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#4550508 - 01/02/21 11:08 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) ***** [Re: Raine]  
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Jan 2 1918.


B Flight put up 6 a/c for a Rail Yard mission. We didnt do much damage then pulled off for a little Truck machine gunning. The flight had 2 a/c damaged including mine 12 holes.

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#4550549 - 01/03/21 03:21 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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3 January, 1918 10:50
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
106 confirmed kills

The orders came in the morning to defend Annelles airfield. The repairs on his machine were obviously not ready and Ziggy had to use a spare. The radiator burst right after take off. Zygmunt was able to circle back and land at the airfield while the rest of the Schwarm went on without him. It was not just his Albatros that felt sick. Zygmunt was beginning to feel pain in his joints. He felt hot and had chills at the same time. Nothing more mulled wine and bed rest wouldn’t fix.


"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."
#4550616 - 01/04/21 03:39 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Our 6 a/c popped over for a balloon attack, but got tangled with a flight (3) of Green Tails. I was chased around by the e/a and felt badly used till my flight came to the rescue. The flight leader got 1 confirmed + the flight shared the other one for a total of 2 out of 3. By the time we reformed the Balloon was hauled down and the # 3 Hun a/c got away. we had 1 damaged.

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#4550704 - 01/04/21 10:02 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Carrick, it’s just you and me, buddy. Everyone else is failing miserably at impersonating crickets.

4 January, 1918 10:45
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
106 confirmed kills

One bit of good news was that the snow has completely melted in the last two days. There was some warmth in the sun while on the ground, but it was a different story up in the air. The cold Zygmunt was nursing was taking its toll on him. The snot that was constantly running down his nose on the ground froze completely once they were airborne. He had to breathe through his mouth full of his scarf and the fur-lined collar of his overcoat.
They were sent to defend their observation balloon near Sissone.
Ziggy brought his Schwarm near the balloon and realized they were being stalked. He saw a SPAD coming from behind. He was able to dodge the assault. He then observed the SPAD continue straight on, climb, circle around and attempt another attack from behind. By this time the rest of Zygmunt’s Schwarm was involved and his attack was spoilt. Ziggy was now on the offensive and firing at the camouflaged scout. They continued to descend in a spiral. The SPAD picked up speed and increased the angle of his dive. Hahn couldn’t keep up, but he didn’t have to. The French machine continued to spiral down until it hit the ground.

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They continued to circle the balloon when all of a sudden more SPADs arrived from above and tore into the German formation. One of them came in from behind without Ziggy noticing. It felt as if everything were happening in slow motion. When Hahn looked behind, he saw the enemy there, but his reaction was too slow. The enemy was already shooting at him when he decided to roll out of the way. Thankfully nothing serious was damaged and he could continue the fight. The two pilots were locked in a fight and neither was showing any sign of weakness. Zygmunt was lucky to get off some shots. One of them must have damaged the controls or have hit the pilot. The SPAD’s movements have become more docile and Hahn got on his tail with ease. It was a formality after that. The French machine was damaged further and spiralled to the ground. Ziggy thought he had him, but the pilot levelled out near the ground. Another Albatros had a go at it as he passed near it while fighting with another SPAD. Zygmunt noticed the second Franzose, but stayed on his target. Finally the enemy plane crashed into No-Man’s Land after losing one of the wings. Zygmunt quickly began searching for that other enemy scout and found it busy chasing the entire Schwarm. This looked just as dangerous to the enemy as it was to the German pilots, perhaps more. Ziggy picked his time to engage and descended on the enemy firing his Spandaus. The French pilot squirmed left and right. Zygmunt then watched the SPAD perform an incredible maneuver by pulling a negative-g turn. It was all for naught. Han had his foe in his sights and unleashed barrage after barrage of lead. He noticed an archer painted on the fuselage before the enemy plane went down. They all returned to base after this last duel. Zygmunt was exhausted and needed a stiff drink to warm himself up.

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He was sitting in the Kasino with a few of his friends, sipping on his cognac, relishing the warmth the liquid radiated through his body, joking around and enjoying the time away from combat. The door opened and a frail figure walked in. The very young looking Feldwebel who walked in looked lost. He scanned all the people sitting at the tables and his eyes widened when he spotted Zygmunt sitting at one of them. He left his luggage at the door, walked up to the table and saluted smartly.
“- Feldwebel Rudolf Fuchs reporting for duty!” Everyone looked up. The kid in the uniform looked almost comical.
“- How old are you Feldwebel Fuchs?” Zygmunt tried to remain serious, but could hardly keep his face straight.
“- Eighteen, Herr Oberleutnant!”
“- You look not a day over sixteen. Are you sure, Feldwebel?” Zygmunt was suspicious.
“- Very sure, Herr Oberleutnant!” The young man looked nervous, but stood his ground.
“- Alright, go get settled in and report tomorrow morning. You’ll be assigned to Schwarm Zwei. You’ll fly with Otto.” Hahn was already turning back to his previously interrupted conversation.
“- Thank you, Herr Oberleutnant! May I just say I’ve been following your career Oberleutnant Hahn. May I allow myself a small indiscretion and ask you for an autograph, please?” Fuchs had his notebook and fountain pen already out.
Some pilots present were hard at suppressing sniggers. Hahn felt his face getting flushed. He picked up the small book and quickly scribbled his name in it. He returned the notebook to the Feldwebel.
“- Could you add: to Rudi?” Rudolf’s eyes were glowing with joy.
Zygmunt opened the book again, found the page with his signature and appended the requested inscription.
“- Danke!” Fuchs held the book to his chest, then saluted again and left the Kasino. Hearty laughter followed.
Albert Tybelsky was sitting across from Zygmunt. “- Congratulations! I think you’ve just picked up a pup.”


"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."
#4550815 - 01/05/21 05:37 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Wulfe - Blast those hamfisted Ramflieger! Dreadful news about poor Grey going West. He left us far too soon. Knowing zippo about the Aviation Militaire I was very much enjoying your well-crafted narrative. Hurry back!

Carrick - Candy cane Albatri, Green Tails, the Baron's men and now Green Tails again! Thorpe is getting his money's worth against the cream of the Luftstreitkräfte. Tough break on the Unconfirmed Kill. Next time you must have... you know the rest of it. Well done all around. Love the ground strafe of that convoy. Shame you expended all your bombs on that blasted marshaling yard. As always, superb pics.

Lou - Nice to see Freddy and Nurse Lizzie reunited. I'm glad somebody is getting on with the fair sex in a drama-free fashion. What beckons for these two?

Fullofit - Ziggy continues his meteoric rise. Most clever getting those DFWs as bait. Nasty shock about Hess, and on Christmas Eve too. I was worried there with those Christmas day SPADs dropping in, and in vile conditions to boot. Tough to see much with all that sleet. Very well done. A fitting gesture to add Hess' green band. It seems Oliver and Ziggy are on parallel paths, each starting to take greater risks. Ziggy was sure rolling the dice staying on target with that trailing Frenchie/Franzmensch. As for that railroad landing, Mein Gott! most fortunate to emerge unscathed.
Given his fame, will HQ finally forgive Ziggy his transgressions and offer him the Jasta? Good luck with the new pup.

Raine - Mac continues his climb. Twenty-three now! Congrats. Loved the sartorial description and what a score with the new flying coat! Oliver is still waiting for his sealskin gauntlets from Astoria to make their way over. Most evocative description of the frozen landscape of the salient, and the very merry Christmas for the Squadron and locals. Calvados is just the thing for a winter singalong. Goodness knows what mischief young Stephane will be drawn into.



À la Recherche du Temps Perdu - Part 52 of many



1 December 1917
56 Squadron RFC
Laviéville, France

Awake a full hour before Harris brought my tea and biscuit at 6 o’clock. An extra-large whiskey before retiring last night as has become my custom of late. No memory of my dreams but sleep proves less restorative with each passing day.

7.45 Dawn Patrol of our lines between Monchy-le-Preux and the Bapaume-Marcoing road. Maybery, Turnbull, Harmon, Woodman and Roy. Heavy cloud layer at 8500 feet. Patrolled at 6000 for three circuits then climbed above the clouds. No e/a sighted after 2 hrs.

Patrols no longer bring their knife-edged state of agitation and alertness. I miss the nervous energy and mental sharpness. Now, it’s the waiting that weighs most heavily. Tedious waiting. The bag doesn’t help as it once did. I’m getting careless. Huns hit me these past few patrols where before they never even got in a position to fire. I watch the new men’s backs more than my own and go chasing into trouble. That path has only one destination.

Only the morning patrol today. Lunch and carousing in Albert. I was certain I saw Pixley amongst a group of pilots and ran halfway across the street to greet him before I realized it was another man. His companions regarded me oddly then moved on.

Mac salvaged a red spinner from an LVG he brought down and fitted to his machine. He’s claiming an extra 3 mph at 10,000 feet.

Yesterday’s Albatros confirmed. Woodman, who was the SE fighting low over Epinoy had seen my Hun crash and Wing endorsed his confirmation. One Hundred three.


2 December 1917
56 Squadron RFC
Laviéville, France

9.00 Morning escort of 3 R.R.8s from RFC-13 to bomb targets east if Monchy-le-Preux. Clearer weather but strong winds from the East building in force as the patrol went on. Proceeded to target at 10,500 feet without incident. Once the Harry Tates were safely back across the mud we patrolled over the Bapaume-Marcoing road.

Attacked 3 V-Strutters south of ProNville. After going twice roundwith a most determined adversary, I dove across the circle and landed a burst from 80 yards. I may have hit the pilot as the Albatros ran east and made few attempts to evade me. My second burst was from 40 yards.

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The pilot slumped over and the Albatros went straight down out of control.

Circling to collect the flight as the other Huns dove away east,

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a single Black Tail dropped down.

His long-range volley caught my left top aileron as I broke. When I reversed, he was already diving away for safety.

B54 pulled to port with the torn control surface and the strong winds made for sluggish handling. Landing at Laviéville was more exciting than usual but I got down without damage. Fielding-Johnson made a forced landing with a damaged engine. Three others, all new men, crashed on landing. Only Harmon was injured. His SE went over, and he smashed up his nose and broke his jaw. For my one Hun, 56 Squadron lost four aircraft and one pilot.

Three new pilots in as many days. R. J. Stewart, who arrived today, will join A Flight when he’s flown at least 5 hours.

Albatros confirmed. One hundred four.



3 December 1917
56 Squadron RFC
Laviéville, France

10.00 High winds continue. While B and C flights conducted distant offensive patrols, A flight would attack ProNville aerodrome. Freezing rain and sleet. Bitterly cold. Not even Clarissa’s silk-stocking cap was any good. I lost feeling in my face and ears before we passed through 5000 feet. Mercifully, the weather cleared as we crossed into Hunland.

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With no Huns in sight, 56 Squadron gave ProNville a good pummeling.

High dots circled overhead as we egressed to the south of Riencourt. In sequence they came storming down. All save one made a single firing pass then continued east at full throttle. I caught the trailing Purple Albatros.

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“He dropped then from the chariot and his armor clattered upon him.”

Raging sleet once we crossed back over the mud into Allied territory. Dicey landings, no crashes.

Harmon’s replacement, A. V. Blenkiron MC arrived today. He came out with RFC-23 in the Fall of 1916 as an observer. With No. 25 Sqn he was shot in the thigh but managed to stand and shoot down the offending Hun in flames. For this action he was awarded the Military Cross. At last, a new man with some experience!

Wing confirmed the Purple Hun. One hundred five.



4 December 1917
56 Squadron RFC
Laviéville, France

7.45 Dawn Patrol again over enemy lines from the Peronne-Cambrai road to Mont St. Martin Aerodrome. Maybery, Turnbull, Woodman and Roy.

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Roy in jeopardy! A short burst from range saw the Hun break off and dive away.

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His comrade took full advantage of my good deed...

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... but followed me too far into my break. I barrel rolled up and behind him.
South of Riencourt he fell, clawing the dust in his fingers.



2.45 Late afternoon attack on Eswars aerodrome. Weather abominable on our side of the lines – snow, then mixed sleet and freezing rain. Skies oddly clear as soon as we crossed the mud. Went in low and fast. No e/a sighted.

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Direct hit on the Kasino! Prost!

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"And now the shining light of Helios was dipped in the Ocean
trailing black night across the grain-giving land."


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British weather greeted us at the lines. Landed numbed and frozen.



5 December 1917
56 Squadron RFC
Laviéville, France

7.45 Dawn Patrol of our lines between Bullecourt and the Bapaume-Cambrai road. Maybery, Turnbull, Woodman and Roy. Stewart and Blenkiron went out on practice patrol with McCudden. Fielding-Johnson stood in for them to round out A Flight.

Icy weather this morning. Excellent visibility. Five Albatri at the lines.

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I flew through the pack then reversed onto a white-chevroned Hun.

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Ignoring my presence, the Alb put F-J in a spot of bother.
A burst to the engine discouraged the Hun from further mischief.


I pressed home the attack, landing another 40 rounds from close. The Albatros fell out of control. I resisted the temptation to follow. Formed with F-J and latched onto another Boche who led us a merry chase toward Riencourt.

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Two short bursts from 80 yards sent him over.

I lost sight of him for some time against the misty, grey landscape but eventually spied him making a forced landing south of the aerodrome. The Alb hit roughly, shed a wing then cartwheeled to a stop.

Low on ammunition, I led the flight home.


2.30 A Flight's mission for the afternoon - the Vimy Rail junction. Same group as this morning. A high 2 seater at the lines heading west was the only e/a spotted.

Leading the way through heavy ground fire I landed my bombs on the larger storage sheds. B54’s canvas thrummed like a drumhead as the bullets danced through the fabric. A Flight followed and rendered Kaiser Bill’s marshaling yard hors du combat.

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Roy was last in and scored a direct hit on an ammunition store.

Boche gunners found the range and Archied us ferociously all the way to the mud.

The Huns dropped a message confirming what we already knew: Cawson is dead. Nothing about Dodds’ fate yet. The evening dispatch rider arrived much frozen but bearing confirmation of my last 3 claims. One Hundred eight.




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#4550898 - 01/06/21 12:32 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Epower, welcome back! Did you enjoy your holidays? It seems like apart from Carrick everyone’s been away for weeks, with exception of Raine, who dropped in at some point to check in.
Extra-large whiskey to keep dreams away? That works the opposite on me.
You’re right, Oliver is becoming reckless. If he’s not sent to HE soon he’ll end up like one of those Albatroses he swats regularly out of the sky. Congrats on keeping the Huns honest with all the latest victories.
Looks like Oliver is slowly turning into a mud-mover. Great shots of the ground attack.

5 January, 1918 10:45
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
108 confirmed kills

Two more SPADs were credited to Ziggy.
Hahn was feeling better but the snow that came down overnight did not raise his spirits.
Schwarm Zwei was off on their patrol and Schwarm Eins was getting ready to follow, but they didn’t get far. A trio of silver Strutters above the aerodrome forced a change of plans. Ziggy followed one and approached it from below. As he neared it he reduced throttle to avoid overshooting or ramming into the other plane. He pulled up and opened fire when the Strutter filled his gunsight. The French pilot went into a steep dive to escape, but Zygmunt stayed with him. As they were descending Hahn was startled by a bump to his wing. He didn’t realize Jumpelt was also in close pursuit and their wings touched, thankfully without any damage to either plane. Ziggy pulled out of his dive and watched his wingmate take over and down the enemy plane.

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They were soon back up and chasing the remaining Strutters. Zygmunt employed the same tactic when approaching his second target. There was more diving performed by the enemy. Ziggy stayed below and behind and when the time was right he pulled up and filled the cockpit with lead. The engine caught on fire and Hahn had to pull up to avoid a collision. He watched as the flaming pyre hit the ground near to where the first Strutter crashed. The fight was over and all Albatrosen returned home.

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In the afternoon Zygmunt and Tybelsky were enjoying their usual time in the Kasino, when Feldwebel Fuchs barged in with incredible news. He’d just returned from his first mission. His flight suit still on.
“- I’ve got one!” He was gasping for air. He must have been running all this way from the airfield.
The two men raised their eyebrows from the incredulity of the claim.
“- We were attacked by silver two-seater biplanes.” Rudi was still gasping.
Tybelsky cocked his head. “- Oh really? Do tell!”
“- I thought I just did.” Fuchs was confused. “- I got behind one and I shot at it! It was wunderbar!”
“- So you shot down an enemy machine on your first outing?” Hahn was astonished.
“- Shot him down? Nein, nein! I only shot at him. Then the rear gunner hit my starboard wing and I had to land. Schwein!” Fuchs explained.
“- Bah! Come back and tell us about it when you actually shoot one down.” Tybelsky wasn’t amused. “- And by the way, stay away from those silver Strutters. They did a number on Hahn a few times already. You’d be wise to avoid those altogether for now.”
“- Ja, I know! I could have been hurt!” The young Feldwebel dropped the understatement of the day and left to change out of his sweaty flight suit.
“- Kids ...” Tybelsky shook his head.


"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."
#4551075 - 01/06/21 11:58 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Fullofit – thank you for keeping us entertained over the holidays. Ziggy continues to impress and I continue to watch your videos to learn about all the good things I should be doing but am not. You do a marvellous job of conserving energy.

Carrick – another indefatigable DiDder! How are you enjoying the SE5?

Epower – good to see Oliver in the skies again. I hope you have some catching up time. Some brilliant photographs in your last post.

I have been away from the same for a few days and am happy to be back.

War Journal of Flight Sub-Lieutenant George Ewan MacAlister, DSC

8 Squadron, RNAS
Mont-St-Eloi, France

Part 12


The year marked its departure with a spell of bad weather – driving snow, sleet, and general misery. My only flight was a brief one on 29 December. Some Huns had a thought to drop bombs on the aerodrome and we rushed to get into the air and after them. I took a run at a juicy two-seater and broke off when the observer got a bit too keen for my liking. No sooner had I backed away than my machine gave an almighty jolt. I saw another Camel emerge from beneath me, the outer part of its upper left wing shorn off. The outer part of my lower right wing matched it perfectly. I was able to regain control and put my machine down amidst the bombs that were dropping. White – for it was White with whom I had collided – followed close behind. We had both been lucky.

White paid me back the next day. The boy Stephane was hard at work polishing my boots when I came back from tea. “Dere is hot water for you to wash your arse,” he said.

“For me to do what?” I asked.

“You know, wash your arse,” he replied. He made washing motions over his face.

I looked about the cabin. “Which one of you devils is teaching this boy English? He just got ‘arse’ and ‘face’ mixed up. White put down his magazine and peered at my face.

“Honest mistake, I’d say,” he offered.

New Year’s Eve was a bit of a panic. The Brigadier was visiting along with the GOC, General Haig and a high-ranking Belgian. They were staying for lunch and wish to inspect the squadron. One of the perils of the air service is that flying officers are spared the tedium of learning drill to any standard. They also lack the opportunity to command other ranks, being prisoners of their own company. As a result we practised our drill under the direction of the Jaunty, Chief Petty Officer Rosling. Few of us had done much drill since Cranwell and it was a comic show for the first few hours. The denizens of the lower deck lined the field to watch, and CPO Rosling had to threaten them several times to stop their laughter and overly loud comments. In the end, we were able to get on and off parade and avoid bumping into each other.

The GOC’s inspection went well and he called out for officers for decorations. Price, Day, and Johnstone all received DSCs, while Jordan received a bar to the one he already had. Squadron Commander Draper was visibly proud. Lunch was pleasant and I was pleased to see that young Stephane was assisting the stewards. He even got to pour wine for General Haig, who commented on his skill as a waiter. “I learn here,” Stephane told him. “It is f----ing easy for me.” I thought the General was going to die and the Squadron Commander impaled White with a deadly stare. Poor White nearly disappeared under the table.

On the afternoon of 1 January 1918 we flew a distant offensive patrol south of Douai. When we were a good thirty miles over, we were attacked by a very large group of Pfalz scouts. I bagged two of them but neither could be confirmed as the fight broke up all over the sky. The same thing happened on 3 January when I dived on a lone Pfalz and downed it near Monchy. Not until 4 January 1918 was I able to add to my score. We intercepted a pair of Rumplers over Havrincourt Wood and I came up beneath one of them and shot its wings away. Colton was with me and confirmed the kill, number twenty-four.

#4551082 - 01/07/21 01:02 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine, thank you for the kind words. I’m surprised these videos can be considered instructional.
Oh dear God, that killed me. Thank you White for teaching English to the poor French boy. He’ll grow up to be a strong man. He will have to if he wants to live.
A close call with dear White, I would say. Hopefully he won’t try the same prank soon again. RFC does Lt have that many wings to waste.
Too bad about those Pfalzen gone unconfirmed. Perhaps George filled out his quota and no more are allowed. Good thing those Rumplers are still game. Congrats!

6 January, 1918 08:50
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
108 confirmed kills
Awaiting one claim confirmation

Zygmunt was leading his Schwarm back to base after a quiet patrol of the frontlines. They were near their aerodrome when they spotted Flak chasing enemy planes. One of them was approaching now and his fuselage was painted all red. Hahn could not believe the audacity of this Franzose.
“- You want to be von Richthofen? I’ll teach you some manners.” Ziggy was soon chasing after the red SPAD. The pilot was good, but he was not von Richthofen. Suddenly Mallman jumped out of nowhere and in front of Hahn to have his turn. Ziggy was sure he “nicked” him in the wing with his Spandaus.
“- Bloody fool!” Zygmunt was not amused. This distraction cost him the kill. It soon became clear the enemy would not stick around and was already racing toward the Front. He was a diversion to lure Zygmunt away from the main battle. He realized it as he watched the red plane disappear in the distance and quickly turned his Albatros around to rejoin the fight. He soon found another SPAD chasing after one of his flight mates. When the enemy pilot realized he was being targeted he began to perform well executed evasive maneuvers, but his efforts were futile. The enemy realized too late there was no escape. Soon his aeroplane was careening towards the ground with Zygmunt looking around for his next target. He was unable to find one. The rest of the SPADs quickly retreated after seeing their Red Leader run away. Hahn’s Schwarm formed up and landed back at home. Schwarm Zwei was still out on patrol.

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Tybelsky fidgeted in his seat behind the table at the Kasino.
“- What’s wrong with you?” Hahn asked his friend.
“- Nothin’, I’m waiting for Fuchs to run in here and tell us he saw Nungesser himself.” Tybelsky responded and as if on command Feldwebel Fuchs was standing in the doorway smiling.
“- Meine Herren, I’ve finally seen the Front!” Rudi greeted his superiors.
“- Really?” Tybelsky was first to respond. “- Was it as terrible as you imagined?”
“- Nein, it was wunderbar!” Fuchs was excited.
Tybelsky rolled his eyes.
“- I could see all the ground our Army gained since the last offensive. You can see all the new trench lines ahead of the old ones.” Rudolf announced proudly.
“- Get used to it, Rudi. The lines won’t move for some time now.” Hahn wasn’t pessimistic. It’s just the way it is. Nothing ever happens during the winter months.


"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."
#4551095 - 01/07/21 03:01 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Fullofit;

That was French Ace Georges Felix Madon of Esc 38 in a SPAD 13 in 1918 skin who ran away from you so neatly.


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#4551199 - 01/07/21 04:06 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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e power Ur pics are a

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#4551200 - 01/07/21 04:07 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine the SE 5 is a joy with a good office view and enough power to in and out of trouble.

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#4551280 - 01/07/21 10:54 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Robert, thanks for dropping in and identifying the Red Devil. I’ll have to keep my eye on that one. Good thing there aren’t too many of those red planes around.

7 January, 1918 09:45
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
108 confirmed kills

The claims for the SPAD from yesterday and the one from the day before were both denied.
It was a carefree ride. Today they were sent to patrol over friendly aerodrome at Vaux-les-Rubigny. No enemy machines were encountered throughout the entire sortie until the very end when the rest of his Schwarm has already committed to land. When he noticed Flak above Ziggy immediately abandoned his approach and prepared for attack. It was a SPAD and it was descending towards him at quite fast rate. Flak accompanied him all the way. The two machines circled each other. The SPAD above, the Albatros beneath, grasping for altitude. After a few more rounds the SPAD turned around and headed south. Ziggy followed, but abandoned his pursuit seeing it was futile.

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On his return he spotted another SPAD flying beneath. This was a much improved situation. Zygmunt had a chance to catch up. He turned around to Mach his target’s course and went into a dive. His Albatros picked up speed as he went. The SPAD was close but the Albatros was losing steam. He would not catch the faster machine. In desperation he fired at the enemy and to his surprise the French scout banked. He would have him now for sure. The two scouts chased one another over the countryside. The SPAD pilot was becoming desperate, either damaged or running low on petrol, he continued to drag Zygmunt closer and closer towards the front. The duel concluded after Hahn managed to get on his opponent’s back and opened fire. The French machine went into a dive while Ziggy observed. The SPAD didn’t crash, but levelled out and continued towards the front at low altitude. Hahn’s Albatros easily found himself behind his prey again firing both Spandaus in unison. There was no escape. The SPAD began to fly straight and level, pilot obviously wounded. Zygmunt knew he’d had enough. He pulled alongside the crippled aircraft. He could now see clearly the insignia on the other plane’s fuselage. It was Indianer Kopf. The pilot was in pain, there was blood in the corner of his mouth and his eyes were full of fear. Ziggy curiously looked at the Amerikaner. He’d never seen one up close before but knew this one would spend a long time in hospital. Hahn gave his foe a sign that he’s letting him go. He was free to return home. The pilot in the SPAD grimaced and lost consciousness. His plane went into a shallow dive and crashed into the ground below. Zygmunt didn’t feel sorry. He didn’t feel anything. The Albatros made a turn north and headed for Saint-Loup.

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Ziggy didn’t know why, but recently he enjoyed lounging in the Kasino after missions with a drink in hand. Perhaps it was the exchange between Tybelsky and Fuchs he was looking forward to. The old hand poured his knowledge on this newest addition to Jasta 19.
“- What did I tell you about staying away from those Strutters?” The Leutnant was admonishing the young Feldwebel.
“- But he was right there for the taking. I had him in my sights and everything.” Fuchs was trying to defend himself as if avoiding punishment from an angry parent after getting in trouble.
“- Yes, and the rear gunner nearly had your arse. You’re lucky the engine stopped those rounds. They had your name written all over. Just keep back and below those crates. You’d better heed my advice unless you want your first medal to be a wooden cross.” Tybelsky explained. “- Understood?”
“- Jawohl, Herr Leutnant!” Rudi answered.
“- Dismissed!” Tybelsky shooed the kid away.
He was lost in thoughts for a while and when Hahn didn’t say anything he added: “- He’s too keen.”
“- Too keen.” Hahn agreed.


"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."
#4551286 - 01/08/21 12:01 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Carrick – I agree with you about the SE. It's a wonderful machine and makes you feel very safe.

Fullofit – Ziggy keeps on ticking. I liked how in the second video you could hear the American pilot say oh just before he crashed. It was as if he had just noticed the big hole in his chest.

George still has troubles with claims but at least he got the other one confirmed…

War Journal of Flight Commander George Ewan MacAlister, DSC

8 Squadron, RNAS
Mont-St-Eloi, France


Part 13

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"Immediately, thick black smoke began pouring from the Pfalz…"

Roamin’ in the gloamin’
By the bonny banks of Clyde
Roamin’ in the gloamin’
Wi’ a lassie by ma side…


It had become my party piece. As our squadron’s only Scot, the role of Harry Lauder fell naturally to me and I broke into a Glasgow patter you could spread with a knife. I left the Irish songs to Price and Brendon. Maudlin things, anyway. All about poor wee Maggie dying of consumpthing and innocent young Michael being packed off to Australia. The Canadians couldn’t seem to get past “Alouette.” And if the English didn’t have Chu Chin Chow, they’d have no music at all. So that wasn’t for a Scot who could sing, we should need to acquire an American. And that was an excellent reason to thank the Scots.

The drinks were flowing tonight. We’d promised Janine to have her son, Stephane, back by eight o’clock. It was past ten and he was still working the bar as any good twelve-year-old ought to do. He had taught us that an extra few centimes would purchase a double shot and the boys were all feeling somewhat overserved. Now squadron commander Draper was reciting Kipling and Dennett was performing Henry V. It was a grand night.

The occasion was my twenty-fifth victory. We received a call from one of our compass stations that enemy aircraft were active north-west of Saint-Quentin. It was, strictly speaking, just out of our normal patrol area but we put together a scratch flight of six machines which I led and were over the area in about twenty-five minutes. We thought at first that we were too late, but Munday began waggling his wings. He pointed to the west and I acknowledged. About 2000 feet higher and a mile off there was a formation of seven scouts. I climbed south to put the sun at our backs and we began the stalk.

The Huns were alert and spotted us when we were still a long distance off, so it was a matter of them diving into our formation. Then there were machines all over the sky. Collision was a real danger. At one point I came under fire from an enemy I never saw. He must have come up beneath me when I was banked in a tight turn. I spun out of there and recovered a thousand feet below, just in time to see a silver Pfalz flash past. I was on his tail in a second, but Price was ahead of me. The Hun shook him off but did not see me until after I fired at him, hitting his wings. From that point, the matter was nearly concluded. The Hun tried to dive away but dared not do so at full throttle because of the damage he had incurred. I got behind and fired. Immediately, thick black smoke began pouring from the Pfalz and it dived vertically until it hit the ground west of Fontaine-Uterte.

A few minutes later I bagged another one, a lone Pfalz heading for home. But I had no witness for the second. Price confirmed the first victory and I considered it a good day.

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#4551291 - 01/08/21 01:12 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine, I see you are back in the skies and swatting flies, again!


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#4551304 - 01/08/21 02:27 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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8 Jan 1918


Became a Operation Sgt. The Maj put me in-charge of the Installment Operation of his Pet Project. Frankly be glad when the snow flurries stop and go back to fighting the Flying Circus. On another track, I think that these flaps wont catch on just a waste of wood. Far better to use for Flying machines.

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#4551308 - 01/08/21 02:42 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Just wondering if anyone is flying from Phalempin and using the airfields mod.


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#4551455 - 01/09/21 12:15 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Raine, that’s a nice shot. Both as a picture and a skillfully aimed firing of your guns. I keep repeating myself but those Pfalz drivers would probably stand better chance if they were still flying Eindeckers.
Good to see old George on top again, even if it is only one confirmed claim. There will surely be more. Also, young Stephane is learning quickly. He may soon give Steinmesser a run for his money.

Robert, not me. The measly power of my PC banished my pilot to Marne sector.

8 January, 1918
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne, Marne Sector
Jasta 19
Oberleutnant Zygmunt Dolf Hahn EK2 EK1 HHO PLM AO RA
108 confirmed kills

Bad weather rolled in again. The freezing temperatures and sleet prevented anyone from flying all day and it looked like it would continue the next day.
The Amerikaner SPAD has been denied due to lack of witnesses. Zygmunt didn’t care either way. Tybelsky and Fuchs continued their discussions late into the evening. Hahn went to bed early.


"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."
#4551493 - 01/09/21 11:48 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Wonderful stuff as always gents, and apologies for my absence these last two weeks. Things here became unexpectedly hectic on Christmas when I had to bring my mom into the hospital due to some health issues that suddenly surfaced, (not Covid). She's doing much better now and is currently in an interim facility while she works to get her strength back so she can return home. Considering she will soon be 94 and has had congestive heart failure for the last eight years she is doing amazingly well, and she still lives on her own. I've had to take care of things around her house while she's been away, (an hour's drive from my place), and will likely be there more than usual when she returns, in order to get her settled back in and such. So I may be absent here a fair bit for the remainder of the month. I will definitely have some serious catch up to do with Freddy's flying when I do get back to a more regular WOFF schedule.

Keep fighting the good fight all, and I'll drop by when time allows and enjoy your collective exploits!

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#4551527 - 01/09/21 05:12 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou - Good to hear that your Mum is on the mend. Amazing indeed that she's living on her own at 94. Brava, Mother Louvert! We'll hold the place together until your return.


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#4551533 - 01/09/21 06:03 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou, glad to hear your Mom is still ticking at this advanced age and despite these ailments. Keeping my fingers crossed she can hold out at least till her hundredth. Get back to us when you can. As Epower mentioned we’ll keep a place warm for you. Don’t ask how.

9 January, 1918
Saint-Loup-en-Champagne

Liebe Berta,
I hope this letter will find you well. As I have written before I’ve finally arrived to my Jasta. I have some time to write since the weather continues to prevent me from becoming a great Ace. I know I will one day be as great as Hahn or von Richthofen. All of your friends will be asking you to get them my autograph, you’ll see.
Everyone at the base is friendly and we all joke around, drink together, fly and fight together. They all treat me as their younger brother and look after me. All, except Leutnant Tybelsky. He is more like Papa used to be. I still miss him. Well, Albert likes to chastise me for being too eager to get my first kill, but I know he cares. I’ve learned so much from him. He even taught me some crude drinking songs that I wouldn’t dare repeating to you.
I hope you are doing much better after the latest bout with influenza. Hope you are staying away from Ilse and her husband. Do they continue to break the curfew and smuggle meat?
I have to be going. It’s my turn today to buy drinks in the Kasino. Say hello to your mother.
Love,
Rudi


"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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