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#4220663 - 01/23/16 07:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nietzsche, historically they weren't used until Verdun so WOFF gives them to us quite a bit earlier than they really were available. The trick I found out in my research was to attack lengthwise and you greatly improve your odds of success. I will try that next time.


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#4220680 - 01/23/16 08:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nice pics Banjoman and good history lesson.

Arthur completed his 10th flight, an uneventful reccy mission over the lines, south of Armetieres. As before, plenty of troops marching into the war zone from the east.

Arthur has heard a rumor about a new fighter squadron that is readying for action back in Blighty, and coming over to La France next month. He thinks he may be lucky enough to get a spot, flying the new DH2, so he's put in an application to join. We shall see if he's successful.....

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#4220681 - 01/23/16 08:37 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The problem with these rockets is that they really are harmless. I remember one mission where I hit it with a full salvo and my two wingmen also hit it with their rockets right after me. Didn't do much damage, except some brown smoke(???). Had to finish it off with guns.


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#4220749 - 01/23/16 11:53 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Adalwolf Becker has had some exciting missions. Tasked to protect a balloon he was damaged in fight with some Nieuports and barely made a landed in a field. His next mission he got another FE and it has been confirmed. On his last Dawn Patrol of enemy lines his flight of 3 were attacked by 2 Nieuports and he managed to send one down.





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#4220814 - 01/24/16 03:10 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Nietzsche]  
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Originally Posted By: Nietzsche
BTW, can we change the first Post to display the new Points-System?
That was 1pt for each real Mission, 1pt per completed flying Hour, right?


hehehe...I remembered that it was on page 104 and you posted it. Felt good to not forget for a change...lol.

Maybe:

Missions flown = 1pt
Hours flown = 1pt per full hour
Claims total = 1pt (wether confirmed or not)
victories conf. = 2pts (as per the rule 1 claim for every 3 victories in a single mission)

Promotion = 10pts per level.

n.b. perhaps a new rule...when you make Captain (or what ever in other nations) then you have to transfer to be a flight commander some where else.

.........

I forgot to fill in points. lol

#4220815 - 01/24/16 03:16 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dolf has been busy down in Alsace with scramble missions and airfield defense missions. Took down a few Nupes and was promoted to ObLt and twice awarded stunning bling.

I'll try and put more effort into my reports this week. I moved my WOFF rig to a small room and took it offline.

#4220873 - 01/24/16 10:14 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hi everybody:

I'm sorry I haven't been following the thread. Life. attack

Per the last few pages, it looks like lederhosen's scoring system became official, so I've modified the front page accordingly. Did anything else change while I was gone? If so, I can clean up the intro.


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#4221018 - 01/24/16 08:13 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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CatKnight, I don't think anything else has changed and thanks for making that change.

Here is the latest status report. I know that in some historical squadrons they used a chalkboard to keep track of the pilots, so I've modified the report to look like a chalkboard and used a font that looks to me like handwriting with a piece of chalk. Hope everybody enjoys the new look.



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#4221024 - 01/24/16 08:28 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Looks Good!
If you tallied my score for me, then I say Thank You salute

Hey, my squad actually has a different name at this time of the war. Maybe I should report it as FFA 9b instead of FA(A) 296b?

#4221032 - 01/24/16 08:36 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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By all means do, if you want that part to be accurate.


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#4221033 - 01/24/16 08:38 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dolf just transfered from Colmar to Ensisheim/Reguisheim, all went well with no EA. The next day came and news came that Eduard Bohme, one of the squads leading HAs, died!

Apparently he decided to familiarize himself with our new airfield and crashed while taking off.

#4221041 - 01/24/16 08:51 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Love the new board Banjoman. thumbsup


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#4221108 - 01/25/16 12:30 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Excellent idea Banjoman. Thanks for doing this.
So, is the score automatic now?


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#4221132 - 01/25/16 02:51 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Yeah, since about half the guys were inputting their scores I just decided to include them again. I went ahead and calculated the scores for everybody and will continue to do so if you don't want to do it yourself.


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#4221134 - 01/25/16 03:07 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman,
I assume you are doing this in Excel or some other spreadsheet. There should be an easy way to calculate the score automatically, so that you don't have to waste your time (especially now that the scoring's been simplified).


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From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4221136 - 01/25/16 03:16 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The new scoreboard is awesome, Banjoman. Thanks for doing the scoring, too!

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#4221137 - 01/25/16 03:22 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Right again Fullofit, I just didn't have the time to script out the formula. biggrin


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#4221154 - 01/25/16 06:10 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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January 23-24, 1916
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What a dismal little place.

Auchel seems to me like the place that time forgot: The field looks like it was cleared before the war if there was ever a farm on our little hill at all. At least the staff does make an effort to keep it clear as weather permits. You cannot blame the worker for not wanting to go out in the winter, but when the alternative is the trench you would expect a little more effort. Hmph.

'The place that time forgot.' Every single one of our 'craft, barring an Avro trainer that apparently lives here for courier runs, is a monoplane: Morane-Saulniers to be precise. Everyone knows the monoplane is a dead end technology and the future belongs to two- or perhaps someday even three-wingers. Even the French in their Nieuports know this.

Nonetheless it will not do to remind my new partners of their inferiority on day 1, so I make the proper noises when meeting with Lieutenant Norton. Norton is a pleasant fellow, pleased as anything to have a 'real' Baskerville on his squad. Apparently he follows football and knows full well the team my father sponsors, the 'Hounds', went 18-5 in last year's rounds before most of our fielders joined the fighting. Good man, Norton. He should do nicely.

There are nine of us pilots in all, nine observers-gunners of course, and I'm told some thirty or forty staffers. Of the pilots, three are commoners - sergeants. That does not satisfy me of course but I am assured that their flying skills make up for their lack of pedigree. We shall see.

----

Morning patrol then, and Lieutenant Norton asks me to lead a flight consisting of myself and my new wingmate, Second Lieutenant O'Keefe. O'Keefe is an Irishman, poor thing, but at least he controls his accent most of the time. Norton feels that giving the two of us are own mission will give us a chance to learn each other's ways. Not really, though it did make me somewhat aware of the Morane's sad qualities.

For example, my entire rear is blocked by a solid beef of a man named Richardson. Lieutenant Richardson and I get along well enough though he has a tendency to prate and go on about his home life that could quickly grow old. Today, as I struggle with an underpowered aircraft and crawl towards the front, I welcome the background noise: He doesn't seem to need me to respond, just to be an audience.

Our mission today: Athles railyard. O'Keefe and I each have four 20 pounder Hale bombs. Needless to say my experience in dropping bombs from several thousand feet is zero, and despite our suggested instructions I think I shall have to get quite close to have any chance at all. There is a third flier, a Sergeant Foster, on the same mission as ours but following a different flight path. So long as he doesn't get in the way.

Though tedious, slow and filled with Richardson's prattle, our advance to Athles is smooth. We begin dropping low towards the rail, but before I can get too far my gunner uncocks his gun. His prattle stops mid-sentence: "Eindecker!"

I can't see a thing behind me and begin to turn, but Richardson starts shrieking like a banshee. "Hold still! I need to aim!" Well then. For the next minute or two he trades shots with the Kraut and then shouts "He's done!"

Time for the railyard again. I can see it falling off to my right and look just in time to see O'Keefe's bombs fall short. I bank in at about 2,000 feet - no altimeter on a Morane of course - and aim for what I expect to be the main buildings. There's a satisfying explosion behind me, but less than a minute Richardson reports: "Missed!"

Nothing for it. I signal that we head home and turn for the front. We're steadily climbing as I don't want to deal with German fire over the lines. Richardson's gone quiet on me, a sign I will soon learn means trouble. "What's amiss?"

"I think O'Keefe is buying it."

"Eh?" Sure enough, over my lower left wing I saw O'Keefe appear but more or less perpendicular to my flight path. Then another plane appeared after him. At first I thought it might have been one of the Nieuports sent to escort us, but no...this had the characteristic single wing of a failed design. Eindecker.

"Hold on!" I called and banked sharply (for a Morane) towards the fight, hoping to at least distract the Kraut. By the time I finished my turn though they were gone, both quite gone - whether I simply missed them, or they camoflauged into the ground clutter ... Richardson couldn't find them either, so after a minute or so I turned for home.

As it turns out, O'Keefe beat his Eindecker and landed at an aerodrome closer to the front for repairs, shaken but quite well. Even Sergeant Foster bagged one though a bullet tore his shoulder in the process. Richardson filed a report for our own Hun, then in a bit of legerdemain that is apparently more common than you'd think the three of us wound up backing each other's claims.

I do not think I will ever love the Morane, but it was a fine enough first day.




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#4221184 - 01/25/16 08:36 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Grr. I just realized I gave Brent the wrong rank. I'll fix that.

#4221217 - 01/25/16 12:10 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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just when I was thinking "this Squad is getting rather stale" FA4b finally got a new Bus to ride in. Plus a new promation to go with it!!.









The down side is going after rear firing 2 seaters now...as I found out very quickly.


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