It makes a great simulation just that much better!

And yeah, I might need that stiff drink Carrick!

#3975677 - 07/01/14 09:14 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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My apologizes Olham, for giving you a headache.
I'm buying you a beverage of your choice.

I was thinking you could eliminate a column. Now I think I understand....

The far right column is for Lou's awards for living hours/ staying alive that come in 25 hour increments.
The column to the left of that is for Lou's awards that are similar to the WOFF awards.

#3975685 - 07/01/14 09:38 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Flight Sub-Lt Alex Ackworth - RNAS 4 - Coudekerque - 01 July 1916

We have only 4 flyable planes. I form flight B with Lt Carpenter, the two other planes form flight A. We will meet our escort of Airco DH2s on the way to our recon zone over ground units, south east of Armentires across the Lys river.

As we finish our first overflight, we spot two Eindeckers under us climbing our way. Carpenter goes on all out attack. Being more careful, I stay up a little time while our escort DH2s catch up and join the fight. Bad news for the Einis, one of them goes down, the other one goes home. Carpenter and his observer have been hit and wounded and fly at low altitude towards the nearest airfield at La Gorgue, and I follow them higher up. Good idea, as three Fokkers on patrol nearby start chasing Carpenter. We get to La Gorgue airfield and when Carpenter takes the landing pattern the three Eindeckers form a trail line behind his plane, while the AA starts firing at them.

I dive down behind the Fokkers which make the mistake of staying target fixed on Carpenter. I fire at them one after the other at close distance. The first one breaks and heads home, the two other ones will go down and crash near the airfield.

I land at La Gorgue with Carpenter, and fill out my claim forms.
July 2 will be no-mission day as we don't have enough flyable planes, the two Strutters of flight A are reported missing. We will take our planes back to Coudekerque after repair.

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#3975703 - 07/01/14 10:17 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: MudWasp]  
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Originally Posted By: MudWasp
My apologizes Olham, for giving you a headache.
I'm buying you a beverage of your choice.

Okay - I'll have a huge Mango-Lassi with vanilla ice cream in it!

Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Now I think I understand....
The far right column is for Lou's awards for living hours/ staying alive that come in 25 hour increments.
The column to the left of that is for Lou's awards that are similar to the WOFF awards...

...and which were the real life awards of those day. Correct now, MudWasp!

Corsaire, you are flying from La Gorgue? Did you meet Arthur G. Lee yet? MUST fly there with the Pups and Lee and Courtnidge and all the others one day! ...

*** ***

Here is a comic from my latest adventures with Kasta 18 (my shooting down of the Strutter is missing completely -
to be honest I was in "white-knuckle & jaw-biting mode" and forget to take screenshots).
Before anyone threatens me to draw me to court for copyright reasons, let me remind you that we used to make
such comics with this same technique and effects already in the old OFF Forum - they might be still there...







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#3975720 - 07/01/14 10:49 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Olham I am flying from Coudekerque, but since my flight leader made an emergency landing at La Gorgue which was the closest airfield, I also landed there after I saved his arse. smile2

Great report ! We are getting near to works of art !

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#3975728 - 07/01/14 11:03 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Thank you, Corsaire!
Damn, yeah, I should have read the WHOLE text first.
Coudekerke - that is almost like my nativ Frisian language.
It means "Cold church", if I'm right.


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#3975735 - 07/01/14 11:20 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Originally Posted By: Olham
Coudekerke - that is almost like my nativ Frisian language.
It means "Cold church", if I'm right.


You are right. Written Coudekerque in french and Koudekerke in flamisch.


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#3975742 - 07/01/14 11:41 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: corsaire31]  
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Olham I am flying from Coudekerque, but since my flight leader made an emergency landing at La Gorgue which was the closest airfield, I also landed there after I saved his arse. smile2

Great report ! We are getting near to works of art !

Corsaire, I am also flying out of Coudekerque and while I was missing the cute little farm girl that lives in the farm house about a mile southeast of the base told me you had come by to see her. I have been giving her cigarettes and chocolate for a few weeks now trying to win her charms. I will have to keep an eye on you bud! But as they say, all is fair in love and war.


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#3975813 - 07/02/14 04:50 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Olham, I love your comic book style report. Very cool!

Happy to report that I have made it past 25 hours. I can now exhale after holding my breath for the last two missions.



Corsaire and MFair ... that farm girl is cute, but the girls in Dunkirk are more wordly. We should all go into town one of these days. smile

#3975822 - 07/02/14 06:08 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Olham: VERY nice comic!

#3975830 - 07/02/14 07:23 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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July 2, 1916

I've thought I might use Jim's idea for getting through the war: Namely, switch to the squad that killed your last character, and so forth. Well, since RFC 70 killed Albert, and they fly 2-seaters anyway...



Meet Bilbo Baggins, from some little known country town. Other than a strange desire to acquire rings and throw them into fires, he's no trouble to his new mates.

Guy Cruikshank (HA) led a flight of 6 Strutters to Toelus, east of Arras, to recon. We reached there, though one had to turn back due to a bad engine. We did have a minor scare when I spotted an enemy patrol flying low.



Later on I spotted two E.IIIs, but as they were near ground level and we were passing 12K, no one paid attention to each other.

I was getting a bit bored and swerving my way in and out of formation when abruptly Cruikshank dived, taking the flight with him. I scrambled in pursuit and learned they were in a 5:3 fight with Eindeckers.

I managed to get a few solid shots into Konstain Krefft (HA) making him veer a few times. He swerved under me and ran. I executed a wide turn to begin the pursuit. So did three of my companions. Boelcke would not have approved.

I fired a few more shots into him, but I spent half my time NOT shooting my companions and drifting out of their flight path. One of my friends passed me on the right and delivered the final blow that sent Krefft spinning to the ground.

Everyone turned back, but ahead I saw two dots. More Eindeckers, I assumed. We were down low now, about 3,000 feet, and I didn't want to get caught by surprise so went over to take a look. It turns out to be one E.III (Alfred Osterreicher HA) versus a Strutter, and Osterreicher had the advantage.

Well, I couldn't let that happen. I swung in behind the Eindecker and fired a steady stream into his rear. He swerved away. I chased him. And so forth.

Presently the battle dipped below 1,000 feet. I kept firing, making Osterreicher turn, but I just couldn't end it. Every time I considered letting him go, he used the breathing space to turn and try and engage my Strutter friend who was trying to help but wholly ineffectual. I'd dropped my throttle after a speed warning while diving into the initial fray, now I revved the engine fearing I'd careen into the ground.

Once we passed over a German factory, and I'm pretty sure someone on the ground pinged me. Not bad though.

The last Strutter turned back. It was just me and Osterreicher, some 10 miles behind the front lines at 700 feet. My patience paid off: Torn fabric. A few more bursts - I was down to 83 bullets. Osterreicher tried for a forced landing but couldn't hold it together and crashed.

Time to go home. I fled across the border, but saw no one else. My companions were already in landing patterns as I approached the field.

One mission, one kill.

#3975841 - 07/02/14 08:19 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks, all!

What's all that about farm girls? We don't even have any farms at Pronville,
and the local village girls - well, I think I'm more with Scout: I'll drive
to Cambrai on my next free day - perhaps they have some more "city style".

Damn, Mr. Baggins from Bagginsend, Shire - you stepped right into Mordor it seems.
You better beware - the Ring can make YOU invisble, but not your aircraft.


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#3975864 - 07/02/14 10:47 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Scout, congratulations Sir! Now go for 50!
Olham, What? City style? Your missing out!


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#3975868 - 07/02/14 11:24 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Scout, congrats to your 25 plus hours - looks like you're in for a medal and ribbon with one silver bar!


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