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#4556841 - 02/20/21 01:21 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) ***** [Re: Raine]  
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19 February, 1918 09:45
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
32 confirmed kills

Both of the claims from yesterday have been denied.
Their task for today was to patrol over friendly aerodrome at St. Quentin-le-Petit. After take off and forming up Rudi noticed Flak in the distance there were some dots swirling around - a sure sign of a dogfight. He turned to intercept. He was now close enough to see two enemy planes attacking a single two-seater. He was not happy. The two enemy craft were taking turns and Fuchs noticed too late he was going after the wrong enemy. The two-seater disintegrated after the last assault, but Rudi was already on the enemy exacting his revenge. The SPAD went down near the aerodrome. He then quickly found his wingman to play with. This one, too, went down soon after.

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A while later Fuchs noticed Warner, who was also flying a Dreidecker, mixing it up with the enemy. Rudi took over and continued his assault until the top plane broke off and the Franzose fell to his death. It was right after that that his engine began to make odd noises. It was time to land.

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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."
#4556888 - 02/20/21 12:39 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Fullofit, you would think the powers that be would take the word of such a high scoring ace. Rules are rules I guess.


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#4556948 - 02/20/21 09:04 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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MFair, perhaps the outcome of Rudi’s claims would have been different if he had dropped off a few bottles of Schnapps at HQ. This seems to have worked for the enemy pilots, but be it as it may, Fuchs preferred to enjoy the contents of those bottles himself, in the company of his good friend Tybelsky, of course.

20 February, 1918 09:45
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
34 confirmed kills

Two of the SPADs have been confirmed.
Rudi and the rest of the Schwarm were ordered to make their way to Front and patrol friendly lines near Pinon.
Right after start the engine began to cough and spit oil. It was back to base for Rudi even before the mission started properly.


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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."
#4557050 - 02/21/21 10:56 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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From British General Staff to all Commanders in the Field:

Army Order 204, dated 6 July 1916:

The following distinctions in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns since 4th August, 1914:

Strips of gold Russia braid, No.1, two inches in length, sewn perpendicularly on the left sleeve of the jacket to mark each occasion on which wounded. In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will be immediately above the upper point of the flap on cuff. Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left sleeve, the lower edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve. The additional strips of gold braid, marking each subsequent occasion on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the original one at half-inch interval. Gold braid and sewings will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense to the public.


Pursuant to above order the following individuals are hereby presented the Wounded Stripe:

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Your King and Country thank you for your sacrifice and faithful service.

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#4557053 - 02/21/21 11:57 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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A grateful people thank you for your service and loyalty.

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#4557059 - 02/21/21 01:59 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine - Congratulations to MacAlister on a most well-deserved new gong. Also, love the interrogation school episode.

Carrick - A wound and a Wound Stripe for your man Thorpe. Perhaps that comely nurse can help him on with the new band of gold, and off with a few other things.

MFair - Looking forward to the next installment of Johnson’s story.

Fullofit - From the looks of it Rudi is having better luck with his claims approval rating than my man is. He was smart to keep his liquor for himself. Sweet videos as always.

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21 February 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Poperinge, Belgium

The weather since moving north across the border has been outstanding, Freddy’s claims situation however has been far less so. After the two approvals in a row his last three filings have been flatly denied and he’s thinking he may have wasted some perfectly good scotch. Ah well, c’est la guerre.


On the 19th Captain Abbott and his flight chased after a trio of Boche B/R buses high above Ypres that were up to no good. The British AA guns were blasting away at friend and foe alike. the stupid buggers.
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As his crew focused on the two trailing Huns, sending one down in pieces almost immediately, Freddy went after the lead plane.
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It too fell apart in the air and caught fire, and as Abbott dove next to it he could see that he’d killed both the enemy pilot and G/O. Better than burning to death.
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Before he could alt back up to the rest of ‘B’ Flight Freddy was bounced by an Alb sporting a yellow nose and tail and a white fuselage band.
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The fellow was very good and it took a few turns before the King’s ace got the advantage and sent the Hun kite crashing into the ruined city below. Both this claim and the one for the Boche two-seater would be denied
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On the 20th Captain Abbott took the lads on a tour of the front lines northeast of Armentières. Archie was sending up an unusually heavy amount of hate this particular morning.
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Mid-way through the jaunt Freddy caught sight of a lone Hun and gave chase.
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As he closed the gap the V-strutter took no evasive action. Abbott wondered if the pilot was injured, or asleep.
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Whatever the reason, brief moments later Freddy had unloaded two quick bursts directly into the cockpit of the Alb, and as he rolled away beneath, the Hun kite began to spiral down.
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Abbott watched it crash near a small farmhouse not far from Polygon Wood. This claim would also be denied. Quite frustrating.
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Today’s morning flip was cut short for Freddy when the Clerget in his Camel suddenly began clattering like the devil while he was circling the field waiting for the lads to form up on him. He had to shut it off and float back down sans power. The Ack Emmas now have the rotary torn down on the bench so no more flying for Abbott until tomorrow - hopefully.

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#4557112 - 02/21/21 07:12 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine, congrats on the latest bling.

Lou, thanks. The videos could definitely be better if we had the ability to replay them with control of the camera. Would love to review the action from the external view.
As to his successful claim ratio, it’s a hit and miss. Currently it is just over 50%. That’s probably normal.
Freddy, on the other hand, must have done something wrong. Probably didn’t leave any scotch for the night shift at the claims board. Any additional “tokens of appreciation” would probably be a waste of resources.
I see he continues to play with fire by flying close to falling enemy planes. Very dangerous. Very unwise.

21 February, 1918 09:45
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
34 confirmed kills

It was another boring airfield defence mission. This time over St. Quentin-le-Petit. They’ve circled the field for 24 minutes without spotting any hostiles. It was no wonder. The cloud cover was growing thicker with each passing hour, making it nearly impossible to locate any intruders. Rudi was certain snow would follow soon. The Schwarm returned home and prepared for the arrival of the inclement weather.


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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."
#4557114 - 02/21/21 07:24 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Feb 23, 1918

As i was being wheeled to therapy, The Medical staff was discussing the making of a Scout pilot theory . It was very informative.

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#4557237 - 02/22/21 05:26 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Carrick - A young Teri Garr - woof!

Fullofit - It is a bit of a mystery how someone like Freddy, who has such a propensity for running into things on the ground, doesn't seem to have the same issues in the air. Go figure.
And dud weather on the way for Rudi and his lot? Party time!

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22 February 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Poperinge, Belgium


Broken, low-hanging gray clouds blotted the horizon as the Camels of 65 Squadron began lifting up from the aerodrome at Poperinge. Captain Frederick Abbott was leading the five in 'B' Flight, while Lt. John Gilmore headed up those of 'A' Flight. It was to be an escort sortie between Armentières and Ypres, keeping watch over a brace of DH.4s from RNAS 17. 'B' Flight had pulled the low position, tasked with sticking close to the B/R buses.
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By the time the rendezvous point was reached only one of the DH.4s was there, the other having apparently dropped out for some reason. The lone RNAS ship sailed on, along the lines towards Armentières where it would begin its recce jaunt.
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Over the front southwest of Ypres all hell broke loose when seven of the Kaiser's Pfalz scouts, all in gray, came streaking down towards the B/R bus as Freddy and his lads threw themselves in the way. 'A' Flight was nowhere to be seen and it was later learned that they had tangled with a equal number of V-strutters some 3,000' higher up at almost precisely the same time.
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Two of the Huns decided to tag team Abbott and split off in opposite directions. The King's ace went immediately to the Camel's favoured right and latched on to the Boche carving away to that side.
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But these Boche were good and from the way they worked together it became quite clear they'd done this before. As soon as Freddy would get close to having one of them in his sights the other would be pulling up on his own six and he would have to switch targets.
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Then, with his attentions focused on the second fellow, the first one would come round and attempt to get on Abbott's tail.
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This game went on for several turns, and all the while the enemy team was drawing Frederick ever closer to their own frontline gunners. But then one of the Hun pilots made a fatal slip and Abbott was able to loop onto him, sending a deadly volley directly into the cockpit of the Pfalz.
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The Boche slammed into the shell-pocked earth directly behind his own trenches and despite the shelling said trenches were receiving at that same time the enemy gunners came out of hiding and began firing madly at the fleeing Camel, giving it a good venting but hitting nothing of importance.
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Freddy clawed for altitude as fast as he could, putting distance between himself and the angry Fritz below. As he did so he caught sight of the other Pfalz that had been taunting him, its focus now on one of the other Camels of 'B' Flight. Abbott quickly closed in on the target-fixated Hun, and shot him down before the poor sod even knew what hit him.
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With the sky suddenly clear of threats, Abbott regrouped what remained of his crew, two of the Camels having been forced down in the fight, (fortunately on the friendly side of the mud and with minimal injuries to their respective pilots). The British observation balloon Freddy passed along the way was a welcome sight. And, finding that the lone RNAS DH.4 had survived the madness, surprisingly, Abbott resumed his escort and shepherded the bus safely away. Upon returning to camp Freddy filed claims for his two Pfalz, wondering if either would be confirmed this time around. Later that afternoon his two wayward flight mates, Lieutenants George Cox and Harry Symons, returned as well, battered and bruised but still relatively sound. They'd definitely fared better than their Camels had as both kites were total write-offs.
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#4557253 - 02/22/21 06:26 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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February 22, 1918

After 3 weeks at the front, Johnson had seen the face of war. His tent mate, Sgt. Knight had gone down in flames near Douai, a nasty bit of real estate behind the lines. He could not call him a friend. He was a quiet sort and seems to have a premonition of death with every mission. It had come true. A few days back, Sgt. Thorpe had gone missing from his flight. The whole squadron expected the worse but word had come in that he was ok and had been taken to a hospital. Word had not come on how long he would be out. Johnson liked Thorpe. He was a funny sort, even if he did think Jeremiah was a Cowboy of the old west. Johnson had to keep reminding him that the US Cavalry were not cowboys! The only cow Jeremiah was family with was the old milk cow back In Mississippi!

Little did Johnson know when he climbed into his SE this morning that the flight would change his standing in the squadron for good. They had mostly done ground attacks and balloon busting missions. He had two confirmed victories but had put in 6 claims. This did not endure him with his squadron mates as they chalked it up to “tall tales.”

As the 6 machines approached Epinoy aerodrome behind the lines, Johnson saw seven specs above and ahead. Flying in the back of the V formation he wondered if Capt. Chappell saw them. Instantly Chappell signaled and started a climbing turn. Two of the enemy dove early to Johnson’s right and the new man, Akert turned to head home. “Damned fool!” Thought Johnson as he turned his SE onto the tail of the diving Phalz. Just as the Hun began to fire on Akert, Johnson let loose a long burst and the silver machine went down in a ball of flame. A second Hun was diving for Akert and Johnson rolled onto his tail and gave him a good burst. The Hun started smoking and disengaged. He went into a spin but Johnson did not follow him down and pulled up in a climbing turn scanning the skies. He circled for a few minutes but as usual, the sky that minutes befor was full of twisting machines was now empty! Johnson set his machine on a southwest course and headed home all the while checking the sky and his tail. Crossing over the mud he saw two specs to the south and set a course to intercept. “There’s two of my flight” he thought. As he got closer he saw that the machine in the rear was a Hun! As soon as this thought registered the Hun rolled to his right coming straight at Johnson. They immediately got into a turning fight but Johnson was the better pilot and soon got on his tail and sent him smoking down to crash in no mans land between the lines. He then followed Chappell home. It was him the Hun was after.

As he landed, Akert was the first to greet him. “I owe you a drink or two Jeremiah! You saved my beacon today for sure!” Jeremiah replied sternly, “don’t ever turn your tail in a fight like that!” Akert stopped in a wink and straightened, “I’m not a coward! Those were my orders!” Jeremiah looked down and back up at Akert, “I ain’t callin’’ you yellow, you damned fool! Once you get in a scrape, it’s too late! Another few seconds and you would have been dead!” Akert relaxed. “Well I’m indebted to you all the same. I saw them both go down!” Johnson was puzzled. “Both? I didn’t see you around for the second one!” Akert laughed. “Not around? You sent that first one down in flames and the second I saw crash near Epinoy!” Johnson had shot down 3 and all were confirmed. He was now an ace.


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MFair – what a day! Jeremiah was certainly the hero of the hour. Congratulations! You will have to share your secret for charming the claims department.

Lou – great to see Freddie has not lost his form. He is the scourge of Hundom. Thank you again for your generosity as the campaign gong fairy!

Fullofit – you gave me a scare. I was reading about Rudy fighting when the top plane came off and thought for a second that the Fokker weakness had killed him – then I realised you were referring to the French plane you were attacking. Fuchs is certainly a terror.

Carrick – I wonder what the real nurses of 1918 would think about the way we have portrayed them here. We'd probably all be sued!

A little change of pace from McAlister...

War Journal of Flight Commander George Ewan MacAlister, DSO, DSC

8 Squadron, RNAS
Mont-St-Eloi, France

Part 23


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"A long burst ruptures its fuel tank and it descends like a comet."

I have always been fascinated by the way society evolves. Perhaps one day I shall buy a good camera and notebook and explore the territory of the headhunters of the South Pacific. I am not sure what one must read at Oxbridge for this occupation, but it seems to me that an open mind and genuine curiosity would fill the bill. A squadron is no different than a clan of cannibals. It develops its own tradition and sorts itself in its own way. There are pilots who are “stout fellows” and pilots who are merely pilots. The wardroom is universally polite but decidedly less warm to the latter group. We are fortunate in Naval 8 to have had few in that category. Some, like Johns, are not the most ardent Hun-strafers yet make up for it through their willingness to pitch in and their unfailing good humour. Others are more serious and perhaps more studious about the business of war flying. I place myself in this group without pride. I have too much of the dour Scot in me and am not given to casual friendships. I long to have a good mate I can have a real talk with. Perhaps I have been reserved too much and am surrounded by potential chums. Perhaps not.

War flying affects us all. You see the new chaps arrive, nervous and keen. While they have no clear idea of the dangers it is jolly good sport. But let them watch a Hun – or worse yet, a comrade – writhing in flames as he falls from 10,000 feet and see them change. The man in the mirror looks older, more shopworn. I want to sleep in the afternoon and dream of fishing in a lonely loch. But every day the despatch rider arrives with orders. We are off to Douai, home to half the German air service and fifteen miles over the lines. Archie all the way there. Archie all the way home. Dinner and forced laughter. A little too much port. A cigarette by the stove before bed, even though one’s throat hurts. Play the gramophone one more time, even though the headache from this morning persists. Spinning dive from 13,000 feet to 4000 feet. Ears not yet recovered.

I downed an Albatros on the Douai show. No witness. No victory. The next day we are off again on another offensive patrol. A large formation of Albatros scouts has come over the lines and attacks us as we take off. I believe they were after the observation balloon near our aerodrome. I catch one, a yellow machine with a black-and-white striped tail. A long burst ruptures its fuel tank and it descends like a comet. I shoot at another that is being chased by Munday. It goes down. Monday gets the credit for this one but I am credited with the flamer.

In the afternoon we are up again, a long patrol along the lines well to the south. We spot two Rumplers. Compston bags one. I shoot at the second and its wings fold back. It is a long last ride for the poor Huns.

I have thirty-eight now. I am hoping for forty before we are pulled back for rest. Squadron Commander Draper has laid on a special binge and dinner – sole Meunier with boiled potatoes and pickled asparagus, plenty of champagne. There is a special occasion, an announcement. It seems I have been awarded the Distinguished Service Order! It is the fifth such decoration for the squadron and the only one held by a current member. I shall have to write home. It is a mixed blessing, really. A man with a DSO is expected to set an example at all times. I should like a holiday from setting an example.

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#4557338 - 02/23/21 02:50 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou, those Huns fighting in tandem are a handful. Freddy did good. Hopefully the Pfalzen will be confirmed, but with witnesses being rather scarce in the middle of enemy trenches, that may be difficult. And I agree, Freddy in the air is the embodiment of grace.

MFair, well, well! We have a new ace! Johnson definitely plays the part of a snake charmer with the claims board. That’s some luck having all the Pfalzen confirmed. Well done! A visit from the Gong Fairy is in order, I think. Just don’t shoot when you see her(him?)

Raine, I agree “wing broke off” is not something you associate with enemy planes, but your own. Sorry to have given you a bit of a scare, but you have to admit, those SPADs do shed them unnaturally well.
Looks like Mac is starting to become numb to the terror of air combat. Not being affected by the horror of witnessing pilots burning in their machines could be considered a blessing, or a curse? Congrats on the latest kills. Number 40 is beckoning.

22 February, 1918
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
34 confirmed kills

As predicted, or expected (take your pick), the bad weather rolled in over Cuirieux. The snow could not decide if it is about to continue coming down or move out of the area. As soon as the clouds parted to reveal a patch of blue sky, another dark cloud rolled in and the snowfall began anew, engulfing everything in its semi-darkness.


"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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Raine: I shutter to thing of the insults. law suits. Shot gun toting Fathers , and whine ing . There would be no peace. " E LL " has no fury like that of a Woman talked abut.

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Feb 24, 1918.

Ahh a nice turn of events. They allowed me and my ward mates and Visitors go out on the lawn for a little Sun and fresh Air.

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Carrick - A lovely bit of scenery that.

Fullofit - I hope Rudi and his kette took full alcoholic advantage of the poor weather. And Freddy the embodiment of grace? That one made me laugh.

Raine - A brilliant screenshot, and two more confirmed for Mac - well done! And thank you for all your efforts with the write-ups, and as serving in the role of DID DM.

MFair - Jeremiah an ace already? Outstanding job, the man's a natural!

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24 February 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Poperinge, Belgium

Yesterday had been a washout for flying due to the strong winds and snow that had moved into the area the previous evening. This was fine with all concerned at 65 Squadron as it provided another day to get things a bit more organized after the recent move. Captain Abbott's new quarters was a small room at the back of one of the Nissen huts, the flight leaders being provided more private accommodations. Freddy would have been fine out in the main area of the hut with the rest of the lads, but he wasn't going to argue about it either as his little nest was quite cozy, tucked away as it was behind its own partition.

Today began as if it too would be a dud, but the intermittent snow and strong winds both died away shortly after sunrise, leaving only the low-hanging clouds. There was to be an offensive patrol shortly after morning tea for 'A' and 'B' Flights, the two having been combined again due to plane shortages. However, plans changed during said tea when the sirens went off and reports came in of Hun B/R buses spotted several miles east of camp. The scramble was on!


Captain Abbott giving the signal and rolling away even before his mount had fully warmed up. There was no time to waste if they were going to have any chance of catching up with the invaders some 12,000' above them.
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As Freddy circled the aerodrome, grabbing altitude and giving his flight mates a moment to join him, the first of the Boche bombs landed wide of its intended target. Abbott hoped such poor aim would continue.
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It seemed to take forever to close in on the circling specks high above, and long before the Camels could reach them the Hun planes had broken off and were heading back towards the east.
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Undaunted, the King's airmen pressed on, climbing ever higher as they gave chase.
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One of the enemy two-seaters was lagging behind the rest and Abbott pursued it, despite the friendly AA that was bracketing his kite rather than the Hun bus some distance ahead. He was convinced the British gunners in this AO were all thick-headed clods.
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Abbott had done his best to stay under the tail of the enemy plane, but the Boche G/O was not to be fooled. He'd spotted the Camel stalking them and signaled his pilot who banked the Rumpler to starboard to open up a field of fire. Freddy followed their turn and the two aircraft began trading shots.
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Suddenly the new lad, 2nd Lt. Lee, came carving in from port and would have collided with the Captain had he not been so quick on the controls. "Ricky you bloody idiot!" Abbott cursed as young Lee, suddenly realizing what he'd done, broke off his attack.
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Abbott pressed ahead, his own mount now spitting a mist of petrol from the first engagement with the Hun. He fired a twin volley from the Vickers, and then another, and watched as the lower portside wing of the Rumpler sheared away.
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The Boche tumbled towards earth and the Captain followed it down as he was losing fuel and was going to have to land sooner than he'd anticipated.
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The Rumpler slammed into a snow-dotted meadow some three miles east of Poperinge and Freddy noted the location for his report and claim.
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Abbott was pleasantly surprised when he managed to coax his Camel all the way back to camp before it ran dry, saving himself a walk and the AMs a trip. He was further surprised to see that none of the Hun bombs had done any damage apart from several new craters in the surrounding fields. After safely landing and shutting down, Freddy made his way back to the mess for a fresh cuppa' while he waited for the rest of the lads to return. He would be having a talk with one lad in particular - young Mister Lee. Another talking to was also needed with the AA gun units stationed east of Poperinge, before they actually shot down one of their own.
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#4557610 - 02/24/21 11:54 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou, you have to read that statement with “in the air” appended to it. Only then this makes sense and isn’t as outrageous as it would otherwise seem.
Now, what was the name of that lout nearly colliding with our ace? Such audacity! I do hope Abbott will punish him by subjecting him to an extended session of toothy grins he is so well known for. Oh, the humanity!
Congrats on getting that Rumpler. Another one to add to Freddy’s collection.

24 February, 1918
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
34 confirmed kills

Snow squalls continue preventing Kaiser’s finest from plying their trade for the third day in a row. The pilots continue to cure their hangovers by consuming additional quantities of alcohol.


"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."
#4557612 - 02/25/21 12:20 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou, Nice work on that Rumpler. They can be very dangerous but they fall apart so nicely when you hit them!

Fullofit, the French must be very relieved that weather is keeping you on the ground.

McAlister has had a good week and a short break from the war…

War Journal of Flight Commander George Ewan MacAlister, DSO, DSC

8 Squadron, RNAS
Mont-St-Eloi, France

Part 24


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"I dived on another that I saw heading for his home."


On 22 February, I lead a stalk against two Rumplers. These observation machines are high flyers, quite comfortable up to 20,000 feet and more. So when we found a pair of them at a mere 14,000 feet, we set out in pursuit. The trick is to get under the tail where the gunner can’t see you. But when there are two of them, each gun-layer covers the other’s tail and it makes for a difficult job. I fired fifty rounds from 200 yards but then came under effective fire from my target’s partner. I circled back and let McDonald take over. The Canadian shot our man down and received the credit, as well he should. The other Hun had his nose down and headed east to quickly to catch.

We have lost Guy Price. I neglected to mention that he was wounded last week and has since died in hospital. It has been some time since we lost a veteran. Fowler is out of action right now with ear problems and we may not see him back for several weeks. We are awaiting a new pilot or two. On a brighter note, Bob Compston has been awarded the DSO. He richly deserves the honour as he has at least 25 Huns to his credit and has been out here a long time. We had a fine binge to celebrate and the skipper sang all his signature tunes.

We had a few days of bad weather and I was able to get leave. The skipper gave us a loan of his car and I went with White all the way to Amiens. We had two full days to enjoy ourselves in a city not completely smashed by fighting. It was rather overpopulated with staff wallahs. We were, it seems, the sole representatives of the Royal Navy and attracted a bit of attention wherever we went. We toured the great cathedral and wandered through the shops. I bought some fine lacework for my mother and sisters and a new pipe for my father. I will hold onto them until I see where we are going to in the move that I expect is coming.

White is a good travelling mate. He has studied more French than I and speaks it horribly but without shame or caution. He is teaching me how they swear in French Canada. All their swear words are religious. They curse by the sacraments, by the Blessed Virgin, by the chalice, by the Eucharist, and so forth. It is quite bizarre and totally unlike the French here in France. White says that the French-Canadian and English ways of cursing are reflective of national characteristics. “People swear by what scares them,” he said to me. “For the French Canadians, it’s God. For the English, it’s sex.”

We shared a bottle of wine with two Royal Engineers subalterns, who steered us toward a wonderful spot for dinner. “Forget Godbout’s and the hotel restaurants. The places are good but rotten with red tabs. You’ll want to be going to the Rue Cornu sans tête and looking for Chez Josephine. The seafood is fine but don’t mess her chicken. She must have a farm on the side but the things are marvellous and the supply endless." We took him up at his word and found the place. Josephine herself served us, a tidy woman approaching middle-age and obviously doing quite well by the war. Her roast chicken was frankly breathtaking and the frites were the best I have enjoyed. We watched the goings-on at other tables and decided to order a couple of dozen oysters for pudding, and washed them down with fine coffee and brandy!

White was not an inveterate womaniser so I was glad to join him in a visit to the pictures. There was a cinema near the train station where we caught a Charlie Chaplin film. Unlike some parts of France, hot water was not rationed here and I took a hot bath before bed on Friday night and White did the same on Saturday morning. We returned to Chez Josephine for lunch and more chicken and took a leisurely drive back towards the Arras front. I should say it was leisurely for me because White did all the driving and worked very hard to keep us from skidding into ditches with the snow.

The weather broke on 25 February. We flew a line patrol east and north of Arras. A large formation of Pfalz scouts approached from the north and turned over us. We climbed towards them but they saw us before we got in range and came down upon us like hawks. Fortunately, B Flight was only about a mile off and came to our aid. We fought for nearly twenty minutes. I got behind one Hun but he gave me the slip. I dived on another that I saw heading for his home. This one I downed on the far side of Vimy Ridge. I have put in the claim but not yet heard whether it has been witnessed.

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#4557689 - 02/25/21 02:58 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine, I don’t know about that. Being grounded means that the French are likely to forget lessons learned and start sending their pilots to their doom again.
It’s good to see George enjoying himself, eating and drinking well and taking care of his hygiene, but it’s back to business now. Keeping my fingers crossed for the confirmation of that Pfalz.

25 February, 1918 09:45
Cuirieux, Marne Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Offizzierstellvertreter Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO
34 confirmed kills

The orders came some time ago but the Staffel had to wait for a window to open during the bad weather. Flying or even transport by road was out of the question until now. They finally had their chance. Their transfer to Toulis was one for the books. They were airborne no longer than 5 minutes before they were lining up to land. Once on the ground they were greeted by more Dreideckers. These were earmarked for the lower ranks. They would all finally fly the new Fokker machines together. More snow arrived in the evening.


"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."
#4557695 - 02/25/21 03:38 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Fullofit - So what exactly prompted the move of Rudi's jasta a whopping five minutes up the road, or is such information privy only to HQ and not shared with the lowly fliegers who are doing the actual fighting.

Raine - Sounds like Mac made the most of his brief time away from the front. And Chez Josephine is the place to go in Amiens, eh? Must make a note of that should my man Abbott ever find himself down that way. Fingers crossed on the Flight Commander's latest claim.

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25 February 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Poperinge, Belgium

It was a quiet couple of outings today for the depleted flights of 65 Squadron. No air Huns willing to engage their remaining Camels, or at least none to be found in and around the Ypres/Armentières AO. Some good news though for Captain Abbott as his Rumpler from yesterday has been confirmed as has one of the Pfalz from the 22nd, bringing his tally to 49. Freddy is anxious to make it an even 50 and is hopeful some careless Boche will oblige him on his next flip, and additionally hopeful that the Brass Hats will give him his due for the effort. Out of his last nine claims only four have been approved, so apparently good scotch is not the proper inducement when one is attempting to garner favour with the Claims Office - but if not that, what then?

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