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#4239009 - 03/11/16 10:49 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Sergent Bastien Salmet, N 26, St-Pol-Sur_Mer. March 11th 1916.

"Well we definitely got this one!" exclaimed Bastien to his observer. "Good shooting Roy!".

Same kind of mission as yesterday, behind the lines patrol down to our field at St Omer. Same scenario as yesterday, a lone Eindecker appears out of nowhere, looking for trouble. Same maneuver - turn sharp left, get him into my observer's gun sights for him to blast away. This time though, the Hun plane quickly goes into a wild spin and heads earthwards. We follow down and confirm the location of the crash. Let's see if we get the victory. No witnesses, but I'm guessing they saw it go down from St-Omer airfield.



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#4239116 - 03/12/16 12:50 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The Diary of August Ege.

13.XI.1915
Frescaty-Metz

This has been a sad week for the Abteilung. Yesterday, I was returning from yet another photo recon mission to Verdun with Balthazar as my observer and Leutnant Fritz Engel flying another Aviatik with Leutnant Karl Deutschmann as the observer. The mission was uneventful and we saw nobody, either friendly or enemy airplanes.

I landed back at Frescaty and was climbing out of my cockpit when Balthazar said that he thought Engel was coming down much too fast. I turned around and saw Engel's plane approaching the field opposite the Zeppelin hangar. Balthazar was right - Engel's speed was too high. The Aviatik touched the field roughly, bounced up and then came down again even more roughly. Engel tried to make corrections, but it was too late and the plane turned on its nose, the propeller splintered with a loud crash and then the Aviatik was sliding on the field upside down, quickly coming to a halt near our hangars.

Cursing loudly, we left our cockpits and ran towards Engel's plane, hoping to help the men away from the wreck before it caught fire. Some mechanics were also coming, but I reached the plane first with Balthazar. What we saw was very shocking. Deutschmann had been thrown out of the cockpit and his head had been smashed between the upper wing and the field. He was wearing a helmet, but I don't think anything could have saved him from such a blow; his head was completely crushed and there was blood and brains splattered everywhere. The fuselage of the Aviatik was lying a bit on its side and we could see Engel huddled down in the cockpit. Seeing there was nothing we could do to help poor Deutschmann, we went to pull Engel out of the wreck. Miraculously, he appeared to have suffered no serious injuries, just a battered nose and a split lip.

Stretchers were brought and Engel was carried to the mess building. The mechanics stayed to make sure that the wrecked Aviatik would not suddenly caught fire. We were quite shocked by the accident, and had to drink some brandy to steel ourselves. However, our shock was nothing compared to Engel's. The poor man seemed to suffer a nervous breakdown after he realized what had happened to his friend Deutschmann. He was quite beside himself and couldn't stop crying. As nothing seemed to help, Hauptmann Stelzer finally had to sent him by car to the Festungslazarett at Metz. I hope they can aid him there. I can only imagine how he must be feeling! As terrible as it is, the crash was his fault. He came down much too fast.

I can't get Deutschmann's broken face out of my thoughts. Poor man! At least he must have died so quickly that he didn't have time to feel anything.

This war feels so real now.


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James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps
#4239133 - 03/12/16 03:02 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hasse, that's one of the things I'm really liking about the early war years, your losses are caused by routine stuff and that makes them more tragic. Anyway, it makes for really good story telling.


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#4239156 - 03/12/16 05:49 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Yes, I agree. In fact I haven't had any combat in this DID campaign so far. I've spotted some French planes a couple of times, but they haven't bothered me and I haven't bothered them. It's very different from the other DID campaign!

This early war flying is more relaxed and nicely balances the madness of the last year of the war, or that's how it feels to me. smile


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#4239450 - 03/13/16 06:16 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here is the latest status report. Condolences for Fullofit, we lost one of our shooting stars this past week.



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#4239469 - 03/13/16 07:30 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: March 13, 1916
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I feel like I've lost my right arm. Ronald, my dear friend and wingman was killed today during an engagement with four Aviatiks. The deadly trio of Roderic, Ronald and myself were patrolling down near Loos when I spotted a large flight of Aviatiks flying along over our side of the lines. I signaled my two mates and they naturally turned toward the Aviatiks and began to climb. It wasn't long before we began to engage the Huns and after a couple of bursts I had one of them turning for home. As I swung around to begin another attack run, Roderic quickly closed and applied the coup-de-grace to my Aviatik. Somehow, in the engagement I lost track of Ronald but since we were over our lines I thought maybe he had turned for home. Roderic sent the last Aviatik plunging and we ourselves turned for home. It wasn't until we landed that Roderic gave me the full story on what happened to Ronald. It seems that Ronald had accounted for two of the Aviatiks himself, but as he was dispatching the second, he began to spin towards the ground right after the Aviatik. I can only surmise that the observer right before his own death must have hit Ronald and brought him down with him. I should have known this would eventually happen, everyone that I've grown close to or developed any type of teamwork with has died. Ronald, I will miss your quick wit, ready laugh at a stupid joke, and your amazing flying skills. Ronald had scored 15 victories himself and the squadron won't ever be the same without you. Rest well my good friend and wingman.



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#4239481 - 03/13/16 08:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good stories Gents. This is a bad week for me. Adalwolf Becker just had a mid air collision with a Nieuport. This one was totally my stupidity. If I read the rules correctly, I do not have to go through training for my next pilot if I do not want to. Is this correct?

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#4239488 - 03/13/16 08:51 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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That's correct.

Edit: Just make sure you log his death so I can get him into the Roll of Honor.

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#4239491 - 03/13/16 09:09 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman, just got internet today so he is updated along with my other dead DID pilot. cuss2


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#4239533 - 03/13/16 11:45 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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RIP Alfred! salute

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#4239564 - 03/14/16 01:13 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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MudWasp, it's my pleasure to do so. This way I can keep up with everybody's pilots.


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#4239572 - 03/14/16 01:34 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Condolences for Fullofit, we lost one of our shooting stars this past week.


Thanks Banjoman (and MudWasp). I still think he was shot in the back by his wingman trying to steal the kill.

Here's his replacement:



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#4239577 - 03/14/16 01:45 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hey, that's the same picture as Arthur. I wonder if they were separated at birth? biggrin


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#4239580 - 03/14/16 01:58 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Umm, could be a clerical error. exitstageleft


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#4239892 - 03/15/16 12:33 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Condolences on the loss of Adalwolf, MFair, and to Hasse and Banjoman for losing their colleagues. Great writing from a rough weekend!
H


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#4239893 - 03/15/16 12:35 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Oh, and condolences on Alfred also, Fullofit - sorry, I missed his demise!
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#4239894 - 03/15/16 12:46 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Sergent Bastien Salmet, N 26, St-Pol-Sur_Mer. March 14th 1916.

"I tell you, Roy. I*'m getting tired of all these lone missions! We seem to run into the Hun every time up, with no one around to help us. Always these damn Fokker machines. Two of them together today, so good shooting old chap, for driving them off!"

Just then, Capt. Destain walked into the mess.

"Ah, Salmet. Glad I caught you. Congratulations to you both on your first confirmed victory. The news came through this morning. Keep it up and we might have to put you in a scout, Salmet!"

Salmet saluted smartly. "Yes sir, thank you sir!"

Once the Captain had left the room, Bastien turned to his observer. "If that happens, I may need some shooting lessons from you!". Roy chuckled and poured them both another glass of vin rouge.



A determined Hun gets some hits on the N12, but Roy's return fire eventually drives him off


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#4240146 - 03/15/16 04:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: November 16, 1915
Bertincourt

Flying was washed out for today and it looks like for tomorrow as well, so I decided it would be a good time to get caught up on my journal. We received the Eindeckers last week and for the most part we haven't seen any enemy aeroplanes. It is almost as if the enemy knows we have new machines and are avoiding us. I know that is foolish, but how else do you explain the empty skies. Anyway, that changed yesterday when Vizefeldwebel Leffers and I flew a line patrol over near Bapaume. We arrived at the line and as usual the skies were devoid of any aeroplanes and so I began our patrol. We had almost completed our patrol when I spotted two small dots approaching from the west. I signaled Leffers and we turned toward the dots to discover who they might be. I was hoping that they would be a couple of Nieuports since we were flying in their area of operations, but as we drew closer I recognized them as British Moranes. A quick scan of the skies assured me that we were the only aeroplanes in the area and so I signaled the attack. Leffers dove after his opponent and I dove after mine and in no time I found myself on the Moranes tail. The observer in a Morane has a very large field of fire and it seemed as long as I maintained my position just below his tail I was safe. I fired a burst which didnt seem to have any apparent effect. I fired another and I knew that I had hit him with that burst, but still no effect. I fired one final burst and this time I knew that I had him because his engine began to burn furiously. I turned away and began to look for Leffers, who I saw was heading for home. I followed and upon landing he reported that he and the Tommy had traded numerous shots with Leffers engine getting the worst of the exchange. We piled into the Jasta car and made the short drive to Bapaume to view the wreckage. We were able to salvage the observers machine gun and now it is hanging in our mess, the rest of the Morane was completely destroyed.



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#4240789 - 03/17/16 10:14 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hauptmann von Borste got his own Squad at last. He has also been picked out for combat trials with a new Hun secret weapon!!






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#4240843 - 03/17/16 02:08 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Wow, I didn't know Rolands made an appearance this early. Lederhosen, you always have all of the fun.


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