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    Default OTT DYM Mission 9 - Timing is Everything - 6th March 1916 - Gully_raker

    Both the Officers & the enlisted mens Messes of C Flight were not happy places!
    Uncle had outlined the special mission for tomorrow & had detailed to two bomber crews & 2nd Lt. Jon Snow to fly a DH-2 as escort.
    "Another bloody Tunnel to try to destroy" grumbled John Downton. "look at the shambles the last one was!" "Sadly I agree" said the C Flight commander Lt Reg Fife-Brand "cost us some good Aircrew not to mention the 3 Aircraft lost". "However ours is to Do or Die & HQ have impressed on Uncle the top priority this job needs to be done. The jolly old Hun has a free rein bringing in supplies & men by train & storing them in the safety of the tunnel. One spot of good news is that the Weather chaps have forecast heavy cloud cover in that area which may be a blessing or might make your mission damn hard. Its in the lap of the Gods!" "Now have an early night as you need to be off at 0630 in the morning" "Good Luck!"

    Early next morning the Flights FE 2b flown by John Downton & crewed by AM2 Max Abbey & a Be 2c flown by 2nd Lt "Taffy" Evans accompanied by AM3 Harold Entwhistle. Both these crews had been transferred in from another Squadron following the losses from the last disastrous attempt to bomb the other end of the tunnel. John Snow took off in the DH-2 & followed the slower bombers towards the target area. They had been briefed to use compass bearings to locate the target if indeed the area was blanketed with cloud.

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    As they flew into enemy territory they saw a large bank of clouds before them.

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    Unseen by our pilots two German Fokker E.III's were patrolling the target area. Ltn Kurt Rudiger in a CDL coloured plane & Ltn Gerherd Bruning in a green painted aircraft.

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    Checking their compass bearings the 3 allied pilots flew into the cloud mass.

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    "Bloudy Hell" cursed Taffy Evans in a heavy Welsh accent. "Hoow is a mon supposed to find a railroad track in this pea soup" Harry Entwhistle called back " Trust to luck & providence is all we can do!"
    Jon Snow had headed off to the Starboard side of the flight to see if vision was any better on that side when suddenly a hole opened in front of them & the silence was shattered by the bark of a German Flack gun which had spotted the FE through the break in the Clouds. Fortunately the shot went astray & Lt Downton spotted the Railway line & turned towards the target.

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    There below them was a train making its way towards the target. The green Fokker could not see the British aircraft through the clouds although he had heard the sound of the flack gun.
    Both British aircraft prepared for their bombing runs on the tunnel.

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    On the other side the DH-2 & Ltn Rudiger's Fokker suddenly spied each other but both of their hurried shots missed.

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    The FE's bomb fell slightly short of the tunnel but caused considerable damage.
    The BE's aim was spot on & its bomb hit right into the tunnel mouth.
    Aware of the closeness of the BE Downton opened the throttle of the Fee's Beardmore engine & pulled the control stick back hard to climb away from a possible collision.

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    Suddenly all hell broke loose as the Flack gun again opened fire & the FE was too close to miss. A large hole appeared in the lower port wing & 2 struts were cracked.

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    As the heavily damaged bomber climbed it was presented with a perfect shot at Ltn Rudiger's Fokker which came under attack from Jon Snow's DH-2 at the same time. Snow saw the German pilot flinch in the cockpit but did not know if it was his shots that caused the wound. As it turned out it was Max Abbeys burst that wounded the German Pilot.

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    As the stunned Rudiger continued to circle, Snow took another shot at the German aircraft but did little damage.
    The damaged Fee headed back towards base as quickly as the damage allowed.

    Snow & the BE also disengaged & flew towards home base with the knowledge of a job completed & for once without loss of either aircrew or aircraft.
    Both German Fokkers also returned safely to their aerodrome leaving the train marooned on the line with the tunnel destroyed.

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    Observations & Comments

    Well that was done more quickly than I thought it would take.
    It was very fiddly trying to move the "hole" without disturbing the AA & Flack cards. Also trying to balance & move the aircraft on & through the clouds.
    I was surprised that only the one Flak gun was unmasked by the hole. I flew all aircraft at Level 4 so the Machine guns would not have been effective even if unmasked.
    However it was an interesting Mission to fly so thanks Sam.
    I decided not to try to destroy the train but concentrate on the main object of the mission to destroy the tunnel.
    I made one mistake which you might have noticed. It the excitement of the moment I played a dive card for the Fee instead of the climb but as the intention was to climb I left it & recorded it that way.

    RESULT

    British Victory!
    Tunnel Destroyed = 10 points

    German forces Nil points.
    Last edited by flash; 11-13-2019 at 07:06. Reason: Title adjust

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    Default The BUTCHERS BILL!

    The Butchers Bill

    Allied Forces:

    2nd Lt John Snow DH-2
    RTB No Kills

    Nil Damage
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    FE 2b
    Pilot 2nd Lt John Downton
    RTB No Kills

    Observer AM2 Max Abbey
    RTB No Kills

    10 damage
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    BE 2c
    Pilot 2nd Lt Bryn "Taffy" Evans
    RTB No Kills

    Observer
    AM3 Harold Entwhistle
    RTB No Kills

    Nil Damage
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    German Forces

    Fokker E.III CDL
    Ltn Kurt Rudiger No Kills
    RTB/WIA
    Rolled 10 - 1 WIA +1 rtb = 10
    Alls Well when you land well

    3 damage pts
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    Fokker E.III
    Ltn Gerherd Bruning No Kills
    RTB no damage.

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    Last edited by gully_raker; 11-12-2019 at 17:33.

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    Well done! Seems to have gone about they way the other iterations of this have gone-tunnel destroyed, train stranded (either in or outside of the tunnel).Unusual, thought in that there were no aircraft lost.

    Definitely rep-worthy, on the way.

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    Nice one Baz, short sweet and to the point - Boom ! Job done, top bombing

    Uncle says:

    Well done Gentlemen, in and out, target destroyed & everyone got home in one piece, just how we like it !
    Last edited by flash; 11-13-2019 at 07:19.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Nice AAR! Just wondering, but what deck does the FE have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future Pilot View Post
    Nice AAR! Just wondering, but what deck does the FE have?
    It's a G Deck Daniel.
    There are no official models with the G deck - it existed with the Nexus cards for the DH.2 but Ares changed it when they released their model

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Nice one Baz, short sweet and to the point - Boom ! Job done, top bombing

    Uncle says:

    Well done Gentlemen, in and out, target destroyed & everyone got home in one piece, just how we like it !
    Thanks Dave! I must be improving both my Bombing & my Butchers Bill.

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    Well done Barry, as Dave said - short but sweet, a good result and a nicely told tale, your E111's look great and every time I see them I think maybe I should try and rig mine, but then I give myself a good slapping and tell myself not to be daft, it's great to see yours though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Well done Barry, as Dave said - short but sweet, a good result and a nicely told tale, your E111's look great and every time I see them I think maybe I should try and rig mine, but then I give myself a good slapping and tell myself not to be daft, it's great to see yours though.
    Thanks John.
    Its pretty easy to rig.
    Just get some fine paint brush hairs.
    Dab a bit of super glue to the cabane & the wings. Use tweezers & locate.
    I did post a "How To" way back which you should find with a search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    Thanks John.
    Its pretty easy to rig.
    Just get some fine paint brush hairs.
    Dab a bit of super glue to the cabane & the wings. Use tweezers & locate.
    I did post a "How To" way back which you should find with a search.
    It sound dead easy but having just built a couple of the little buggers from Valom I'm happy to stick with what I've got and just admire your's.

    Cheers

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    Well that certainly was a quick one!

    Nicely done, Baz.

    Your clouds look smashing.

    Interesting for me to to see Kurt Rudiger flying for the Adler - might be a cousin to my original rookie pilot, who, sadly did not survive the campaign.
    Got a chuckle out of the Fee crew names as well.
    Wonder if Mr. Carson is to be found somewhere keeping things in top form ..

    REP on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Well that certainly was a quick one!

    Nicely done, Baz.

    Your clouds look smashing.

    Interesting for me to to see Kurt Rudiger flying for the Adler - might be a cousin to my original rookie pilot, who, sadly did not survive the campaign.
    Got a chuckle out of the Fee crew names as well.
    Wonder if Mr. Carson is to be found somewhere keeping things in top form ..

    REP on the way.
    Thanks for the Rep Pete.
    If I am not mistaken Sgt Carson is in charge of the Riggers & Mechanics.

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    Well done Baz - job nicely completed and without loss. Good to see that Like your clouds too - good heavy rain clouds. Going to have to produce some of them myself

    Watch that flak though - that was a close one

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Well done Baz - job nicely completed and without loss. Good to see that Like your clouds too - good heavy rain clouds. Going to have to produce some of them myself

    Watch that flak though - that was a close one
    Thanks Mike. The Clouds did look good in the photos but were a pain to work through.

    Glad the old FE survived the Flak. Bit of luck only one Flak gun got unmasked.
    Still have nightmares about the "Valley of Death" Tunnel Mission when I lost all 3 Bombers & most of the crews.
    Last edited by gully_raker; 11-20-2019 at 20:05.

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