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Thread: OTT DYM Mission 6 - Where's my Gunner? - 12th February 1916. Kyte.

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    Default OTT DYM Mission 6 - Where's my Gunner? - 12th February 1916. Kyte.

    It all seemed like a fairly straightforward mission to the Bulldogs as they flew over the lines, get in, get to the sights on the photos that the photo recon boys took, and bomb the living daylights out of the Huns on the ground with only the Archie to worry about. No balloons this mission to worry about.

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    Lead by Pete van der Maren in the DH2 nominally flown by the Major, and accompanying Oliver Tyne and air gunner Ben Nevis in their Gunbus, the other Gunbus flown by Burrington Combe had Ian Solent as bombardier, and top cover in there case was flown by Jim Wellard, just returned from a spell in hospital, but now fully recovered according to himself.
    The boys eventually identified the first of their targets whilst still out of range of the Archie defending the area.

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    What the did not see was a lone green aircraft climbing to meet them from their right.

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    Unaware of this menace Oliver Tyne picked his first target.

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    Bombs away chief shouted Nevis over the roar of their Monosoupape engine.
    To their left Ian Solent had also just delivered his little bundle of love.

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    That seemed to wake up the German AA but they were still just out of range.

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    However the green Eindecker was not out of range and opened up with a burst from his Parabellum.

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    The line of holes appearing in his right wing woke up Oliver to the fact that he was under fire,
    And ground fire did the same for Burrington as Archie burst just in front of his nose.

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    Meanwhile Pete came swiftly to the rescue of Oliver and with his first roundscreased the pilot of the green machine.

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    Stunned the Fokker pilot veered away.

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    At that moment the Bombs impacted spot on target and the Archie got active again.

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    Fortuitously Pete had just Immelled in pursuit of the Green Fokker and the Archie went wide.

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    Pete now got up close and cosy to the Fokker and treated him to a few more rounds from his MG.

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    Meanwhile ,Ian had also splashed his first target and both Gunbusses had released a second load on their second line targets.

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    As Pete continued to harry the Green Eindecker, a hit went in on Ian's second target.

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    The fokker Immeled and despite his earlier wound the pilot got in his first rounds on Pete's DH2.

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    By the time that the Gunbusses had turned and were on the way to the next targets, both Pete and James had been drawn well away from their charges in pursuit of the green machine.
    (Thanks a bunch AI)

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    Then the flack hit Burrington's machine and flames engulfed his Fuselage.

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    Consequently his bombs which had gone down as the flack rocked his aircraft only got a hit on the very edge of the target area.

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    Nor was Oliver having much more luck as his bomb missed a field gun park.


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    After swanning off around the countryside James who was obviously still suffering from the effects of his earlier wound, at last got a shot in on the Green machine which with its wounded pilot was still attempting to get home despite the air being full of British machines.
    Oliver missed by a country mile, still suffering from double vision due to his earlier concussion.

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    Starting a dive for home Burrington was battling the fire which threatened himself and Ian.

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    Over on the other side of the zone Pete dodged another attempt by the Archie.

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    Oliver was now having a go at an Army truck park, with a near miss.

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    James's double vision had cleared and he now got in some serious target practice on the Green machine which was miraculously still in the air and making for home. He managed to set it on fire. This must surely indicate it's imminent demise! He was running out of time and petrol to dish the Hun.

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    Heading for home as fast as he could Burrington's machine attracted even more Flack which burst well overhead as the Gunbus began its overdive.

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    The fire burnt more slowly on the Eindecker.

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    The overdive had worked and Burrington's fire went out much to the relief of the two singed pilots.

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    Leading a charmed life the Fokker still made for the Drome.

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    Whilst the British running low on fuel also gave up the game and headed for home, leaving behind a scene of some devastation.

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    Kyte.
    Last edited by flash; 08-25-2019 at 02:00. Reason: Title adjust
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    THE BUTCHER'S BILL.

    BULLDOGS.

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    Enemy positions taken out indicated by explosions.
    This included the central Rail hub.
    Near misses. Flame and smoke.
    Failed positions unmarked.

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    Second Lt Peter van der Maren RTB.

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    Lt. James Wellard RTB.

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    Lt. Oliver Tyne and AM1 Ben Nevis RTB.

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    2nd Lt. Burrington Combe and AM2 Ian Norbet Solent RTB.

    EAGLES.

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    Green Fokker pilot RTB / WIA / 0 kills
    Rolled 7 +1RTB -1WIA = 7 Injured - Skip 2 D6 Scenarios. Rolled 4 = Skip 2

    Kyte.
    Last edited by flash; 08-25-2019 at 02:09.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Well played Rob, lovely visuals, like being there !

    Uncle says:

    Well done chaps, got it, did the job and got out. Gave a Fritz a bloody nose too. Can't ask for more than that.
    We'll skip over the bit where you didn't have observers for this mission ...
    Last edited by flash; 08-25-2019 at 02:17.
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    Superb action Rob and well deserved rep on the way. Unfortunately this will be my last post for awhile as I depart tomorrow, late, on a spot of extended R&R.

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    Uncle will be away until next week but I will get him to have a go if I get a moment.
    Last edited by flash; 08-22-2019 at 12:04.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    No rush Dave.
    I am away from tomorrow PM until Tuesday night.
    With no casualties it let me fly my mission 7 today. When I get back I should be able to get it posted, and hopefully fly mission eight on Thursday next bringing me more or less up to date.
    I am afraid Pete van der Maren broke his run of scoring every mission. not often the Hun slips away but its also not often that fuel runs low.
    Have a good break.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Well flown Rob! That showed the old Hun that even obsolete Gun Bus's can deal out some damage.
    Nice brace of Aircraft in that game.
    Rep on its way mate.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    Does the Fokker pilot not get a C & W roll for his wound card?

    Whatever the case, you have captured the essence of the mission perfectly: get in, do what damage you can, get out. Rep for the well-done action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    Does the Fokker pilot not get a C & W roll for his wound card?
    He will when Uncle gets to it. Rob doesn't maintain a nest of Eagles.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Lovely looking game Rob, I do like the plastic flames from the bomb explosions.

    It looks like you were not dropping the bombs from alt 7 so that they are in the air for 3 or 4 moves, I can't remember which now, but no matter, the scenario is there for you to interpret as you wish.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    We'll skip over the bit where you didn't have observers for this mission ...

    You seem to have missed the long drawn out argument regarding bombing from high altitude as well.
    You played it more like I thought it should be done.
    Great looking action - really like your new table.

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    Thanks chaps.
    I bombed as the official rules allow. practiced the other way and could not manage all th cards on the table overlapping and getting crossed over with aircraft and other bomb drops for the next target on top of those on the way down. To much like hard work and not enough fun.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Back home again and enjoyed this very much indeed. Really loved seeing the Gunbuses, to the point where they actually survived as well - excellent stuff!!!! REP inbound

    Have to ask you Rob, how do you support the backdrop? I have the same ones, but no wall to fix them to. Are yours fixed to the wall or do you use something else? At present I am relying on a rather clumsy combination of odd bits of MDF and bulldog clips - not good at all.

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    The wall is painted blue with the clouds on it Mike. The railway scene is cut to the hills line and glued to foamboard scroll sawn to the same contour. The back of the playing surface has a slot cut in it to allow the scenic to be slipped in or out. Thus I can use the cloud back ground for either land or sea scenarios or even change the hills for sand dunes or jungle depending on the game.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The wall is painted blue with the clouds on it Mike. The railway scene is cut to the hills line and glued to foamboard scroll sawn to the same contour. The back of the playing surface has a slot cut in it to allow the scenic to be slipped in or out. Thus I can use the cloud back ground for either land or sea scenarios or even change the hills for sand dunes or jungle depending on the game.
    Clever - like that Rob. Thanks for the heads up

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    More than welcome Mike. I even found a place that would cut the foamboard to length so no need for joints.
    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 Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    More than welcome Mike. I even found a place that would cut the foamboard to length so no need for joints.
    Rob.
    Hi Rob - I've been working on a free standing version its 1.5m long and the side pieces are 1m, longer than the foamboard Ive been able to buy. Do you mind me asking where you got yours cut and do you think 1.5m a viable length.
    Cheers

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    That is about the same as my five feet long one so no worries there John.
    I will look up the company for you and let you know.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    When I saw this photo I thought that's a lot of fire!

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    Certainly had a hot time of it.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Exceptionally good AAR Rob all the better for getting the mission sorted.


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    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Hi Rob - I've been working on a free standing version its 1.5m long and the side pieces are 1m, longer than the foamboard Ive been able to buy. Do you mind me asking where you got yours cut and do you think 1.5m a viable length.
    Cheers
    Found it at last John.

    G J Plastics. www.gjplastics.co.uk

    Sorry for the delay.

    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 Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Found it at last John.

    G J Plastics. www.gjplastics.co.uk

    Sorry for the delay.

    Rob.
    Thanks Rob, I'll look them up when I'm back at home, currently sat in a wet and windy river Dart.
    Cheers



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