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#4460101 - 02/06/19 02:24 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Spitfires! Curse their sexiness!

#4460190 - 02/06/19 05:05 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Mission 8:

Same routine Spearhead the formations Over Margate then Jabo Attack the factories ( foolishness, we need to control the air ) My kette of 4 a/c followed the orders over target . we dove on our firing runs amid Flack after the bombers hit. I made 1 Run firing a long burst from max height then Ran for France. I was the only one to come back. My fellow pilots appeared to have made numerous runs and hung over the killing zone. Perhaps too long.

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#4460209 - 02/06/19 07:18 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Stay alive carrick! But don't get too far out in front of us, we are only supposed to be doing six per week! thumbsup

#4460248 - 02/07/19 12:14 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Ops, Ok I will watch it.

#4460251 - 02/07/19 12:46 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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No problem, excellent screenshot, by the way!

#4460394 - 02/08/19 12:53 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Steinhoff Lowenbrau 2 Mission 6

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#4460458 - 02/08/19 02:02 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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As we finish week one, please take the survey to give an update of where everyone is!
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#4460478 - 02/08/19 04:01 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Rick, that was one tough Hurricane! I have sent in my questionnaire. Here is to all that survived the first week and a toast to the fallen.


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#4460511 - 02/08/19 06:53 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Only had time to get my first mission in, but will try to do a couple tonight smile

#4460644 - 02/09/19 09:28 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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(I JG 54) Combat Operations... 16 August 1940

Offensive Patrol, on the Whitstable Installation Chain Home (Low)

The Staffel will provide cover for bombers proceeding to, and over the target...


Take off 1400hrs, distance to target 90 km.
Time to target, 14 mins. Weather over target: expect scattered cloud.
Approach altitude to enemy coastline 4700m.
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MAX STADLER, DIARY RECORD.

I slept the sleep of the dead after yesterdays eventful day... Our patrol this afternoon took the Staffel deeper into Englander territory.
Once again our forces tried to knock out a radar station, this time at Whitstable.
At breakfast we were informed that Rewald's replacement should arrive sometime over the next four days... Poor Rewald, here one minute, gone the next.
As for Haehnicke, nothing yet, but he has been marked as presumed dead or if he is lucky, a prisoner of the Tommies.

Not sure what has happened to Grueneberg, as I have a new Schwarm Leader, Leutnant Piller. He is all smiles and full of ''Let's get Tommy'... I like him a lot!
I was getting the 'butterflies' again as after our briefing we were going straight out, so it was a quick talk by Piller to confirm we all understood what was required of us, and then to the aircraft dispersal point.
Little Emil was waiting for me, as was 'Uncle Rolf' our Chief of the 'Black Men'....
''Hey Junger... bring her back in one piece!'' he said with a growl, then gave me a grin and a slap on the back... ''Let's get to it then''

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As before, once I had climbed in and we went through the engine start routine, any worries I had were quickly forgotten, as all checks done, we waited for the signal to take off...


Formed up and climbing out we soon found ourselves over the 'Canal', and all too soon the enemy coast was ahead... I remember watching the Schwarm ahead cross the coastline, no flak came up to greet them...
'This will be easier than yesterday', I thought to myself...

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A few seconds later... How wrong I was!


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Compared to yesterday the flak eventually petered out, and I sat there expecting next to see the Hurricanes or Spitfires of the English, but again nothing... we carried out our patrol as ordered.
Didn't even see our own bombers, in fact they never turned up. We simply flew our route, looked for our bomber force, got some attention from the flak gunners and then returned to our airfield.

Our return to the airfield was uneventful, in fact, if it were not for the enemy flak defences, it all seemed like a training flight.
As I completed my landing drill, gear and flaps down, airfield in sight, I still could not help thinking ''Where are the RAF''...

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Still, I thought, as I made final preparations to land, perhaps we should be extremely thankful... this time we all came home!

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#4460645 - 02/09/19 09:31 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Yes they will!

Here's Week 1's results:
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Steinhoff Lowenbrau 2
Mission 07
September 15, 1940

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#4460651 - 02/09/19 10:11 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Good stories all.

#4460660 - 02/10/19 12:12 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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(I JG 54) Combat Operations... 20 August 1940

Coastal Patrol,Calais - Boulogne Sur Mer area.

Schwarm Zwie allocated mission task...


Take off 1500hrs,
Weather partial cloud.
Patrol altitude 5000m
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MAX STADLER, DIARY RECORD.

The Staffel has been stood down from operations for two days... a much needed 48 hour rest for the old hands as they have been on continuous operations since May.
I thought I might have been able to take time to visit Paris with some of the others, but guess who has been given 'Duty Officer' as they are only recently arrived?... Yes me!

So, the rest of the boys have returned from their adventures with thick heads, tired bodies and empty wallets... only to find they will be on the next patrol!
Luckily for them it will be a short one, with a quick look around the coast to try and spot any intruders, as Schnellboots in the Channel had reported low flying twin engined jobs heading inland this morning.

As it turned out, the patrol spotted nothing... probably due to the fact that most were nursing sore heads (even Leutnant Piller, who looked very green around the gills before take off)...
He did mention though, despite our obvious condition, our flying and holding formation were excellent today)

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#4460665 - 02/10/19 12:56 AM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Trooper117]  
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Originally Posted by Trooper117

He did mention though, despite our obvious condition, our flying and holding formation were excellent today)



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Yep, good stories.

FWIW: Karl Weber II - learned a little bit from his older brother but not enough.
On his third mission he managed three downed enemy aircraft.
On his fourth he got another and then, trying to limp home, was caught from behind by a lone Spitfire just off the English Coast.

Good luck to all in the challenge.


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#4460779 - 02/10/19 07:38 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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(I JG 54) Combat Operations... 22 August 1940

Escort...Two Schwarm's will carry out the operation...
Schwarn Eins will provide high cover
Schwarm Zwei will provide close escort for IKG 55 who will bomb the aircraft factory at Felixstowe.


Take off 0600hrs, distance to target 122 km.
Time to target, 38 mins. Weather over target: expect broken cloud.
Rendez altitude 2100m.
Route to target altitude, bomber dependent.
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MAX STADLER, DIARY RECORD.

Today is the day. Today I feel sure we will bring up the Tommies... Our escort for the Heinkel's of KG 55 on the aircraft factory attack is bound to be intercepted.
I have a new Schwarm Leader... Piller has taken over Schwarm Eins, and we have Stabsgefreiter Burkart Auler, he seems a good type.

We were to rendezvous with the bombers as they approach our airfield, but after taking off and climbing to the RV altitude, we were having 'fun' trying to locate them in the clouds.
As radio silence was imposed, it would be a purely visual exercise to be sure.

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Burkart Auler must have the eyes of an eagle... he soon located the He III's, (five in all) and we were soon closing in on them.
Frantic waves from their crews could be seen, as they were obviously very glad to have us along.

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As we passed between Canterbury and Margate we were still being followed by the ever present flak. By that stage we had already lost one of the bombers...

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Suddenly Burkart Auler yelled ''Contacts 12 oclock level, closing fast''... five small dots rapidly got larger, and we started to climb not a second too soon.
At first I thought they were twin engines Blenheim's, but a 110 Zerstörer leading four Ju 88's screamed past... it seemed they were so close I could reach out and touch them.
We all felt their slipstreams as they rocketed past.
''Bloody idioten'' I thought aloud, what were they doing?...

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We crossed into open sea again and made our approach to Felixstowe, as we neared the coastline again, Rosenfeld shouted ''INDIANER two oclock high'' .
We all as one turned and climbed to the right, and I heard Rosenfeld once more shouting for help and I closed in on the enemy aircraft that was homing in on him.
I soon identified it as a Spitfire and gave it a burst and it broke away from Rosenfeld who then reported he was heading for home!

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Before I knew what was happening, I felt a thump and simultaneously I pushed the nose of my Little Emil straight down before I even knew I had done it!
It was a pure reflex action to avoid being hit again... I had been 'bounced'
Rapidly changing direction to avoid being hit again (in case the enemy had stayed with me) I applied full power to try and gain separation from my pursuer, but it was obvious very quickly I was loosing power.
I headed back out to sea and homeward... I searched the sky all around, but strangely I was all alone, nothing to be seen anywhere. A few minutes later and thinking I was in the clear, my engine just stopped!

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I had about 1500m of height left... I kept Little Emil just above stalling speed, still gliding out to sea.
I knew I would never make it to friendly skies, and I knew I would not make the English coast... at 600m I knew there was only one course of action left.
Time to get out...

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I remember lots of noise suddenly receding as the plane seemed to fall away from me... I felt for the parachute release handle, left of the main harness buckle. and then, a sudden deceleration and yank in the leg straps... and silence!
I was in one piece!... I looked down below me to see Little Emil strike the water with a huge splash, and then she was gone!
My next worry was a rapidly approaching body of water. My drills kicked in... turn the snap lock on the harness buckle, as the sea got closer, feet and knees together, cross both arms and grab the front lift webbs of the parachute and tuck the chin in... as my feet made contact I punched the harness buckle to release the harness and raise my arms straight up... the parachute harness came straight off and I continued down, but away from the parachute.
I waited until I had stopped sinking and then swam up and away from the parachute until my head broke the surface.
Made it!

I'll say this... the next seven hours were the coldest I have ever been in my life. When I heard the noise of an aircraft I had already made the firm decision that I didn't care whose side it was on, I would use the flares and the dye to try and get it's attention, but when it came, there was no mistaking the drone of that wonderful 'Auntie Ju'... I was yelling and crying as it touched down and made it's way towards me.
A crewman threw me a line and dragged me closer and then it was willing hands pulling me on board. I don't remember much more, as I was dried off, wrapped up in blankets and given some very hot coffee laced with rum.
I will be forever thankful to those men who had saved me.

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#4460781 - 02/10/19 07:47 PM Re: What's that you say? A Rick Rawlings Challenge?!? [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Seems like close ones are all we get, Trooper! Great report!

Steinhoff Lowenbrau 2
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That was a busy old mission Rick!
I noticed during the engagements you were at 2500 rpm quite a lot, and once or twice past that!
2500 rpm should only be held for around 1 minute in boosted mode.
It's also very easy to go over the set limits when you are in the middle of a fight for survival and you are managing several things at once.

Your coolant temp stayed ok, but your oil temp went well over 105 degrees and right to the end of the gauge, so I think that is what did you in... plus you took some gunfire damage.

It's good seeing all these reports... it seems a lottery as to whether people come back or not, as I guess it would have been for real smile

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Mission 9.

Not enough a/c or pilots for assignment. However we get started on putting one together in the hanger

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