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#4067622 - 01/22/15 02:37 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart ***** [Re: Hasse]  
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Originally Posted By: Hasse
It's funny how people don't want to fly two-seaters, but they also hate them as opponents, thanks to good shooting skills of their observers. It's not easy to be a two-seater! biggrin


It seems to me that as soon as the two-seater is piloted by me they assign blind observers, while the two-seater opponents more often than not employ snipers of the highest calibre (no pun intended).

#4067625 - 01/22/15 02:41 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Hasse]  
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Originally Posted By: Hasse
It's funny how people don't want to fly two-seaters, but they also hate them as opponents, thanks to good shooting skills of their observers. It's not easy to be a two-seater! biggrin


I like two seaters, but just feel safer in a scout for DiD. Although I have shot down a couple Nupes in a DFW non DiD campaign.

Hasse, Is the bomb loadout in the Rumpler correct now? I swear I selected 8 bombs the other day, but could only drop 2.

#4067632 - 01/22/15 02:52 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Don't know about the Rumpler, but the Aviatik had that problem. I haven't flown one in many months, so I don't if the problem is still there. Sounds like it is. Maybe the devs forgot to fix it?


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#4067637 - 01/22/15 03:00 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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I'll check it out in quick combat and report back salute

Back... and can confirm only 2 bombs available in an 8 bomb loadout.

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#4067654 - 01/22/15 03:28 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Fabian von Fair met his demise this morning.

He and two of his flight were escorting 2 DFW's near Arras. They had been shadowed by 6 planes that he could not make out for about 10 minutes. They were between him and friendly territory so he was keeping an eye on them. In the clouds he lost sight of them. As they came out of the clouds, 6 French scouts were going toward the Recce craft about a 1000' below. 5 against 6 is not to bad of odds so he and his mates dove to their aid.

It was a real show with Fabian damaging two and sending them scampering away. After sending the second one on his way Fabian started to climb and take stock of the situation when he collided with something. Wounded, with fuel spewing all over the place he switched of his engine and set his machine down behind the lines in a not so gentle manner. The Tommies or French, he did not know, pulled him from his aircraft but he died on the way to the aid station.

He must have collided with one of the French scouts as both of his flight and the Recce craft made it back safe. The enemy buried him with full military honors.


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#4067666 - 01/22/15 03:42 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Damn, he was doing quite well, wasn't he, MFair?
I'm sorry for your loss - collision is always such a nasty reason to die - but happened a lot.
Perhaps you report his last records to the survey and wait 'till Monday with a new pilot?
Then I will list his final record in the chart.

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but they either didn't see us, or they were not into a scrap so far beyond their own lines.



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#4067685 - 01/22/15 04:16 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Damn, what a bloody month this is turning out to be! You lost a very successful pilot, MFair. Sorry to hear about it.


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#4067696 - 01/22/15 04:49 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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That is clearly a bummer! That collision thing has killed my pilots before. It has made me very cautious of even my own flight mates when we are escorting recce. Sometimes they weave back and forth and come so close to me that I have to take evasive manouvers. You not only have to watch for enemy scouts, you have to watch your own flight mates carefully as well! Geez, what a war!


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#4067715 - 01/22/15 05:23 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Damm collisions!
As Robert stated above, your own squadmates can take you out. Sometimes with no enemy around.

RIP Fabian! salute

Gustaf is a possible future name....

#4067718 - 01/22/15 05:26 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Hasse]  
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Originally Posted By: Hasse
Damn, what a bloody month this is turning out to be! You lost a very successful pilot, MFair. Sorry to hear about it.


Yeah!
What happened with the "Quiet/Low Activity" rating?

Maybe time spent grounded by weather is being made up for in increased activity on flyable days?

#4067783 - 01/22/15 06:48 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Terrible news Mfair. Losing a pilot with over 50 sorties under his belt is heartbreaking. Still, it caps an impressive run so feel good about that!!

#4067786 - 01/22/15 06:53 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Originally Posted By: Robert_Wiggins
MFair

That is clearly a bummer! That collision thing has killed my pilots before. It has made me very cautious of even my own flight mates when we are escorting recce. Sometimes they weave back and forth and come so close to me that I have to take evasive manouvers. You not only have to watch for enemy scouts, you have to watch your own flight mates carefully as well! Geez, what a war!


Robert and all, I have had the Allied escorts fly all over the place like you say but the Albatross pilots don't seem to have that problem.

This fight was one big fur ball with a few close collisions. After damaging 1, I spent the next few minutes just trying to shake 3 off my tail. Once I had damaged another pretty severely, I felt pretty confident that we had gained the upper hand. That's when it happened. I had no idea at the time if it was ours or theirs, or where he came from. Come to think of it, maybe Archie had opened up and got lucky on the first shot. Who knows.

I am going to spend some time getting my enhanced shaders working and then start another pilot. That is if I can stand it. I love this Campaign! Ya'll give'em hell boys! I'll be watching.


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#4067801 - 01/22/15 07:24 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Olham]  
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Olham: Yes, he was my new guy. He didnt last long Hun ? Been having a devil of a time lately Maybe I should switch to Tanks or Boats.


Maeran: Basically, He didnt see the Huns. I was over the lines in heavy cloud and flying alone. Looking ahead, I spotted several dots low at 11 oclock so thought cool I can do this Then out of the clouds and very close came 2 Halb D-2 or D-3,s Rat a Tat tat Wounded Rata tat smoke my gunner never fired then FIRE Pilot KIA.

Bit of Bad Luck. dizzy

#4067851 - 01/22/15 08:31 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: Hasse]  
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Originally Posted By: Hasse
It's funny how people don't want to fly two-seaters, but they also hate them as opponents, thanks to good shooting skills of their observers. It's not easy to be a two-seater! biggrin


Just barely survived my second mission as Berndt Moeller, piloting the DFW. Cruising along toward the front, happily minding our own business, when bam, bullet strike! I immediately turned and descended rapidly, twisting, turning all the while, and not even trying to see where the attack had come from. No pursuit came, thankfully, and I managed to land at a friendly airfield. Moderate damage, but no one hurt. Flying for the Hun, one must remember that there's a much greater chance of E/A being present, when flying on your side of the lines!

I think the thing with flying 2-seaters, is the importance of keeping your attacker above you at all times. Two-seaters become a real challenge for scouts, that can't find a way to attack them from below.

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#4067887 - 01/22/15 09:31 PM Re: The DiD Campaign Revival - Intro and Rules [Re: Olham]  
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Originally Posted By: Olham
Yes, Corsaire.
After the 5 hours on the 2-seater, you can then transfer to a unit you want to join.


...I've been meaning to double check on this for ages... is it 3 hours in 2-seaters, or 5 hours, before you can move to a scout?

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#4067890 - 01/22/15 09:38 PM Re: The DiD Campaign Revival - Intro and Rules [Re: Olham]  
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We reduced it to 3 hours, Harry.


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#4067901 - 01/22/15 10:08 PM Re: The DiD Campaign Revival - Intro and Rules [Re: Olham]  
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Another day, another attack on the Monchy-Le-Preux balloon. West was scanning the sky as B flight approached the sausage. Off to the right and above them were two dots.

Grabbing his binoculars, he saw the distinct wings and tails of Fokker Eindeckers.

Outnumbered and outclassed, the monoplanes surely would not interfere, Cadogan mused.

One Eindecker seemed to agree with West, and continued flying south east. The other dived down to engage the pups.

"Madman!" thought West. "I'll have him!" He pulled up and turned into the attack. It was the work of a moment to get on the tail of the Fokker. West's finger pressed the trigger and the Fokker span away.

A burst of Archie blocked West's view for a moment, but below him he saw the monoplane dive away until it made a rushed landing near the site the balloon. One wing struck an unseen obstacle and was torn back. Success!

The balloon was a smouldering wreck and West joined the reforming flight. They circled the balloon and his handywork.

Everyone made it back safely and West was very pleased with himself. He walked over to 2nd Lt Foster and beamed.

"What about that Hun!"

"What Hun?"

Cadogan was dumfounded. "Did you not see that Eindecker I shot down?"
Foster looked puzzled. "An Eindecker? Are you off your rocker? Thing of the past, old chum."

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And so it is. West's kill has been refused. Today's flight was an escort mission, which would have been nice - West looking after his BE2 brothers- but engine failure put a stop to that after only 20 minutes in the air. These le Rhone's are very temperamental, stick close to the lines if you have one!

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#4067921 - 01/22/15 10:39 PM Re: The DiD Campaign Revival - Intro and Rules [Re: HarryH]  
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Thanks for confirming, Olham. Good news indeed smile


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#4067930 - 01/22/15 10:54 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: 77_Scout]  
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Originally Posted By: 77_Scout
Terrible news Mfair. Losing a pilot with over 50 sorties under his belt is heartbreaking. Still, it caps an impressive run so feel good about that!!

Thank you Scout. Jasta 6 is right near the front. You could see artillery barrages from the field. Missions were sometimes very short hence the 40 plus hours for so many missions. Mission wise I believe that is the longest pilot I have had. That is the one thing this Campaign has taught me. I do not even think "victories" anymore. That attitude really helps. On the other hand, I will be starting my "G" pilot which I think puts me in the lead for the race to "Z" pilots. I still have a lot to learn.


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#4067940 - 01/22/15 11:11 PM Re: The "DiD Campaign Revival" - Intro, Rules, Reports & Records Chart [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted By: MFair
[quote=77_Scout]I do not even think "victories" anymore.

Although I iniciated the revival of the "DiD" idea, I am also only getting there slowly.
Death by death.
I always knew I had to learn it.
But I didn't think it would have to take so many lives.


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