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#4146923 - 07/15/15 03:36 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4146924 - 07/15/15 03:38 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4146988 - 07/15/15 06:11 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I say, Smashing good patrol wot ? Our 3 a/c section was doing a bombardment over Bertaincourt AF. When I spotted 3 e/a in a V formation so I scooted on over. They must have been looking ahead because I was able to fly under and in front of their # 3. My Back Seater fired off 68 rds and got the motor or and Oil line Black smoke everywhere the he slanted left and nosed down for Hunland. By then we were totally lost so crossed and landed at a friendly AF for directions home.


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#4147004 - 07/15/15 07:02 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good tactics and kill.
Seen any Aviatik CI in the air?

BurnHard has flown a couple recon runs spotting troops and artillery fall.
No enemy engaged him, no system failures.

#4147550 - 07/17/15 03:36 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I thought so too, but No confirmed Kills. I haven't seen any C-1,s as of yet.

#4147556 - 07/17/15 03:42 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Bloody Wash out. Popped over to NML for an Arty Spotting mission in 9/10ths cloud cover. Our 3 a/c section couldn't see a bloody thing. If we had gone lower to avoid the clouds, we would have been at 300 meters above machine gun nests. The Flight leed fired the washout flare and we RTB.


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#4147694 - 07/17/15 01:19 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4147698 - 07/17/15 01:25 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4147882 - 07/17/15 09:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I say, Jolly good show. I put a bomb in the middle of the Maint Tent over at Phalenpin AF today. E'LL of a good shot from 1200 meters, the other 2 a/c put em down close to their living area.


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#4147890 - 07/17/15 09:35 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good Bombing!
Hey, if you destroy an enemy plane on the ground....it's likely to be a claimable.

The best is dropping bombs on EA that are "On Alert"...Good Fun, but Low Percentage of a hit as the targets are often rolling on the airfield.

#4147962 - 07/18/15 03:03 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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MudWasp: Everytime I go lower I get shot up so maybe I will stay high for awhile. lol biggrin

#4147974 - 07/18/15 03:49 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: July 17, 1915
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Well, it's been four days since I was promoted to Flight Commander and I haven't destroyed the squadron, yet. No seriously, I'm starting to learn my new responsibilities and the expectations that come with the new position. I must admit I do appreciate the increase in pay and the respect that the rank deserves, but I've learned that the Empire must run on paperwork. For the last four days, I've been swamped with reports and reports of reports and other forms of paper torture. In my mind, I always envisioned an officer gallantly leading his men into battle, but I've learned the truth, that same officer is more than likely stuck behind a desk filling out some blasted paperwork that nobody will ever read. The first thing the CO did after he announced my promotion was make me the new Supply Officer. I'm tasked with filling out requisition forms for our food stocks and all of the necessary parts and material to keep our buses running. It's quite a daunting task and I work on it whenever I'm not flying.

Speaking of flying, let me relate the excitement from this afternoon's sortie. I was leading B Flight in a defensive patrol orbiting over a nearby airfield. We were pleasantly orbiting the airfield when I noticed to the Southwest of us an aircraft that was being pestered by our archie. I signaled the flight and turned to investigate. This was quite a cheeky Hun, for he surmised that if he flew low enough he might just be able to sneak in and get his pictures and then sneak out. I led the Flight in a dive and flew right into position where Thayer took care of business, as they say, and before long the Hun was crashing right outside of Dunkerque. Fortunately for the Hun, he was so low that some local farmers were able to pull both the pilot and observer from the wreckage before they were consumed by the flames. We landed, piled into a lorry, and rushed over to town. Found the observer in the local Constabulary's office, just shaken up, but otherwise unhurt. The pilot on the other hand was seriously wounded and was rushed to the hospital. We loaded the observer up and brought him to our airfield for the usual smash up. It turns out that he was quite fluent in English and that made our time together much easier for all concerned. He informed us that his name was Lt Eugen Molders and he had cousins living in England and that accounted for his fine English. Apparently, the Huns sing the same songs we do because after a few drinks Lt. Molders was singing as loud as the rest of us. At some point in the party, Lt. Molders asked to speak to the person that had vanquished him in the air. He was directed my way, clicked his heels together like a good Prussian and said, "I just wanted to salute the fine airman who had bested us today." He then proceeded to tell me that they know all about me and they actually have a name for Thayer and myself. I chuckled, and asked, "What pray tell, do you call me?" He said, "Der Sensenmann". "What does that mean?", I queried. Lt. Molders thought for a minute and said, "I believe in English it would translate out to The Grim Reaper." Well, I started laughing and then Thayer joined in and it wasn't long before everybody was laughing. I've never had a nickname before and when I do, it's the Grim Reaper. I'm laughing as I write this, but it has given me an idea. Thayer and I haven't been able to come up with an idea for a personal marking for our bus. I believe if that is what the Huns are already calling us, then why not mark our bus as such, sounds like a capital idea.





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#4148142 - 07/18/15 09:26 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nice read Banjoman. Congrats on another victory.


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#4148321 - 07/19/15 07:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: July 19, 1915
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Well, my personal battle with paperwork rages on. Do you have any idea how many forms I have to fill out just to get a replacement propeller? I imagine not, and neither did I until I became the squadron supply officer. As King Henry said, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." and so I will continue my battle against my implacable foe.

A bit of exciting news, after our enjoyable time with Lt. Molders, I tasked Corporal Tomlinson to create a suitable Grim Reaper for our bus. It turns out that Corp. Tomlinson is quite the artist and jumped at the opportunity to revive his artistic skills. Here are a few photographs of his work. I should say that we are quite pleased with his endeavours.







On a more serious note, I would say that our new bus is proving to be quite fortunate for us. During this morning's sortie we were patrolling over La Gorgue airfield and I noticed another Hun machine attempting to sneak through at a very low altitude. I'm sure I wouldn't have seen him if it hadn't been for the archie that was furiously objecting to his presence. I dove and Thayer fired and fired and then fired some more until the Hun was seen crash landing just north of Loos. When we landed I asked Thayer what had happened, his only response was, "Somedays I'm on and somedays I'm not." That, my dear readers is the essence of dear old Thayer.



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#4148563 - 07/20/15 01:31 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4148565 - 07/20/15 01:33 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4148598 - 07/20/15 02:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Great stuff BJM. Keep sharing! smile


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#4148612 - 07/20/15 03:16 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Ken, it seems that Ambrose is becoming a stone cold killer like Arthur.

Hellshade, thanks, I'm really enjoying Arthur.

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#4148629 - 07/20/15 03:50 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, it seems that Ambrose is becoming a stone cold killer like Arthur.

Of my two pilots, Alvin is a lot harder than Ambrose. The death of Rex Warneford (who you didn't have since you run without HAs) and his talk with Godolphin on his day off affected him, but not so much that he's quite ready to start shooting. His demons actually keep that in check to some extent.

Ambrose, on the other hand, was more naive and idealistic about the war, and since 3 Sqdn has had light casualties, he hadn't been personally touched. The death of his long-time observer combined with the arrival of Hubert Harvey-Kelly (another HA - interesting dude) was enough to change him profoundly. There's still some of the old Ambrose in there, but now he's a man with a mission.

#4148905 - 07/21/15 03:20 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Excellent posts everyone! Keep them coming!

I'm sorry I didn't get an update up last week. I've been a bit unwell and now my work life's about to get very busy. Bleh.

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