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#4129379 - 06/04/15 11:04 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice, Duke! Loved the Brisfit for the three missions I flew in it before my squad mate plowed into me from behind!


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#4129387 - 06/04/15 11:26 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Yes. I have seen a couple of collisions lately (and died in one months ago) so during the initial formation break-up on enemy sighting I have been doing so most gingerly!

As for the Brisfit she is a great bird. I have (yet!) to feel overmatched fighting an Alb. Between that, the Se, and N17 are the machines that get 95% of my Entente flight time. I also am a big fan of the Camel but there just ain't enough hours in a week.
And, sorry Mom, my luck flying the Alb is absolutely horrible. I am pretty handy with it until I get into those fights where we are at a big numerical disadvantage, especially against Nieuports, and, unfortunately, those are not overly rare!

#4130004 - 06/05/15 10:29 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Well. Rother Nought and the boys from #3 Naval Squadron got their keisters kicked today! Started off well enough as a deep patrol into enemy territory. They ran into a flight of V Strutters that really knew what they were doing. While diving on one attacking his wingman, Nought was wounded by another scout that dove in behind him! He was just able to fight the Albatros to a stalemate, after which he broke off and was happy to finally see friendly territory. Nought set down seeping blood from a clean wound to the left torso, just clearing the lung. He'll be out for 11 days.

As you can see, the rest of the flight fared no better:

Bloody April, indeed!

* I am happy to say that my TrackIR showed up and is working fabulously! The ability to zoom in on a target and actually have some chance to tell what you are looking at is fantastic!


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#4130014 - 06/05/15 11:05 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Yow.
Rough day In the war.
Hopefully tomorrow A.M. I will avenge your boys sir.

EDIT: Apparently vengeance will be delayed. Flew two patrols with 11 in nice weather but no combat. Saw some black tail Albs on the first but the formation.leader didn't like the set-up.

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#4130350 - 06/06/15 11:35 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nought was transferred to Naval #8, with the triplane. For today's sortie, he led his flight over the lines for a good 'ole balloon bust near Athies. Completing that with no great difficulties, he decided to probe around Hun-land for a bit. As they were making their way politely back to their own side of the lines, they encountered a flight of Rolands doing the same thing. Feeling magnanimous, Nought was about to let bygones be bygones and allow the two-seaters pass unmolested, when they moved to attack him! Well, imagine the indignity! It was no holds barred at that point!

Of course, then the numbskull forgot to submit a claims form, so... NO CLAIMS FOR YOU!!!!!!


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#4130361 - 06/07/15 12:14 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Doh!
Did that one time on my only 3 victory mission flying an Alb vs a trio of Fee's.
I was so smug and self satisfied after the mission I blew right by the Claim button.
I feel your pain.

EDIT: Is it the tiny viewing screen on my phone or do you have your FOV stepped out a bit?

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#4130365 - 06/07/15 12:31 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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It's as far back as it will go, but the video always exaggerates it for some reason...


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#4130555 - 06/07/15 05:34 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Rother Nought flying with the 8th Naval
Today he headed out with clear skies to attack an enemy airfield with two wingman. One of them had to drop out due to mechanical problems shortly after takeoff which left a fairly anemic attack force to approach the airfield with. Two Vickers, no bombs and no rockets does not an intimidating threat make. Still, Nought carried on resolutely, taking in many of the sights that makes a WOFF flight always worthwhile:

The most dedicated farmer you've ever seen:

Nought had often heard the praises of German engineering being sung, but he never knew they were referring to the train engineers!

That's some skilled driving indeed!
Seeing an artillery barrage off on the front is always invigorating:

Plus he got a chance to take in his new livery:

In fact, it was shaping up to be a great mission right up until the game crashed... banghead
But thanks to Monseigneur Wiggins, we are restored and ready to try again! thumbsup


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#4130579 - 06/07/15 07:24 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Ok, re-flown flight was much more exciting! This time, B flight from the 8th Naval was tasked with escorting a flight of Quirks across the lines to bomb an infantry formation south of Oppy. They all went over the lines together and Nought directed his flight in a zig-zag pattern, never letting his charges get too far out of sight. He expected the attack to come from above, not from below like a green and white snake in the grass...

Two seaters attacking two seaters? Did that even happen? Anyway, kill was not confirmed, which is OK, as everyone was pretty split up by then. But Rother Nought made Squadron Commander anyway!


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#4130596 - 06/07/15 08:14 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Oh yea.
The enterprising two-seater crew was not adverse to a little one on one with a enemy two-seater, or balloon for that matter, if the situation was good.
At least for the crazy RFC boys. I have read several accounts.
Have read about a couple of French hard-chargers in the 3 place Caudron that they treated like a "gun ship."
And I am sure the Germans played that game too if the situation was right.

#4130597 - 06/07/15 08:17 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Speaking of two-seaters I had my first combat vs a Roland this morning and I see what you mean.
Good lord.
I was shooting up one trying to avoid the observer (unsuccessfully as I was wounded) when his pal flew up on my rear like he was in a Alb and opened up.
Damn guys were going all "Brisfit" on me.

#4131047 - 06/08/15 11:17 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Fun fight today. Squadron Commander Nought led B flight up to the lines to spot a large formation of enemy aircraft seen approaching just south of Armentieres. For once, the enemies were right where they were supposed to be.



Making his way back home, Nought filed for an Albatros scout driven down with the engine out, however, by that time, there was no one near enough to confirm!


*Interesting note... on the way back, I ran into a flight of German Recce, 6 of them to one of me. In my dive-stressed plane, I didn't like those odds. I flew along for a while hoping to encounter some friendlies I could latch on to to join in attack. Eventually, I ran into A flight and hoped for a fight to develop. The Recce wing eventually turned back and A flight made no move to engage. Using labels, it didn't appear that either group noticed the other (both stayed on "patrol"). They were only about 3km apart at one point... Hard to tell what was going "through their minds" but the enemy planes definitely went back, so mission accomplished from my point of view!


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#4131068 - 06/09/15 12:17 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Success!
And I must say I am jealous of all the flight time you get in.
Can my other half come live with you?

#4131084 - 06/09/15 12:56 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Heh, I think you get as many reports in as I do, but, sure, tell her to come on over. She can go shopping with my other half and we can both get some more flying in! pilot


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#4131099 - 06/09/15 01:31 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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salute

#4134136 - 06/14/15 11:32 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Well. Finally got a new SSD drive, everything loaded up, sussed out (thanks, OBD!) patched up (looks FANTASTIC!) and ready to go. So here is another in my line of completely successful attack runs against 2-seater formations that in no way involved any swear words at all! I even left the dead stick landing in for BKCason. (Yeah, it went that well...)


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#4134139 - 06/14/15 11:43 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Well. Finally got a new SSD drive, everything loaded up, sussed out (thanks, OBD!) patched up (looks FANTASTIC!) and ready to go. So here is another in my line of completely successful attack runs against 2-seater formations that in no way involved any swear words at all! I even left the dead stick landing in for BKCason. (Yeah, it went that well...)


Rick, some constructive criticism... next time fly past the formation. get well in front of them and then turn in to approach them from the front and slightly below. Take aim on the lead aircraft and give him hell and pass under him into a slight dive flying well past and then turn around for the attack on the rear staying below him. If you did damage on the first pass he will have fallen out of formation making the second pass much more to your advantage.


Just a suggestion.

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#4134147 - 06/15/15 12:27 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks Robert. Lou has also mentioned that before. My question is, isn't that a fairly ahistorical method of attack? I read that McCudden fine-tuned his sights and fired from really long range. Richenbacker talks about tricking one enemy gunner into expending all his ammo...that doesn't seem to be an option here. I believe the general idea was a low-back attack or a high dive. I don't seem to have a lot of luck with either. I am still kicking though! biggrin I have tried the front attack before, it just seems really out of character! salute


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#4134156 - 06/15/15 12:43 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Originally Posted By: Rick_Rawlings
Thanks Robert. Lou has also mentioned that before. My question is, isn't that a fairly ahistorical method of attack? I read that McCudden fine-tuned his sights and fired from really long range. Richenbacker talks about tricking one enemy gunner into expending all his ammo...that doesn't seem to be an option here. I believe the general idea was a low-back attack or a high dive. I don't seem to have a lot of luck with either. I am still kicking though! biggrin I have tried the front attack before, it just seems really out of character! salute


Out of character may be true, I don't know. In the end, I don't have enough stored historical knowledge to draw on and at any rate when I'm in combat in a mission I base my actions on proven techniques that work for me in the sim. I feel confident that if this technique would have worked in WWI it would have been used. It may have been but I haven't read of it myself. If the technique is questionable for historical accuracy, then whether to use it or not is up to your choice based on the frame of mind you wish to be in.

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#4134189 - 06/15/15 02:04 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks, Robert. New backup utility seems to be working great, by the way! Had a forgot-to-plug-something-in related crash and everything came back great!

Second flight of the day, Nought was tasked with attacking the enemy airfield at Roucourt. This always seems a big useless with a couple of Vickers against the whole airfield. The only thing that usually makes it interesting is if the enemy shows up. This time, we arrived just as their A team was taking off. I slid in behind the tail-end charlie and started firing at him. His mates didn't like it, so they started firing at me. My mates didn't like that, so they jumped in too. And, of course, all the ground gunners didn't want to be left out! Needless to say, fun ensued!



Fortunately, the Albatros pilots went to Stormtrooper Targeting Academy and not Rear Observer Gunnery School, so I came out OK! Great mission! thumbsup


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