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#3997359 - 08/18/14 11:29 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart ***** [Re: Olham]  
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One comment - it would make Olham's life easier if you used his squadron titles when capturing your sorties eg. 70 Sqn RFC instead of RFC 70 and so on.


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#3997362 - 08/18/14 11:36 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks, but that's okay for me, Jim - WOFF gives the squadron names like that, I think.
I tried to name them more in the way they used to be; not sure if I did it right,
but I think they called it (for example): No. 70 Squadron, RFC

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#3997368 - 08/18/14 11:55 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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The continuing career of Albert "Mushroom" Ward:




18 Aug 1916 @ 06h17 Recon of troop and vehicle movement over the lines east of Armentieres.

Escort of 4 DH.2s from RFC-29 out of Abeele.

I lead the flight with Soar, Parsons, Booker and Hervey accompanying. A flight sent Mesurier and Huskisson to follow up. We had rain and dense cloud from 6000 to 7000 ft. with breaks between 7000 and 8000 ft. The flight to the lines was quiet if somewhat wet.
Im sure glad I brought my flask of hot coffee with me. We circled the recon area and shortly after I spotted an EIII below trying to climb up to get into position on us. I broke formation and attacked him sending several volleys into him and forcing him down. I returned to circling and climbing back up to my mates and no sooner regained altitude than I discovered either the same pesky EIII or a different one moving in on me. This one I also attacked and sent him down with his engine smoking. I returned to altitude with my mates and finished the recon. When I got back to base we all discussed the events and Soar indicated that there were two EIIIs. He saw the second one I attacked go down and he had also engaged the first one with some hits but it got away. I put in a claim but since we were over the lines I doubt it will be confirmed unless our troops saw it.

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18 Aug 1916 @ Artillery spotting for shot fall and troop movement south of Diksmuide

I lead the flight with Sheely accompanying. A flight sent Soar, Mesurier and Hervey to follow separately. We had towering cumulous from 4000 to 5000 ft. The flight was uneventful with no sign of Hun aircraft, but Sheely had to drop out half way to the recon area due to engine trouble. He made a landing at Furnes. I returned to base successfully and upon arrival I was informed that my two claims from the afternoon of the 17th and the morning of the 18th had been confirmed. I now have a total of 23 victories over the Huns.

We celebrated in the mess and Sheely arrived in time to join us. His aircraft will be out of service for 2 days but we have spares available so he will have no down time.

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#3997661 - 08/18/14 09:10 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Always fun to read your reports, Robert. "Shroom" has turned into quite the deadly pilot! Sounds like he has perfected the "Buzz 'n Shroom" technique of fighting smile2


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#3997735 - 08/19/14 01:48 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Because of a lack of planes we only fly one mission a day. Today we are to bomb the front lines SE of Bethune. Me and my gunner Drury are the only members of our flight with no escorts. Bloody lovely job! We make the target without contact and drop our load. With nothing around we start a circle to see our hits. Big mistake! As I look up and around 6 Hun scouts are on us. I dive but not befor I hear and feel bullets striking our crate. Into a cloud and out and 3 are still on our tail. I turn to engage but quickly stall. The controls are very sloppy. This is some fix. I dive as hard as I dare and Drury drives off 2 of the 3. I turn gently to engage the last one and he makes one pass and heads for home. With my controls not responding well we head to Le Gorgue and make a shaky landing. That's the last time I loiter to see where my eggs fell. Lesson learned.


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#3997762 - 08/19/14 02:56 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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06:42 Line Patrol Over the Niewpoort Area

Foul weather to start the day with another patrol near the coast at Niewpoort. "A" flight was in the lead by about a mile when two contacts dropped in behind them between our two flights. Unable to catch them we could only watch. After a few minutes the contacts could be seen pulling away and heading towards the German lines, so I could only assume they were enemy aircraft based on their behavior.

We soon lost sight of A flight and never regained sight of them. As we approached the coast I spotted two contacts which seemed to be following us. But with the heavy clouds I soon lost sight of them. Later during our patrol there they were again, this time about 500 yards directly below us...and they were Fokkers! But they didn't see us and went on with their business.

This game of cat and mouse went on throughout our patrol with the contacts following us off and on even as we were homeward bound and well to the west of Niewpoort. Finally the Fokkers begain to close on us and our gunners opened up at about 300 yards at which point they immediately broke off without further incident.


14:53 Line Patrol Between Ypres and Niewpoort

The bad weather broke and the sun came out for our afternoon patrol. There seemed to be nobody else in the sky with with us, either friend or foe. Then I spotted three cons about a mile to our left and above us. I watched them intently as they passed by, and finally as they closed I could see they were Fokkers. But they didn't seem to see us in the partly cloudy skies. I continued to watch them as they passed more to our rear and then out of the corner of my eye I realized there were 5 Fokkers trailing us by just 500 yards that nobody had seen!

No time to really think and no telling where they came from, I jumped in my gunners position and opened fire at about 300 yards. The Fokkers reciprocated. They seemed to split up a bit, picking out their favorite targets among the three trailing planes in our formation of six (me being one of them). Within a moment our rearmost plane began to trail smoke and went into a dive. At the same time I heard bullets start to hit my plane so I broke to the right with two Fokkers in hot pursuit.

As I dove to gain some speed I could tell my plane wasn't handling right nor my engine sounding all too good. I put the nose west and went into a shallow dive at full throttle. This gained me 600 to 800 yards separation from my two pursuers but I quickly ran out of airspace and had to level off at about 1500 feet. At full throttle I was only making 60 mph with my damaged engine so I knew I would be caught by the Fokkers within moments. But off to my left I saw a British observation ballooon and made a beeline for it!

Just as I reached the balloon the Fokkers reached me and my friends on the ground opened fire. One Fokker plummeted into the ground immediately and the other turned in retreat back towards his lines. I limped my plane home only to find I was the only one to return. Later that day I learned that four craft from my flight and their crews had been destroyed with only one other surviving craft who had been forced to land with its pilot lightly wounded.

You can imagine my relief when I returned and was told that my transfer request to Esc 5 (RNAS-1) where I would be flying Nieuports had been approved! I quickly packed, said my goodbyes, then caught a ride with a supply truck heading on to Furnes this evening where Esc 5 is stationed. But my high spirits were tempered by the thoughts of the men I left behind at Auchel/Lozinghem flying those Farmans and wondering how much longer Capt. Bouckaert would survive.

When I arrive at Furnes I mean to find out the name of that balloon crew and send them all some fine whiskey and cigars as they certainly saved my neck today!

P.S. And I thought DiD might be boring...this has been hair raising to say the least, and some of the best flight simming I've done in a good long time! pilot


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#3997811 - 08/19/14 06:59 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Originally Posted By: Olham
Thanks, but that's okay for me, Jim - WOFF gives the squadron names like that, I think.
I tried to name them more in the way they used to be; not sure if I did it right,
but I think they called it (for example): No. 70 Squadron, RFC

As long as everyone get's their numbers right... mycomputer



I noticed you were doing that. Thought about naming as you do, but always forgot about it when survey time came.

#3997815 - 08/19/14 07:07 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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MFair, that was a close shave with death
Bucksnort, Congrats on the transfer and definately offer cigars and whiskey for that ground crew.

#3997838 - 08/19/14 09:44 AM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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No problem, MudWasp - without knowledge of the detail, the flyers would just name the units as they are assigned in the sim.
I have my knowledge from WIKIPEDIA here, but it is hard to find more about the correct writing of squadron names.

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#3997880 - 08/19/14 12:36 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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#3997891 - 08/19/14 12:50 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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The continuing career of Albert "Mushroom" Ward:



19 Aug 1916 @ 06h22 Artillery spotting for shot fall and troop movement west of Lens

Escort of 2 Nieuport 11s from RNAS-1 out of Furnes

I lead the flight with Sheely and Huskisson accompanying. We had scattered cumulous between 3000 and 4500 ft. Our flight to the line was quiet and peaceful. Upon starting our recon circuit I noticed 6 enemy craft coming towards the line. I did an about face and seeing 5 DH.2s coming across our path I positioned us North West of them in hopes they would drive the enemy craft back across the lines. I waited and circled for awhile and then headed back towards the lines but one persistent antagonist kept coming towards us so I engaged him and drove him down. Shortly thereafter another showed up on the scene and I engaged him as well sending him down. Two more came at us and Huskisson took one and I the other I drove mine down and then withdrew from the line slightly circling looking for my mates who soon joined me. We then headed for Hesdigneul our nearest base and landed safely. I took some hits during the melee and I was told my craft would need 1 day repair time. We have sufficient spares so this will not stop me from continuing to do my duty. We all headed to the mess for breakfast and some hot coffee and I put in three claims and Huskisson one.

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19 Aug 1916 @ 15h08 Artillery spotting for shot fall and troop movement south of Diksmuide.

I lead the flight with Sheely, Parsons and Hervey accompanying. A Flight sent Shook, Mesurier, Booker, Soar, and Huskisson to follow on alternating circuits. We had rain with heavy cloud from 4000 to 5000 ft. which broke somewhat over the lines. We did not encounter any enemy machines and having completed the mission, we landed at Furnes safely with no aircraft lost or damaged. When we arrived back at Coudekerque the C.O advised me that my three outstanding claims and Hiskissons claim from the morning mission had been confirmed. He also said that my performance with the squadron has been noted by the brass and that only good things can come of it. As I left the C.O.s office I only hoped that it wouldnt mean a paper pushing job or re-assignment to a training unit in England. I told the boys about the confirmed kills and we all headed over the mess to celebrate. Huskisson and I will be footing the bill. Huskisson who is quite an accomplished pianist was quickly given a beer and started in with some rowdy songs and we all joined in. Hopefully the rain will get worse overnight and we wont have to fly in the morning.


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#3997918 - 08/19/14 01:25 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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A grateful people thank you for your service and loyalty.

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#3997922 - 08/19/14 01:35 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Bucksnort, Congrats on the transfer. Be carefull in the Bebe. She is a good kite but fragile. Mushroom, I think we can all go home and leave the you to take care of all the Huns!


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#3998015 - 08/19/14 05:26 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Congrtats to All. !
Hope that Shroom stays out of my flying zone, I've enough troubles to deal with.

#3998024 - 08/19/14 05:45 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Two DSOs and an MC! A busy day for the brass hats, it seems. Congratulations guys!

Still waiting for that first VC to be awarded. Lou? smile


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#3998025 - 08/19/14 05:46 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Congratulations, Albert Ward and Artemus Burroughs - the Distinguished Service Order
is one of the beautiful medals IMHO. Seeing your hours and points, you surely deserved it!

Congrats also to Algernon Didsworth, for your Military Cross - wear it with pride!

Salute!


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#3998051 - 08/19/14 06:56 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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What we seem to be missing are some German awards but I suspect we will have to wait until the Albs start showing up.

Albert thanks you all for your acclamation.

Best regards to all

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#3998055 - 08/19/14 07:02 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Yes, with the Eindecker, we cannot get very far. The British had the air supremacy
before the arrival of the Albatros D.I and D.II - if you look closer, you will find
that the Entente actually had air supremacy all the time.
The German Luftstreitkrfte could always only defend the hotspots really, and they
tried to achieve that with the later formed Jagdgruppen or Jagdgeschwader (JG).
But the bundling of 4 Jasta to form such a JG left other areas even more blank.

But we will show you that we can fight, when we have a good plane!


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Actually, what we seem to be missing are some more DID Fliegertruppen pilots. We only have three at the moment.

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#3998059 - 08/19/14 07:08 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Well, I don't expect my two-seater pilot to be decorated with the PLM any time soon! Fighter jockeys have a tendency to hog all the awards. smile

However, there were also some highly decorated non-fighter pilots and also observers in WW1 air forces. For example in the German air force (both navy and army) there were in total 80 awards of the PLM, of which 14 were awarded to bomber pilots and observers, one to both the commanding general and his chief of staff and the rest to the fighter pilots.

Olham, I think that the DSO is easily the best looking British military award. Lou has again done a great job with the graphics! smile


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