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#4149313 - 07/22/15 03:56 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The section did an Arty Spot for what appeared to be 1 Gun with large shells. 5 to 8 shots and Home for Tea.


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#4149423 - 07/22/15 01:47 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4149424 - 07/22/15 01:49 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4149550 - 07/22/15 07:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Drove me Bus up to the lines and dropped 4 bombs on the German positions. Great Clogs of earth thrown up but couldnt see if we hit anything.


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#4150034 - 07/24/15 01:17 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Okay, this has been the oddest evening of flying for me since this started...

First, I fly Ambrose, as usual. He does his lets-kill-kill-kill thing that he's doing these days and goes after two AV B1s. Get the first one. Shoots up the second, who turns and runs for home. I try to engage again, but he's getting closer to Houplin (which we'd just bombed) and starting to land. I figure I'll make one more pass and if I don't get him, I'll head back to the barn.

We're low - like 1500 ft low - Archie is bad. We have a nearby blast - observer at 96% health, Ambrose at 97% percent. I don't realize, at the time, that it also tore a gaping hole in my fuel tank and I'm leaking fuel like a sieve. I continue my maneuvering until I get the low fuel warning. I look. 11%. Turn toward home (front line is maybe 6-7 miles W.) Don't get far before the fuel is gone.

I'm at 1500 feet, I have no fuel, and I know I won't make it over the lines to land, so I put down in a field maybe a mile and half from Houplin, resigned to a few days in POW cage. Instead, I get the results page, Ambrose and observer are "shaken up", no mention of landing behind the line. Click Done and it's the next day and we're ready to fly.

Having been forced down behind the lines in other campaigns, I've never not been captured. Maybe it's distance to the lines based?

So then it's on to Alvin, where he gets a "special assignment", the first bombing mission I've seen in 1 RNAS since I started the campaign 6+ weeks ago. Fine. I know how to bomb thanks to Ambrose. Weather's lousy, but we make it to Ghistelles, drop the bombs, and head back across our lines. As I'm crossing the lines, I see this:



A mile+ long convey of trucks, on a road that runs across NML. I didn't go down for a closer look, and honestly am not sure if they were German or British, but the convoy was half on one side of the lines, half on the other. And we were more than a mile out of Shakeytown.

Okay, then on to the afternoon flight, when Alvin's wingman did the famous "burst into flames" trick while we were still gaining altitude over the Channel. Heard a noise, went to external view (Smiler, Alvin's observer, has a REALLY big butt) and the other Morane was already totally involved, as we used to say in the fire service, and heading down. Haven't seen this in three weeks or so, but have been flying on autopilot with my external view watching my wingmen, waiting for this so I could see it happen.

Of course, this time I wasn't watching him. I was still thinking about the convoy (and humming the song). My main reason for wanting to see it happen is to determine if there's time to kill the engine before it and the rest of the plane catches fire. Or a warning sign. Smoke or something before the whole thing is burning.

Definitely three unusual flights, one after the other. Which you can read about from Ambrose and Alvin's perspectives on Monday when Alice gets the letters.

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#4150066 - 07/24/15 03:07 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I've seen convoys crossing NML like that before and I've had wingmen just suddenly burst into flames, but I've never been able to land behind enemy lines without being captured. Maybe the game did its calculations and since you escaped just didn't tell you, but I would think you as the player would want to know that. I


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#4150077 - 07/24/15 03:49 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Agreed. Ambrose certainly could have escaped capture and recrossed the lines with his observer, though 6 or so miles is a pretty good distance. In fact, that's how I'll write it on the Monday letter to Alice. A harrowing tale of evasion and escape, perhaps.

It's just odd - I am almost certain I've been forced down with other pilots fairly close to the lines - even closer than 6 miles in enemy territory. And it's always resulted in at least a couple/few days in a POW camp before I escape. And sometimes it's a week or more after that before the observer escapes.

I'm not complaining - Ambrose is headed toward some major changes, as will be evident in tomorrow's letter to Alice, and it would be an annoyance to sit things out for a week waiting to escape. I was already thinking about how it would go down for Ambrose when I realized I was going to have to land a mile or two from Houplin.

So it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

#4150321 - 07/24/15 08:47 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4150322 - 07/24/15 08:52 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4150330 - 07/24/15 09:30 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Poor old Ambrose and congrats to Alvin's promotion. Too bad Ambrose and Arthur can't join forces, we'd make a fine pair of Hun killers.


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#4150407 - 07/25/15 04:32 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I say , bit of bad luck. Prang my kite during take off, I gave a little to much elevator and the prop struck the ground. It wasn't too bad till the ground loop started. Wicket. The ob was just shook up but I will be down for 6 days. My ship kind looks like match wood.

#4150474 - 07/25/15 01:30 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Poor old Ambrose and congrats to Alvin's promotion. Too bad Ambrose and Arthur can't join forces, we'd make a fine pair of Hun killers.


Yeah, unfortunately Arthur will always be four months ahead of Ambrose. Though if Ambrose lives to July, he might be able to mention that RNAS pilot who's tearing it up near the Channel.

#4150579 - 07/26/15 12:05 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Alfred Pennyworth has suffered the dreaded great ball of fire engine failure. Fortunately for him it happened during the landing approach and he was able to land his plane, but not without damage to the machine, his observer or himself. He will be spending 9 days in the hospital cared for by nurse Katie.


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#4151021 - 07/27/15 05:31 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4151025 - 07/27/15 05:33 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4151643 - 07/29/15 10:43 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4151706 - 07/29/15 01:26 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nice pics Lederhosen!


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#4151889 - 07/29/15 06:46 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4152151 - 07/30/15 01:36 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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(Yes, it was a bit of a conceit to have Ambrose receive his VC from George V, but I figured this early in the war, it was certainly possible - the first VC actually awarded to an RFC flyer was about a month later, and he (William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse) died the next day from his wounds. And it made for a nice positive story for the newspapers...)

#4152234 - 07/30/15 03:26 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Ken, great story, Ambrose is a rapidly rising star. I sure hope he survives because you can spin a good tale.


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