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#4322984 - 12/24/16 01:56 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick58, has your squadron converted to a night fighting squadron? biggrin


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#4323311 - 12/25/16 09:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here's the latest status report.



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#4323313 - 12/25/16 10:12 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dec 25, 1916.


Sqn Parade in the Hanger Promoted to Flight Lieutenant and notified that my 3rd Victory was confirmed. Our missing Flt Commander returned on a Horse drawn wagon late in the AM all flights down due to weather.

#4323339 - 12/25/16 11:46 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Congrats on the promotion Carrick! Stay safe


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#4324050 - 12/28/16 07:35 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dec 28, 1916.

Spotted a 2 Seat during the morning Patrol, the rest of the flight continued on. I did managed to close then it was a series of Head on passes. After putting on my last drum and not being able to get on his tail, I fired as I closed and dove away after going under him. We both headed for home and Tea.


#4324467 - 12/30/16 02:47 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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War Journal of 2/Lt Blaise St John-Cottingham
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Savy, France


It has been two weeks since I have brought this journal properly up to date, and it would be wonderful to say that I have been too busy giving hell to the Hun to bother with writing. In truth, it has been anything but busy. We have had snow and freezing rain with low clouds and high winds for most of the past fortnight. As a consequence one is kept busy with mundane duties imposed by higher. God be praised that I got out of the cavalry, as the ground forces are suffering as much from the cold and wet as from the enemy. I made some scratch notes each day, so this entry is put together from those notes and from memory.

16 December 1916: Flew close offensive patrol to Coucellette, but got lost in driving snow. Patrolled the assigned sector for an hour at 1000 feet, taking miscellaneous rounds from friend and foe. Saw nothing and went home.

17-20 December 1916: Dud weather. Sgt-Major Aspinall decided I would learn Rugby, and the RO.

21 December 1916: We were assigned to down a balloon south of Lens, but did not find it. C Flight got it instead. I have been in combat for a complete month now.

22 December 1916: Patrolled in semi-darkness north to Ypres. As dawn broke, we spotted two Rolands in a break the heavy cloud and engaged them. I overstressed the right lower wing, which turned in its sockets in a horrid way, so I put my machine down at La Lovie. Our South African, Lieut Meintjes, bagged a Roland.

A new CO arrived, a Major Paget-Graves. He was a Fee jockey with 20 Squadron, where he damaged himself rather severely. He will be a non-flying squadron commander, it seems. Major Smith Barry leaves day after tomorrow for England. His relentless badgering of the GOC has paid off with his appointment to start a School of Advanced Flying at Gosport, and he is certainly over the moon about the whole thing. A dinner is planned for tomorrow night.

23 December 1916: Dud weather again. We had a send-off dinner for Major Smith-Barry tonight, a wonderful spread in the large dining room of the mayors house where we are billeted. Three turkeys and two pigs were done up for the meal, and Captain Dobson, our RO who fulfilled his secondary duties as PMC by laying down a fine supply of wines of all shade. The brigade commander, General Higgins, sat on one side of Smith-Barry and Lieut-Col Pretyman, our wing commander, sat on the other. Our local archie regimental commanders attended, as did a number of commanders of other squadrons. I had drinks before dinner with the actor, Robert Loraine. He was delighted to hear that I had seen him in Man and Superman at the Criterion during my Christmas holidays back in 1911. He is close with Bernard Shaw, who is sending him some short plays to put on at 40 Squadron, which he commands.

Our squadron band played for the dinner. Conducted by Captain Vincent and featuring the piano virtuosity of Sergeant Nicod, they did a smashing job.

24 December 1916: Took off at 7:00 in the morning, pitch black. Flew to Courcellette again, arriving as the black turned to grey. Snow stung us all the way there and back. Burned the requisite amount of fuel and went home.

A parcel arrived from Mother and to my delight contained a pair of the fine sheepskin thigh boots from Harrods. At last I shall be able to feel my feet while flying!

25-26 December 1916: Dud weather. I got 48 hours leave to go to Doullens. Not much to do, but had a good night in a hotel with a hot bath and fine meal.

27 December 1916: The morning flight was cancelled, but the weather broke by late morning. Captain Cole led four of us down to Brayelles, near Cambrai, providing cover for a couple of BEs. Again, we saw nothing.

Received a letter from Margaret, my second sister. Her husband Hugh has been sent to France with the Blues. He has had to give up his mount and commands a machine gun squadron. Margaret believes that he will be safer in that position.

28 December 1916: To my surprise, Major Paget-Graves had himself dropped into a Nieuport and led a five-machine flight to escort a BE2 on a photographic shoot of Hun positions along the Somme valley sector. On our return, two passing Rolands mixed with us for several exciting minutes, but then disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. At one point the gunner of one of the Hun machines put a round through the cowling that surrounds my windscreen. The bullet must have missed my face by only an inch or two. But a miss is as good as a mile, as they say.

And then the snow returned...


"At one point the gunner of one of the Hun machines put a round through the cowling that surrounds my windscreen. The bullet must have missed my face by only an inch or two."

#4324750 - 12/30/16 08:43 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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30 Dec 1916.

Nothing but bad weather in the forecast so off to Paris for a long 3 day pass.

#4324754 - 12/30/16 08:50 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Cesar Turtellotte in Verdun sector has been promoted to Adjutant.
Despite his early near misses:



and impossible mission demands from the brass hats:



He finally hit his stride by downing a few Huns:




Bruce Wayne back in September 1916 had just the most successful bombing sortie of his career. Everyone pitched in:



"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."
#4324756 - 12/30/16 08:53 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Great screenshots. The new UE Damage Model is such a great improvement over 3.0


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#4324762 - 12/30/16 09:54 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hellshade, in that case you will appreciate what Cesar did to this guy:




Or what state Bruce sometimes returns home:



I especially like the fact that the fire is concentrated in some areas and not just placed randomly like it used to be with the older DM with the bullet holes pretty much always in the same locations.


"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."
#4325136 - 01/01/17 05:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Intrepid Fliers - News of the World for August:

August 2
The Italian Dreadnought Leonardo da Vinci sank in Taranto harbour in Southern Italy after an internal explosion caused her to capsize.
August 3
The Irish Nationalist Roger Casement was hanged at Pentonville Prison for his involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin earlier in the year.
The Battle of Romani began. The unsuccessful attempt by the German led Ottoman force to seize control of the Suez Canal was the last ground attack on the critical waterway during the war.
August 5
The advance of the main body of British forces began through the Nguru Hills during the East Africa Campaign.
August 6
The Sixth Battle of the Isonzo was launched against a combined German-Austro-Hungarian force. Also known as the Battle of Gorizia it was the most successful Italian offensive along the Isonzo River in North Eastern Italy during the war.
August 8
The Portuguese Government accepted the participation of Portugal in the war and extended military co-operation to the Europe.
August 9
Italian Chief-of-Staff Luigi Cadorna led his forces to take Gorizia and establish a bridgehead across the Isonzo River during the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo.
August 10
After its initial success the Brusilov Offensive came to an end with the loss of about 500,000 Russian and 375,000 Austrian lives.
August 11
The German colonial district of Mpwapwa in German East Africa was occupied by British forces.
August 12
Italian troops landed at Salonika in Greece to join Allied forces.
August 15
A British air attack and naval bombardment was launched on Bagamoyo on the German East African coast. The Germans were overrun and the German garrison taken.
During the Caucasus Campaign the Armenian towns of Mush and Bitlis were re-occupied by Turkish forces.
August 17
Luigi Cadorna had succeeded in moving forward 5km along a 20km-front and ended the offensive in the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo.
The Treaty of Bucharest of 1916 was signed between Romania and the Entente Powers. The treaty stipulated the conditions under which Romania agreed to join the war on the side of the Entente.
August 18
A combined British-French offensive was launched on the German held village of Guillemont with three British corps attacking the village while the French attacked the nearby village of Maurepas.
August 19
Two town-class light cruisers, HMS Falmouth and HMS Nottingham were sunk by U-boats.
August 22
The Morogoro Region of Kilosa in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) was captured by British forces.
August 23
The German blockade-breaking cargo submarine Deutschland returned to Bremerhaven in Germany.
August 24
In another engagement between the Russian Caucasus army and their Ottoman counterparts, Mush and Bitlis were again taken by Russian forces.
August 25
Russian forces cross the Danube into the Dobrudja to assist Romanian forces.
August 26
Under General Smuts, the city of Morogoro in Tanganyika was taken by British forces.
August 27
Following the Treaty of Bucharest, the Romanian Government ordered mobilisation of their armies and crossed the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire into the much-contested province of Transylvania.
August 28
Germany declared war on Romania and Italy declared war on Germany.
August 29
Brasov in Transylvania was occupied by Romanian forces.
Field-Marshal von Hindenburg succeeded General von Falkenhayn as Chief of the General Staff of the German Field Armies with General von Ludendorff as Chief Quartermaster-General.
August 30
The National Schism, caused by the disagreement on foreign policy between King Constantine I of Greece and revolutionary Eleftherios Venizelos, led to the Venizelist revolt in Salonika.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


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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."
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Warbirds Rising - News of the World for December:

December 1
The Battle of the Arges began along the line of the Arges River in Romania between Austro-German forces of the Central Powers and Romanian forces.
The Greek Government refused the Entente demands of 19 November.
December 2
Russian premier Alexander Trepov announced that the Allies acknowledged Russia's right to Constantinople and the Dardanelles.
December 3
German submarines entered Funchal Harbour in Madeira, sank three ships and bombarded the town.
December 4
Admiral Sir John Jellicoe was appointed as First Sea Lord, replacing Admiral Sir Henry Jackson.
December 5
Prime Minister Herbert Asquith resigned.
December 6
German forces captured Bucharest in Romania.
December 7
David Lloyd George replaced Asquith as British Prime Minister.
December 8
The Allied naval blockade of Greece began.
December 9
The new British War Cabinet was formed replacing the War Committee which had held its last meeting earlier in the month.
December 11
The two month long Battle of Cerna Bend between Bulgarian forces and French and Serbian troops ended in a tactical victory for the Entente powers.
December l2
German, Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and Turkish Governments all delivered a Peace Note to their respective United States embassies stating they are ready to negotiate for peace.
December 13
British forces in Mesopotamia began operations to recapture Kut-al-Amara.
December 14
Allied powers sent an ultimatum to Greece demanding the removal of all forces from Thessaly.
December 15
The Greek Government accepted the Allied ultimatum.
December 16
The United Kingdom recognized the Sherif of Mecca as King of Hejaz.
December 17
The Greek Government issued a warrant for the arrest of Eleftherios Venizelos on a charge of high treason.
December 18
The longest battle on the Western Front, the Battle of Verdun ended with huge losses but no tactical or strategic advantage had been gained by either side.
US President Woodrow Wilson issued a Circular Note, asking all belligerents to state their war objectives, as a first step towards peace.
December 19
The British Government instituted National Service.
The British Government formally recognised the Venizelos Government of Greece.
December 20
Count Heinrich Karl Clam-Martinic replaced Ernst von Koerber as Prime Minister of Austria.
December 21
British forces occupied El Arish in their advance across the Sinai.
December 22
The British Government formed new Ministries of Food, Pensions and Shipping.
December 23
The Battle of Magdhaba took place in the Sinai peninsula during the Defense of Egypt section of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. After a day long battle, Turkish troops surrendered to the British.
December 25
King George V sent a message to the troops on the third Christmas Day of the war.
December 26
An Anglo-French conference met in London to discuss the German and US Peace Notes as well as the campaign in Salonika and the division of forces on the Western Front.
December 27
The German colony of Togoland was divided into British and French administrative zones.
December 29
Two relatives of Tsar Nicolas II, Grand Duke Purishkevich and Prince Felix Yusupov poisoned the confidant of the Tsarina, Father Grigori Yefimovich Novykh (Rasputin) at Yusupov's home in Petrograd. After this attempt at murder failed, the pair shot Rasputin and dropped his body through the ice of the River Neva.
December 30
The Bulgarian Government accepted President Wilson's proposals for peace negotiations.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


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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."
#4325391 - 01/02/17 09:57 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Had a nice encounter with the Huns while escorting a bomber over a Ghistelles. We drove them off and everyone made it home safe.



Returning home after attacking the same airfield at dawn.





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#4325397 - 01/02/17 10:24 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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No rest for the wicked.


"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."
#4325586 - 01/03/17 06:05 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Guys, I'm really sorry for the delay in the status report but I've been super busy. Anyway, here is the latest status report and the latest Honor Roll call.





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Thank you for the chart Banjoman, and thank you Fullofit for the "News of the World".

Since getting on up in hours I am at the point that Brodrick is getting a little nervous when the engine turns over.


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MFair, you think you're nervous you should check out the hours both of my pilots have. It's hard to believe they are still alive.


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#4325652 - 01/03/17 08:03 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I keep saying, the good times are about to be over with the Albs coming on the scene. 1917 will be as kind to our pilots as 2016 was to the celebrities. I've already made a list of pilot names all the way through "z".


"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."
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