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    Default OTT-CYM Mission 11--Attack Plane Surprise-19th Sept. '16--gully_raker

    Uncle called Acting Lt. "Dusty" Rhodes to the Squadron Office. "Ah Dusty I have just had a call from HQ, seems the old Hun is strafing the PBI in our sector with two 2 seaters & we are requested to put an end to their antics. Now we are a bit short of pilots due to wounds & Sgt Stark is already out on patrol so I want you to take the available pilots, 2nd Lt John Snow in the camo N 17 & young Sgt Foyle in the N0.2 De Havilland & I have allocated you Fife-Brand's Blue nosed N 17 which has just had a new engine fitted & tested. You are now effectively C Flight leader so get your lads together, explain the mission & get airborne ASAP.

    Soon after Dusty led the 3 British aircraft towards to co-ordinates supplied by HQ & sure enough below they spotted a colourful Rumpler & a brown & cream Albatross attacking the Allied trenches. Giving the signal after waggling his wings the two Nieuports dived on the German 2 seaters. [NOTE: My old Nexus I decks do not have dive & climb cards!]
    Before he followed the 2 N 17's Sgt Foyle who was on the far port side of the formation had spotted two Halberstadts approaching from German territory & wisely decided to climb to meet this threat hoping that Brandon Stark would also have seen the German scouts & would come to his support.

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    The two nieuports completely surprised the German Aircrew who were concentrating on their task. However it did nothing to the disappointment of the Allied pilots & Jon Snow had the added problem of his Lewis immediately jamming.

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    Their second attack was much more successful with Dusty causing good damage to the Rumpler whose return fire missed completely.
    The German Scouts were also now nearing the action but were at a much higher altitude.

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    A general melee now occurred with aircraft narrowly avoiding each other due to the altitude difference. Al Foyle was heartened to see Bran Stark closing in on the action from the opposite side. Jon Snow with a jammed gun could only grit his teeth & take what the enemy dished out!

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    As the aircraft separated the 2 De Havillands had the opportunity to make their presence felt by the two Halberstadts, flown by the Eagles Staffelfurher C-A Schwartz in his CDL D.II & Ltn Otto Schoenfielder in the grey D.II.

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    Bran Stark took a close range shot at the German Scout leader but to his chagrin somehow managed to miss completely!

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    He was more successful in attacking the grey Halberstadt & Sgt Foyle's shots set the CDL D.II on fire. Even more importantly they had successfully kept the German Scouts from attacking the Nieuports who were concentrating on the 2 seaters who had turned to make a run to safety in German lines.

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    Continuing to chase down the 2 seaters they exchanged fire & whilst the German Observer caused Dusty's N 17 to omit smoke Snow's shots damaged the engine of the Albatross.

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    Both British pilots had managed to get into the blind spot of the German planes & Jon Snow now set the Albatross on fire.

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    The DH-2's & Halberstadts continued dueling but this time the luck was with the German pilots & Bran Stark had his rudder damaged while all the British shots did no damage at all.

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    The 2 German aircraft continued to burn as they maneuvered to keep the fire away from the cockpits.

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    With the last shots from his Lewis drum Dusty managed to wound the Observer of the Rumpler whilst Jon Snow was out of arc but got a slight flesh wound from the Albatross' Rear gun.
    [ I used a D6 to determine who was wounded--1/2 Pilot, 3/4 Observer, 5/6 both crew--Rolled a 3]

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    The Fire on the Halberstadt died down but the one on the Albatross flared up arlarmingly.

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    Ignoring the flames the pilot of the Albatross fired at Dusty's Nieuport but did little damage & only succeeded in jambing his gun.

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    The fire on Schwartz's Halberstadt flared up but suddenly died completely. He was being shadowed by Sgt Foyle who was busy changing the drum on his Lewis.

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    While Dusty was busy changing his Lewis Drum the pilot of the Rumpler could see safety so close but it was not to be. Dusty's first shots from the reloaded Lewis damaged the engine of the German aircraft & accumulated damage caused it to crash in friendly territory.

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    Things suddenly went "pear" shape for the Germans as with his reloaded Lewis Sgt Al Foyle put a close burst into Schwartz's Halberstadt, set it on fire again & caused it to crash in No Mans Land.

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    While Dusty was dispatching the Rumpler it allowed the damaged Albatross to sneak past him & land safely at the Eagles aerodrome.

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    Schoenfielder in the grey D.II continued to spar with Sgt Foyle but suddenly realised he was alone in the sky with 4 British planes & decided discretion was the better part of Valour & broke away from the fight & made his way back to the Eagles Nest as fast as possible. The British pilots were happy to let him go as they were getting low on both fuel & ammunition & had the satisfaction of downing 2 German planes & sending the second 2 seater home in a damaged condition.

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    Thoughts & Observations

    Well that was an enjoyable game on my new high games table!
    Things went "West" for the Germans when I managed to set 2 on fire & damaged the engine of one of the two seaters. Still it was a close game with not a lot of Victory Points difference.
    I used the Altitude set up as per the BRF & rolled a dice for the position of the German Scouts who came on pretty close to the middle of the mat.
    I used Dave's D 8 charts & Zoe's modified Altitude rules. I flew Dusty's N 17 & all others were AI with an occasional "I" input to make sense & cover aircraft on fire.
    Still having an occasional over exposure problem with the camera when using the flash (?) No NOT you Dave!

    VICTORY POINTS

    BRITISH:
    2 German planes shot down (inc 1 2seater) = 6 points

    GERMAN:
    1 x 2 seater crossed objective line for home = 3 points

    BRITISH VICTORY 6 to 3.
    Last edited by flash; 04-26-2021 at 07:01.

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    Default The BUTCHERS BILL!

    The Butchers Bill.

    BRITISH FORCES:

    A/Lt Dusty Rhodes: Blue Nose N17--RTB 1 Kill (Rumpler)
    3 damage points
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    2Lt Jon Snow: Camo N17-- RTB/WIA 0 Kills
    Rolled 9 +1RTB -1WIA = 9 - Alls Well when you land well!
    5 Damage points
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    Flt/Sgt Bran Stark: DH-2 No.1-- RTB 0 Kills
    2 damage points
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    Sgt Al Foyle: DH-2 No.2 -- RTB 1 Kill (Schwartz Halb D.II)
    Nil Damage

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    GERMAN FORCES:

    Obltn Carl-August Schwartz: --CDL Halb D.II-- FLM-NML 0 Kills
    Rolled 7 -2FLM -1NML = 4 - Injured - Skip 1D6 Scenarios. Rolled 2 = Skip 2
    E&E Rolled 7 -1FLM +1NML -1WIC = 6 - In hiding! - Skip 1D2 Scenarios. Rolled 4 = skip 2
    18 damage points
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    Ltn Otto Schoenfielder: Grey Halb - RTB 0 Kills
    3 damage points
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    Rumpler
    Fwld Hans Anslinger: (P2) SD-FT 0 Kills
    Rolled 9 -1SD = 8 Inj. Skip 1D2 Scenario. Rolled 2 Skips 1

    Ltn Karl Seitz: (O) SD-FT/WIA 0 Kills
    Rolled 8 -1SD -1WIA = 6 -Injured - Skip 1D3 Scenarios. Rolled 5 = Skips 3
    16 damage points
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    Albatross C.III
    P) Vzfwbl Friedrich Schlieff: (P2) FRTB-E 0 Kills
    Rolled 6&4 - Landed safely

    O) Ltn Franz Theiller: (O) FRTB-E 0 Kills
    Landed safely
    11 Damage points
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    Dave would you mind casting a beady eye over my stats to catch any errors. Thanks mate. Done !
    Last edited by flash; 04-26-2021 at 03:11. Reason: Tally Adjust

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    Nearly there now Baz, a nice clean report. I realised your Hun started over their own trenches (so they might be in trouble when they get home) and the escorts came in on the other side to that expected but it didn't detract from a decent dust up over the trenches. Thanks for leaving the last manoeuvre cards in too, it really helps me follow the action.

    Uncle says:


    Well done old chap, that gave the Eagles a good seeing to and we have plenty to celebrate with a brace of kills
    Had a butchers at the Tally and had to correct a few bits - Note the format used please...
    Pilots name / what happened to them & where / injuries / Victories.. and make sure you include all the relevant info - eg Fire, engine damage, FRTB etc... I had to go over it a couple of times but I think I got it all straightened out in the end..
    Last edited by flash; 04-26-2021 at 03:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Nearly there now Baz, a nice clean report. I realised your Hun started over their own trenches (so they might be in trouble when they get home) and the escorts came in on the other side to that expected but it didn't detract from a decent dust up over the trenches. Thanks for leaving the last manoeuvre cards in too, it really helps me follow the action.

    Uncle says:


    Well done old chap, that gave the Eagles a good seeing to and we have plenty to celebrate with a brace of kills
    Had a butchers at the Tally and had to correct a few bits - Note the format used please...
    Pilots name / what happened to them & where / injuries / Victories.. and make sure you include all the relevant info - eg Fire, engine damage, FRTB etc... I had to go over it a couple of times but I think I got it all straightened out in the end..
    Thanks Dave! I will get it right eventually. I did not count the second Flame card for Schwartz as the total took him down anyway .My Bad!

    I found the BRF a bit confusing with the photos provided as he did not have the No Mans Land mat but tried to follow the logic.
    Last edited by gully_raker; 04-26-2021 at 04:01.

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    Great job, Barry. Although, given the Huns were strafing their own trenches, it might have been better to leave them alone.

    Still two enemy planes downed, so drinks in the mess.

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    Good result for your boys, Baz.
    Ours, not so much ....


    A shame about the flash (not Dave) messing up the exposure. You might try fixing the level using one of the free photo software programs. (I use Google Picasa)

    Glad you got your table at a back-friendly level.
    Have some rep.

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    Nice one Barry, I originally thought that the overexposed pics was due to sunshine and was very envious.

    A good result for your chaps but as Paul said maybe letting them strafe their own trenches longer would have been fun.

    I don't usually use altitude in WWl but intend trying Dave's at some point which as I understand it, is levels within a bubble as a dog fight might be. However I've started on WWll and think altitude is a different thing, dive bombers etc. Do you think Zoes might work for that? I need something simple and find chits placed on cards doesn't seem to work for my limited computing power.
    Cheers

    Blasted Rep gun jammed as a result of you catching up so fast. Sorry.

    Oh and the raised table sounds a really good idea.

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    Well done Baz and well done Dusty and Al for their victories. I have to admit, one of the reasons all my aircraft are run on AI these days is because every time I take control of an aircraft, things go horribly wrong So Dusty is proof that it can be done

    Good victory for the doggies Glad the new high table makes things more comfortable for you. Rep on the way

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    Zoes Simplified Alt Rules are what we all use at Cancon (When we get a chance to go there post Covid!)
    Do a site search to get her post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Well done Baz and well done Dusty and Al for their victories. I have to admit, one of the reasons all my aircraft are run on AI these days is because every time I take control of an aircraft, things go horribly wrong So Dusty is proof that it can be done

    Good victory for the doggies Glad the new high table makes things more comfortable for you. Rep on the way
    Thanks Mike. I agree flying a plane does not alway work out better than the AI but it certainly did in this case.

    Yes the table height made a big difference in the pleasure of the game.

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    Always a tough nut to go after those 2 seaters. Your boys did very well to take one of them down and a scout as well. All home to celebrate the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Always a tough nut to go after those 2 seaters. Your boys did very well to take one of them down and a scout as well. All home to celebrate the day!
    Yes Peter I was pretty "chuffed" to get a result like that Vs 2 2 seaters.

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