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#4143402 - 07/06/15 01:15 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4143406 - 07/06/15 01:18 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4143473 - 07/06/15 03:10 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nice stories, Kuroken!

It seems both Vixs have found German planes that can shoot back!

#4143477 - 07/06/15 03:21 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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CatKnight, it is so interesting that Kuroken and I are in the same squadron but are having totally different experiences. I haven't seen a single one of the planes that he is now seeing, I'm sure it won't be long.


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#4143532 - 07/06/15 06:10 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Originally Posted By: CatKnight
Nice stories, Kuroken!

It seems both Vixs have found German planes that can shoot back!


Yeah, weeeeeeeeeeee! As if it's not bad enough that every flight in a Morane is a potential emergency landing, or, as I saw in today's flight, sometimes there's no time for an emergency landing - one of the A Flight's planes started making a terrible roaring sound I've not heard before - I looked back to see his plane turning back toward St. Pol, totally engulfed in fire. Maybe 30 secs from when I heard the sound to watching him burning and tumbling down into the Channel. No enemy aircraft, and we were about a mile off the French coast, so no Archie either.

I'm not sure Germans shooting at me is my main worry....

#4143632 - 07/07/15 01:18 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I was flying around in my Aviatik last week when I saw a single puff of smoke. I took that as a signal to turn for home, but not really an emergency so I banked around.

Then my plane made a sound very much like a..uhm...methane bomb, and I turned around to see this thick trail of black smoke. Time to turn the engine off and hope for the best.

#4143645 - 07/07/15 02:56 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Yup, that was the sound. By the time I'd gone to external view to see around the observer, the plane was almost fully engulfed in flame, trying to get back to the field. He didn't get far before it nosed over and down he went, like a falling meteor.

Scary stuff. I'm hoping that killing the engine and landing as quickly as possible, anywhere I can, will keep it from happening to one of my pilots. I'd rather eat a fence than burn.

#4143937 - 07/07/15 08:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Up on a Recon with 2 other a/c. Spotted a Hun Recon so had a go at it. Gunner got of a full 97 rd Drum but no joy. We were low by then and Ground fire came up hot and accurate. They punched 6 holes in my Kite so I went Home.

#4144092 - 07/08/15 11:35 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144134 - 07/08/15 01:15 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144136 - 07/08/15 01:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144208 - 07/08/15 03:55 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Question for the group, should we include when we are awarded medals in our campaign write ups? The reason I ask is we all know that WOFF awards medals a lot quicker than in real life and I just wanted to know what the group felt about it.


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#4144215 - 07/08/15 04:06 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144287 - 07/08/15 07:04 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Question for the group, should we include when we are awarded medals in our campaign write ups? The reason I ask is we all know that WOFF awards medals a lot quicker than in real life and I just wanted to know what the group felt about it.

I figure all of our pilots will end up with chests full of medals from our respective flying services if they live long enough. Then they'll die, and new pilots will take their places and start it all over again. So in the end, does it matter?

#4144349 - 07/08/15 10:11 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144353 - 07/08/15 10:29 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4144355 - 07/08/15 10:38 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Off with 2 a/c to bombard a Hun AF the other side of Lens. I must say, I dont care much for the deep penetration flights. The Hun aerodrome had a large cloud over it but we dropped anyway. Hits ?

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#4144434 - 07/09/15 05:08 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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July 6-7, 1915



It has been a boring few weeks: Just enough went wrong to keep me on my toes, but not enough to be worth writing about. Perhaps this won't be a gripping yarn either, but it's good to put pen to paper again.

As a reminder, there are six of us: Offz. Sandleitner, our fearless leader: Nice man, pleasant to talk to - when you can actually get his attention. Offz. Nebgen, a mechanic from Bavaria who used his skills and family connections to earn him this role. Fliegers Hammer and Todt - the former even more enigmatic than our leader, while the latter and I (verbally) jousted over which part of Germany was superior, mine or his. I won, of course, and he resents it, which I don't care. Lastly there's Offz. Andreas Collin, who stepped in after 'poor' Flieger Adam was captured. An unknown quantity, though highly confident in his skills.

We've spent the past several days reconning the same patch of hilly, forested land over and over. The French and English are certainly there, but if they're planning something it's beyond my ken and I have no idea what Army HQ thinks we're going to find. It's gotten to the point where we'll send two people up to do our duty and go home as quickly as possible.

Two fliers, for we've heard in Flanders some murderous BE 2 and Morane pilots have taken to settling in front of our Aviatiks and shooting them down. May they burn for their crimes. Perhaps I could be doing the same: Some of the squadrons are getting the new C model Aviatiks. It would probably be a hilarious battle watching two planes with rear gunners try to slug it out.

On the sixth it was just Collin and I, and we flew our routine patrol/recon. By this point I can almost do it with my eyes closed, and between you and me I do just that for a few seconds at a time until the next air pocket brings me to my senses. When I'm not doing that I simply enjoy the sights.



Our route takes us over The Web. That's my name for it - I don't know what, or even if, the converging network has a name. I'm surprised a town hasn't sprung up there, a depot or petrol station, anything. Perhaps after the war when we've finished knocking the French around.



My observer, Edgar Papenberg, has the real job. Whatever Army wants involves using a camera, and we've figured out that attaching the camera via a brace to the plane itself improves the pictures' quality amazingly. Every five seconds or so he takes an exposure as I wheel around. Every so often he reloads the camera. When he runs out of film he signals we can go.

Whatever it is he took pictures of got Army's attention, for on the 7th they sent two flights: Sandleitner leading one, while I led the second with my good friend Todt. We exchanged some unplesantries comparing our pay books and headed back past the rail tracks, past the Web and so to circle our English and French friends some more.

Today they're in a bad mood: They open fire on us, which only encourages me to fly a little higher. It's a dismal day over the front, but not so bad I have trouble staying under the clouds. Papenberg and Todt's observer take more pictures.

After Papenberg finishes we head home. I'm still a bit bored with the routine and idily tapping at switches as we begin our descent. I accidentally kill the magnetos.



In reality, I'd just remapped my joystick so I had one button to turn off the engine in an emergency. I forgot what it did, and thought to myself 'What harm can it do?' so I pressed it. Oops.

After much scrambling and cursing, where my poor Aviatik tried to simultaneously stall AND dive, I got the engine to fire and landed behind Todt.

Where was Sandleitner's flight? I'd seen him turn away to the northeast shortly after takeoff to gain altitude, a step I found unnecessary. Had he been delayed? Worse, had some of those Moranes crossed the line? I knew there were some stationed at Fontaine, perhaps 20 miles away.

After about 20 minutes I washed up then headed into the mess where the orderly made me a sandwich. Stepping back into the sunlight, I heard the familiar drone of engines. I swore Offz. Sandleitner jumped out of his plane before it was completely stopped.

"Where the devil were you?" he demanded, storming to me and wiping his face with his scarf.

"Sir?"

"You!" He pointed at my sandwich, which seemed to offend him. "You weren't on station when we arrived!"

"I'm sorry, sir, but we were there. Papenberg has a full camera as does Todt's man. Perhaps we were gone when you showed? There really is no reason to make a separate climb when..."

"We were supposed to go together so we could compare pictures!" he complained. "Now Army's going to want us to go back there."

I smirked and took a bite out of my sandwich. Army was going to send us back there anyway. Who was he kidding?

Sandleitner shook his head and stormed past me to clean up.

"Try the roast beef!" I called after him.

#4144719 - 07/09/15 09:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I was posted to due the morning Recon. Out on the ramp warming the motors at 0445 hrs. We launched at 0455 hrs and as we got up to 300 meters my #2 a/c went U/S and wound up in the weeds. He almost made the field but the wind was against him. No one hurt,but Heavy damage to the machine. I did the Recon and RTB.


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Early March saw BurnHard leading two other Pfalz planes on a bombing raid targeting enemy troops south of Arras. Most of the snow has melted off the ground except for shaded areas near trees and fence rows.




As he snaked his way south along the lines an enemy troop concentration was spotted. It look to be good as any enemy target on the frontlines.

So he let his bombs go and soon heard those of the rest of the flight whistling towards the hunkered down enemy.
Some bombs hit!



BurnHard then turned towards German turf and and flew North paralleling the front lines. He did spot German flak bursts drawing near and decided to dive down to avoid an enemy contact. That tactic worked and soon all from his FA47b flight were safely back at Douai.

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