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    Default OTT-DYM Mission 11: Hoist With His Own Petard - 19th March 1916 {Stumptonian}

    March 19th 1916.
    Adler airfield, Briefing tent.

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    Oberleutnant Bernhard Wienand addresses a select group of pilots.

    “Meine Herren, wir haben eine Herausforderung erhalten.“
    < Gentlemen, we have been handed a challenge.>

    “Ein Notsignal wurde abgefangen und wir müssen darauf reagieren.“
    < An emergency signal has been intercepted and we must act upon it.>

    “Die Briten haben mit einer neuen Art von Mine in den Gewässern vor der niederländischen Küste experimentiert.“
    <The British have been experimenting with a new type of mine in the waters off the Dutch coast.>

    “Diese Art von Mission würde normalerweise von einer Marineflieger-Einheit erledigt, aber anscheinend sind sie nicht verfügbar.“
    < This type of mission would normally be handled by a naval air unit, but, apparently they are not available.>

    “Es ist eine Schande, denn wir könnten sicherlich ein Wasserflugzeug für dieses verwenden...
    < It is a shame because we could certainly use a float plane for this one ..>

    “Anscheinend hat man beim Testen der neuen Minen versehentlich gezündet und eine Reihe von Explosionen ausgelöst, die das Minenverlegeschiff versenkten und die Besatzung mitnahmen.“
    < Apparently, while testing the new mines, one accidently detonated and triggered a series of explosions that sank the mine laying vessel and took the crew with it. >
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    “Ein Wissenschaftler und sein Ingenieur haben jedoch überlebt und sind auf einer abgelegenen Insel gestrandet.
    Die Briten schicken ein paar Flugzeuge, um sie zu extrahieren.“
    < However, a scientist and his engineer have survived and are stranded on a remote island. The British are sending a few aircraft to extract them.>

    “Sie, meine Herren, sollen vor der Rettungsaktion auf die Insel kommen und sie sicher zu unserem Flugplatz bringen.
    Von hier werden sie nach Berlin begleitet.“
    < You, gentlemen, are to get to the island ahead of the rescue party and get them safely to our airfield.
    From here they will be escorted to Berlin.>
    “Fiedler und Raucheisen Sie fliegen jeweils einen Roland, der für die eigentliche Gewinnung verwendet wird.“
    < Fiedler and Raucheisen …. You will each fly a Roland to be used for the actual extraction. >
    Leutnant Justus Raucheisen was a new member of the two-seater unit. This would be his first mission for Die Adler.

    “"Folglich ist der Beobachterplatz nicht besetzt."
    <Consequently, the observer seat will be unoccupied .>

    “"Hueber und Giesebrecht werden Sie als Begleiter begleiten und sich um den Feind kümmern, der versuchen wird, dasselbe Ergebnis zu erzielen.
    Wenn Sie die Rettung nicht erfolgreich abschließen können, müssen Sie sicherstellen, dass sie nicht zum Feind zurückkehren. Verstanden?"
    < Huebner and Giesebrecht will accompany you as escorts, and to take care of the enemy who will be attempting to achieve the same result.
    If you are unable to complete the rescue successfully, you must ensure they do not get back to the enemy.
    Understood? >

    “Alles ist klar!”
    The pilots clicked their heels and saluted.

    “Das hoffe ich sehr …”
    < I certainly hope so > said the Oberleutnant under his breath as the pilots exited the tent.

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    The island in question has one beach that should be usable as a landing strip.
    At least until the tide comes in …

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    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht in his usual (of late) Halberstadt D.II accompanies newcomer Ltn Justus Raucheisen in the Roland, flying slightly higher and keeping an eye open for trouble. With no rear gunner, Raucheisen is glad to have a forward-firing gun mounted.

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    … Unlike the Be.2c of 2Lt ‘Gus’ Mase, who is virtually unarmed. The only Lewis is mounted in the forward cockpit.
    He will totally rely on fellow Canadian, Eddie Duke in the DH.2 for protection.

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    Giesebrecht turns toward specs in the distance, while Raucheisen eyes the beach with a wary eye.

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    From the opposite side, similar maneuvers.

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    A minute or so behind, Ltn Till Huebner in the reddish brown Halberstadt accompanies Ltn Herbert Fiedler in the second Roland, which is also flying slightly below his escort.

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    The second wave of Bulldogs approaches.
    2Lt Doulas Winterbottom flies Be.2c “B” with yet another Canadian, 2Lt Duncan Moore in the DH.2.

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    Raucheisen dives toward the landing stip.
    “Ich hoffe der Sand ist fest....“
    < I hope the sand is firm >

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    Mase also lowers the Be.2 and prepares to turn to the landing strip.
    Just off to his right, Duke approaches the CDL Halberstadt.

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    Da da da
    Duke draws first blood as his bullets find Giesebrecht’s D.II
    Giesebrecht is out of position and cannot return the favour.

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    Giesebrecht makes a wide sideslip and avoids colliding with Duke.

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    Giesebrecht has his eye on another target.
    He dives toward the Be.2

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    Mase drops again in preparation for landing.

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    Raucheisen makes his final approach.

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    “What the …?”
    Both Raucheisen and Mase see each other at the same moment.

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    A classic Chicken Run!
    Who will flinch?

    [Note: I decided to let the cards decide as I was controlling both landings at this point. I put one each of Dive / Climb / Left / Right card for each aircraft and drew for the result. Raucheisen chickened out and turned to the right. The plucky Canadian dived.]

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    Raucheisen barely avoids a cataclysmic crash which would have ended the mission for all concerned!
    Mase’s Be.2 makes its way across the sand.


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    Meanwhile, Huebner tries to avoid Duke’s DH.2!
    The wingtips barely touch.
    Both pilots can breathe again….

    [The Halberstadt is just the card]



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    Winterbottom approaches. Giesebrecht sees him, but is too late to intercept.

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    Duke Immelmanns his DH.2

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    Giesebrecht has also Immelmanned and catches Winterbottom’s Be.2.
    Flames can be seen streaming from the engine area.

    [Note: Giesebrecht used his Sniper skill, drawing a 1 Fire and 0 – selecting the obvious choice. The second 1 Fire was the regular draw]

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    Raucheisen is just out of range as Mase brings Be.2c “A” to a smooth stop.

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    Flames eat at Winterbottom’s Be.2c “B”

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    Mase is madly swinging his Be.2 to prepare for takeoff.
    “Where are those damn scientists?”
    Fiedler just misses Mase and flies his purple and black Roland over Raucheisen’s.

    Tikka tikka tikka
    Raucheisen’s burst slams into the fragile British craft.

    Mase keeps his calm and is relieved as one of the ‘passengers’ appears from the brush.
    “Taxi!” shouts the engineer with a cheeky grin. “Victoria station, please, good sir” he smirks as he climbs into the forward seat.

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    Across the island, Giesebrecht has misjudged his speed and barely misses Winterbottom’s burning Be.2c

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    Moore flies an Immelmann and sees his charge in trouble.

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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Raucheisen fires at Mase but misses.

    [Duke is 2 pegs higher and has no shot from the DH.2]

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    The flames continue to worry Winterbottom.

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    Mase lifts off the beach, with barely a foot of sand to spare.
    I say, you don’t half like to frighten a fellow …”
    Mase is too concerned with all that is going on around him to notice the engineer’s dry humour.

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    Tikka tikka
    Dada dada


    Giesebrecht and Duke trade shots with equally poor aim.

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    Raucheisen fires at Mase.
    Tikka tikka
    Smoke flies in the face of the now not so plucky passenger.
    Rauch! < Smoke! >
    Raucheisen smiles as the Be.2 takes on his name.

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    Raucheisen is too close to hit Mase with another burst.

    [Damn that rule!]

    Not so, Duke, and he fires at the Roland …
    Da da da

    … and misses!

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    Winterbottom has had to abort his landing attempt to deal with the fire.
    At least his moves have helped in that regard.

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    An adler eye view of the situation.

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    Da da da
    Moore tries a quick shot as Huebner passes in his line of sight.

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    Giesebrecht has reached his fuel limit and must head back to base.

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    Huebner dives and passes over Winterbottom who has also dived.

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    Still streaming smoke, Mase exits the area.
    The smoke has the engineer a bit bothered.
    No jaunty jabber now.

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    Moore flies an Immelmann and heads back toward the island.

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    Huebner performs his own Immelmann and heads toward Moore’s DH.2

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    Duke is also reaching his fuel limit and exits the area.

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    Raucheisen closes behind Winterbottom.
    Tikka tikka

    [And I totally forgot that Raucheisen has the inherent ‘Sharp Eye’ skill]


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    Huebner dives toward the DH.2 - but Moore also dives – so they are out of range.

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    Raucheisen fires at Winterbottom again.
    Tikka tik …

    “Verdammnt!”

    The gun has jammed.

    [and I forgot the +1]

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    Unbothered by any defenders, Fiedler lines up for a beach landing.

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    While Winterbottom does the same.
    He is nervous with Raucheisen on his tail, but doe not know of the Roland’s machine gun issue.

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    Huebner dodges to the right and Moore loses his target.

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    … but sees another, straight ahead.

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    The tide is coming in – there will not be time for another attempt.
    Winterbottom touches down on the shortened landing strip.

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    Fiedler is straightening out and is stunned to see Winterbottom has already touched down!

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    Fiedler scraps his landing and fires at the Be.2c
    Tikka tikka
    “Wie könnte ich vermissen?!”

    < How could I have missed? >

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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner tries a deflection shot and messes up Moore’s rudder cable.

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    Like a acrobatic circus maneuver the three aircraft come amazingly close to disaster, but altitude differences save them from calamity.
    Fiedler dives over Winterbottom, and Raucheisen climbs just in the nick of time!

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    Raucheisen is just high enough to be out of range on Winterbottom.

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    Fiedler is just about scraping the trees as he climbs .

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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Raucheisen blasts Winterbottom from close range.
    The Be.2c engine starts a disconcerting knock

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    Tikka tikka tik...
    Raucheisen’s followup jams the gun again, but seals the Be.2’s fate …

    [Another green jam – why does 'Bulletchecker' Huebner never draw these??]


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    The Be.2 flips over just past the end of the strip of beach.
    The hopeful passenger, watching from the woods is devastated!

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    Huebner sees the crash and gives a sigh of relief.
    Gerade rechtzeitig …
    < Just in time ..>

    His fuel gauge has told him it’s time to go home.
    Moore is in the same boat and reluctantly heads back to base.

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    But the Germans have other plans ….

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    Both Rolands circle back toward the beach.

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    Huebner flies away hoping the Rolands can finish the task.

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    Moore heads away in the opposite direction.
    “I guess it will be up to the Senior Service now …”
    They had been advised the Royal Navy would send a submarine to pick up the castaways if the RFC was unable to get the job done.

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    Raucheisen approaches from the Eastern end of the beach.

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    .. While Fiedler approaches from the West.

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    “Nicht noch einmal!”
    < Not again! >

    Fiedler has already touched ground.
    Raucheisen climbs and nearly clips the other Roland’s wing!

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    After slowing to a stop, Fiedler spins his aircraft around.
    The tide is coming in fast now – he can see his runway shrinking as each minute passes.

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    Fiedler revs his engine and prepares to take off.
    If there is another castaway he must make his presence known now!

    Just then he sees a figure running up beside the aircraft.
    He jumps on the wings and struggles to board the aircraft.

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    The Roland roars down the sand strip and lifts off, just as the waves claim another foot or two of sand.

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    As the aircraft climbs, Fiedler is puzzled.
    He did not expect an Englander to willingly board his aircraft, let alone with such enthusiasm.

    The passenger must have read his mind.
    Turning to face Fiedler, the scientist exclaims “Ich bin dänisch!”
    < I am Danish >
    “Ich bin in diesem Krieg nicht Partei!“
    < I do not take sides in this war >

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    Rauchesien flies past the beach and turns to join up with Fiedler.

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    Fiedler waggles his wings indicating success.

    Raucheisen follows suit. He shouts at Fiedler, although he knows he can’t possibly hear him.
    “Ich hoffe, wir haben das klügere von beiden!“
    < I hope we have the smartest of the two! >

    Butcher’s Tally

    Bulldogs

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    BE.2c

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    2Lt Douglas Winterbottom – SD – Neutral Territory
    C&W: 5 -1SD = 4 : Injured 1D6(3) : Skip 3
    The Campaign is over for Winterbottom.

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    DH.2

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    2Lt Duncan Moore – RTB

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    DH.2

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    2Lt ‘Eddie’ Duke - RTB

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    BE.2c

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    2Lt Augustus ‘Gus’ Mase – RTB
    Rescued Engineer

    Adler

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    Halberstadt D.II

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    Ltn Till Huebner – RTB

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    Halberstadt D.II

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    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht – RTB

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    Roland C.II

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    Ltn Justus Raucheisen – RTB – 1 Kill (BE.2c)

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    Roland C.II

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    Ltn Herbert Fiedler – RTB – Retrieved Danish Scientist

    Epilogue

    2Lt Douglas Winterbottom lay in the brush for a while.
    He had seen the other BE.2c take off and head back to base with one of the stranded mine specialists.
    He wanted to make sure that all of the German aircraft had also left the area.

    After an hour or so he limped his way closer to the beach.
    His aircraft, although damaged beyond repair, was still intact enough for the enemy to get possible technical data from.
    Not that they would want to reproduce this pitiful piece of British engineering.

    Those German aircraft are a damn sight better than anything we have right now.” he muttered aloud.
    “Definitely more flashy than our tawdry bits of canvas, as well.”

    The doped linen burned nicely.
    He hoped it might act as a beacon for the Royal Navy.

    After a listless night, Winterbottom awoke to the sound of what he hoped were British voices not too far away.
    Rescue was at hand.

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    Thoughts and Observations

    That was a very interesting one to play.
    I cannot believe how all of the landing attempts were like Chicken Runs!

    I was not sure how it was going to play out, what with both Entente and Adler vying for the rescue of the scientists.
    In the back of my mind I anticipated have to draw a revolver to coax them aboard the Adler aircraft.
    (But not as flashy as Mike’s version)

    Then I had a Eureka! Moment and made the second scientist a neutral Dane.

    It was definitely tricky maneuvering over and around the overlays I had placed on The Coast map to hide the city and create the beach.
    I took several photos of the beach areas of the map and cut them up.
    I think it worked (except for the edges starting to curl up) and gave me a way to handle the shrinking beach landing strip.

    I made the whole thing extra finicky for myself by giving my altitude ‘chit’ system a run through.
    I took photos of each control board with the ‘Altimeter’ cards every time a plane changed altitude so I could try give a visual of how easy the system is to use.
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    But I ended up with far too many pictures and scrapped that idea.
    Maybe some other time …

    A very interesting game you gave us, Rob, but, then again, you always do!
    You said there couldn’t be a draw, but I think I came damn close. Just the downing of the BE.2c gives the Adler the edge.

    Hard to believe we only have one more to go in this Daring Young Men campaign.
    I am sure Mike will give us a fitting farewell next month.

    Although, I for one, would not be adverse to continuing ….
    Last edited by Stumptonian; 11-06-2019 at 23:04.

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    Nicely done Pete, like what you did with the map - I was thinking along similar lines but went another route - that landing ground was getting busy for a minute or two - "Ohhh-olé !" but you managed a draw out of it and neutralised the Bulldog's efforts.

    Onkel says:

    Well done Eagles, we were partially successful in capturing one of the scientists - that verdammt Dane might claim he's neutral but that won't wash with Abteilung III/b once they get their hands on him. Doesn't take sides indeed. He'll be hard pressed to explain why he's testing sea mines for the Englanders. Doubtless they'll sweat some useful information from him before he sees Denmark again, if he ever does.

    Ltn Justus Raucheisen is awarded his pilots badge on the occasion of his first victory
    Last edited by flash; 11-07-2019 at 05:26.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Well done. I liked your use of custom and UNO cards too.

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    Well that was a bumpy ride in all respects Pete.
    You certainly gave us our money's worth.
    It was all that I had hoped for and more from you.
    The way you sorted out the landing with cards was inspired, and the twist in the tail just magnificent.
    Well done that man. You certainly gave my scenario full justice.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Pete, I'm really sorry but I'm not going to read this until I've played my game out, I think that the C.O. has given us something to play with and until I've decided how to do so I shall call a moratorium on this games reports.

    Mike has already used one of my ideas, although he made a much better job of it than I would have, as I was thinking of blutacking some floats onto a 2 seater, indeed I may still do that. This is a bit of a desperate decision because your post opens on the briefing tent and I just fell about laughing. If the rest of it is as good as that it will be well worth the wait.
    Hope it went well for you.
    Cheers

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    Thanks, guys, and thanks for all the rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post

    Mike has already used one of my ideas, although he made a much better job of it than I would have, as I was thinking of blutacking some floats onto a 2 seater, indeed I may still do that.
    Cheers
    No problem with that John just as long as your two seater has provenance for having a float plane derivative during the time period of the scenario such as the Short Bomber /seaplane. Just ensure that your bluetac is the 1916 product and not some cheap imitation!

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

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    Playing chicken...I really like the card selection system, great way to sort out that mess.
    And like you, I use the German-language portions to brush up on mine...always need to do better in that department.
    Another marginal victory for Die ADler, but we'll take what we can get.

    Entirely rep-worthy AAR!

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    BRAVO, BRAVO!!!

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    Yep, I just loved that opening pic of the biefing tent too. Brought back all kinds of memories The chicken run experience must have been pretty daunting, when doing it the second time. I found it pretty hairy just the once! Great explanation for the scientist hitching a ride. A neutral was a touch of genius Bravo indeed Another excellent AAR and another fine German leson Not sure what was meant, at the end, by the "altitude chit system" but I am interested to know more, please REP inbound

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    Thanks, Mike. There was a post a couple of weeks ago about Altitude.
    I added my ‘two chits’ to it, using a different method to handle the different climb rates.
    I will post a link to it from home this evening.

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    Mike:
    Here's the Altitude post I was referring to.
    "My two chits" is post 17.
    Altitude

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    Thumbs up

    What an exciting & enjoyable AAR Pete.
    Loved the way you sorted out the first "chicken run".
    Nice inventive touch with the Danish Scientist as well.
    Great visuals & use of the beach shots.
    Rep on the 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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