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    Preamble.

    As he climbed away "Skimmer" Stones looked back at the devastation that he had caused to the German airfield.


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    Not bad work for a cluster of Cooper bombs. the real luck had been the hit on the fuel storage tanks. The blaze had involved at least two hangers, one of which must have had munitions in it.

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    They finished the job most satisfactorily. Now all he had to do was get the crate back in on piece and face the wrath of Major Kyte.


    His mind wandered back to the previous day, when Kyte had gone ballistic over the bevy of Rookies who had been slipping off to bomb German airfields without permission. The Major had been most emphatic about what would happen to the next fool to try the stunt, and yet here he was over the lines with what amounted to a stolen aircraft under him.

    If only the chaps had not taken the Crossley into Germaine St. Dennis on that evening three weeks ago, they would never have met up with the French , got drunk, and accepted the silly challenge to see who could destroy the most Germans on the ground by the end of the month. Whatever Major Kyte had said, it was now a matter of honour for the Squadron no matter the consequences.

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    As he muse on this and approached the lines he was totally oblivious to the fact that something far more dangerous than the wrath of his Co. was about to decend upon him from above.

    Rob.
    Last edited by flash; 06-27-2019 at 12:16. Reason: prefix added
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    AAR Mission 4 - "Some Mothers do 'ave 'em."


    The first indication "Skimmer" had that all was not well occurred just as he spotted the German front lines. The chatter of Spandau's accompanied by a series of holes appearing in the cowling and the sloppiness of his Rudder control told him that all was not well in the workplace.



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    Ltn. Klaus O' Flaherty and his wingman Fritz Gruber had been stalking Stones ever since they spotted the smoke over the airfield they had left on patrol a few minutes before the attack. Now they had him in a crossfire and fully intended to make him pay for his insolence. this was the third such attack on their base this week.

    O'Flaherty's Irish ancestry had got the better of him and throwing all caution to the winds he swooped in to make his kill.
    Unfortunately, Gruber seized this moment to try some fancy flying of his own, and the two Fokkers nearly collided, totally spoiling Klaus' next shot.

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    As the two pilots sorted themselves out. "Skimmer* was relieved to see the Cavalry arriving in the distance in the form of Pete van der Maren and Womble Jessop.

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    By this point, "Skimmer" had dived over the lines, and with his Irish dander totally up O'Flaherty ignored the dictum of no flying over the enemy lines and lead the charge towards the enemy, opening fire as he went.

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    The whole scenario now dissolved into a series of dog fights.
    O'Flaherty got on the tail of * Skimmer pumping bullets into his machine. Van der Maren was caught out by Gruber, who did some damage to the tail of Pete's Morane, whilst receiving deflection fire himself from Jessop which missed his tail by a coat of paint.

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    With his growing skill in the air Pete ignored the hit and pulled a perfect Immelmann bringing Gruber smack into the middle of his sights, One press of the trigger and he was flying through the remains of what had been Gruber's Eindecker.

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    However, O'Flaherty was steadily shooting Stones to pieces in the air.

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    Whilst the remaining Brits re-organized themselves, yet another Dekker arrived on the scene.

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    Skimmer certainly stirred up a hornets' nest today Pete mused as he chased down O'Flaherty, and "Womble" was caught flat footed by the newcomer. Oblt. Ludwig Berr.

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    Pete now opened up his own gun on O'Flaherty's tail, but without any noticeable effect.

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    Fortunately, O'Flaherty was not doing any better with his attempt on "Skimmer" who was throwing his aircraft from side to side in a blind panic attempting to shake off the more experienced German pilot.

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    At last after pulling an Immelmann Womble got of a short but accurate burst into Berr's aircraft.

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    Unfortunately for Stones, Pete's guns took this moment to jam just as he was hosing O'Flaherty's tail.

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    Still above Stones, O'Flaherty rained down further destruction on his now very battered FE.

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    Meanwhile Pete was swinging out of the fray whilst desperately trying to un-jam his gun.

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    With Pete temporally out of the fight, the inevitable happened , and O'Flaherty got his kill. With his controls totally shot away, " Skimmer" failed to live up to his nickname, but emulated his surname, and fell like a stone into fields behind the British lines.

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    Whilst this drama was being enacted out, Oblt. Ludwig Berr who was more cognisant of the dictum about not crossing the lines, had stretched it as far as he dared and was now paralleling the front and attracting the attention of the British Archie gunners who seemed to have been very complacent up to this point.

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    As O'Flaherty waggled his wings over his victory and banked to extracate himself from the position and head home Pete finally got his gun sorted out and turned towards the enemy once more.

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    Still under sever Archie fire which was now getting his altitude, Berr also started to bear away from the onslaught.

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    Pete gradually cut inside the turning circle of O'Flaherty 's retreating Eindecker.

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    Suddenly, O'Flaherty found himself the centre of attention of both Moranes as he was caught in a withering cross fire which he returned on Jessop with interest.

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    As Jessop crossed Pete's line of fire Pete was put off for an instant and missed.

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    Berr was now taking avoiding action as the Archie chased him back over No Mans land.

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    By this time Pete had a clear shot at O'Flaherty and was putting in some damaging bursts.

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    Joined by Jessop who was still finding it hard to range in, van der Maren added to O'Flaherty's woe, as smoke erupted from the Germans engine.

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    Under pressure, O'Flaherty banked away from his primary tormentor. This was a mistake, as he did not realize that Pete's gun had just jammed for the second time. "Womble" was, however, under no such constraints, and with the first decent burst which he had managed to deliver during the whole shemozzle, neatly dispatched O'Flaherty's machine to the scrapheap.

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    Oblt. Ludwig Berr meanwhile completed a home run with the sad tidings of the demise of his colleagues. Kyte.
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    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Butcher's bill.


    Bulldogs.

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    2nd Lt. Peter van der Maren RTB 1 kill.

    F/Sgt Arthur "Womble" Jessop RTB/ 1Kill

    F/Sgt. George "Skimmer" Stones SD/ FT/ 0 Kills.[B]
    Rolled 10 -1 = 9 All well when you land well !

    Eagles.

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    Ltn. Klaus O' Flaherty. SD/ ET/ 1 Kill.
    Rolled 11 -1SD = 10 All well when you land well
    E&E: Rolled 8 -1BEL = 7 Landed almost home! - Skip 1 Scenario.

    Ltn Fritz Gruber EXP/ ET/ 0 Kills.
    Rolled 6 -3EXP = 3 - Injured - Skip 1D6 Scenarios. Rolled 6 = skip 6 scenario

    Oblt. Ludwig Berr RTB/ 0 Kills.

    Kyte.
    Last edited by flash; 06-29-2019 at 05:36.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    What a ride into the valley of the shadow Rob !

    Uncle says:

    Stones ! you are a weight about this squadrons neck ! Luckily for you, you annihilated the target and the lads bagged a Fokker or you'd be trudging down the road back to the trenches instead of being over them. Not only should you have not have taken a BE without permission you should still be in your bed recovering from your injuries from your last time out - I'd expect this sort of thing from the Australian but expected better from you !
    As it is, due to your wound and your flagrant disregard for orders you're grounded for three weeks - dismissed !
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    Those hangers and explosion markers look really good. Well done.

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    Thanks Gary. I enjoyed setting the scene. AAR hopefully by Friday if the workmen in the extension give me a bit more time off being tea boy etc.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Nice take on this one Rob - looking forward to seeing the next part Love the pics - especially the hangars. Are they home made or commercial?

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    Thanks Mike.
    Commercial hangers, wit some work on them to open the doors on some. (I only wanted to blow the bloody doors off.) The flat topped wooden ones in the background are only printed card ones.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Ace Boss . Love the models .


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Thanks Paul. The hardest bit was glazing the windows. Wonderful what you can do with the window in the front of the aircraft boxes.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Nice Hollywood intro Rob. And those damned rivalries, gonna get someone killed!

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    Mission 4 AAR now posted.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Ah, yes, those hotheaded "hold my beer" moments. Then again, that's what this scenario was designed for, wasn't it? Good take on the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Mission 4 AAR now posted.
    Rob.
    Uncle will be along on Saturday - doing an event a Bovington tomorrow

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    Ah, yes, those hotheaded "hold my beer" moments. Then again, that's what this scenario was designed for, wasn't it? Good take on the story.
    Thanks Sam.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Uncle will be along on Saturday - doing an event a Bovington tomorrow
    No hurry Uncle.
    Kyte is out of the Office from the morrow until Sunday evening. Something about shooting some King Charles Spaniels or Cavalier dogs or what not. I think they have been overrunning the airfield.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Well done Rob!
    2 jolly old Huns bite the dust.
    Will look forward to the survival rolls & to see if young Stones gets to front the Brass or gets a Head Stone.
    Rep is on its way old chap.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Might have been all three Baz if "Womble" had not wombled all over the sky, and got into action sooner. Still the same goes for Ludwig Berr who just seemed to fixate on Womble and just followed him like a stray dog. Still that is the vagaries of AI with the constraint of trying to avoid crossing the lines added in I suppose.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Nice explanation of the scenario and an enjoyable read as well as a lovely visual intro.

    Honours reasonably even depending on the die rolls, good luck with them.

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    Well flown old chap! Skimmer almost made it but paid for disobeying orders. If he survives more than his ears will be wrung. Awaiting the results of the Butcher.

    Lovely planes, especially the rigged Fokker.

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    Uncle has done

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Butcher's bill.

    *************************Snipped******************************

    Ltn. Klaus O' Flaherty. SD/ ET/ 1 Kill.
    Rolled 11 -1SD = 10 All well when you land well
    E&E: Rolled 8 -1BEL = 7 Landed almost home! - Skip 1 Scenario.

    Ltn Fritz Gruber EXP/ ET/ 0 Kills.

    Oblt. Ludwig Berr RTB/ 0 Kills.

    Kyte.
    So what happened to Herr Gruber?
    Last edited by flash; 06-29-2019 at 05:39.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Oh yeah, thanks Baz, I missed him in the scramble to get out the door this morning -
    He's out wounded for a long while... not that it matters much as Rob doesn't have an Eagles roster.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Started looking at this the other day before all the parts were in place.
    Love your intro - the hangars and explosives really pop.
    I like how you added to the basic Litko markers.
    I do need to make some proper ground targets like yours.


    I also really like your E.IIIs - especially Klaus O'Flaherty's (what a name, as well)


    Looks like Gruber is out until we are nearly done now - bad luck that draw.


    A great read - rep incoming.



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