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#4563795 - 04/11/21 03:48 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) ***** [Re: Raine]  
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Sorry Monsieur Lasconte has been invalided, but good luck on the business opportunities!

#4563802 - 04/11/21 04:13 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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#4563824 - 04/11/21 07:16 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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TWK - A couple of outings in the bag for Mitteleuer. Frustration at the no show by the two seaters, they probably saw the weather and thought, 'stuff that'. The balloon jaunt was a success though, even though you didn't run into any opposition. I'm not sure I'd want to get caught low down well over the enemy's lines in a Pfalz though, anything you're likely to come up against is faster.

LtCasey - that's a shame but RL has to come first.


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#4563828 - 04/11/21 08:00 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Jabbeke airfield

1 confirmed kill (1 awaiting confirmation)

11th April 1918

Morning sortie

Oberleutenant Saschenberg had confirmed this morning's sortie would be to patrol around an army camp near Passchendaele which had been receiving some serious attention from enemy formations lately.

The Oberleutenant also confirmed he would not be leading the flight as he had orders to attend a meeting with staff officers near Bruges, but would be back this evening. He explained Leutenant Heinrich would lead Kette Zwei again.

A short while later Jacob and rest of Zwei were strapped in and warming up their engines. They took off in glorious sunshine which made a wonderful change from the previous few days of horrendous rain.

They formed up near Ghistelles again and climbed up steadily, the buffeting wind was much reduced too thankfully.

On reaching 3200 meters they started off for their patrol area. Visibility was excellent for a change and Jacob kept a keen eye on the skies around them.

They were still climbing as they headed towards Passchendaele and all was good, then something caught Jacob's eye. High above his top wing he saw black dots in arrow formation coming towards them.

He kept his eyes on them but also remembered their previous mission when they'd been jumped from the side whilst watching above, he searched around but thankfully saw nothing else.

He returned his gaze upwards. By now the rest of Kette Zwei had seen the patrol above. If these were enemy aircraft Jacob realised he and the others could be in real trouble.

He now identified the aircraft as Camels and watched as they rolled and started to zoom down towards Kette Zwei.

Instinctively he rolled as one Camel fired but then overshot Jacob. The Camel momentarily flew in front of Jacob who fired into him. The Camel rolled away and ran.

Jacob looked and saw both formations were in a large melee and looked to pick a target. Just then bullets hit his wing and he looked to see another Camel trying for his tail.

He rolled and dived but the Camel stayed with him. Jimmy realised if he turned right the Camel would probably better him but if he turned left....

Jacob rolled left and pulled the flight stick into his belly turning as tightly as he could. His move paid off and the Camel was in front of him. Jacob fired and hit the Camel a hard blow. He fired again and smoke started spewing from the Camel.

The Camel then began to lose height and power. Jacob checked around and found nothing trying to get to him. He then lined up and fired again at the Camel who now spiralled down. Jacob followed him and watched as the Camel hit the ground.

He breathed deeply and checked around. No enemy aircraft were nearby and he saw two more Albatrosse. He formed with them and together they headed for home.

On landing Jacob climbed out and was joined by Leutenant Heinrich. Heinrich confirmed he'd seen Jacob's victory and would say so on his report.

Jacob smiled inwardly and went to clean up and complete his report.



Afternoon sortie

Oberleutenant Saschenberg was still not back from his meeting with staff so Leutenant Heinrich took the briefing. He explained that Kette Eins was already out on an escort mission. So Kette Zwei would patrol the lines near Nieuwpoort.

The weather was still excellent and the Kette took off in glorious sunshine once more.

They climbed up and headed off towards the lines.

The sortie passed without real incident other than Jacob spotting a large friendly formation high above and then.....rather more sinisterly.... another arrow shaped formation high above as they patrolled.

Thankfully either Kette Zwei wasn't spotted or the enemy formation thought better of it.

Jacob and the rest of Kette Zwei returned to Jabbeke a while later without mishap.

Later that evening Oberleutenant Saschenberg called Jacob to his office. "Good news all round Herr Flugmeister. Apparently our latest attacks are progressing well against the British" stated the Oberleutenant........."and both of your claims have now been confirmed. Leutenant Heinrich confirmed your claim today and several ground units in the area confirmed your claim from yesterday" Saschenberg explained.

"You are progressing very well Herr Flugmeister. I'm extremely pleased you put in that transfer request" Saschenberg concluded.

"Danke Herr Oberleutenant" said Jacob as he saluted and left, happy to have three confirmed kills now.

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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."
#4563840 - 04/11/21 09:52 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Fullofit - He's getting there, he's getting there. Definetely getting used to his plane though, which is good! I'm sure a time will come when he'll need that, and probably desperately. Fair point about it not raining huns, better safe than sorry I guess!
Tross - Here's hoping this experience in the bad weather will better prepare him for flights in good weather! Though it does make it hard for him to look on the bright side, hah. Good on Jacob for exploiting that Camel's weakness, they can get quite mean after all. Great shots too.
Kebab - See they're putting faith into having such a new flieger lead a whole schwarm. Maybe a day will come when that become his main job, leading flights.


2/LT Dean Andrews Cunningham
№64 Squadron RAF
Izles-Les-Hameux, Flanders
April 11th, 1918.


FIRST PATROL


The heavens have heard my prayers! Not only was there no rain but it was sunny above that, with only a gentle breeze to bring back memories of past day's weather. B Flight today was assigned to the special task of flying towards Lens and taking down a Hun observation balloon. I must admit, for this I was rather excited. Balloons were no planes of course, but still to face any Hun in the sky for the first time would prove to be a memorable experience. A part of me was of course somewhat wary, as I have heard word of the dangers that accompany such balloon attacks, though the presence of other pilots there brought some reassurance for at least it won't be just me getting shot at. Basked in morning sun we got strapped into our machines and took off in a climb towards Lens. Reaching the front lines, we flew through some clouds before coming onto the balloon itself, the hun archie giving us a warm welcome with bursts all around us. Trying to ignore the constant booming around me I flew on, with our formation overflying the balloon and then reaching the end of Boche lines and sharply banking to the side to carry out an attack run from behind, perhaps to confuse the Boche in regards to our intent. With the formation split up, I flew on towards the balloon, the Archie starting up its drumbeat around us once more. Glancing above, I seen another SE5 in a dive, heading straight for the balloon and then heard the rattle of the guns. I followed suit, diving towards the balloon from below him and firing as he overshot, my Lewis and Vickers blasting a long burst into the balloon and starting a fire in the fabric and moments later it blew in a fiery inferno right before my eyes! Pulling up above it I couldn't resist screaming out in excitement from what I've just done, climbing for altitude to avoid the return fire from the ground. In doing this however I lost sight of my flight, and opted for returning to the field, eager to report to what happened. Landing at home field, I found that I was the first one back I rushed from my plane to report to Captain Hayden and fill out the forms. Not long after, the flight started to arrive one by one, soon discovering one resident Lieutenant Randolph whom I seen attacking the balloon alongside me protesting my claim for the balloon. After a lengthy debate on who truly was responsible for most of the damage to the balloon and what truly counts as a kill we agreed and settled on a hope that maybe HQ will grace us with a shared kill. And on top of that there was another flight planned for later on in the day, perhaps with some luck I'll be coming home with another Boche claim...

1 CLAIM PENDING.

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#4563842 - 04/11/21 10:08 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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#4563848 - 04/11/21 10:37 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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11th April 1918
Feldwebel Helmut Adler MItteleuer
Jasta 48, Ham/Eppeville, Flanders.

1st Flight
We've awaken to a seemingly calmer sky. Clouds and mist were still there, but no rain made everything easier. We took off at around time 0700, as the aerodrome had been warned by telephone of probable enemy aircraft in the proximity. As the previous day, I was assigned as the Schwarmführer. I've been able to show off my new decals, which I really appreciate. "The new kid acting big, eh?" said Küppers, laughing. I shook it off, and we took off, on our way. Once we got over the clouds, I noticed a flight of 5 enemy machines. We kept on their tails, at about 3km of distance. After a couple of minutes, though, I noticed we were getting into enemy territory as the flak was hurling around us. I decided to ignore them, as they weren't seeming to come towards us, and we RTB'd.

2nd Flight
It was around 1500, we were enjoying a good card game as our next sortie was to be later in the afternoon. Just as I announced my win, a terryfing alarm went off. We were all rushed to our planes, while Küppers yelled at me "Get in, you're leading today!" I was insecure, and I expressed my concern. He cut me off though, saying "Cut the crying. Get in there and show your guts, demonstrate us you're worth of this!" Filled with determination, I quickly jumped in the cocpit, taking off followed by my fellow airmen. Above us, I freezed as I saw 3 enemy flight, in total around 15 aircraft. Luckily for us, 2 of the flights quickly disappeared in the clouds, whilst one kept hovering at around 3k meters of altitude. We first thought they were SPADs, but we soon found out they were Strutter A2s. They dived onto us, I got a couple of hits. It was extremely messing, bullets flying everywhere, I was struggling to mantain awareness. I managed to get onto the tail of one of them, I fired. Got few hits onto the guy, but the gunner hit my engine, probably causing a fuel leak. Thing is, not long after that my engine stopped, and I had to make an emergency landing on the airfield (we luckily were still directly above it). I then looked, as the Strutters disengaged and retreated, after seeing 3 of their pilots getting shot down. All my buddies landeed, without casualties. I'm a tad annoyed I didn't get to shine, but I'm sure as hell happy I have the luck of still being alive!


PS: I need to get used to make screenshots even in the middle of combat, otherwise how can I show to you all my poor aim?

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#4563854 - 04/11/21 11:31 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Kebab - Glass half full, glass half empty. Who knows. At least Helmut survived and didn't crash and burn!

And on the note of crashing and burning...

2/LT Dean Andrews Cunningham
№64 Squadron RAF
Izles-Les-Hameux, Flanders
April 11th, 1918.


PATROL TWO

For future notice when reading this diary, the handwritting henceforth is owed to a helpful Lieutenant Jones of the Medical Corps, as dictated by me. To recount what happened today: Following the attack on the balloon and landing, I was informed that at around half eleven this morning both flights were to take off for a patrol of the enemy lines above a boche airfield. I was excited for this possibility, as after making a claim on the balloon I was all too eager to bag myself a boche. As it would turn out, things did not go the way I expected. Takeoff was easy and a number of the lads seemed excited at the possibility of what would be our first major bout with the Hun in a long while. We took off and headed due south east, climbing higher and higher until we were way above the clouds at about eleven thousand feet above land. There we turned to head above the lines, A flight having been lost in the clouds, leaving only the eight of us to venture forth. As we crossed the lines over Arras, I spotted a flight of aircraft crossing the lines in front of us maybe two hundred feet below ourselves, and assumed that it must've been A flight under Hayden getting ahead of us, perhaps hoping to get in the lead. On closer inspection though I nearly jumped in my seat as I realised they were no SE5s but rather 12 very determined Albatrosses, perhaps scouring our own front lines for someone to intercept! Despite A flight being lost and leaving us to fend on our own, outnumbered by an extra four aircraft flight lead pressed the attack, and we dove towards them just as they spotted us and climbed to greet us.

What ensued I can only describe as a hectic mess compared to which even fights down at the pub back in Edinburgh were cleaner and exotically delicate. Within this mess I found myself a victim, into whom I fired several bursts into the cockpit area and seen spiralling down towards the ground. Perhaps enraged by this occurance, one of his Boche buddies soon found himself on my tail, diligently pumping burst after burst into my own aircraft, and try as I might, turn after turn and dive after dive I couldn't shake him off, bullets slamming into my plane all around me and puncturing a multitude of holes. Eventually, one of the bullets flew true and hit me in the shoulder, tearing through my flesh like it was meat at a butchers's shop, spraying the cockpit and my goggles with blood. In a mix of desperation and panic I dove for the clouds, or at least I think that was me diving and not my panicked flailing that landed me in them, where I managed to escape but only for a brief moment, as the hun returned to finish the job soon after we flew out the cloudbank. More bullets tore into my plane, leaving new holes while I tried to evade, turning to the clouds again as we got lower and lower... Thankfully, he seemed to have either been satisfied or lost me, as I soon found myself at around 500 feet, bleeding all over myself and the cockpit, but thankfully all alone and after verifying my thankfully working compass on the instrument panel over friendly lines. Noticing the trenches below and realising I've had no clue where I was while also losing blood, I made a desperate bid and cut the throttle, gliding down into a field just behind the lines, praying to god someone from the trenches would've seen me, and that was the last I remembered.

I awoke in the late evening at a field hospital a ways further West from where I've crashed.. I was told that my spectacular crash landing and less spectacular aerial duel was witnessed by soldiers on the ground, whom then retrieved me and delivered me here while I was out. Luckily for myself, the hits I've received are not fatal nor serious enough to keep me off of flying for good, though I am to be kept here for the next seven days to fully recover to a stable and fighting state, while my machine, I was told, was taken away back home for possible repairs. What a dreadful experience... My only consolation was sending off a report home, still written with the help of Jones in regards to the Albatross I sent spiralling down through the sky. While I've not seen him crash, he most certainly was out of control, hopefully dead, and I hold on to a faint hope that someone may have seen him plummet all the way down and crash. I can only be thankful that it wasn't me in his place...

2 CLAIMS PENDING, HOSPITALIZED FOR 7 DAYS.

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#4563863 - 04/12/21 12:30 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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LtCasey, thanks for the praise. Sorry to see Real Life rear its ugly head. All the best in your endeavours. BTW, what’s happened to Lasconte’s leg? Has he met the Parisian ladies of the night, hence the stiff leg?

Albert, the video seems a little darker and very poor quality. Don’t know what it is all dark videos come out badly on my system. The conditions weren’t as bad as it looks and the ballon was easy to spot. But what a difference from the previous WoFF version! Now everyone attacks it en masse. No need to go around for second run. Lovely! Unfortunately same cannot be said about their behaviour during the patrol, where they appear to be asleep. Late night bash last night, I guess. And that SPAD was just asking for it, taking the entire Kette on his own. And those Bréguets ... oy! They think they’re scouts the way they handle themselves. As to the wound, tis nothing but a scratch. A bruise on Rudi’s ego.
Now, Jacob had a go at the Camels this time and it looks like he came out on top. Those Tommies will think twice before attacking his Schwarm again. Three kills already. Well done! You’re on your way to get a visit from the fabled Gong Fairy.

T-bab, great news! Finally an upgrade to the tired Albatros. I wouldn’t recommend any bright colours on your mount. Plainly painted Pfalzen blend much better with the grey clouds. If you can’t outfly them, hide from them.
Rather a nerve wracking scramble that was. No claims this time, but at least you’ve come away with your hide intact. Keep observing your wingmates and hopefully you’ll learn from them. The aiming part will come with practice. Well done!

NR, first claim! That is always exciting. Not so much when someone else is trying to poach it from you. Well done on a successful attack.
Dear, oh dear! Be careful what you wish for. That was one fight with twice too many Huns to handle for our poor Dean. The important thing is that he is still alive. Will eat boiled potatoes for the next week and there is a hope that one or both claims could still be confirmed. Hopefully the nurses will not torment our pilot with too strenuous recuperation exercises.

11 April, 1918 05:45 morning mission
Balatre, Flanders Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Oberleutnant Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO, PLM
75 confirmed kills

The SPAD from yesterday has been confirmed but Rudi was in no mood to celebrate. Leutnant Körner took Göttsch’s death very badly. When Göttsch came over from Jasta 8 to take command of Jasta 19, he’d brought with him Körner. The two were close. He was drinking all night and was in no state to fly a mission this morning. Ltn Rahn is now the acting commander until a proper one can arrive. The HQ have promised one to arrive within a week.
Their orders this morning were to provide support to the ground forces east of Amiens.
The Schwarm encountered a flight of Strutters on their way to the front. Rudi was apprehensive about engaging them but want after them, but before he was in range another group of dots appeared to one side. He recognized them as SPADs and switched targets with a degree of relief. They’ll take on the French scouts first and then sort out the two-seaters after. The two opposing forces merged south of Étang de la Hutte. Fuchs approached the melee with care and only attacked when he was sure there wouldn’t be any other planes around. This way he made sure there wouldn’t be any collisions. The furball dragged down to ground level and finally Rudi was able to catch one of the bandits and send it down crashing. He then quickly acquired another target and set him packing as well. There didn’t seem to be any more of the SPADs left, but he did notice a silver plane meandering nearby. Fuchs did not have to be told twice. He lunged at the biplane and fired as it went by. The enemy gunner returned fire and hit Rudi’s Fokker. There was no need to risking more damage and he moved his Dreidecker away from the circling down Strutter. He was surprised when the enemy plane crashed soon after. He didn’t think he damaged it this badly.

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It was time to return to base. On his way to land at Harbonnieres another SPAD was harassing the returning Fokkers. Fuchs dropped down behind the enemy and fired until his guns were empty. Top starboard wingtip was blown off and the Frenchman circled slowly into the ground. Rudi brought his machine down onto the field alongside the rest of his Schwarm.

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11 April, 1918 12:00 noon mission
Balatre, Flanders Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Oberleutnant Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO, PLM
75 confirmed kills
Awaiting three claim confirmations

In the afternoon the call came to intercept enemy planes crossing the lines near Montdidier. Schwarm Zwei scrambled in record time and were on their way. They’ve found the invaders crossing the front right where they were told they would be. A quick battle ensued and Rudi came away with two SPADs to his credit.

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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4563868 - 04/12/21 01:12 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Fullofit]  
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Fullofit: Yeah, seems like poor Dean has indeed jumped the gun a bit with that wish for a boche claim for himself and instead himself became someone's claim for that day. Though there's hope hope with those two claims of his, maybe that would lift the mood. Well, besides the nurses and the potatoes which I'm sure he's currently missing dearly. Still, what an unlucky fight for him, barely getting away like that. Better wounded than dead I suppose.

Rudi I see is doing quite a good job of avenging Göttsch, and is well on his way to overtaking Richtoffen in terms of kills, good on him.

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#4563913 - 04/12/21 11:41 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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NR - A good job on that balloon, always a good feeling to send a gasbag crashing down. You might have to arm wrestle Randolph if you've both entered claims. The CO will decide, maybe offer a wee dram as a bribe. Then you bag an Albatros on your next sortie, but at the expense of your health. See what happens when the sun shines, all hell breaks lose. Now a week in a hospital to stew on it all but as you say. Better a week than forever.

TWK - Mitteleuer made the right decision not chasing those enemy aircraft over the lines. Let the Tommies and French come over to you....and they will. Those lunatic Strutters are out again I see. You did your bit and drove them away, who knows, without that fuel leak Mitteleuer may have bagged one, or that rear gunner may have bagged him. He can do it all again tomorrow, richer for the experience.

Fullofit - A fantastic day for Rudi, six of the best. That's the problem with all these Strutters attacking, their slow and they can't take much damage at all. The rear gunner did his best but he's gone, Rudi landed safely and has another Strutter trophy to hang on the wall.

The new weather effects in BHAH II do seem to make a grey day far darker, probably all that mist.


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3 confirmed kills

12th April 1918

Morning sortie

Oberleutenant Saschenberg explained to Kette Zwei about this morning's sortie. "We will be patrolling down towards Ypres. The Tommies have been very active around there since the weather picked up and we have been tasked with driving them away" he began.

"I will be flying with you, but Kette Eins won't be joining us. They are scheduled for escort duties a little later this morning". He concluded.

Jacob looked around as he walked to his aircraft which was already lined up on their airfield. The weather was excellent again, a few clouds but otherwise good visibility, 'could be a busy day' he thought to himself as he climbed into the Albatros.

A few minutes later Kette Zwei was airborne and climbing away from Jabbeke.

Jacob kept a beady eye on the skies around as they climbed but thankfully saw nothing.

After reaching 4000 meters they moved off towards Ypres. Jacob took a moment to feel the sun on his face as they progressed south west.

The sortie progressed quietly until they neared Ypres. Then, ahead and above Kette Zwei, they saw another formation in arrow shape. Jacob focused on them and saw they were headed towards him.

'Why are we always too low' thought Jacob as he watched the dots get bigger. The rest of Kette Zwei had seen them too and nosed up to gain a little height.

He recognised the aircraft as SE5's and felt his mouth dry in anticipation. He calmed himself as the enemy aircraft dived down onto them, 'stay focussed' he thought to himself.

Jacob saw two SE5's aim directly towards him and turned to face them. He threw the Albatros around the skies avoiding their fire and the rigging and struts creaked as he pushed the aircraft to it's limits. He half rolled and came up under one of the SE's for a brief moment it was in his sights and Jacob fired. He hit the SE who dived away and Jacob concentrated on the other SE.

They began a swirling turning battle and Jacob pulled the tightest turns he could. By shear effort he drew a bead on the SE and put a telling burst into him. The SE wavered and tried to roll away but Jacob rolled with him. He fired again and smoke poured from the SE5.

Jacob lined up again and put a long burst into the stricken SE which burst into flames.

Jacob watched as it spun down into the ground.

He levelled out and looked around, but no-one was around, not another aircraft was in sight.

Jacob realised they were above the lines and he proceeded home.

As he neared Jabbeke he spotted several other aircraft also heading towards the airfield. Thankfully these were other members of Kette Zwei.

They landed safely and Jacob went to speak with the others as they climbed out.

They all said they'd seen Jacob in the thick of it with the SE's but no-one could confirm the victory. He was going to have to wait for confirmation again it seems.

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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."
#4563972 - 04/12/21 06:51 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Tross - Certainly must've been a good feeling for Dean, that's for sure. Same can't be said about getting shot down though. Guess the sunshine doesn't always mean good things, eh. Sadly for Dean he can't do much bribing from a hospital!
Good job with that SE5, hopefully it gets confirmed! Jacob on the way to becoming an ace it seems!

2/LT Dean Andrews Cunningham
№64 Squadron RAF
Field Hospital, Flanders
April 12th, 1918.


Had a terrible dream last night, kept replaying the brawl with that blasted Albatross in my mind. Bullets striking my plane, then me, followed by a spiral of which I couldn't pull out of, ground getting closer and closer yet until finally a crash. Darkness. When I'm finally out of here I'll make sure this won't happen again. Aside from that, between the dreams and the constant bombardments in the distance I didn't get much sleep. Everyone seems just so busy, situation here on the ground must be rather dreadful... Another bad tiding came in the afternoon. A letter over from the 64th, good old Captain Hayden himself saying that he's happy to hear I'm not dead yet and that they're awaiting my return. Also said he regrets to inform me that both of my claims had been rejected; the balloon he says had to be given to Randolph, as it was deemed that he contributed most to its destruction. As for the Alb, everyone was simply too busy dodging bullets to see whatever might've happened to it. The ground troops as far as we know haven't seen much either, so either it slammed behind Hun lines or didn't slam at all.

Absolute bollocks.

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#4563984 - 04/12/21 07:28 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Flugmeister Jacob Kühn
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Jabbeke airfield

3 confirmed kills (1 awaiting confirmation)

12th April 1918

Afternoon sortie

Jacob was sitting with a couple of the other pilots. They'd just finished a light lunch and were finishing a drink. The other two, Moritz Brenner and Emil Nebgen were arguing, they frequently argued, but today's topic was a new one, as far as Jacob was concerned anyway.

Brenner, 24, was a smallish Berliner, he'd enlisted in 1914 and been posted to the naval marines until inactivity made him apply for pilot training in early 1916. His father ran a restaurant in Berlin and had several high placed connections. The application was therefore a formality and Brenner ended up with MFJ1 after 12 months flying recon sorties.

Nebgen was the polar opposite, a swarthy, dark set former builder from Oldenburg, he was busy building up a good business when war came. He became a gunner and was stationed near Zeebrugge. He badgered superiors and ended up an observer with a marine recon squadron until getting pilot training in 1917.

They argued that often they had a nickname around the Jasta, 'der zwei alte damen'....the two old ladies.

Now they were arguing about patrol heights, why were MFJ1 always below the enemy. Brenner was adamant it was due to poor planning, whereas Nebgen maintained it was because the enemy was flying across to our lines and further and therefore had time to gain maximum height.

Jacob knew the truth was somewhere in between but said nothing.

He was about to grab some more drink when the airfield alarm started ringing and he could already hear nearby flak guns firing.

He ran out and saw a large formation of aircraft approaching the airfield. He shouted to the mechanics to ready his aircraft. Fortunately several aircraft were lined up, fueled and armed ready for their afternoon sortie.

Jacob and several other pilots took off quickly and started climbing. The weather was perfect again and Jacob clearly saw the enemy aircraft who were now overhead.

As he climbed he saw several aircraft break away from the rest and dive down towards the Albatrosse and Jacob recognised them as Camels.

'Here we go, below them again' thought Jacob as the enemy swooped onto them.

Jacob avoided their attacks and came around looking for an opening. He dived onto one Camel but they rolled away and Jacob climbed back up. Just then he saw another Camel about to attack a kamerad below him. He swooped onto the unsuspecting Camel and fired a burst into him. He then came around as the Camel tried to flee and put another good burst into him. The Camel spun down out of control and smashed into the ground below.

Jacob looked around and saw the remaining Camels running for home. He formed up with a nearby Albatros and made his way home.

It was Saschenberg himself alongside as Jacob landed a short while later. Jacob climbed down as Saschenberg came over.

"I saw you dive on that tommy Jacob, you probably saved that German's life back there. I saw you bring that Camel down too. I'll be confirming that one myself Jacob" explained the Oberleutenant.

They walked in together.

Later on Saschenberg explained that the SE5 couldn't be confirmed from the morning sortie but the Camel brought Jacob's total to four confirmed kills.

Saschenberg finished by confirming he would be mentioning Jacob personally in his report to headquarters.

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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."
#4563988 - 04/12/21 08:03 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Feldwebel Helmut Adler Mitteleuer
Jasta 48, Ham/Eppeville, Flanders.

I think I'm beginning to understand the bad reputation of the Pfalz scout. This thing barely holds off from falling to the ground mid fight.
We've had two sorties today, both marked by heavy enemy engagement. First one, 7 in the morning probably. We were heating our engines prior to takeoff, when we heard the terrifying sound of engines coming from behind us. So we looked above, and a flight of SPADs was just dashing over our heads. We took off tempestively in an attempt to take them out, where a low altitude furball engaged upon merging. Once we split, I found myself in a sandwich. A Paulie in front of me, another one behind. As I was dashing desperately trying to bring the chaser into an overshoot, a tingering pain began raising in my left shoulder. A bullet had just scraped off my arm, lacerating both the leather jacket and the skin. I was in pain, but I couldn't abandon my comrades to their fate. So I kept fighting, my chaser quickly lost interest in me as all the individual fights were beginning to veer off from one another. As I turned the other way around, looking for my fellow airmen in an attempt to aid them, I saw van den der Zigler veer to one side, falling and bashing into the ground as his attacker began taking altitude. Seeing a comrade falling woke up in me a deep determination, as I quickly turned to engage the SPAD. I landed a few hits, but the faster, sturdier opponent was already RTBing towards his lines. I began my landing approach, as I saw the rest of my Schwarm already in the process. We all landed without mishaps. Once on the ground, I announced the fatal end of our friend Hugo. After I got my arm bandaged, me and Küppers went on a walk along with a couple of mechanics to retrieve the destroyed aircraft, which would've ended up scrapped, and the body of our fallen brother. We buried him as soon as we brought him back to the airfield, full of military honours.


Our second sortie was a friendly lines patrol, me again as the Schwarmführer. We took off, climbed, and upon arriving to No Man's land we quickly spotted a massive flight of SPADs coming in onto our direction. Our morale was underground, we were in 4, they were in 6. My first thought was that to retreat and go back to the airfield, but they reached us too quick. We had to fight. Upon merging I immediately got a stubborn Paulie on my tail, the guy wasn't in the mood for sparing me. Many bullets hit my crate, although they miracoulously didn't hit any fatal part. After 5 minutes of fighting, I had lost much of my altitude, reaching, from around 4200m, an altitute of just 1600. The Frenchman arrogantly decided to leave me be, thinking I'd crash on my own. As I was closing onto Eppeville, I spotted above me 3 planes. They didn't seem to see me, so I tried to sneak below them; as soon as I thought the danger was over, one of them dived onto me, hitting the fuel tank. I had had enough. Instead of disengaging, I gave the guy a tough fight for his prey, forcing him to disengage after a while. At the same exact moment, my engine shut down, as most of the fuel had now became a black and sticky rain for our soldiers down in the trenches. I crash landed into a field, around 2kms far from our airfield but pretty close to a farm. I asked for welcoming inside, as I took back a breath before walking my way to Eppeville. The mechanics were surprisingly comprehensive towards me, and said I could avoid the pain of helping them recover my fallen crate.
I was extremely happy to know none of my comrades had died.

On a sidenote, weather seems to be getting a tad better than the previous days. Maybe a good sign?

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#4564017 - 04/12/21 11:44 PM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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NR, hopefully Rudi will hit 80 before MvR.
Bollocks indeed! What’s this with the rejected claims? British usually credit their pilots with enemy planes that went upside down. Such injustice. Oh well, at least Dean gets to ogle the nurses.

Albert, BHaH2 makes grey days darker? I haven’t noticed, but you might be right. That mist on the horizon seems to be closer now than it used to be in the last edition. Perhaps that’s the secret of better performance everyone is raving about?
Well done on bagging that SE5! Hopefully someone somewhere had seen it go down to confirm Jacob’s claims.
Then comes the raid and our Flugmeister shines in front of the C.O.’s eyes. That boy is going places! Congrats on the confirmed Camel and better luck next time on that SE5.
As to the patrol heights, Tybelsky’s take on this is: “- They do it on purpose. It’s difficult to spot an enemy plane below you, but much easier to find him against the bright sky. Let the enemy do all the hard work and come down to you. You then jump on his back ... and shoot him down.”

Kebab, a tough day for Fw Mitteleuer. Those SPADs don’t kid around. Hopefully the young pilot will learn from his experiences.

12 April, 1918 10:45
Balatre, Flanders Sector
Jasta 19, JG II
Oberleutnant Rudolf Emil Fuchs EK1, HHO, PLM
77 confirmed kills

Two of Rudi’s claims from yesterday have been confirmed.
The weather was finally improving. Blue skies greeted Jasta pilots on their way to support ground forces north of Remaugies. As they circled over their assigned area Fuchs noticed Flak bursts over a troop camp and directed his Schwarm in that direction. He continued to track it without realizing a couple of silver Strutters were approaching head on to his starboard. He quickly adjusted his heading and jumped headlong into the furball. He fired at one of the biplanes but disengaged after seeing others have already targeted it. There was another one nearby and Rudi swooped behind and atracked. He landed a few rounds but had to dive under to avoid return fire. This cat and mouse game continued for a few more rounds and the pesky Strutter persisted on evading its fate but finally Fuchs crippled the enemy with the final volleys and watched it go down in No-Man’s Land. Rudi decided then that the job was done, no more enemy planes around and the Schwarm earned their keep for another day. It was back to base soon after.

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Tybelsky and Fuchs were assigned to the early morning patrol tomorrow. The two men were sharing the room and were already in bed by 10:30. Albert hated waking up early. “- I hate those dawn patrols.” He yawned. “- Let’s get some early shuteye before those infernal night bombings begin. Gute Nacht Rudi.”
Fuchs was used to the nocturnal enemy activity. They rarely hit anything and if they did, they’ve made any serious damage. He drifted off. It felt like he’d just closed his eyes when Flak began to explode overhead.
“- Do you hear this?” Rudi was sitting up in his bed.
“- Mmmmm ... far away, go ... sleep.” Tybelsky was beginning to snore again.
He was right the sound of the aero engine seemed to be coming from a “safe” distance away. Then he heard an explosion.
“- Heh, heh! As usual, off the mark.” Rudi thought to himself and was already falling asleep.
There was a whistling sound and another explosion. This time closer. And another. This one came very close. The next explosion threw earth and debris on top of the tin roof of their hut. Rudi and Albert jumped out of their beds and ran out onto the airfield. More explosions. Men running in all directions.
“- What the hell is happening!” Tybelsky was looking for the closest shelter. The two men jumped into the trench prepared for such attacks.
“- Gott Verdammt! These are not aerial bombs! It’s the long range artillery!” Rudi realized it wasn’t a bomber they heard earlier but a spotter aircraft.
The shells continued to drop on the airfield.


"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."
#4564028 - 04/13/21 02:08 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Walter Ludwick Spatenbrau
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Bohain, Flanders.

DECEASED KIA KAPUT END OF THE ROAD ATE IT Took the Long Ride.
1 Victory
1 Unconfirmed
1 pending

April 12, 1918.

My kette ( 4 a/c ) was on a Balloon hunt. and ended up flying in between 2 flights of Scouts . The 10 a/c in 2 stacks were behind and diving on us we were dead meat. I turned into them hoping to take one out, but he turned and dove as another dropped on my tail firing. Thankfully my pilot was DOA as a Fire started then the long plunge into the fields below.

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#4564030 - 04/13/21 02:12 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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Look Like the Letter " M " for me. Maybe a Frenchie Pilot.

#4564045 - 04/13/21 04:50 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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#4564059 - 04/13/21 09:41 AM Re: Deep Immersion DiD campaign -- Player Instructions (UPDATED 28 Nov 2018) [Re: Raine]  
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TWK - Two intense missions for Mitteleuer there (is there any other way in 1918 BHAH II world). Taking a fleisch wound and watching a kamerad fall and then taking damage and gliding in in the afternoon, all in a day's work for fighter pilots in April 1918. Trying that sneak attack was a dangerous idea, especially when they'd let you go, and you got their blood up it seems.

Fullofit - yes it's that mist, it fades to grey as old Steve Strange said. So two out of six confirmed, that's annoying, it's like they grew tired of sifting through all of the debris. But you know you got them and they certainly know you got them.

Good job on the Strutter, they're just not giving up so you made one, permanently give up.

Now Rudi's digs are within enemy artillery range best get those guns zeroed and wiped out sharpish. That's not a way for a 77 kill uberkanone to die.

Carrick - Nooo! Poor Spatenbrau, fine beer maker and collector of nurses. We salute 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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