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#4562256 - 04/02/21 12:56 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) ***** [Re: Raine]  
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Casey - I hope we'll be seeing a report from your man soon.

Albert - Winningstad may be at the same aerodrome as Freddy, but the two have yet to find each other in the madness of men and machines and construction that is Conteville right now. The REs have cleared a second field on the east side of the road from the first and put up several more hangars there along with tents and huts and whatnot. And now they've starting clearing trees north of there for a third field as well. Organized chaos.

Epower - Speaking of organized chaos, you have been busy with your catch-up episodes. Well done! But much too close a call for Oliver on the 27th, he could have ended his WWI service in a Hun POW camp had the wind direction been different. Welcome to Conteville, and isn't it lovely - NOT! What is lovely though are some of those screenshots of yours, in particular that Alb flamer. And that red and white Alb earlier must have been from the same kette as that Pfalz of Freddy's today. They should be getting a bit thin on planes and pilots in that unit. Nice old flyer photos again.

Carrick - First one, mmmmmm. Second one, yikes!

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2 April 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Conteville, France

This morning bright and early Captain Frederick Abbott and 'B' Flight were charged with seeing an R.E.8 from Number 4 Squadron safely down to Albert and back for a bombing run on an enemy ground position there. Why a lone Harry Tate was being sent was anyone's guess, perhaps they were simply that short of planes. There was certainly a shortage of Cooper bombs, at least around 65 Squadron's camp, so much so that Freddy and the lads had to make the long haul with only an incendiary mix in their Vickers. Ah well, c'est la guerre.


Lifting up at sunrise from Conteville amid scattered low gray rain clouds. Fortunately the rain was holding off.
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Finding the Harry Tate from 4 Squadron at the assigned rendezvous point. Let the shepherding commence.
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As the King's aeroplanes pass the ruins of Albert, Captain Abbott wonders if the pilot of the R.E.8 is suicidal, flying as low as he is across enemy-held ground. The fellow's G/O must be wondering the same thing.
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The B/R bus appears to have found it's assigned target, the ground crew and equipment of a Hun observation balloon, said balloon looming up directly in front of Freddy. An opportunity simply too good to pass on.
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Abbott lines himself up on the Boche gasbag amid Archie puffs and the odd bullet zipping up from the angry Fritz below.
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The incendiary rounds pouring from the Camel's twin Vickers make quick work of the target, which goes up in a most satisfying fireball.
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Heading back to the west, the Harry Tate having delivered its payload, Archie does his best to bid them all farewell.
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As the flight passes Doullens Captain Abbott spots a smoke pillar rising up in the distance and a lone plane coming directly at him. His keen eyesight sees it for what it is, a Pfalz scout.
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Seconds later the two enemies merge and trade opening shots, each then quickly breaking to starboard and looking to get on the other's tail.
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An intense go-round ensues and the Boche pilot shows himself to be an old hand, not only by his colourful livery but more so by the way he handles his mount.
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But in the end the Pfalz proves no match for the maneuverable Camel, nor Freddy's deft flying of it. As Abbott drops in on the Hun's six to administer the coup de grâce he wonders about the insignias on the side of the kite: an odd-looking bird along side a skull and crossbones.
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It is a brief wondering however as the Pfalz digs a crater for itself in the field below, an inky smoke column marking its final resting place. Abbott continues homeward, he and his crew having done their job and then some. After the Captain had submitted his AAR and claims for both the Pfalz and the obs balloon, he was able to grab a quick bite to eat before having to catch a tender up to the aircraft park to bring back a replacement Camel. He returned late in the day just as the rain began. At dinner that evening he received news that both of his claims from the morning had been confirmed. With the balloon claim from yesterday he was now at 61. To say that the young man was chuffed would be putting it most mildly.
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#4562259 - 04/02/21 02:43 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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President Woodrow Wilson is proud to present the following citation:

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Citation to the award reads as follows:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Harrison, Second Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary acts of heroism in action, Verdun, France. Since arriving at the front two weeks ago this airman has shown incredible courage and skill. Quick to take the initiative and bring the fight to the enemy, he has already accounted for the destruction of five enemy machines in aerial combat while driving off several others. He serves as a true example of the American fighting spirit.

The people of the United States are sincerely grateful for your brave service. God Bless America.

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#4562260 - 04/02/21 02:44 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Epower, Sockenfalter? I must be missing something. My Google translates it as “sock butterflies”. Perhaps Sockenfalten, or Sockenhalter? LtCasey, can you help? Or is this a jab at Rudi’s knitting prowess - Sock Fairy?
Now, back to the important bit: as the black guy in Jurassic Park would say - “Hold on to your butts!” Another ride through time in fast forward.
Oh, dear! The Huns are overrunning Flez. No. 84 isn’t even able to properly get in the air before being intercepted. Looks like a move is imminent.
It also looks like Winninstadt is following in Abbott’s footsteps, aerodrome-hopping. A new strategy by the British HQ - confuse and frustrate Luftstreitkräfte.
“All risks to be taken” not exactly words to fill the poor fliers with confidence, are they? Sounds like this General Salmond hasn’t seen battlefront lately.
I hope that most of the 13,000 and later 20,000 rounds expended weren’t fired into a molehill close to Vert Galand, before returning back from the missions. The German intelligence hears stories ...
So, a lightly wounded, fatigued, cold, hungry and sober Oliver is now a guest at Conteville. Freddy will be ecstatic!
Congrats on the monumental haul of confirmed claims. Finally Oliver lives among us, in the present. Another set of lovely action-packed screenies.

Lou, maybe the Tate driver didn’t realize this was now enemy territory. Perhaps he had the old maps?
As to the insignia on that Pfalz ... a pirate with a parrot, obviously. What a shame to have knackered such a nicely painted crate. Incredible shots despite the less than stellar weather.

2 April, 1918 08:45 morning mission
Balatre, Flanders Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Oberleutnant Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO, PLM
63 confirmed kills

Balloon defence west of Roye. It was misty and Rudi wanted to get above the muck as soon as possible. He was leading his Schwarm to Cappy, their first waypoint before turning south. They overflow the aerodrome and were now heading south when they noticed some machines flying a bit higher. They were surrounded by Flak and that was a sure bet they weren’t friendly. As if to confirm Rudi’s suspicions, one of the planes began his dive towards the Schwarm, then another and the rest. These were no SPADs. They looked smaller and with a rotary engine. They were Britishers and they were flying their airplane of choice, the Camel. Fuchs had never pitted his Dreidecker against these Sopwiths. He would soon find out how good they were. Fuchs waited for them to engage. He wasn’t keen diving into the furball, but kept to the fringes and expected one of the Englanders to come after him. When that didn’t happen he searched for a victim of his own. One happened to be flying ahead, apparently attempting to catch up to another pair already engaged in combat. Well, Rudi would join this train and surprise the Camel driver. His Fokker cut across their flight path and caught up to the Sopwith in a climb. He opened fire and landed some hits. The Camel disengaged after realizing he was not the hunter anymore and took Rudi on a merry go round all over the sky in an attempt to lose him. Fuchs concentrated on his target and would have none of this stunting that would throw him off. Perhaps he concentrated too much. During his chase another Camel latched on to his rear. Fuchs heard the chatter of a pair of Vickers in the rear, but the enemy pilot was no William Tell. His rounds came nowhere near the Fokker. Rudi continued his chase and finally took out the first Camel by blowing off his top port wing. The British machine spun into the ground. Immediately after that Fuchs turned his attention towards his persecutor. At first he couldn’t locate him against the green background, but as he made a full circle and saw the smoking crater of the downed Camel, he spotted the other one. The Englander was flying lower and was an easy target. His Spandaus found their mark and continued to devastate the target. It seemed almost as if the enemy plane hung suspended in the air and the Dreidecker danced around it, inflicting damage with each bullet. As a parting gift for the falling out of control enemy plane, Rudi felt a bump when his tail skid ripped through the wing ribs and canvas of the doomed crate. His second target crashed next to the first one.

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Rudi was now on his way to the main dogfight still in progress. He found a pair circling each other and decided to lend a hand, or a prop, or a strut. Whatever would prove most helpful. He picked his time and stitched the Camel’s belly as it flew in front of him. He then proceeded to track his next victim. As he was getting close he watched the other Dreidecker take him over in a dive and launch his own attack on his target. It was a clumsy attempt. The other Fokker’s speed was too great and after firing off a few rounds the German pilot had to spin away out of the way to avoid a collision. This gave Fuchs a clear path and he took full advantage. This Camel went down near the factories close to Harbonnieres.

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Rudi looked around to find another pair slogging it out nearby. He was soon upon them and punishing the Camel. The other Fokker flew off thankful to be relieved. The punishment of the Sopwith continued until Rudi’s MGs went silent. He was out of ammo and the Camel continued on. Fuchs was fully surprised by this sudden deficit. It was a rare occasion when his guns ran dry. Was it a sign of things to come? He watched the damaged Camel curve left and commence to get away. But as he watched the enemy skulk off into the distance, he saw a violent blast of smoke erupt from the engine followed by flames igniting under the cowling and engulfing the fuselage. The Englander continued level for a few seconds and then dove vertically straight down. Fuchs with his empty Spandaus gave the signal he is returning to base and left the rest of his Schwarm to complete their mission.

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#4562268 - 04/02/21 03:10 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Pursuant to official decree set forth on 31 Mars 1918 by le Président de la République Française, Capitaine Oliver A. Winningstad is hereby named Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his outstanding record in battle.

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Citation to the award reads as follows:

An elite officer and an incomparable pursuit pilot, he raises the morale and enthusiasm of his fellow fliers by his great example, moral courage, and by the glorious prestige of his many victories. With over one hundred downed enemy aircraft to his credit, he stands as a giant among the airmen of all nations.
Awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur this day, 2 Avril 1918.


The people of France thank you sincerely for your service extraordinaire.

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#4562270 - 04/02/21 03:32 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Congratulations to both Oliver and Jimmy on the well-earned gongs. Here's hoping this bling won't sting.

Fullofit - So Rudi has at last gotten to tangle with the Camels, eh? They did not appear to give him all that much trouble despite their apparent bullet absorbing abilities. Well done Herr Fuchs, well done.

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#4562276 - 04/02/21 04:19 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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In the fighting where men win glory...and visits from the Gong Fairy!
Many thanks, Lou (and the great and terrible CM) for the lovely Gong. That LdH is one pretty medal.

Congrats to Jimmy on his DSC. Well-deserved.

Now we must both take extra care.

Fullofit - Sockenfalter is a man who folds his socks. Good to see Rudi made it back to F-U. Oliver has bad memories of that place.

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#4562279 - 04/02/21 04:50 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou - Another fine mission for Freddy, a Pfalz and balloon confirmed. With all these aces now based at Conteville you'd better hope the Germans don't learn about it and do a night time bombing raid.

Thank you for Jimmy's bling, and it's added a nice twist to what had been a pretty ordinary day for him....more to follow.

Fullofit - So Rudi meets the Camels and carves them up. Not only is he right in the thick of it after his move, he's taking down the enemy's finest in droves. That'll strike some fear into those pilots across the mud.

Epower - Congratulations on Winningstad's Legion of Honor, not to mention a peck from Joffre.


2nd Lieutenant James Harrison
103rd Aero
La Noblette Airfield
2nd April 1918 (Morning sortie)

Major Thaw gave the briefing before this morning's mission. "Gentlemen, we've been asked to fly an early jaunt this morning over to the lines north of Chalons"

"The Germans have been attacking the lines these last few days at this time so we've been tasked with patrolling over there". He continued.

"Also, as we'll be back before lunch, we'll be flying another sortie this afternoon but I'll complete that briefing when we return". The Major concluded.

"The weather is grey and cloudy again so be careful up there".

Twenty minutes later Jimmy and the others were taking off. They formed up with Jimmy scanning the heavens which thankfully were all clear.

They'd climbed up to 4000 meters and begun to head out towards the lines and all seemed normal. The weather wasn't great but it was dry at least.

As they neared the lines there was a loud bang from Jimmy's engine. Jimmy noticed the RPM's had slowed and were fluctuating wildly. Jimmy instinctively throttled back but even so the engine sounded like a sawmill at his Father's business.

Jimmy signalled over to the others. He had no choice but to return to La Noblette.

Cursing all the way down, he was worried now about an engine fire. He switched off the engine and glided around until he was able to settle the SPAD down on the airfield.

Jimmy breathed a big sigh of relief.

He awaited the return of the others as the mechanics began working on his engine. Jimmy couldn't help but get involved himself.

Eventually the rest came back. They'd met no opposition.

Major Thaw came over to Jimmy. "Any idea what the problem was?" asked the Major.

"Yes sir, one of the piston heads had seized and then cracked" Jimmy confirmed.

"Well, it happens. Good job getting down in one piece. You can make up for it this afternoon. Go get cleaned up" said the Major.






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"A great deal of an aeroplane could be holed without affecting its ability to fly. Wings and fuselage could be—and often were—pierced in 50 places, missing the occupants by inches (blissfully unaware of how close it had come until they returned to base). Then the sailmaker would carefully cover each hole with a square inch of Irish linen frayed at the edges and with a brushful of dope make our aircraft 'serviceable' again within an hour."
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Lou- Nothing new in the West!


Did my familiarizaton flights and the trip over the front. Pretty boring until I slammed my DIII a. very profesionally in the woods at the end of the field.
Craft destroyed, pilot healthy (luckily), CO very upset.
Note to myself, that landing the Albatros is simmilar to its real life sea bird ......

65mph is not a sufficently slowed approach speed....


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#4562297 - 04/02/21 07:26 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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2nd Lieutenant James Harrison
103rd Aero
La Noblette Airfield
2nd April 1918 (Afternoon sortie)

After the morning's non event, Jimmy sat in the briefing room with the others. The engine of his SPAD was being repaired and should be completed by tomorrow but for now Jimmy was assigned one of the old reserve machines.

Major Thaw had explained that they were back doing their 'milk' run, up to the lines and over towards Verdun.

The weather had cleared nicely so that blue skies were prevalent although there were still plenty of clouds around.

Jimmy sat in his borrowed SPAD and readied himself as the rest of 'A' and 'B' flight throttled their engines.

They took off and headed out to La Cheppe where they formed up and climbed. Jimmy scanned the heavens which were empty and hoped for better luck.

They headed out to the lines and reached 4200 meters. Visibility was excellent and Jimmy could clearly see across the front.

Jimmy nervously checked the RPM gauge which was fine and the engine purred along perfectly.

As they turned north Jimmy could see the Forêt d'Argonne in the distance, the dark green focussing his eyes against the backdrop of blue skies.

As Jimmy looked north east he suddenly saw three black dots appear from the direction of the Forêt d'Argonne.

He kept his eye on them and they were definitely coming closer.

By now he could see they were three enemy two seaters, clearly heading over the lines.

The two seaters had some height on 'B' flight and they climbed gently up.

However 'A' flight which was flying top cover suddenly burst onto the scene. Jimmy's flight flew under the Rumplers and then came around but by then 'A' flight were diving in.

Jimmy zoomed around and towards the ongoing melee. He watched as one of the Rumplers fell, spewing thick smoke. He then saw another fall and just as he was about to join in, the third Rumpler burst into flames and virtually exploded in mid air.

Both flights formed back up and carried on their patrol but came across nothing.

They headed home and on landing Jimmy went over to the members of 'A' flight and congratulated them. Three Rumplers for one SPAD damaged.

That evening Jimmy was called to Major Thaw's office. "At ease Lieutenant, in fact take a seat".

The Lieutenant sat and listened, "I've some bad news Jimmy, your two claims can't be confirmed. The French are claiming their anti aircraft guns nearby were active and scored hits. Now we both know that's utter rubbish, but there it is" the Major explained.

"Which brings me to the other reason I called you here. I've just had a conversation with General Pershing's adjutant. He happened to mention that the General was very pleased with 103rd's progress and particularly he mentioned the performance of one James Aaron Harrison" he continued.

"In what way sir?" Jimmy asked.

"Well he specifically mentioned that the General has seen fit to award you the Distinguished Service Cross and personally wants to convey the medal himself, as well as congratulate the squadron" the Major smiled warmly as he spoke, clearly taking pleasure in the matter himself.

"I'm....... honoured sir" was all that Jimmy could muster.

"Relax Lieutenant, you've earned it. In two weeks you've proved yourself a cool, calm and precise fighter pilot and you bring honour on the USAS and 103rd. Not to mention the nearly two years service with the Lafayette".

"The General will be here in two days, now accompany me over to the mess if you don't mind" the Major finished.

They walked into the mess and the Major called them to order. When he'd finished telling the rest what was happening Jimmy was mobbed by his fellow pilots and a riotous evening ensued.

What a day!





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April 2, 1918.


Ballon Defense: My Kette had 4 machines up , we spotted 2 Englander types going for the gas bag down low. I stayed high as my fellow Dogs of Air made passes at the e/a. Then my turn, but could not get to less then 200 yds. Wild shooting at best then my target just sped away. My kette did get the other e/a in a dog pile each shooting.

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#4562307 - 04/02/21 09:11 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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You folks are having way too much fun so I’m obliged to join back in. First, we have som VERY good story tellers in this bunch of misfits. Fantastic reads Gents.

Fw. Karl Kemp
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Chaussee Aerodrome
March 31, 1918

Leutnant Collin looked at Kemp’s file after his introduction. Collin was acting Kommandant of Jasta 56. The previous Kommandant had been badly wounded a few days before. “One year front line service before transferring to flight school” Collin head remarked. Kemp relied in the affirmative. Collin continued, “With the push in full swing, we do not have time to babysit replacements! You will have to learn the game quickly or.....Well, you will have to learn quickly. Is that understood?” Kemp snapped out a quick “Yes Herr Leutnant.”

“Good!” continued Collin. “You will be in flight Eins. Corporal Kegg will show you to your quarters, such as they are. Contrary to what you may have heard there are no luxuries here. The enemy didn’t leave much for us to work with except a field.”

Kemp saluted, “I’m sure everything will be to my liking Herr Leutnant.”

As Kemp turned to leave Collin stopped him, “One more thing Kemp. Who your father knows will do you no good here. He may have placed your foot in the door but he dammed well can’t keep it there for you!”

“Understood Herr Leutnant.” Kemp replied as he followed Kegg out of the tent that served as headquarters.

Kemp’s father had served with Richtofen in the cavalry during the first year of the war. It was not even a battle wound. He had fallen from his horse, breaking his leg which got infected leading to amputation. His dashed hopes of glory were now placed on his young son. Richtofen had told the elder Kemp he would do what he could to get Karl posted to a scout squadron once his training was complete. It seemed he had come through on that point.

April 1, 1918
Kemp was eager for his first combat flight. They were to intercept incoming enemy aircraft near Monchy. Leutnant Weimar had told Kemp to stay on the perimeter and watch and learn. “If the opportunity arises, take it. But, no unnecessary chances. Understood?”
As they neared Monchy Kemp saw seven specs high ahead. They dove in unison on his flight. Everyone started to climb at once and Kemp followed. What happened next was a blurr of machines and tracer fire. Twice Kemp dodged tracers coming by. Try as he could, he could not get on one of the Spads. He found himself alone and returned to base. One by one the others landed. All except Bode, another replacement that transfered in the same day as Kemp. Leutnant Weimar patted Kemp on the shoulder, “Well I see you faired better than your companion. You did well.” Kemp didn’t feel like he had done much of anything but thanked Weimar all the same.

A quick lunch and they were up again at 4pm for balloon defense SE of St. Quentin. Approaching the balloon the flight ran into a flight of Spads escorting 3 Sopwith Strutters. Once joined, Kemp could hardly tell who was who when a Strutter came across his path. He fired and turned but Beckwith in his brightly painted Albatros was on him too so Kemp pulled out of the way scanning the sky. He spotted another and dove. As he neared the Strutter the observer opened up at the same time as Kemp. His tracers went into the fuselage which made the Strutter turn sharply. Kemp stayed on him as best he could, firing when when the opportunity was there. The gunner was good but with the pilot throwing his machine all over the sky, he could not draw a bead on Kemp. When he did straighten his machine Kemp let out a long burst and the Strutter went into a spiral and crashed just inside the lines. Kemp was beside himself! They lost 3 machines in the fight but the pilots were ok.

That night , Kemp fell asleep as soon as he lay down. He was exhausted.

April 2, 1918
Kemp bagged a French Spad on the morning patrol. It was another wild fight but Kemp had caught one trying to flee and sent it to the ground where it burst into a thousand pieces. The two flights claimed 5 but Polovski did not return. By lunch word had came that he had been killed.

The afternoon patrol was an escort mission. There was no contact. Kemp was informed that night that the Spad had been confirmed. The Strutter had not. It was bitter sweet as Flight Eins had tangled with Spads on their patrol and 2 had been killed. Kemp had been with the Jasta just 2 days and they had already lost 4 pilots.


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#4562321 - 04/03/21 03:21 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Lou - The escort must have been anice change of pace for Freddy aftrer all that recent low work. A nice balloon and then Rudolph the red-nosed Pfalz. Those fellows are keen, I'll say that for them but ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Excellent day for young Abbott, Nicely done getting North of 60.

Fullofit - Classic, just classic. Love the Camel v DR1, though I suppose it depends on one's frame of reference - Rudi's or Freddy's. It's bad enough the Hun have an undetected numerical superiority over the RFC at the moment, then Rudi/Attila continues his scourging with such unholy vigor that he actually runs out of ammunition! Is that even possible in a German aircraft? Oliver tangled with some Tripes recently. He thought they might have been Jasta 19, but the RO said it was another Jasta. Maybe next time. Both Rudi and Freddy keeping pace. Well done on getting through 60. If todays haul are confirmed Rudi will have, 66?


MFair. Great to see you back. Welcome to Karl! Wuite the intriguing backstopry you've set up here. I look forward to seeing where it leads. Some tough sledding for jasta 56 but a fast start for young Kemp. Congrats.
Oh No! Not Polovski! Maybe the report is wrong.

Lt. Casey - Ahnold will soon be baaack. Sorry, couldn't resist. Great news that he's gotten the lay of the land and is still above said ground after charging through into the trees. Did Herr Oberst turn beet red with fury?

Albert - Those cranky Hissos can be quite the treat. At least Jimmy's didn't catch fire. Too bad about the unconfirmed Huns but a well-earned DFC will more than compensate for the loss. Sounds like 103 had an epic binge.

Carrick - Not had one of those assignments yet but Balloon defense sounds difficult. Just ahnging out waiting for fast movers to come tear-arsing through. Excellent pics of the chase. Did Walter and Co. keep the gasbag safe?
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À la Recherche du Temps Perdu - Part 65



1 April 1918
84 Squadron RFC
Conteville, France

9.50 Line patrol Albert to Beaumont Hamel. With Fred Brown in Hospital I led Saunders, Harry Brown, Clear, Sorsoleil and Johnson.

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Bombed a trench packed with Huns, then went back for a strafe.

Got shot about but nothing important damaged. The worst was the double stoppage in the middle of my firing pass. Changed out the Lewis drum but again the Vickers refused to budge for nearly 5 minutes.

I’d just cleared the gun when 2 silver Pfalz attacked the seven of us.

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The Huns did not survive. I sent mine down just northeast of Albert.

Managed a full hour nap after lunch. The late afternoon show at 4.45 was another line patrol, this time in front of Amiens. The Huns are desperate to take the city. If they can reach the ridge of Villers-Bretonneux they can shell the Amiens rail junction which would sever the link between the BEF in Flanders and the French to the south.

After bombing and machine-gunning massed Huns we climbed east. Jack Sorsoleil pulled alongside, waggling his wings violently. I followed the line of his gesticulating and spotted three circling two-seaters about 4000 feet above us.

The Huns ran east then turned back circling. With Sorsoleil, I attacked the leader, landing 20-30 rounds but broke off when the Hannover jinked wildly. As I banked steeply away the Observer put a short burst into my petrol tank. I could see the needle rotating anti clockwise. I switched off and glided west as the remaining petrol escaped in a long grey tail. After the leak subsided I switched to gravity but thought better of engaging the magnetos with so much spilled fuel about. I had enough altitude to cross the lines and landed at Allonville.

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The fuel tank was soon repaired. I returned to Conteville as night fell. S.H. Winkley did not return from the evening patrol. B-P thought he saw him crash into a wood near Mézières. Poor devil arrived only two days before me.

Wing confirmed the flaming Albatros. The morning Pfalz they denied. One Hundred Twenty.



2 April 1918
84 Squadron RFC
Conteville, France


Babson woke me at 4.45, setting out tea and a biscuit. Still groggy I forced myself out of bed. Cold this morning.

5.45 Dawn patrol. Major Douglas had yet to choose a replacement for Fred Brown so I took B-Flight again this morning. We would attack Nesle aerodrome, south of Marchélepot. Our approach would take us right across the salient before Amiens.

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Two hangars ablaze and a direct hit on the Kasino. Prost!

Reformed the flight and climbed north. 6 Purple Albatri charged in from the east. I went round with an old campaigner who really knew his business. After two minutes of hard maneuvering, I saw an opening and dove down across our circle and pulled hard back into him.

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My vision greyed as the force crushed me into the seat.

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“He fell, as when an oak goes down or a white poplar,
or like a towering pine tree which in the mountains the carpenters
have hewn down with their whetted axes to make a ship-timber.”


I was completely alone in and empty sky. The Wolseley was running rough and making an unnerving clanking sound. I circled for several minutes then sped west towards Amiens and the lines.

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The Cathedral stood unharmed even as the German advance pushed toward the city.

Johnson saw my Purple Hun crash so I put forward a claim. Woodley changed out the plugs on C5333 and adjusted the timing. When I took her up for a brief test flight the Viper was back to its usual throaty growl.


12.50 Another attack on the Hun airfields south of the Somme near Marchélepot, this time Foucaucort-en-Santerre. Robin Grosvenor leading Harry Brown, Falkenburg, Johnson and Sid Christian.

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Our aim was not the best. The Kasino survived.

Heading north we attacked a flight of Triplanes. The Huns flew well and would snap roll their machines while firing. I landed some hits on two slashing attacks before teaming with Robin. We bracketed a DR1.

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Grosvenor hit him hard and the Hun lost a wing.

Another Hun entered the lists.

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I lost sight of Robin and ended up in and extended rolling scissors with the black-tailed devil. He overreached and stalled. I caught him with a good burst then and he dove for the nearby aerodrome. I circled over the top and saw two more Triplanes below. No sign of B-Flight.

Auf wiedersehen, Meine Herren.


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Mfair- great report! Herr Oberst changed colours multiple Times!
For this week its mess service in the O-club for Arnold, including cooking and laundry!🙄


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Epower, yes, it was one Hugo Polovski flying for 56. Alas, I never had time to get to know the man. I do not envy those ground strikes your squadron is undertaking.

Lt. Casey, thank you. We will see how long Kemp can survive. I don’t think Richtofen can help him much longer. Just a feeling.


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Casey - I hope Arnold is a good cook, it will put him in good stead with his kette mates if he is.

Epower - More thrilling episodes for Oliver, and he's all caught up as well, how marvelous! And another one of those red and white Pfalz I see, much like the one Freddy brought down. They are pretty kites. Love that screenshot of the SE firing on the DR.1 - brill.

MFair - Welcome Karl Kemp! Wonderful intro and back story. And your man is blooded already with one confirmed to boot, well done. Now to this Polovski fellow, I wonder if he's a distant relative to our own Pol here?

Carrick - Nice chase shot there of Walter going after that SE.

Albert - So Pershing himself is going to pin the DSC on Jimmy. Quite an honour indeed! Also, that last screenshot of yours is stellar.

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3 April 1918
65 Squadron R.F.C.
Conteville, France

Two more ground attack outings for Captain Frederick Abbott and his crew today. What follows is a recap of the afternoon flip and is fairly representative of just how terrifying this low work is, (and was for our RL counterparts, but even more so for those brave lads as they were actually getting killed in the process).


Approaching the ruins of Albert and the newly established Hun front lines in that area, said lines being Abbott's target for this outing.
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The young airman drops down and swings in behind the Boche positions as an attack from the rear will be less expected.
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Freddy readies the Coopers and comes in low, but not so low as to frag himself with his own bombs. He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's keen enough to know better than that.
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Dam'd bad luck! He released the eggs too soon and does nothing but relocate some dirt to the rear of the Boche gunline. Time to come back around with the Vickers.
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The Captain steels himself as he lines up on the Hun troops and unleashes his fury.
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Abbott can clearly see the faces of the hated enemy he is now slaughtering, as a hundred or more hostile rifles send their own hatred, and fear, right back at him.
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By some miracle Freddy is not hit, but his mount is tattered and spewing petrol. Time for a very hasty retreat.
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He grabs altitude as he heads due west into more friendly territory. He does not give a thought to how many men he's just wounded, maimed, or killed. He is in fact happy. He's survived, again, and is now focused on finding a suitable landing spot for his perforated kite.
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As the last of the petrol streams away in white vapour the prop windmills to a halt. Abbott had spotted the British obs balloon well before this and had been making best speed for it all the while.
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As he drifts down quietly, the wind in the wires the only immediate sound, he picks out an open spot among the shell holes. Yes, that will do nicely.
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He drops down directly over a mobile AA gun, startlingly close actually, and as the Camel rolls to a stop Abbott looks over his shoulder to see if the Tommies behind him are alright. They are.
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Freddy undoes his harness and grabs the cockpit watch while giving a wave to the nearby balloon crew. They will have a phone and perhaps some hot tea, or better still something stronger. He could use a drop or two of scotch right about now.
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I can't imagine having to do this for real, it is frightening enough just to have to endure it with my DID pilot.

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#4562356 - 04/03/21 02:47 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Congrats to the latest recipients of the Gong Fairy goodness! Some wonderful cabbage to be pinned to some proud chests. We’ll just have to keep both pilots under close observation for a few days to make sure no signs of the gongitis set in.

Lou, thank you once more for providing the decorations. We don’t see too often, or too many of the American awards here and I agree with Epower LdH is a lovely gong, lethal too.
As to the Camels, Rudi is disenchanted. They’re nothing more than bullet sinks with flight characteristics approaching a Pfalz, but not as sophisticated.
I really don’t envy Freddy’s job. These are literally suicide missions. Flying directly into enemy’s line of fire is not my idea of fun. Good thing Freddy’s got that sense of duty.

Epower, thanks for the clarification, but Rudi prefers to roll his socks into a ball instead of folding them. And there is a difference - Marie Kondo will tell you. Also, wave hello anytime you’re near Balatre. Our Flak batteries are sure to respond.
Well, as you can see Rudi’s on 67 and as you soon will see he keeps on going, like a certain bunny.
Oliver’s become quite the mud mover. “All risks to be taken” order is taken very seriously I see. Good thing Oliver can distract himself with a few flying Huns. Congrats on reaching 120! That’s Rudi’s and Freddy’s scores combined if anyone is counting. What an achievement!

Albert, if it only were the truth. The Britishers fear nothing, plus they have standing orders to take unnecessary risks, just ask General Salmond.
So, Hisso failures don’t exclude mechanics like Jimmy either. Well done on bringing the machine back down.
Too bad about the two unconfirmed claims, but that’s the way it goes. Once the Ack-Ack sniffs any chance of a claim ... forgeddaboutit!

LtCasey, oh dear a pranged kite. The C.O. will have your hide for this.
Cooking and laundry? I suggest some sock knitting. It is very soothing.

Carrick, looks like another day at the office for Spatenbrau.

MFair, ha! I knew you would not be able to resist. And BHaH2 release is so close. I guess you were hoping for that 1 April release. All we got instead was the April fools’ day prank. OBD, we’ll get you back for this!
So, another Hun? Good, there are too many Yanks here already fooling around the Flanders skies.
What’s this I see, MvR himself is looking after Karl? It won’t be long before he gets his invitation to join Jasta 11, I’m sure.
So, Kemp is already making a mark for himself in his Jasta. A confirmed SPAD on his third day. We’ll have to wait and see how he copes with the pressure of combat and the alarming rate of pilot loss. Welcome to the fray.

3 April, 1918 06:45 morning mission
Balatre, Flanders Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Oberleutnant Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO, PLM
67 confirmed kills

All four Camels have been confirmed.
This morning Jasta was awoken much earlier than usual. Time was crucial and men were still half asleep climbing into their machines. Rudi was sure Tybelsky was still wearing his pyjamas under the flight suit. Why such urgency? The forward observers have spotted enemy flight approaching front lines and heading for our troop camp south of Roye. They had to be stopped! Fuchs brought his Schwarm to the intercept point in record time. They were about to start their search for any signs of the enemy, when the enemy found them. Camels and Dreideckers mingled together in an enormous furball. Fuchs had one all to himself and after a protracted fight, which took them all the way to the deck, the Sopwith went crashing down just near the frontlines. Rudi continued to fire at it until the very end. His Fokker overflew a large dust cloud created by the Camel’s impact with the ground.

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By now the initial stage of the engagement was over and the Camels were on their way back to their home base across the mud. Fuchs spotted one of the enemy machines flying low. He was being pursued by another Fokker. Rudi was hungry for more and joined the fight. He swooped down on the hapless enemy and assaulted him from above. It was then he noticed the Camel was sailing under no power. The enemy plane was quickly forced down in No-Man’s Land.

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The hunt continued. He could see more enemy planes scurrying across the lines. Fuchs hunted one down as it was preparing to land at La Cense. Once the threat was eliminated he decided it was a proper time to get back himself across the mud to his own side.

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He was gaining height and getting close to the frontlines when he spied one last Britisher attempting to get back to his airfield. Rudi was not about to oblige. He dropped on the rear of the enemy machine, but miscalculated and was left far behind for a proper attack. In his desperation he began to fire long-range shots. He was successful in striking one of the wings, which in turn made the Camel driver take evasive actions. Rudi was able then to close the distance and destroy enemy machine.

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After returning to his own base he wasn’t surprised to learn only four rounds remained in each of his Spandaus. Rudi wondered if installing a small caliber cannon, firing through the hub of his propeller could be an option.


"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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MFair - Welcome back to the fray. So Kemp has friends in high places and the CO was a tad resentful about it seemingly. A confirmed kill already not to mention some losses, the pace of the air war now is remarkable, what would Immelmann and Hawker make of it now.

Carrick - Nothing you can do if the enemy can outrun you at least it was you chasing them and not the other way around.

Epower - It's non stop for Winningstad, ground pounding and boche aircraft coming in from everywhere. Some fine victories and a fortunate escape with a holed fuel line. That's the air war in 1918 it seems.

Lou - Yes old Blackjack himself, but first we'll have to clear the airfield up after this morning's sortie.

So Freddy has been pounding the boche, from reports coming in, all this effort is having an effect on the enemy push. Well done getting back safely. Yes it must have been terrifying, bullets flying from everywhere at you not to mention flak and then to get a fuel leak, praying that nothing ignites it.

Fullofit - Rudi is still in quite remarkable form and leading from the front. Coming back mission after mission with empty guns and claim after claim, he can do no more than shoot down what's in front of him.


"A great deal of an aeroplane could be holed without affecting its ability to fly. Wings and fuselage could be—and often were—pierced in 50 places, missing the occupants by inches (blissfully unaware of how close it had come until they returned to base). Then the sailmaker would carefully cover each hole with a square inch of Irish linen frayed at the edges and with a brushful of dope make our aircraft 'serviceable' again within an hour."
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Albert - I am amazed when reading the reports and letters and diaries and such of the WWI airmen at how often they got a massive fuel leak and didn’t end up catching fire. You’d think in a kite made primarily of wood and doped linen that it would be a given.

Fullofit - The only Camel jockey that knew what to do with his machine was the first one. He kept pulling tighter and tighter circles to starboard until Rudi stalled out. Of course he failed to follow up with an attack on your man at that point, and we saw how that ended. As for the others, they must have all been tired of life. “Here, let me fly straight and level for you until you kill me, or perhaps I’ll try a slow turn to port and you can kill me that way instead.” Idiots. But kudos to Rudi for taking full advantage of the opportunities presented him.
Gongitis? Best do something about that. Circle, circle, dot, dot, now you've got a blingie shot.
As to Freddy’s sense of duty, it’s been noted several times in past episodes that he tends to simply do as he’s told. Requires far less thinking on his part, and he’s never been a great thinker.

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2nd Lieutenant James Harrison, DSC
103rd Aero
La Noblette Airfield
3rd April 1918 (7am)

Jimmy had just finished breakfast and was making his way back to his room when the airfield alarm bell started ringing.

The weather was not good at all, dark clouds loomed everywhere and Jimmy could feel rain on his face. He looked skyward and eventually saw several aircraft, very high up but distinguishable by the pops of flak bursting near them.

Jimmy's aircraft had been tested overnight and was out on the airfield, fuelled and armed. Jimmy shouted over to the mechanics to start his engine and ran towards them as they started the SPAD up and moved away.

Jimmy climbed in and ordered the chocks removed. Within a few moments he was screaming along the airfield and then airborne. He looked up above and saw the enemy bombers starting their attacks. He could do nothing but climb as fast as he could but as he looked down at the airfield he saw a hangar take a direct hit, as more bombs pounded the airfield itself.

He looked back up at the circling bombers, now recognisable as Rumplers. He was getting nearer but still some way below them.

Several other SPADs had now started and were getting airborne but were thousands of feet below Jimmy.

Jimmy eventually got up towards the enemy and several of the bombers started to make their way home.

As he levelled out the rest of the Rumplers now ran too. Jimmy went after them, gaining all the time but walls of cloud were getting nearer, as were the front lines.

Jimmy pushed the SPAD and it's engine to it's limits as he chased them down, by now he'd realised he'd crossed the lines. He pressed on and eventually came up behind and beneath a trio of Rumplers. He let loose at the middle aircraft and scored multiple hits. Another burst had smoke spewing from the Rumpler but just then they entered thick cloud.

Jimmy looked around and realised he was well over enemy lines now and to chase these fleeing aircraft through thick clouds, not knowing what's on the other side would be foolish.

He turned and started back towards the lines, flak bursts sending him on his way.

Just then as he looked around he saw something below him. It was coming the other way quickly. He then recognised it as an Albatros scout, obviously on his way home. Jimmy looked around but the rest of the sky was clear. He swooped down and came around behind the unseeing German. He put a good burst into him and the Albatros tried to climb away but Jimmy stayed with him and put another accurate burst into the German.

The Albatros sparked and then burst into flames. Jimmy watched as it nosed down and went into the ground with a bang.

Jimmy climbed back up and made his way home.

He realised before he'd even landed that there was virtually no chance of the Albatros being confirmed, no one was anywhere near him and he'd fallen well over the German lines.

Jimmy parked up and climbed down. The other SPADs had already landed and Jimmy looked at the smoldering Hanger which had been hit, and the several other areas of damage caused by the raid.

'We've got some clearing up to do before the General arrives tomorrow' thought Jimmy as he went to clean up and file his report.

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"A great deal of an aeroplane could be holed without affecting its ability to fly. Wings and fuselage could be—and often were—pierced in 50 places, missing the occupants by inches (blissfully unaware of how close it had come until they returned to base). Then the sailmaker would carefully cover each hole with a square inch of Irish linen frayed at the edges and with a brushful of dope make our aircraft 'serviceable' again within an hour."
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103rd Aero
La Noblette Airfield
3rd April 1918 (2.45pm)

Jimmy had grabbed some rest on cleaning up and filing his report. 'B' flight had then been briefed on this afternoon's sortie.

Jimmy noticed the damage to the airfield was all but repaired but the hanger was going to need rebuilding, as he made his way to the briefing room.

They'd be heading up to the lines and along to Forêt d'Argonne again, searching for more of these two seater raiding parties which were now becoming a regular occurrence.

The weather was awful, thick clouds and a steady rain, together with strong winds.

Jimmy took off with the others and they made their way north towards La Cheppe where they climbed up to 4200 meters.

Jimmy was constantly on the lookout but saw nothing, nothing but the driving rain and the thick clouds.

'This is pointless' thought Jimmy as he made his way towards Forêt d'Argonne with the others, 'I can't see a thing'.

He realised he was having to spend more time looking at the murky grey ground to figure out where they were then look for the enemy.

They spent twenty minutes patrolling around the Forêt d'Argonne without seeing anything and made their way home.

Jimmy was relieved to see La Noblette ahead as he started to descend.

On landing he made his way to clean up and forget about the last hour and a half as quickly as possible

Jimmy was not at all surprised when he found out later that his claim from the morning had been rejected.

He noted the damaged hangar was being repaired at great speed and the other repairs were pretty much done.

'Roll on tomorrow' thought Jimmy as he sat in the mess later on.

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"A great deal of an aeroplane could be holed without affecting its ability to fly. Wings and fuselage could be—and often were—pierced in 50 places, missing the occupants by inches (blissfully unaware of how close it had come until they returned to base). Then the sailmaker would carefully cover each hole with a square inch of Irish linen frayed at the edges and with a brushful of dope make our aircraft 'serviceable' again within an hour."
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