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    Thursday night in Otter Creek

    Thursday I went down to Dave’s for another Battle of Britain fight. Dave flipped a coin and I got to fly for Herman Göring. I had a pair of Stukas trying to bomb a target half way across the British map. They were escorted by a pair of ME109s.

    The RAF put up a Hurricane and a pair of Spitfires.

    Closing in on the first pass a 109 bursts into flames! Ouch. Now I can’t Immelmann to face the Spitfire that I guessed would do the same to me.
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    As we pass close by each other I can see the RAF pilot pulling on his stick to flip on to my tail.
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    Sure enough, my tail takes some lead.

    The Stukas also trade shots at a bad exchange rate to the planes to their rears.
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    Before you know it the fire reaches my fuel tank and BOOM!.
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    German morale took a nose dive when a Stuka goes down with the second put on fire! Not looking good for the bad guy.
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    The RAF sharks close in for the kill.
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    The second Stuka goes down. The RAF expect lonely Fritz to scurry home since he was outnumbered 3:1. Fritz has other ideas as he is in a good position behind them. First the Hurricane lights up. Then a Spitfire can’t throw the 109 off it’s tail and is downed. 2:1.
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    Fritz flew into range of some ground fire (taking a result of smoke) and lets Spitfire #2 fly past. A well-timed Immelmann places the Spit in Fritz’ gun sights.
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    Fritz sends the Spit down in a fiery spiral. 1:1
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    The burning Hurricane is now closing in. Fritz cannot avoid him so goes in for a desperate head on attack. Both remaining planes are badly damaged. Both are expecting to go down.
    The planes open up at close range and only one flies home.
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    Filling out the briefing report on the engagement, Fritz sadly reports the loss of three German planes and their crews. The target of the mission was not even damaged by the Stukas.
    A minor highlight is his downing of three RAF planes.


    It was a crazy battle to say the least. With my 109 on fire on the first shot and blowing up 2 moves later Dave and I thought this one was over. Dave graciously offered that I bring in a reinforcing 109 but I said no, I’d take my lumps. Then next turn a Stuka goes down with the second put on fire. Next turn the last Stuka is downed. Then I thought I’d claim a moral victory if I could escape off my board edge with my last plane.
    Looking at the positions of all the planes I didn’t like the idea of 3 RAF planes on my tail chasing me home. I decided to do something unexpected and it paid off. Luck turned to shine on my last 109.

    So we ended with a loss for the bad guys for not even damaging the mission target but at least we added to the RAF attrition.

    Dave and I are looking into starting a campaign so there may be a few more Battle of Britain AARs coming.

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    Nice turnaround in that one, Peter.
    "Who Dares, Wins"
    (or at least lives to tell the tale)


    Dave and I are looking into starting a campaign so there may be a few more Battle of Britain AARs coming.
    I will be watching for that. I really enjoyed Carl's Polish adventure from a while back.

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    Definitely a morale victory Peter and very well flown in the end.

    It's a shame that the planes don't show up better against the mat, but maybe I should use the laptop rather than a tablet to read the next one.

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    Great action, Peter!
    Good to see a bit of BoB

    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    It's a shame that the planes don't show up better against the mat, but maybe I should use the laptop rather than a tablet to read the next one.
    That WW2 camouflage.................it works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Nice turnaround in that one, Peter.
    "Who Dares, Wins"
    (or at least lives to tell the tale)
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    Turned out much different that we thought when the Stukas went down. The chit gods were kind to me in the 2nd half for sure.

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    Yes, the camo works! My other larger mats show the planes better but I don't have a table at home large enough for them. Hopefully that will get remedied in the future.

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    Excellent Peter. Stuck to your guns and it paid off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    ... but I don't have a table at home large enough for them. Hopefully that will get remedied in the future.
    Did you lose your pool table in the move?

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    I really thought this one was going to be a blow-out. My mistake was chasing the one remaining Stuka with all three fighters. When they all shot at it, it was a huge overkill. Now I had three planes chasing a ghost for two moves while Fritz moved into position. All of my planes had been heavily damaged already so it didn’t take much. Our last head to head shot was a real barn burner. Once again, I was out maneuvered! Curse you Red Baron! Oh wait, wrong war, but right idea!

    Another great game, and I really appreciate the nice AARs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dak21 View Post
    I really thought this one was going to be a blow-out. My mistake was chasing the one remaining Stuka with all three fighters. When they all shot at it, it was a huge overkill. Now I had three planes chasing a ghost for two moves while Fritz moved into position. All of my planes had been heavily damaged already so it didn’t take much. Our last head to head shot was a real barn burner. Once again, I was out maneuvered! Curse you Red Baron! Oh wait, wrong war, but right idea!

    Another great game, and I really appreciate the nice AARs.
    I was expecting another mutual destruction ending like we had before. A head on pass with wounded planes is never a good idea but I really didn't have a choice. Oh wait a minute...I was German!

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    That was a very enterprising move by your last aircraft Peter.
    Thanks to all the aircraft on fire I could follow their movements just fine.
    Thanks for this AAR.
    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
    That was a very enterprising move by your last aircraft Peter.
    Thanks to all the aircraft on fire I could follow their movements just fine.
    Thanks for this AAR.
    Rob.
    Yes Rob, glad to oblige. We all know how fire warms your heart.

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



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