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    Default OTT-DYM Mission 7: Dit Fromage! 19 February 1916 {Stumptonian}

    19 February 1916

    Jasta 24 “Adler” squadron headquarters.

    Irgendwelche Fragen?” <Any Questions >

    Obltn Bernhard Wienand looks around the assembled aircrews.
    He has just given them their orders for the day.

    Two Albatros C.III are to photograph the French fort at Douaumont, near Verdun, and the surrounding area.

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    Alles klar.” < understood >
    ObLtn Moritz Melbeck confirms the mission.
    He will command one of the C.III – his favourite pale blue machine, along with his regular Observer, Ltn Ewald Engelbrecht.

    The other C.III will be crewed by pilot Fwbl Siegfried Nixdorf and Observer Ltn Leonard Wiechers.

    Zwei Fotos der Festung und zwei in jeder Richtung um die Festung herum.“
    < Two photos of the fortress and two in each direction around the fortress. >
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    Winenand reminds the Albatros crews.
    ‘Vier Fokker E.III werden Sie begleiten.“
    < Four Fokker E.III will accompany you. >

    Stellen Sie sicher, dass sie zurückkehren.“
    < Make certain they return >

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    Douaumont can be seen in the distance.
    Die Adler hope they can get in and out before the forward observers can announce their presence.

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    They approach nervously. Even hardened veterans can feel ‘stage fright’ before a mission like this.

    Then a bright flare can be seen bursting in the air ahead of them.
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    “Wir wurden gesehen!”
    < we have been seen >

    Actually, not so much seen as heard.
    Six aircraft in formation do make quite a racket …

    Note: a roll of 6 had then discovered right off the bat.

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    Engelbrecht gets a photo of the Eastern approach.

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    Wiechers also gets a photograph of the Eastern sector.

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    Turn 3: the RFC roll a 5 – the second wave will arrive in turn 5.

    Englebrecht takes his second photo.

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    Wiechers gets a good close shot of the fort itself.

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    And then another.

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    Nearly running into Nixdorf’s C.III Engelbrecht also gets a close photo of the fort.
    Insurance?

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    Turn 4 – Right on schedule, Australians 2Lt Percy Herbert and 2Lt Stanley Pateman arrive in CDL DH.2s, just behind Rookie Ltn Karsten Rüdiger in the pale green Eindecker and Ltn Till Huebner in his darker green machine.

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    Another pair of Fokkers approach – Ltn Günther Giesebrecht and Ltn Felix Eisenhardt.

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    Herbert is unnerved by the sight of the Fokkers closing.

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    Herbert gets first blood!

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    Rüdiger, still somewhat a green pilot - to go with his livery perhaps? – fires at Herbert
    Tikka tik ….

    First time firing his weapon it has jammed!

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    Turn 5 finds 2Lt James Mackay, finally back in action after 5 weeks in recovery, and his new wingman 2Lt Charles Gordon, arriving in their PC10 DH.2s

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    Pateman attacks the brown C.III of Nixdorf & Wiechers, achieving a decent amount of damage.
    Huebner retaliates from his E.III

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    Eisenhardt fires at Mackay’s DH.2
    Tikka tikka tik
    Another jam!

    Mackay fires a steady burst back
    Da da da da

    His Lewis does moderate damage, but then ..
    “Flammen!”

    Eisenhardt sees flames flicker from a fuel line.

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    Da da da da
    Gordon’s Lewis rakes Giesebrecht’s Fokker.

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    Tight combat finds Mackay barely avoiding the burning E.III

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    Like partners in a choreographed piece Giesebrecht and Gordon have their own dance.

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    Herbert fires a long shot at Huebner but appears to have missed.

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    Pateman gets in close to the C.III
    Da da da da
    Nixdorf’s rudder seems to slacken.
    Luckily the left side still feels functional.

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    Pateman gets too close for comfort and is unable to add to the Albatros’s worries.

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    And, again, Gordon follows the program …

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    Turn 6: 2Lt Robert Lewis and Canadian 2Lt Edward Duke arrive in Nieuport 11s that have been ‘acquired for consideration’ from the French Escadrille 67.

    Eisenhardt sees them closing and the flames are no longer his only worry.

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    But the flames are definitely on his mind as they eat up fabric.

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    Wiechers puts aside his camera for a moment and gets of a solid burst at the DH.2 of Pateman.

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    Engelbrecht manages to keep his concentration and take another photo, this one of the Western sector.

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    Seconds later …
    Da da da da
    Gordon damages the Albatros and smoke begins to curl from the engine area.
    “Rauch …” Melbeck remembers his last outing and dreads the possibility of fire.
    Like his adversary Mackay he missed several weeks in recovery

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    Pateman switches targets.
    Da da da da
    Melbeck’s rudder is now definitely slackened and may not be able to turn to the right at all.

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    Herbert fires at Rüdiger
    Da da da da
    Missed completely!

    Tikka tikka tikka
    Rüdiger returns the compliment and is rewarded by his effort – the DH.2 Gnôme Monosoupape engine begins to cough and sputter.
    “Crikey!” Herbert realizes his combat sortie must come to a close – and fast!

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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Giesebrecht comes at Herbert from behind and does yet more damage.

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    Da da da da
    Duke does almost identical damage to the burning Fokker of Eisenhardt.
    The Oberursel U.I engine starts mirroring Herbert’s Gnôme.
    Even if Eisenhardt can extinguish the flames he must now head back to the Jasta airfield.

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    Tikka tikka tik …
    Melbeck fires his LMG 08/15 causing minimal damage to Mackay’s DH.2 before yet another German gun has jammed.

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    Still fighting the flames, Eisenhardt has cleared his jam and manages an opportune shot at Gordon.

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    Tikka Tikka
    Huebner fires at Herbert and gives the DH.2 pilot some control problems for a change.

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    Da da da da
    Lewis fires at the blue C.III
    Melbeck sees new flames along with the earlier smoke.
    And if that were not enough, now his Argus As.III engine is severely compromised as well.
    “Wir müssen zu unserer Basis zurückkehren!“ < we must return to our base > Melbeck shouts back at Engelbrecht.

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    Can Eisenhardt’s day possibly get any worse?
    Da da da …
    Duke starts to curse “Oh for F….” as his Lewis jams.
    But Eisenhardt lets out a yelp as hot lead pierces his side.

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    Putting his camera duties aside, Engelbrecht fires at Gordon.
    Da da da
    The Englishman’s turn for rudder issues and smoke.

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    Tikka tikk ..
    Da da d….


    Nixdorf and Mackay trade identical damage as each of their guns jam.
    Their curses drown each other out.

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    Unbelievable!
    Wiechers fires his Parabellum at Pateman and a third set of identical damage is revealed.
    Another damn jam!

    * And how is it that “Bullet Checker” Huebner never draws these green jams???

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    Tikka tikka
    Rüdiger fires at Gordon but misses.

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    Tikka tikka
    Giesebrecht hits Duke’s Nieuport causing minor damage.

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    Tikka tikka
    Still burning, Eisenhardt puts some holes into Lewis’s fabric.

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    Back to business, Wiechers takes a photo of the North sector.

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    Streaming both smoke and flame, Melbeck fights the Albatros fire with the maneuvers he has stressed with his pilots.

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    Eisenhardt passes right in front of Duke, also hoping to slow the flames down.
    Luckily Duke’s Lewis is jammed.
    But then ….

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    The fire has done enough damage and Eisenhardt struggles to get his Fokker to the ground.

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    Click!
    Herbert finishes the Lewis drum swap, but turns away from the green Fokker.
    He hopes his engine has enough left to get him home.

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    Duke turns and almost runs into Giesebrecht!
    “Jeesus H. ….”

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    Mackay cuts right in front of the brown C.III
    Double luck – he avoids collision and Nixdorf’s gun is still jammed, although he would not have been able to fire from so close anyway.

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    Rüdiger targets the lead DH.2 of Gordon.
    Tikka tikka
    Just a bit of fabric.

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    Herbert continues his escape.
    At least if his engine dies he will not have a Fokker on his tail.

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    Rüdiger narrowly avoids Pateman and gets of another quick burst at Gordon*

    *Hmmm this should have been +1

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    Lewis fires his Lewis at the C.III
    Wiechers is helpless – both of the Albatros guns are jammed.
    Da da da d…
    Another (green!) jam …

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    Melbeck steers the still-burning C.III away from the action toward some low clouds.

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    The flames seems to be subsiding but then hit a patch of fuel!

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    Melbeck tries to control the Albatros but is disoriented and cannot see for the smoke.
    The C.III slams into the ground and disintegrates.

    French poilus attempt to get to the crewmen but the flames are too intense.

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    Wiechers does what he does best and gets another photo.

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    Giesebrecht gets a solid strike on Pateman

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    Huebner whiffs at Gordon.

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    Rüdiger fires again at Lewis.
    Another miss.

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    Giesebrecht tries again with a long shot at Pateman.
    Goose egg this time.

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    Huebner follows Gordon’s smoking DH.2 and gets a hit.

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    Duke comes straight and Nixdorf’s C.III
    Da da da
    Some damage to the wing.
    Tikka tikka
    “Aaaarggh!”

    A bullet rips through Duke’s right side.
    He feels the blood seeping through his shirt and realizes it’s time to break off and leave the Albatros for his comrades.

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    Tikka tik …

    Rüdiger just can’t buy any luck today.
    Lewis sees some slight damage, but the young German’s gun has jammed.
    “Nochmal!” < Again! >

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    Da da da ..
    Wiechers fires at Duke.
    The Parabellum suddenly stops – another jam!

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    Pateman nervously checks behind him.
    Giesebrecht cannot hold his fire and ends up wasting a few rounds.

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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner gets a decent hit on Gordon's DH.2, enough to force the smoking machine back to base.

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    Giesebrecht is nothing if not stubborn in his pursuit of Pateman.
    Tikka tikka tikka
    “Well that’s carked it!” Pateman lets his frustration be heard as he feels his DH.2 give way.
    Giesebrecht has his third kill, but the intensity of the chase has wiped that from his thoughts.

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    Pateman guides his DH.2 to the ground as best he can.

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    Da da da
    Gordon tries to get his own back at Huebner but to no avail.

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    Gordon can see the green Eindecker much better now that the smoke has subsided, but saves his ammo knowing Huebner is just outside his arc of fire.

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    Rüdiger’s frustration is building.
    What could have been a perfect shot at Lewis’s N.11 is thwarted.
    “Ich brauche einen größeren Hammer!“ < I need a bigger hammer! >

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    Huebner performs a Split-S just in time to see Lewis pull an Immelmann on Rüdiger.

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    Da da da da da
    Lewis empties his Lewis into the unfortunate rookie, dead in his sights.
    Rüdiger is riddled with bullets.
    And then a catastrophic BOOM as his fuel tank explodes!

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    Karsten Rüdiger has flown his last mission.
    „Ohne Pech hätte er überhaupt kein Glück“ < if not for bad luck he would have no luck at all >
    For the third time in as many missions he has been knocked from the sky.

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    Giesebrecht hangs on to Gordon like a Rottweiler.
    Tikka tikka tikka
    “Sie werden dieses Mal nicht entkommen!“ < You will not escape this time! >

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    The DH.2 has had enough for one day.
    Gordon manages to control his aircraft while the thin trees snap around him.
    Giesebrecht has his fourth kill, but again the intensity of the combat obscures his count.


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    Da da da
    Mackay puts some lead into the brown Albatros.
    Da da da
    Wiechers fires a steady stream back and sees Mackay noticeably jerk in his seat.
    Another Bulldog with a wound serious enough to force a return to base.

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    Speaking of wounded pilots returning to base …
    2Lt Edward Duke sneaks his Nieuport away unnoticed.

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    Seeing the DH.2 has not turned to follow them, Wiechers calmly, as he is known to do, takes a second photo of the North quadrant.

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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner is getting frustrated. He is due for another kill.
    He wills his bullets toward the Nieuport and damages the rudder.
    Lewis finishes swapping his namesake drum.

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    Just in time to unload at Giesebrecht’s E.III
    Da da da da
    Rudder damage and … is that? “Yes!”
    “Feuer … nicht schon wieder …” < Fire … not again … >
    Giesebrecht will again have to deal with a burning aircraft.

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    Trying not to dwell on the flames, Giesebrecht fires at a DH.2 crossing right in front of him.
    Tikka tikka
    Mackay slumps in his cockpit.
    A bullet has passed right through his heart.

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    The DH.2 falls awkwardly to the ground below.
    And, unknown to him, Giesebrecht has his fifth kill!

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    Da da da da
    Lewis hits Giesebrecht’s flaming Fokker and sees a second stream of smoke begin to flow down the fuselage.
    “Can’t be long now …”

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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner desperately tries to help his fellow Adler.
    Lewis has almost no rudder control left.

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    Lewis flies past the Fokker and empties his drum into the C.III
    The Albatros is near its damage limit and Nixdorf must look toward home base.

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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner is too far away to do any real damage. Hit bullets fly harmlessly past the Nieuport.

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    Giesebrecht knows the drill.
    He flits side to side to control the flames.

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    Wiechers gets one last photo of the East sector. He looks up to see the Nieuport flying straight at him.
    Luckily Lewis is in the midst of swapping out his Lewis drum.

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    Lewis is nearly finished the Lewis drum swap – will he get a chance to fire?

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    Lewis looks up to click the drum into place and nearly collides with his intended target.

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    Giesebrecht can barely breathe as he continues to fight the flames.

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    Lewis ducks into the C.IIIs blind spot.

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    Lewis has been disoriented by the ammunition swap. The Albatros has turned away and he now finds himself out of position.
    He sees a green Fokker closing.

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    Giesebrecht has run out of luck.
    The flames flare up ….

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    …. And the Fokker goes down!
    Giesebrecht climbs awkwardly from the cockpit, avoiding the flames as best he can.
    As the flames eat up what’s left of his aircraft he is thankful that the Frenchmen will not be able to get any useful information from it.
    Just then a voice comes from behind …
    “Mains en l'air, allemand!”

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    With Huebner guarding his exit, Nixdorf flies the C.III away from the area.
    “Wir müssen diese Fotos sicher zurückbekommen.“ < We must get these photos back >
    „Wir haben teuer dafür bezahlt...“ < we have paid dearly for them >

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    Huebner sees the Nieuport turn and quickly sets off to join Nixdorf and Wiechers.

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    Just two Adler are returning.
    “Auf jeden Fall ein hoher Preis ...“ < Definitely a high price >

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    Lewis has time to think on his solitary flight back to base.
    He has three kills to his credit, but does not feel like bragging about them.
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    Butcher’s Tally

    Adler

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    Fokker E.III

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    Ltn Felix Eisenhardt SD FLM WIA ET
    C&W roll 6 -2 FLM -1 WIA =3 : Injured 1D6(6) : Skip 6
    E&E roll 10 -1 BEL -1 FLM -1 WIA -1 WIC =6 : In Hiding 1D2(6) = Skip 2
    Total : Skip 6 The campaign is virtually over for Eisenhardt.

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    Albatros C.III SD FLM ET
    5 photos destroyed in crash (E S F N W)

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    Pilot ObLtn Moritz Melbeck
    C&W roll 4 -2 FLM =2 : KIA

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    Observer Ltn Ewald Engelbrecht
    C&W roll 2 -2 FLM =0 : KIA

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    Fokker E.III

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    Ltn Karsten Rüdiger
    EXP WIA ET

    C&W roll 6 -3 EXP -1 WIA =2 : KIA

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    Fokker E.III

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    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht
    SD FLM ET 3 Kills (DH.2 – Pateman, Gordon, Mackay)
    C&W roll 10 -2 FLM =8 : Injured 1D2(1) = Skip 1
    E&E roll 7 -1 BEL -1 FLM -1 WIC =4 : Captured and Escaped 1D3(2)= Skip 1
    Total : Skip 1

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    Fokker E.III

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    Ltn Till Huebner RTB

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    Albatros C.III
    10 photos successfully returned : E F F S S W W N E

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    Pilot: Fwbl Siegfried Nixdorf - RTB
    Observer: Leonard Wiechers - RTB

    Bulldogs

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    DH.2

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    2Lt Stanley Pateman
    SD FT
    C&W roll 8 -1 SD =7 : Injured 1D2(1) = Skip 1

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    DH.2

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    2Lt Charles Gordon
    SD FT
    C&W roll 6 -1 SD =5 : Injured 1D3(2) = Skip 1

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    DH.2

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    2Lt James Mackay 1 Kill (E.III Eisenhardt)
    SD FT WIA x 2
    C&W roll 4 -1 SD -2 WIA =1 : KIA

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    DH.2

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    2Lt Percy Herbert
    FRTB-E

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    Nieuport N.11

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    2Lt Edward Duke
    FRTB-W
    C&W roll : 10 +1 Landed -1 WIA =10 : “All is well.”

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    2Lt Robert Lewis
    RTB – 3 kills (C.III Melbeck/Engelbrecht, E.III Rüdiger, E.III Giesebrecht)

    Result

    Bulldogs

    1 C.III = 2
    2 E.III = 2
    Total : 4

    Eagles

    3 DH.2 = 3
    2 Fort x 2 = 4
    8 Compass = 8
    Total : 15

    Resounding Eagle Victory!
    But at great cost.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    What a marathon!
    Two Days to play and hours to write up.
    I took about 130 photos!

    A Black Day for the Adler

    3 KIA – including my primary character, Rookie Karsten Rüdiger, and the commander of the Zweisitzer group and his partner.
    That really knocked the wind out of my sails, especially Rüdiger. I was hoping to have an interesting storyline for him, but he kept getting injured, every time out!

    Eisenhardt will sit out for six, so that’s the end of the campaign for him as well.

    Giesebrecht is my second ace in this campaign – luckily he will only miss one mission so that is one bright spot at least.
    (although technically there are only four more missions left for the scouts since the next one is to be all 2-seaters)

    Even my Bulldogs did not get away unscathed, with Mackay KIA in his first mission back after a long absence.
    The bright spot for them was Lewis, with 3 kills in his first sortie.

    It was a good mission, Paul.
    The cards and die rolls just did not cooperate for me this time out.

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    Holy wotsit Pete ! More jams than at a Vicar's afternoon tea with the W.I.... !
    No wonder you're tired, I was exhausted just reading it. Another epic, bloody encounter over the trenches, well done sah.

    Onkel says:


    I am in awe of your efforts and sacrifice today - the information required has been obtained but only at great cost to the Kaiser's Eagles. I salute you all.
    The actions of Ltn Günther Giesebrecht have been brought to the attention of HQ and he has been awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class When he gets back will will be in a mood to party
    I'm sure that devil in that Nieuport will get something for his efforts too (MID & CdGs); we'll have to look out for him.

    (Pete PM me Giesebrecht's ace skill from the OTT list & replacement pilots/crew you need)
    Last edited by flash; 07-19-2019 at 05:05.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Ye Gods Pete! That was a very bloody set too!
    Lots of Fires & Wounds & I lost count of the number of Jambs.
    Your Eagles delivered to Goods (photos) but at a huge cost.
    Great dramatic & entertaining AAR.
    Well deserved Rep on its way.

    "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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    That was a fight and then some. Wow! Tight spot too getting any photos back in a one remaining, badly damaged 2-seater. But bad luck being spotted on the 1st turn.

    Look at the bright side...you’ve cleared your roster for the next ‘flight of death mission’.

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    A burst of BOC Don't fear the Reaper might be appropriate at this time Pete

    Glad you enjoyed the spat costly as it was.


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    A burst of BOC Don't fear the Reaper might be appropriate at this time Pete
    I have the Agents of Fortune LP with that track but always preferred the cover of Secret Treaties with the Me-262 (never bought it, though)

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    A black day indeed. I can heard Säugerjäger shouting:

    Eisenhardt verwundet und wochenlang außer Gefecht.
    Melbeck getötet
    Engelbrecht getötet
    Rüdiger getötet
    Giesebrecht fast gefangen

    Wie kann das Oberstleitung dies möglicherweise als Sieg bezeichnen? Ja, im Krieg ist ein Preis zu zahlen, aber manchmal ist die Mission die Kosten einfach nicht wert.

    {Eisenhardt wounded, and out of action for weeks.
    Melbeck killed
    Engelbrecht killed
    Rüdiger killed
    Giesebrecht nearly captured

    How can the High command possibly call this a victory? Yes, there is a price to be paid in war, but sometimes, the mission is just not worth the cost.}

    Worth the rep, though.

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    Thanks, Sam.
    Having readers enjoy the take and post comments makes it all worthwhile.


    Just sent Dave my replacements.

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    Wow Pete, what a mammoth game, incredibly dramatic, as others have said, jams galore, heroics and death a plenty. Excellent AAR, everything was clear, I could see what was happening and your descriptions were spot on.

    Is this a new mat, I dont remember seeing it before, looks very nice, the planes stand out much better than on the Ares mats, did you have it printed or is it commercially available? Now i have a bigger table i need a bigger mat, but can't face making another, this might be the answer.

    Sorry to see so many of your pilots KIA, especially your Rookie.

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    Thanks, John.
    It was tough rolling those C&W and E&E results, but I knew there was not a lot of hope after booms and fires.
    I have used that mat occasionally, but it was the first time in this campaign.
    I thought it would work well for this scenario and it did.
    I had it printed on a blanket - an idea I got from Zoe Brain in Australia.

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    Ye Gods Pete - that was a veritable blood bath. Three of your own KIA and one of the Bulldogs too, plus Eisenhardt out for six. Makes my recent losses look pretty tame by comparison. Commiserations buddy, particularly for the loss of Obltn Melbeck RIP. Tough fight that one and no mistake. Full marks and more for the report and pics. Congrats for that Not sure if the result was compensation enough, but well done anyway.

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    Yeeeouch! That was a bloody encounter for all involved. What a brutal marathon.

    A pilot from each side stood out and had quite the day of shooting. I'm eagerly waiting for the day Lewis and Giesebrecht face off.



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