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#4190806 - 11/04/15 09:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nov 4, 1915.

Mission: Line Patrol

1st Sec: 4 N-10,s

T/O: 0805 hrs.

Remarks: Lost engine power in-route to target and forced landed at a Church yard. Eng fuel Line clogged


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#4190820 - 11/04/15 10:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Journal Entry: July 7, 1915
Bertincourt

Today was absolutely horrifying, we lost two machines to engine fires during this morning's sortie. When we took off it looked like the day was going to be a beautiful day for flying, but looks can be deceiving and what promised to be a great day quickly turned into a nightmare. While we were orbiting the field gaining altitude I noticed that Friedrich and Carl's machine burst into flames. I sat there horror stricken and I helplessly watched them plunge to earth like a comet. I sat there stunned until I realized that the mission must go on and I turned and led Scwarm Zwei to the front. We arrived at the designated shoot and began circling. After about 10 minutes, I looked over and waved at Andreas and Robert, it was at that moment his machine burst into flames. I will never forget that terrified look that came over Andreas' face as he was engulfed in flames. He and Robert began that long plunge that ends in oblivion. I decided to scrub the rest of the sortie and headed home. In one sortie we lost two officers from Schwarm Eins and two officers from Schwarm Zwei and by the way, there wasn't another machine in the sky. After today's events Hauptman Schoenebeck has suspended all operations until he can get to the bottom of these engine fires.


Banjoman, do you suspect sabotage? Look for the wooden shoe between the cylinders!


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4190836 - 11/04/15 10:18 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: November 4, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I believe that Roderic and I have successfully figured out how to attack the new Aviatiks with a minimum of risk. The trick is to approach from below and behind, it appears that even dead astern is safe from their guns. During my last four victories, I approached from below and slid into position dead astern and I received no fire from the observer. Of course, if the pilot sees you approaching and begins evasive maneuvers then you will have to rethink your options. Here are some photos of my last four victories.









One other important note, it appears the observer is still sitting in front of the pilot which makes attacking the pilot from the rear a viable strategy and one that almost certainly assures victory in the engagement.

On a sadder note, we lost Larry today. He didn't die due to either Archie or any enemy action, he died because of a bloody engine fire. I felt certain we were over these when we transitioned into the Nieuports, but apparently it is beginning again. He was a good chap and made a great wingman, I will surely miss him.


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#4190837 - 11/04/15 10:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Fullofit, I suspect an undocumented feature in the code. biggrin


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#4190838 - 11/04/15 10:25 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman, do you think that if you look closely at the code you will find a flamb turkey recipe mixed in there?
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"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4190842 - 11/04/15 10:30 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hahaha, maybe so or some napalm.


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#4191039 - 11/05/15 02:21 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Adain scored his second victory today shooting down an Aviatik with his BE. He and his observer caught the Hun crossing NML about 1000' below them headed west. He dove down and under him and came up in front. His gunner gave him a good burst and he turned back east. Adain followed and the Huns engine soon quit and he landed in a field south of Monchy.


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#4191076 - 11/05/15 03:52 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Way to go, Adain, that's the ticket.


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#4191223 - 11/05/15 08:33 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Sgt, Chevalier de Orleans
Esc 3 The Storks
Breuil-le-Sec
Marne, France.

Nov 5, 1915.


Up to the lines and back with 3 a/c in a vee formation. Everyone is nervous as we wait til meet the Hun.



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#4191252 - 11/05/15 09:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dolf has been dropped bombs on the enemy airfield of Fontaine today and 5 hit a row of hangers hard. He dove on them in a moderate dive while and dropped them all in one dive. His squadmates dilly dally around dropping one bomb per pass > He hung out until they were done and flew back to Ensisheim/Reguisheim.

Yesterday a N10 CI made an attck on him and a squadmate as they were doing recon on enemy troop movements. The Frenchman ate a few rounds from both Aviatiks and headed home.

#4191256 - 11/05/15 09:29 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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MudWasp, that's what Gould Lee did and his squadmates thought he was crazy, but it worked.


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#4191284 - 11/05/15 11:24 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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That method works the best for me, especially with a decent wind making it very hard to level bomb while looking thru that small hole in the floor.

#4191589 - 11/06/15 06:04 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Marne, France.


Nov 6, 1915.

I departed at 0650 hrs on a 2 a/c fight over to Rosnay and back. What a sitter, I didnt realize how far away the AF was located.


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#4191904 - 11/07/15 03:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Klaus Schindler (my observer) and I took down a Neiuport today in our first expedition over the lines now that our training is complete. We were out to do some artillery spotting but there was a lone scout circling directly under our area of operations. He must have been lost and not paying attention, because we surprised him and he took off towards French territory, but Klaus fired a long burst after which he lost control and spiraled into the ground.



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#4191910 - 11/07/15 03:30 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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thumbsup Good Job flying penguin!

#4191925 - 11/07/15 04:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Way to go Penguin! I didn't know penguins had teeth. biggrin

Remember AceofPengwin to fill out the status report today. I don't know if you saw in the rule section that we log our results every Saturday and I publish the status report on Sunday. Anyway, I don't want to miss your success in my status report tomorrow.

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#4191929 - 11/07/15 04:43 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I think I've been scoring points wrong on some missions.

Example; Bombing mission in which I and my squadmates score hits on ground targets, WOFF manager says it's a success!
My plane is not damaged and I land at home base.

score +3?
1 point for me hitting a ground target
1 point for a successful mission
1 point for landing at home.

If so I've forgotten to add points for me hitting ground targets.
Is point keeping still optional?

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I also would like a clarification on this from page 1;

Question 2: How successful was your mission?
* I confirm one or more airplanes or target balloons destroyed (1 point)

Does that mean if I witness a squadmate shoot down an enemy EA or balloon that I should claim a point?
So far that situation hasn't occurred.

#4191933 - 11/07/15 05:06 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hey MudWasp,
I was also wondering what constitutes a successful bombing mission. I consider it successful if I or someone from my flight hits a target. If no one from my flight hits it it's a fail (even if the other flight hits it). I also add 1 point if I personally hit a ground target.
so just like you had it:
1 point if I hit the target
1 point for successful mission (target must be hit by anyone from my flight)
1 point for landing at home airfield.

That is until I was flying bombing missions. Hopefully I'll get to fly a plane again that carries bombs.
I was never able to get a 4 point mission: bomb a target and shoot down a plane.


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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4191948 - 11/07/15 06:00 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I think that both of you guys are doing it correctly, at least that is how I'm doing so it must be right. biggrin Seriously, that is how I read the first page.


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#4191953 - 11/07/15 06:13 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I'll redo some points calculations then for next week.

What about my second question from page 1 :

Question 2: How successful was your mission?
*I confirm one or more airplanes or target balloons destroyed (1 point)
* I destroyed one or more ground targets (1 point)
* The CO (WOFF manager) says we completed our mission successfully (1 point)
* The CO says we didn't complete our mission successfully (-1 point)

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