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#4509016 - 03/01/20 04:02 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, ripping stories Sir! You really should join us in the DID Campaign.


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#4509072 - 03/01/20 10:43 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted by MFair
VonS, ripping stories Sir! You really should join us in the DID Campaign.


Only saw this post now...thank you for the kind words MFair. I promise to send an official application to the wind and flight gods over on the DiD Thread as soon as I wrap up with the two casual campaigns I have going now - would be a shame to cut short v. Pranz's and Cap'n. Dobson's adventures. WOFF sure is a yarn-friendly sim - I'm having as much fun writing the reports as I am flying.

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#4509083 - 03/02/20 12:30 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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It’s a hoot! My first pilot lasted 6 months.....in a Morane for Pete’s sake. Now I am on my 7th pilot. WOFF can be a cruel mistress! Look forward to you joining Sir!


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#4509284 - 03/03/20 05:24 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 7 for Hauptmann Otto v. Pranz, as Mission No. 2 for Hauptmann Eberhard Kiener

(note: all settings as for mission no. 6, with the only addition being the ver. 1.4 patch applied over ver. 1.2 of the GPU Tuner for WOFF - did not notice any significant fps hit when 1.4 is applied directly over 1.2, might be a slight hit if applied over 1.3 since 1.3 contains more "ringdims" than 1.2 - will try out that combo. in future missions, but pleased with the current combo. of 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 - very smooth fps and flying)

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'And what kind of nonsense is this, enemy biplanes out of nowhere! - most strange that they never attack when I am here?,' asked the C.O. irritatingly. He was back from Zerkegem this afternoon of the 13th of Nov., having procured one Oberursel that was finally transported by truck to Ghistelles. The other two rotaries were found faulty and sent back to the factory, with replacements ordered that were to be shipped directly to the 'drome next time, no exceptions.

Hutzenlaub, the replacement pilot for Krebs and who arrived late last night, stood firmly and saluted - 'may I explain, sir?' 'Please do,' was the C.O.'s muted response. 'You see, we were to do a quick patrol at 8:30 in the morning, and, while our engines were being primed, there was a buzzing heard over head.' Hauptmann Keiner here interjected: 'In short, we were jumped by three Nieuports, sir, while the Aviatik was making a run to ascend. If we didn't get them, they surely would have brought the Aviatik down. Unteroffizier Hutzenlaub managed to bring down one of those rascals, while I brought down the other one - but a control cable snapped on my Eindecker, in the violent maneuvers, and I made a forced landing nearby. One of the Nieuports is still there behind that tree, with its tail up. The other disintegrated on impact and burned awhile. The third gave us the slip and disappeared somehow, possibly had a better-tuned rotary.'

'Indeed, a confirmed victory for each of you, gentlemen,' responded the C.O., 'including two honor goblets for your endeavors. And how did it feel, Kiener, your first real combat with another one-seater?' 'Well, sir,' Kiener here thought how to phrase his response - 'much like duelling in Heidelberg during my student days, but with a lot more wind and noise.' This received a loud laugh from one of the riggers who had been in the vicinity, outside the C.O.'s office. Kiener smirked, for he was never the most creative with his words, but he was pleased with himself and rightly so, having bagged a more maneuverable Nieuport; although, Von Schnapps had improved, as much as possible, the wing warping on the E.IIa variants that were slowly increasing in numbers here at Ghistelles.

'And now, to other important matters, concerning Hauptmann v. Pranz and Leutnant Seelig,' commented the C.O. 'For earlier this morning, I see that there are entries in the log-book, a flight around 7 a.m., with v. Pranz and Seelig going about their routine long circuit to the batteries at Ledegem and back, with you accompanying, Keiner?' 'Yes, sir, that is correct,' Keiner responded - 'but, you know how v. Pranz has a tendency to veer initially from the prescribed course - well, he and Seelig first attacked the balloon south of Niewpoort, and made a fireball of it - I was at a higher alt. and observing, as signalled by v. Pranz. Soon after, they were attacked by two Nieuports that, judging from their maneuvering, were likely in the hands of skilled flyers. A wild kurvenkampf then erupted, with Seelig flying wonderfully and getting some shots into one of the Nieuports, a green one, that then managed to escape. In the meantime, he was attacked from the back and came down, on fire.'

'Who attacked him?,' asked the C.O. 'The other Nieuport, a cream-colored one,' responded Kiener - 'v. Pranz then engaged this fellow and a lengthy battle followed, with Pranz managing, amazingly, to outmaneuver the Nieuport, to riddle him with several shots, and the Nieuport then crash-landed into some trees, losing a wing in the process.' 'Excellent!,' responded the C.O. - 'that cream-colored fellow, as you call him, is the Britisher Roderic Dallas, a notable flyer and most meddlesome for our Aviatiks. It is even possible that Krebs was brought down by him - and what then transpired, Kiener?'

Kiener now more slowly responded to the query - 'well, as we were then heading further south, and towards our lines again, v. Pranz attacked another balloon near Diksmuide - he was doing well enough, but, as he was in a climbing turn to come back at it - some flak came horribly close to him, possibly severing his control wires, for the right wing was seen to dip, and a part of it came off. I noticed him using full opposite rudder to deflect this sudden deficiency but it was of no use - he sideslipped into the ground close to the balloon, with only the fuselage remaining intact in a ball of debris and dirt.'

'Uh, most nasty,' here commented Hutzenlaub, 'no way to survive something like that, sir.'

'That will be all gentlemen! - and hopefully, now that I am back, the war will return to a more peaceful tempo.' Here the C.O. lit his pipe and dismissed the flyers, and pondered, morosely, over v. Pranz's and Seelig's fates. The whims of war, fame and a roll of the dice - thought the C.O. to himself. If only Pranz had followed the prescribed route more stringently this time, thereby minimizing his exposure to enemy flak. If only - but, here the C.O. smiled - at least v. Pranz experienced a stellar rise in his short time at Ghistelles and would be remembered in the annals of Bosta 2 history - as the only pilot here who became an ace while he fell, to be awarded victories five and six posthumously.

Satisfied with these mathematical ideas that are in the spirit of good bookkeeping, the C.O. then thought about lunch, and also about v. Pranz's parti-colored Eindecker that was still in its hangar, having finally had its wings repaired.

It would henceforth be Kiener's mount - and may it serve him well.
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#4509292 - 03/03/20 10:51 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Another brave pilot pays the ultimate price. RIP


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#4509342 - 03/03/20 07:23 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted by MFair
Another brave pilot pays the ultimate price. RIP


Yes indeed, OBD gives real simulation in spades - still can't decide what was scarier, the wing falling off on v. Pranz's Eindecker, or the scramble mission for Kiener when the 'drome was jumped by three Nieups. smile2

Might squeeze out a few more missions with Pranz's alter ego Kiener - before going back to the Johnny Dobson adventures. (Note to self, use RJW's pilot backup utility in the future to avoid death by lucky flak. yep )

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#4509350 - 03/03/20 07:57 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, it may be lucky but it did happen as I am sure you know. In all of my years of flying WOFF I think I have had one or two deaths. One in particular, flying one second, gone the next. At least I think it was flak. As you say, simulation in spades.


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#4509479 - 03/04/20 06:09 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Flak, being hit midair by an artillery shell, ones own ammunition cooking off in front of you, road accidents, Spanish flu. There were all kinds of ways of meeting ones end
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#4509489 - 03/04/20 07:04 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quite right, including aircraft tripping up on a pothole on landing killed some too.. lots of weird ways to die wink
There was one story - I can't remember all the details but someone was killed looking down the wrong end of his Vickers as the prop was turned to find a round popped out the front of the gun and killed him.


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#4509493 - 03/04/20 07:11 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you for the comments and feedback gents'. Yes indeed, all sorts of random risks.

@Pol, I think that story is located somewhere late in Cecil Lewis' Sagittarius Rising...can't remember the exact details now, late in the war, with the fellow who rolled over his Camel on landing, then checked the Vickers from the wrong end while his riggers and fitters were fiddling with the cockpit, and one of the Vickers went off.

All of this random weirdness is wonderfully modelled in WOFF. Well done OBD.

(Third mission for Hauptmann Kiener now flown...willl post details soon.) smile

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#4509500 - 03/04/20 08:17 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


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#4509527 - 03/04/20 11:26 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Polovski]  
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That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


Yes, that was the "ham-fisted new fellow" who did a couple of dives in the Se5 and tore the wings off, crashed and exploded, after behaving himself well during formation flying. Take note fellow WOFFers - it's possible to pull the wings off of the Scout Experimental too. smile The problem isn't so much the speed of the dive, but the lack of a smooth exit from dives.

Other good reads for those looking over the casual campaigns thread....Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee (I'm currently reading that one). Also fondly remembered is Eastern Nights and Flights by Alan Bott (for those who like the exotic theaters such as the middle eastern front in WWI).

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#4509553 - 03/05/20 05:02 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 3 for Hauptmann Kiener

(note: GPU Tuner Patch 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 combo. in place; also BB's optional clouds ver 2.9.2 being used and they work fine in the platinum ed. of WOFF, have spotted no problems so far; as well used is JJJ's Multimod ver. 2.1)

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The morning of the 14th of Nov. opened with flurries in the forecast and low, foreboding clouds hovering around the 'drome at Ghistelles. Nonetheless, Kiener was unfazed by the weather, ruminating that it might actually be an advantage, acting as a cover for his lengthy patrol mission today, together with Unteroffizier Hutzenlaub, to spot for enemy positions as far south as the batteries parallel to Lille. Also flying today, providing that their engines would behave, were the two resident Aviatiks; they would drop bombs on the enemy's positions, first near Ledegem and then further south.

Kiener was most pleased to see his multi-colored Eindecker ready for use, the engine primed, and the control cables checked, with one of the riggers looking over the tailskid and wheels. 'We'll all be spotted by enemy aeroplanes with you, sir, in that colorful getup,' commented Hutzenlaub. But the Hauptmann was not concerned and remained silent, instead considering the similarities between the colors and some of the outfits often worn during his days of rigorous duelling as a student in Heidelberg. V. Pranz had made an excellent choice, he thought, with the color combinations; the late Pranz had also been a good mentor to him on their previous couple of flights, and Kiener had in detail remembered several of those suggestions offered for an effective patrol, and that he now briefly shared with the Unteroffizier.

'Stay approximately one kilometer behind me, directly behind, and slightly above, Hutzenlaub, and do not approach closer unless I am jumped by someone, but still make sure to remain above the fray,' he commented. 'Yes sir, and what about the balloons?,' was the Unteroffizier's naive question. 'Those, leave to me for now, and observe carefully, as I had observed Hauptmann v. Pranz's well-measured flights - you will notice how, with a good aim and no theatrics, things will usually unfold in your favor, should you decide on some balloon bursting in the future.'

The Aviatiks had by now ascended slightly above the 'drome; and soon the two Eindeckers were aloft as well, with their Oberursels rotating consistently, and with the good rate of climb taking the monoplanes up ever higher. It was, however, not practical to go above 1600 m alt. or so, since the heavy clouds were immediately above, and Kiener certainly did not want to lose the young Unteroffizier in the clouds. They, in this manner, proceeded slightly southwest and towards the lines at Diksmuide, to pass onto the enemy's side of the trenches. Here, Kiener pointed the nose of his crate in the direction of a balloon that was in the vicinity of Passchendale, cut power to about four-fifths, and began a steady and long descent, glancing back briefly to make sure that Hutzenlaub was following. Soon the balloon was in his sights, followed by a brief volley of shots and then profuse smoke, and an explosion. Kiener at that moment remembered the balloon further north of Diksmuide and v. Pranz's anticlimactic end there on the 13th. 'Under no circumstances maneuver around the balloons,' he thought to himself, 'but keep the nose steady, a gradual ascent away, full throttle - with a brief glance back to affirm that the balloon is indeed on fire.' Satisfied as to the results, they floated further down towards Ypres, when another balloon came into view on the western outskirts of the town. And again a careful aim was provided, the hunter's instinct alive, with an unswerving descent on the part of the Eindecker, a quick rattle of the Spandau - and another balloon hissing out flames and smoke, to be complemented by a roaring explosion.

With two balloons now down, Kiener briefly contemplated the possibilities - to swing gradually back across the lines south of Ypres, or to keep trodding the current path, further down towards Messines and Armentieres, for, after all, the course was still parallel to where the two Aviatiks were to patrol the enemy's batteries. The latter choice was made quickly, for Kiener was a brave fellow, a solid marksman, and the weather, still grey and miserable, was nicely cloaking his and the Unteroffizier's movements. 'As long as it did not begin to snow, there was no reason to retreat behind the lines,' he thought. No sooner was the choice made, then a balloon west of Messines was located, hovering and bobbing slightly in the mist below. A quick glance back, again, to verify Hutzenlaub's location, and also to make certain that no Franks or British airmen were in the vicinity - and then the gradual descent towards the target, the engine working steadily, Kiener's eyes fixed on the Spandau's sights - to be followed by the robust rattle when the trigger was pulled, rat-a-tat, tat, and a nice, thin stream of vapor and black smoke now emanating from the top of the stricken balloon. Kiener now passed over it, the ascent steady, unwavering, with no unnecessary risks being taken, and then the glance back - the balloon now emitting a stronger fire, and then a small explosion this time, after which the remnants of the gasbag fluttered down onto the meadows below. 'One more stop on our way south,' now thought Kiener; 'hopefully my steady aim will hold, for, even with this obscure weather, there is strangely an absence of strong winds, and of turbulence, at these lower altitudes,' he appended.

As they flew further south, Armentieres came into view. And behind Armentieres, on its eastern outskirts, a balloon was waiting. The two airmen now knew that they were not too far from the River Lys, and that, on the other side of the Lys, all that remained was to turn their noses to the left and proceed towards their lines, a journey that should be fairly short, and hopefully uneventful. The one problem was that the winds now had picked up, and, while Kiener was doing his best to keep the Eindecker steady in its dive towards the balloon, the Spandau's sights would, for a moment, nicely frame it, and, at another moment, they would be either to the left or right of the balloon. Kiener clenched his teeth, cut power slightly, and sent some shots in the direction of the balloon - and then some more. Having now passed over it, he glanced back briefly, only to find that the gasbag was still intact! 'Horrible,' he now contemplated in his head the possibilites: 'to get out of here as soon as possible, to try another run, or two.' 'Let us go for more!,' he now shouted out load even though the Unteroffizier was unable to hear him over the noise of the rotaries and the speed at which they were flying. And now a quick turn was made, this time with full rudder - and then a quick pounce onto the balloon, with another volley of shots sent in its direction - and now the ascent away, with Kiener's head turned back - and again, no result. The turbulence was picking up and throwing his aim off, but Kiener remained collected and methodical - now a third, wide, ascending climb was finally undertaken, the kind that had done in v. Pranz near Diksmuide. Some rifles were then heard below, with a few bullets cracking and whizzing through Kiener's left wing. But the Eindecker, still in control, now had the balloon in its sights a third time; the trigger was now depressed more thoroughly, and at least 50 or 60 rounds went cleanly through the balloon. It was now pouring out black smoke as Kiener glanced back a third time - and, very soon, the culminating, luxurious explosion was both seen and heard. 'That is four balloons down,' now thought Kiener, 'but enough of this, the winds are no longer working in my favor.' He then signalled to Hutzenlaub, and they were soon over their side of the lines, slightly south of the batteries close to Lille, and, with their fuel now low, attempting to move north-eastwards towards the small 'drome for Aviatiks, north of Menen. The wind was, however, not working in their favor anymore, even though there was a crack or two in the clouds at this stage of their flight - with the sun at times, very gently, sending its rays through and onto the moist fields below.

Kiener and Hutzenlaub now flew on closer together, with the Unteroffizier slightly above and to the left of the Hauptmann. With the aerodrome at Menen eventually in sight, Kiener signalled, and the other flyer plotted on slowly, to do a gradual, upwind landing at the further end of the field. The Hauptmann instead made a wide circle around the 'drome, dropped the throttle as much as possible, to about two-thirds power, and then, with irregular cutting of the fuel flow to the rotary instead of riskily blipping the engine, he managed to coax it into a fairly controllable glide, downwind, towards one of the empty hangars - to plop down gently before the Unteroffizier had even arrived. The Hauptmann opened the throttle a few times and was soon next to the hangar, with the fuel now off and the propeller idly spinning for a while longer. 'Four balloons!,' he thought to himself while still unfastening the harness, and while observing Hutzenlaub's landing that he thought a bit messy but sufficient, considering that the Unteroffizier had brief difficulty levelling out before he turned off his engine and rolled to a stop.

Shortly thereafter, both men were in the 'drome's makeshift office, with the four claims for the balloons being wired to Ghistelles, and also their approximate locations. After that it would be time soon for lunch, a quick and spicy goulash that one of the improvisario cooks had managed to create for the local officers - but that turned out quite appetizing, thought Kiener. Some idle talk was exchanged amongst the officers at the table, ranging from the awful weather that had prevented the local Aviatiks from doing any flying today, to the current state of military affairs, also with some discussion of Immelmann and Wintgens thrown in for good measure, since both were now rising stars among the young German pilots. Here, Kiener again thought of v. Pranz, who, equally so, had he not been unlucky with the balloon at Diksmuide, might now have eclipsed the tallies of these other heroic fellows. Such sombre pondering was then cut short by a phone call from Ghistelles.

'Kiener, is that you?,' was the C.O.'s question. 'Yes, sir, it's me, and Hutzenlaub is in one piece too,' responded the Hauptmann. 'Most pleasing, and, furthermore, all four of your claims have been confirmed!, not only by Hutzenlaub but also by some of our men at the batteries parallel to Ypres and Messines - with today's weather, your burning balloons featured as four torches going off in succession, and lighting up the immediate horizon - we thank you for the fireworks, and for your bravery. It is obvious that v. Pranz had taught you well - the Iron Cross 2nd Class awaits you upon your return, and my greetings to the Unteroffizier as well.' The C.O., in his usual style, was most animated while explaining all of this over the telephone - although his gesticulations could not be seen by the two pilots. Kiener further explained that both of the Eindeckers received several holes in their wings, some at Ypres, more during their attack on the balloon east of Armentieres, and that it would take until next evening for the repairs to be completed. The C.O., surprisingly, received this information in a calm manner, suggesting that they do their best to fly back by noon on the 16th, since it would not be practical that they return by train, and then to have the repaired Eindeckers also crated and returned by train. The C.O. was most fond of such comparisons and minute details, and spent another minute or two, before putting down the receiver, discussing the goings-on at Ghistelles, that one pilot had returned from leave, and that it was possible that another, replacement pilot would arrive over the next few days as well - Seelig's replacement.

Later in the afternoon Kiener suggested to Hutzenlaub that they drive into town, to see if Marie Siegelinde Seubert was still there, since he remembered the previous excursion with v. Pranz into Menen. 'And what shall we talk about with Ms. Seubert?,' asked Hutzenlaub. 'Oh, various things,' responded Kiener - 'she is a walking encyclopedia and most talented.' Kiener was also thinking of how to share the news of v. Pranz's fate with Ms. Seubert, and if this was appropriate at all to mention. Perhaps they would instead talk about the movie she is involved in, and Kiener hoped that he would be able to give some suggestions regarding its title, since Master Caligula's Easy Chair would never sit well with his friends the Heidelberg duellists. It sounded much too obtuse and artistic for those naturally talented with competitive skills.
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#4509690 - 03/06/20 09:23 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


Yes, that was the "ham-fisted new fellow" who did a couple of dives in the Se5 and tore the wings off, crashed and exploded, after behaving himself well during formation flying. Take note fellow WOFFers - it's possible to pull the wings off of the Scout Experimental too. smile The problem isn't so much the speed of the dive, but the lack of a smooth exit from dives.

Other good reads for those looking over the casual campaigns thread....Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee (I'm currently reading that one). Also fondly remembered is Eastern Nights and Flights by Alan Bott (for those who like the exotic theaters such as the middle eastern front in WWI).

Von S


And there’s this from the most excellent website that gives a day to day report from the air war ...

https://airwar19141918.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/2-march-1917-loop-of-death/

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Absolutely brilliant story telling and writing VonS! I love how you write and the Pictures are superb! Keep going...


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#4509803 - 03/06/20 10:05 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you for that excellent link Seb, a great find! - have bookmarked it now.

Glad you're enjoying the reports in the casual campaigns thread - will find some time to fly mission no. 4 for Hauptmann Kiener soon, then perhaps four or five missions for the RFC, for variety.

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#4509845 - 03/07/20 06:15 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 4 for Hauptmann Kiener

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It rained heavily for three days, beginning on the afternoon of the 16th and continuing so until the evening of the 18th of Nov., which was most unpleasant for Hauptmann Kiener. He preferred to keep active and to maintain best efficiency in the air, both while maneuvering his Eindecker and when looking through the sights of the Spandau. But what was one to do. He dabbled in a few card games with the men, to make merry as best they could in the weather, and also he looked over some of the technical journals that had arrived, to keep abreast of any possible aeroplanes or developments that the French and British might throw at them.

On the morning of the 19th it was finally viable to undertake a long reconnoitering flight down to the enemy positions south of Neuve Chapelle. The general idea was to keep escort to the resident Aviatiks, while they made their bombing runs. But, it was not to be - Kiener, and Hutzenlaub, who had been promoted to Leutnant in the meantime - were jumped by a green Nieuport while they were approaching the area near Diksmuide, still on their side of the lines. They flew fairly high, at around 2100 m alt., but the Nieuport almost magically presented itself, between Kiener and the Leutnant who was flying further back.

In a matter of seconds several bullets cracked through Kiener's fuel tank, and he began to smell gasoline vapor. Knowing what this meant, he immediately switched off the engine and went into a steep, spiralling dive, with his opponent still cracking at him with his M.G. Fortunately, by the time Kiener landed, Hutzenlaub had taken over and the Hauptmann could do nothing but observe the grim entertainment. 'Well done, Leutnant,' he thought to himself - 'I see that you have studied well and taken my directions seriously.' And the evidence was plentiful indeed. Hutzenlaub danced effectively around the pesky green fellow, turning around him, outturning him, also outmaneuvering him entirely, and getting some shots into the fellow to boot.

Here, however, his Spandau jammed and he began an ascent, at around 100 km/h, towards the 'drome at Ghistelles, waving to Kiener as he passed by. 'Yes, continue exactly at that angle,' muttered Kiener to himself, for, as Von Schnapps had suggested many times, this was the best speed to keep for maximal rate of climb. Soon, the stubborn Nieuport, although attempting to follow, fell further and further back, eventually to do a wide turn and head towards its own lines.

In a few hours Kiener and the now dismantled Eindecker would both be transported by truck back to Ghistelles. 'Hopefully I will have more success tomorrow,' he said to the C.O. and Hutzenlaub that evening, but said no more. And there was no need to be verbose - for he was lucky that only his fuel tank had been destroyed.
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#4509854 - 03/07/20 08:18 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 5 for Hauptmann Kiener

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'Today on the 20th of Nov. I was scrambled, in the morning, to intercept two Nieuports that had dropped down to Ghistelles to visit us, unannounced. I took up one of the extra Eindeckers that had arrived yesterday, since mine was still having repairs done to the fuel tank, while Hutzenlaub went up in the other monoplane. We noticed, once in the air, two of those English gunbuses at a great height, and that had dropped three or four bombs on the middle of our field, also next to one of the officers' quarters - but we considered it impractical to pursue them. We did, however, attack the two Nieuports, both cream-colored. I did not fire any shots into my opponent for he was maneuvering effectively - but so was I, and we made several tight circles around one another. This fellow then tried to enter a spiralling and tight dive, to fly underneath me, but clipped some trees and crashed, to break up and burn.

The other rascal was being dealt with by Hutzenlaub, but at times the Leutnant was seen to struggle. I observed the situation briefly and then went in, slipping by quickly and firing only a few rounds into this other Nieuport, which then fell into a wild spin and crashed and disintegrated immediately below. Hutzenlaub and I then did a flight at approximately 2200 m alt. to the batteries between Diksmuide and Niewpoort, to make sure that no other enemy aeroplanes were operating in the area, and returned to Ghistelles. I made two claims upon landing, for both Nieuports; the one that crashed on its own was immediately rejected, although I maintain that my maneuvering caused him to crash. The other fellow, for some odd reason only understandable to our C.O., has been filed as a pending claim. What will come of that I do not know.'

And so read Kiener's flight report for that day, with the statement, 'What will come of that I do not know,' being excised by the C.O. later in the afternoon, who suggested to him that such superfluous information does not contribute to the dignity of the flight reports, nor to the overall morale of the squadron. 'Do learn some tact from the late v. Pranz, Kiener,' was the C.O.'s comment, 'although I can understand your frustration regarding the claim that is pending.' Kiener thanked the C.O. for the advice, although he found the situation strangely amusing since most of the fitters and riggers had also seen the Nieuport spiralling down to a fiery crash - the one that he was most pleased to have brought down, with only seven, tightly-placed shots.
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#4509855 - 03/07/20 08:32 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 6 for Hauptmann Kiener

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The morning of the 21st was again marked by some rather horrible weather, strong winds gusting, and low, dark clouds suffocating the landscape. The Hauptmann did not mind the clouds, but the winds, he knew, would be difficult to tolerate in the nimble Eindecker. His multi-colored one was still being repaired, and so he again took up one of the unpainted monoplanes. Hutzenlaub was to accompany. And the two resident Aviatiks would also be going up. It was to be standard fare that day - a bombing and spotting mission around the batteries parallel to Ledegem. Or, at least, that was the initial, promising idea.

No sooner had all four ascended and made a wide turn around the 'drome at Ghistelles than the Leutnant, waving to Kiener, was seen to descend with his Eindecker, towards one of the less cluttered fields below. Hutzenlaub's Oberursel was sputtering, and soon ground to a halt; fortunately, the landing was uneventful and Kiener did a couple of circles around the area, saluted, and was off to escort the Aviatiks that had both now gained considerable altitude, leaving Kiener slightly below and about a kilometer behind.

The trio proceeded this way south, to the area roughly parallel with Passchendale, when the Hauptmann spotted a solitary Nieuport drop down from the many clouds, and begin rattling away with its Lewis M.G. at the Aviatiks. Kiener was still too far behind to interfere. 'I do hope that the observers have good aims today,' he thought to himself, and was not disappointed. Return fire from the Aviatiks was heard, with the Nieuport attempting a few more attacks - before sliding away towards the right, in the direction of the lines. Kiener now followed, with good tactics, not to be spotted, and with a stable aim and patience. About 50 meters from the Nieuport, and slightly below, and nearing the lines by that point - he pressed the trigger on the control stick - to be met with silence. 'Impossible!, not now,' he groaned. Out came the miniature hammer that was stowed in the cockpit, with several hits on the Spandau, and again the trigger was depressed - and nothing. 'It is useless,' thought Kiener, 'but while I am here, let us get a good look at this fool.' And so he did, even daring to fly right next to him and raise an arm, which was also greeted with a wave from the Nieuport before the other pilot finally crossed over the lines.

'Most likely out of ammunition or another unreliable M.G.,' thought Kiener; and he then did a wide, ascending turn to head for the 'drome at Sint-Eloois-Winkle - since the winds were again unbearable, tossing the Eindecker about, and it would be too risky to attempt returning to Ghistelles now. It seemed as if it was about to rain, and then the Hauptmann began hearing a grating sound emanating from the Oberursel, with the reverberations becoming stronger and stronger. 'This is madness!,' was his next thought - 'at this rate I will be vibrated to pieces and so too will the propeller.' He immediately switched off the magnetos and closed the fuel valve to the engine. The grating disappeared, the Eindecker was still gliding, and in the fog below a field opened up, as if to greet the Hauptmann. He rolled uneventfully to a stop underneath a German observation balloon, and conveniently next to a small dwelling that housed both the balloon's maintenance crew and some telephones.

Ghistelles was rung up to indicate his whereabouts; also contacted was the closer 'drome at Sint-Eloois, which would send a fitter over later in the afternoon to repair the Oberursel. Although, with the ever-worsening weather, the Hauptmann was compelled to stay the night here. Everyone turned in early that evening - with the wind now howling outside the door of the house, and thumping repetitively at the window panes. These repetitions, however, soothed Kiener; and he was soon fast asleep.
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#4510004 - 03/08/20 12:07 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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More wonderful write-ups and stories VonS, most enjoyable. And some stellar screenshots as well. Also, that farmhouse in the picture above, I swear I've force landed next to it myself on more than one occasion. smile2

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#4510045 - 03/08/20 09:16 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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More wonderful write-ups and stories VonS, most enjoyable. And some stellar screenshots as well. Also, that farmhouse in the picture above, I swear I've force landed next to it myself on more than one occasion. smile2


Much appreciated Lou - I'm glad everyone's enjoying the reports. WOFF is excellent for immersion.

Yes, that farmhouse is not too far from Passchendaele and close to one of the main roads. A convenient place to land in case of engine trouble - also easy to locate because of the Drachen balloon that's there.

Mission No. 7 for Hauptmann Kiener now flown and boy was it a long and exciting one biggrin - write up to follow eventually, Hutzenlaub has been captured by the British among other things (is somewhere close to no man's land). Have to develop a side-story for him. After that it's back to the Johnny Dobson adventures - the Parasol will be a more relaxing break from the Eindeckers (it's getting a little too hot for comfort in the Eindeckers as we approach the end of 1915 - then again they were never great fighters to begin with, the first "Fokker Scourge" being, partly, over-hyped - although B.E.2b and B.E.2c pilots might disagree with me smile ).

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