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    What a Ball Game!

    Just before Corona lock down, Jon Hall decided he wanted to see Albert Ball fly. So he challenged me to fly him against a couple of Albatros opponents. “A couple!” he said and then put five of the little so and sos on the table – two DIIIs and three DIIs!!!!!!!
    OK Jon!!!!! – So the rules were standard, but with no altitude played. However, if any pilot was hit with smoke, fire or a wound, or if the aircraft came within three points damage of going down, they would have to leave – ie they would be “Forced Down”. Albert Ball was required to get rid of at least three opponents to claim a victory.

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    Starting well apart, the enemies flew towards one another.

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    Ball flew wide then turned in to attack the DIIIs from behind, hoping that the slower DIIs wouldn’t do too much damage at long range.

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    However, much to his relief, the DIIs had anticipated Balls attack from behind themselves and so had planned to turn about in good old Immelmann style. In so doing, they took themselves, temporarily away from the action.

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    Ball got on the tail of one of the DIIIs and gave it a really rough ride, very nearly shooting it down and forcing it to beat a hasty retreat. It dived away and headed home, as fast as it could go.

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    Which is where Ball made a big mistake. Not realizing how close his enemy was to the end and fearing the now rapidly approaching DIIs, he failed to follow up his attack and instead turned to face the rest of his foes.

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    Exchanging fire with all in sundry and with a determined DIII on his back, Ball wriggled through the crowded air space without a hitch, whilst two of the Albatros pilots almost contrived to do his job for him – but not quite!

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    So quickly turning back, Ball took advantage of the space between two seperating Germans and took on one of the DIIs.

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    Fire was exchanged, with the result that the DII started to belch dark black smoke, which made him decide to quit and retire to the barn. Two down!

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    By this time the enemy was a little hacked off and were queueing up for a crack at this damned nuisance of a Brit.

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    And nothing ventured, nothing gained. Ball turned towards all three of them for another crack.

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    Which didn’t go according to plan, sad to say. Ball was hit in the exchange, so decided enough was enough. He too headed for the barn and possibly the hospital.

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    Leaving the German pilots in control of the sky, just as the sun began to go down.

    Win for Jon Hall Drinks on me
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    Last edited by mikeemagnus; 04-07-2020 at 05:50.

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    Good AAR thanks for posting. Ball was very brave given the odds.

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    Bravely done Mike - a very "Ball-esque" scrap and you nearly did it.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    It was a lot of fun, trying to dodge the pack and still score hits. Glad it wasn't for real. Guys like Ball and others who fought multiple foes at once, must have been quite something!

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    Nice action there! Really brave of Ball to try to take all those Germans on without any help.

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    Looks fun. Ball really needs to take a Wingman.

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    Almost a parallel of Voss trying to take on No 56 Sq solo...
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    Did you give Albert any ace skills?


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    That was quite a fight against the odds! Looks like the spirit of Ball was with you. Good show!

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    WOW! That was sure a battle against the Odds.
    Well flown. At least you sent two packing.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    Did you give Albert any ace skills?
    He had the skills that come with the manoeuver deck, but for some reason I never had the opportunity to use them. It was a while ago now and if I remember correctly, it was because we were not using altitude.

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    Thanks for sharing this scenario. I think Ball did very well considering the odds he was facing.

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    Great show! Thanks for sharing the fun!

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