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#4116610 - 05/05/15 08:25 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Collection of shots from combat flights on April 9 and 10. With the British offensive at its height I have been very busy to record much and so darn lucky that I have achieved 4 kills though, of course with unlucky #10 I was wounded but I got the N17 that wounded me so we are even. Needed a little 9 day vacation anyway to show my new medal to the folks back home.
According to forum ace BJM this plane probably belongs to one of the RNAS squadrons. Least it wasn't a Triplane.

Being chased by 3 Nieuports.

One of the rare times we have an advantage in altitude.

This is the guy that wounded me but he ended up paying a steep price. When I am trying to shoot down your friend don't come up and shoot me in the back eh?

Spad VII looked pretty smooth coming in but NML is rough and he flipped.


Of course coming back from my 9 days off I see all the Jasta Leaders pets have been equipped with the new Alb DIII while me and the other non-HA's still have the early model.
I'll get one!


#4116730 - 05/06/15 05:20 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Woah, something new today, a Roland severed my fuel lines... I KNOW, RIGHT??? So, here's the file:



I feel like Orr in Catch 22 has a better success rate than me lately! Of course, my landing was not as smooth as last time due to some faster than expected descent and some late pop-in telephone lines... I feel like I used up a bunch of Karma on that one... or maybe the sim was like, "This guy's been pretty good to us, let's cut him some slack".

Anyway, got credit:



Still working on a "Duke" worthy fight!

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#4116862 - 05/06/15 01:10 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Whoa Rick, I think you should just leave two seaters alone, they don't seem to be agreeable with you. biggrin


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#4116877 - 05/06/15 01:29 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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They definitely tend to stick in the craw a bit...


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#4118083 - 05/08/15 10:53 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Alrighty Rick. Time to show your cards.
Got a pre-dawn campaign flight in earlier today. A balloon busting mission with me leading one other member of 56 Squadron.
After blowing it up (and in the campaign briefing getting the "...good job on getting the balloon yet further in the Debrief saying we failed to get it) I flew "56 style" and helped escort a group of Be's (themselves being escorted by Nieuports) on a recon mission.
Despite the good weather not a single Hun was seen.
Hoping my flight time tomorrow will be a little more exciting. I'll use tonight to mod out Bletchley's mission mod to remove the balloon missions till something is done.
And I don't feel bad doing it because 56 got no balloons IIRC in 5 months at the front per "High in the Empty Blue".

#4118099 - 05/08/15 11:41 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice flying Rick. And to quote my favorite movie, "right up to the part where you almost got killed!"


Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from either end.
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#4118108 - 05/08/15 11:56 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice flying Rick. And to quote my favorite movie, "right up to the part where you almost got killed!"


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#4118305 - 05/09/15 03:12 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Saturday April 27 1917 at 1330 leading the 3 strong B Flight on the afternoon Line Patrol with A Flight in support. The mornings balloon attack mission went well, in great weather (above) but we saw no Huns. In the clouds we quickly lose A Flight and just prior to crossing the lines HA Meinjtes drops out with engine trouble leaving just me and non-HA Lt. Channing.


Circle just behind the front for a few and see 4 specks below. As they are trying to intercept us I know they are Huns. Leading Channing I drop a bit and gain speed and, being an old hand now, make for the Hun who has separated a bit from his comrades. This is him with Channing in the upper right going after the three other Huns. 2 vs 4 but this is 56! spartasign


Going after my target I make a pass, scoring good hits, and he now thinks twice about the engagement and tries to get away but I got this Se5 stuff down and am on him. One of his friends gets on my tail but I shake him with a "corkscrew Split-S (tm)" that quickly puts me back on the tail of my target. Another good burst of Vickers and Lewis and he goes straight down for a crash.


Looking around for his pal I see him and get on his tail for a perfect shot only to find my guns are jammed! What the heck! I didn't even notice after my last victory. I keep after him all the while trying to clear my guns. Finally I do and get in another good burst and he puffs smoke and tries to flee to a nearby airfield with me hot on his tail. Over the field I am amazed by the number of tracers coming up, am hit by ground fire, and wonder if I am being stupid. I keep at him though (56!) and, with a lot of rounds, he goes down and finally hits the ground in a nice gentle curve apparently with a dead pilot at the controls. Channing nearby is my witness to his destruction.


Low on ammo I gain height for the trip back across the lines avoiding AA concentrations and finally cross with Channing and land at a friendly field.
Channing puts in a claim for one and I claim two. A Flight makes no contact.
One claim is confirmed and the other is not (oddly the one where my witness was 100' away) making it now 17 kills for Captain DIH. The CO, in a meeting in the mess, states I am to be awarded the DSO for my actions. As a "real life" aside this is my highest scoring WOFF ace ever. Drinks are on me men!

#4118454 - 05/09/15 11:47 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Morning Line Patrol on April 28. a newly arrived Major Stockman is leading.
Over the front I see 6 specks with 3 more about 500' higher. The Major orders the attack. Figuring the three higher specks are fighter escorts I make for them but nope. More DFW's with bombs attached.
Pick out one and attack. I worked hard at this one to avoid the observer (who usually shoots me up) but my "tactics" pay off and I only get a couple of holes in the wing. He finally lights up and, shedding his wings, comes down in the British trenches.


Same plane. Apparently every shot I fired hit the plane just nothing vital till the very end!


Fly behind the lines and attack a Alb DII and damage him but he dives for a Hun field and, already damaged, am wary of the AA fire. Firing some bursts at longish range, and get some smoke puffs, but he lands normally.

Back at base I put in my claim and the non-HA stud, Channing, claims two.

#4118595 - 05/10/15 02:14 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: DukeIronHand]  
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Originally Posted By: DukeIronHand


Same plane. Apparently every shot I fired hit the plane just nothing vital till the very end!



Duke, you should tell your fellow pilots (cue Arnold voice *disregard that no one in 1917 knows who Arnold is*) "That fellow was blind, and I was trying to teach him a lesson... IN BRAILLE!!!!!!"

duck

yeah. I had that coming...

I went back to Rick Rawlings in RFC #60, still trying to see in the dark in dawn patrols. We were supposed to be attacking the rail yard near Athies...how do you suppose that went?

*sound is off a bit, not sure why that is happening lately...



oh yeah, and long after the fighting is over, on the WAY HOME, the sun decides to peep up...



Claim was rejected, must have been too early for the boys in the office to crawl out of bed to file the paperwork...


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#4118597 - 05/10/15 02:20 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice!
Speaking of 60 I just created a career starting in November 1916.
Never had a pilot in 1916 so this will be interesting. Wanted to start earlier but I had to make sure I got the N17.

#4121221 - 05/17/15 10:29 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Some authors, in recording the loss of a WW1 pilot, often say the most dangerous time for a pilot is when he returns from a extended leave as he needs time to get back in the "swing of things." Just got a taste of that as this was my first WOFF flight in about 9 days as I was out of town for work.

April 29 1917 on a morning Line Patrol with 56 Squadron leading B Flight.
We were still about 10 miles behind the lines when I observed British AA around a higher group of 5 specks to our right. Figuring they were two-seaters I turn the flight to intercept. As we got near the specks peeled off to attack our 4 man group and they were revealed to be Alb DII's. Quite bold to be so far back in British territory.
Anyway I never got a shot off and was pummeled by two of the Alb's as I was attacking another. Petrol tank was finally holed and I was forced to land but the flight did well shooting down 3.


I was not wounded so a cheap lesson was learned.
As a consolation prize I decided to fire up my 1916 60 Squadron career to get warmed up and got a Halb DII and a balloon on a DOP. No pics though as I was focusing of flying and fighting...this time!

#4121394 - 05/18/15 02:17 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Back with Rick Rawlings and RFC #60. Mid-February, 1917. After an uneventful Friendly Territory patrol, I pulled out of the landing pattern and headed off to travel the front for a bit to see how much trouble I could stir up. Turns out, quite a bit! I encountered a flight of Rolands headed in a southewesterly direction about 1500 feet below me. Never one to learn my lesson, I dove on them fully expecting to end up in the hospital again:

For once, they only have the silver medalist marksman from the Olympics and not the gold, so I made it out relatively intact. As my flight was back at base, I filed a claim with no witness. Apparently, the nearby infantry division must have spoke well on my behalf, for it was confirmed!

My head tracking was terrible the whole time. Because of the way the video frame rate is capped, you can't see how bad it really is, twitching all over the place. Unfortunately, flying at real life dusk causes a lot of glare from the lights off my glasses, which wreaks havoc with the head tracking!


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#4121446 - 05/18/15 08:38 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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"...glare from the light on my glasses"

I have taken to wearing spectacles ("cheater" reading glasses) while playing WOFF and I wonder if that explains the odd tracking problems I sometimes have. But a lot of people wear glasses so I thought (hoped) it was something in the enviorment.

My new TrackIR Clip Pro should be arriving today specifically for this issue. Hopefully it will solve the problem.

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Good luck, I am still using FaceTrack, so having a strong glare right where it is trying to detect your eye understandably creates some mayhem! winkngrin


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#4121545 - 05/18/15 02:21 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Ah. Didn't realize you were not using regular TrackIR.
I'll let you know how it works out for future purchase planning.

#4122358 - 05/20/15 12:56 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Ok, here's a real dogfight for you, Duke! We had just turned North when patrolling the front when we saw some Albatros scouts that thought better about attacking us. Since we outnumbered them 2 to one and were 1000 feet or so above them, I ordered the attack. Soon, some Halberstadts passing by decided to jump in. One guy was so good, I had to break off from the Albatros to attack him:

I really like how my wingman cleared my six there at the beginning. He was awarded that plane too!
I put in for the Halberstadt (rejected!), I didn't see what happened to the original Albatros, even though he was smoking when last I left him. Very fun fight, overall!


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#4122374 - 05/20/15 02:31 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Did you run out of ammo? I was wondering why you didn't fire on that last Albatros. Of course it was rejected, it was plain to me that you didn't shoot that plane down. winkngrin


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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Did you run out of ammo? I was wondering why you didn't fire on that last Albatros. Of course it was rejected, it was plain to me that you didn't shoot that plane down. winkngrin


His wings "retreated", I suppose... thumbsup Yeah, ran out of Lewis drums at the end, there. Not bad for a day's work, wot?


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#4122477 - 05/20/15 12:55 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Hell of a time to run out of ammo! You had him all set up for the Kill!
I saw a few head on passes by the germans. Did any of them shoot at you? One pass that Halb made was rather close for comfort..

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