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    Hi, My interest in world war 1 aviation started back in the sixties with Victor comics, Airfix models, and Biggles.
    During the early eighties I joined Cross and Cockade and generally kept up my interest by talking to lots of veterans of WW1 including pilots / mechanics. In the air, Chidlaw Roberts was a great influence and talked about his brush with Voss that resulted in his crash into our lines. On the ground, Tom Smalley a first class air mechanic with 23 Squadron, a greatly missed friend recalled his experiences.
    Towards the end of the eighties I helped organise talks with WW2 pilots at Elvington just outside of York including Kayll, Johnson, Gunther Rall, Gabreski, and many more.
    I love wargaming and WW1 aviation has been my thing for many years. I’ve written a set of rules called Always Above and illustrated it with photography from my collection. Wings of War aircraft are superb.
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    Welcome! You have had an interesting background, enjoy the crew here!

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    Thanks JB

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    Hi John, welcome from Essex.
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    Good Afternoon and thanks JB

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    Welcome to the 'Drome' John. I'm sure you will enjoy this site. Fly safe and always watch your six!
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    Greetings John from Leicestershire, I envy you all the fun you are going to have.

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    Welcome to you John, from a wet Bristol today

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    Always good to welcome another member from t’North.. welcome aboard and what are you doing weekend around 27th September when we are having our annual gathering at Doncaster

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    Welcome, John, from Portland, Oregon.
    It sounds like you have quite the background to enjoy the site and the game.
    Those rules you wrote have certainly piqued my interest.
    Are they available anywhere online?
    I enjoy seeing how different games handle the mechanics of air-to-air combat.

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    Bienvenue from Brittany John Interested in your rules set . Any chance of trying them out ?
    Paul


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    A belated welcome from the HQ. Just got back after a spot of R&R. Where are you located? Perhaps close enough for a game or two.

    Neil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Welcome, John, from Portland, Oregon.
    It sounds like you have quite the background to enjoy the site and the game.
    Those rules you wrote have certainly piqued my interest.
    Are they available anywhere online?
    I enjoy seeing how different games handle the mechanics of air-to-air combat.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m a great enthusiast of the D10 dice and it’s roll in air combat. I’ve worked on these rules for quite a few years, after talking to pilots from WW1 and WW2 one thing came up all the time was they were shooting at the machine not the man.
    Hitting the enemy aircraft with as many bullets as possible and not aimed at any specific part. Always Above will be available next week as a download from Empires at War.

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    Welcome to the Aerodrome, John, from here near Norwich.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. JB

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    I'm now thinking, would this be the same John who used to be a member of the Newbiggen Club with his son Alex?
    See you on the Dark Side......

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    Just popped in to welcome you formally to the UK Wing John.
    I see you are already firmly ensconced in the Mess with the rest of the chaps. We would love to meet you at Doncaster in September for our annual weekend bash.
    First round is on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    I'm now thinking, would this be the same John who used to be a member of the Newbiggen Club with his son Alex?
    The very same, hi Neil.

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    Hello John. Glad you joined this happy crew.

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    Hi Paul, just checked rules for Always Above are Available from Empires At War. love to know what you think . JB
    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    Bienvenue from Brittany John Interested in your rules set . Any chance of trying them out ?
    Paul

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    welcome to the drome John!!!

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    Thanks Philip ,I’m enjoying the friendly atmosphere and shared interest,in a subject that has been with me for a long time QUOTE=milcoll73;504973]welcome to the drome John!!![/QUOTE]

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    G'day John & welcome to the 'drome on behalf of the pilots who fly in NSW down in Australia.
    Sound as though you were very blessed to have been able to speak with all those pilots from both WW1 & WW2. Must have given you wonderful memories.
    Enjoy your visits here as there are so many great sections to explore.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    Sorry, missed this earlier. Greetings John - a welcome from Devon - have fun!

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    Hi John, welcome to the 'Drome!

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    Hi Barry, It was hard work in the days before the internet, hours of looking through telephone directories in libraries To find them and then asking if they wouldn’t mind me coming to talk to them . But yes it was great talking with my hero’s. I once had breakfast with Hajo Herman and Bob Doe ,Hajo asked where I lived and then said after I replied “ I bombed there “” thing is he had!. Wouldn’t have missed them for the world. JB

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    Welcome to the 'Drome from across the pond!

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    John
    Could you please post a link for the Empires At War website?

    Google searches bring up a plethora of Star Wars results.
    Thanks

    Pete
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    Hi Paul, just checked rules for Always Above are Available from Empires At War. love to know what you think . JB

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    Hi Pete, The rules can be found at https://empiresatwar.co.uk hope you enjoy them , JB

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    Hi Daniel , Glad to have joined this friendly few. JB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Always above View Post
    Hi Pete, The rules can be found at https://empiresatwar.co.uk hope you enjoy them , JB
    Thanks, John.
    I tried to order but their system seems to have issues with my US address.
    As it's a download I sent them a message - hopefully they can get it sorted out.

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    Hi Pete, could you give me your email address and I’ll get a set of the rules to you. JB

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    (welcoming head bobs) from the lizard here in the 'States.

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    PM Sent.
    Thanks, John.


    Quote Originally Posted by Always above View Post
    Hi Pete, could you give me your email address and I’ll get a set of the rules to you. JB



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