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Thread: OTT CYM Mission 12--And the Beat Goes On--27th September '16--gully_raker

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    Default OTT CYM Mission 12--And the Beat Goes On--27th September '16--gully_raker

    Uncle called all the 2 seaters crews of C Flight together. "Right Chaps I want a crew to volunteer to undertake an artillery spotting mission using a new flying pattern some wallah at HQ has dreamed up. There are two heavy German Batteries causing havoc to our lads in the trenches & this is an ideal time to try this new approach".
    Young 2nd Lt. Patrick Thyme, known in the flight as "Part time" due to his initials from Patrick Arthur Roland Thyme, immediately called out "Sir! I would like to take on that mission with my regular observer AM2 Alf Apsland" "Excellent" said Uncle. "You will fly the CDL Strutter which has just had a full overhaul & I will detail Sgt Al Foyle to act as your escort in De Havilland C 3." Now here is the chart for the mission".

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    The two British aircraft took off & headed for the German Lines.

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    Ahead in the distance they could see 2 Hun Halbertstadt scouts headed their way. Earlier from the Eagles Nest Ltn Otto Schoenfielder in his grey D.II & Ltn Kurt Rudiger in a cream D.II had taken off for a morning patrol & seeing the enemy machines headed towards them.

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    Sgt Foyle headed for the grey D.II & they exchanged shots but both guns immediately jammed. "Bugger" muttered Foyle banging on the breach of his Lewis.

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    Rudiger had a clear shot at the Strutter as it headed towards its turning point & missed but Apsland found he was out of arc to try to return fire.

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    As the Strutter continued its turn it allowed its observer to fire & the 2 aircraft exchanged shots with equal results.

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    As he was preparing to radio in to the Artillery Apsland had to concentrate on the Halberstadt who continued to chase them. They exchanged close range shots & Alf's aim was perfect wounding the German Pilot. Al Foyle also tried a deflection shot at the D.II but missed.

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    The Strutter narrowly avoided a collision with the Halberstadt as the pilot was stunned & continued to fly ahead. Sgt Foyle had another shot & this time did not miss damaging the Germans rudder!

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    The British Artillery fired but missed the target.

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    The grey Halberstadt now joined in the battle damaging Sgt Foyles rudder but Al's close range shots blew the D.II of Rudiger out of the Air!

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    As the grey D.II banked to avoid a collision with Foyle's DH-2 Alf Apsland put a damaging burst into the Halberstadts engine.

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    As the Halberstadt turned for home with its damaged engine Foyle fired off the last of his drum & the gun jammed.

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    The British Artillery now again fired to the corrections radioed to them & this time scored a direct hit on the German emplacement.

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    Foyle continued to hunt down the damaged Halberstadt but realised he would not be able to catch it before it reached safety & he also spied a Fokker E.III approaching from German territory.

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    The Fokker immediately headed for the British 2 seater.

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    The two aircraft closed & exchanged shots but neither caused any damage.

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    The Strutter banked to avoid a collision after their head on attacks.

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    As they separated Alf Apsland took a long range shot at the E.III & caused slight damage,

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    Turning back to radio to the Artillery to fire on the second target the Strutter saw the Fokker had Immlemanned & was headed back towards them.

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    This time the Artillery was spot on & the second German emplacement exploded spectacularly!

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    With the mission completed the two British aircraft turned for home with the satisfaction of a very successful mission & another victory for Sgt Al Foyle.

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    Thoughts & Observations

    Well that was a fun mission to fly! Bit of a struggle to try to keep to the pattern but did my best.
    I think I was very lucky with the damage draws as the Germans copped the worst however the cards always turn eventually.
    I flew the Strutter & all other aircraft were AI. The 3rd German scout came on too late to really make an impact.
    Used Dave's D8 charts as usual & altitude was not required.
    Thanks Mike for a most enjoyable mission.
    And many Thanks to Dave (flash) for all the hard Admin work & corrections to my Butchers Bills!

    VICTORY POINTS

    British:
    2 targets destroyed = 20 points
    1 scout shot down = 5 points
    1 scout FTRB = 5 points

    TOTAL 30 points

    German
    No Points

    BRITISH VICTORY
    Last edited by flash; 05-05-2021 at 10:44. Reason: title Adjust - Don't need AAR as prefix adds that.

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    Bulldogs:

    Sgt Al Foyle RTB 1 Kill (Rudiger)
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    P2 2nd Lt. Patrick A. R. Thyme RTB--No Kills

    O. AM2 Alf Apsland RTB-- No Kills
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    Eagles:

    Ltn Otto Schoenfielder FTRB-E No Kills
    Rolled 5 + 2 = Landed safely
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    Ltn Kurt Rudiger SD-EXP-FT / WIA No Kills
    Rolled 6 -3EXP -1 WIA = 2 KIA
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    Ltn Karl Franz Däger RTB No Kills
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    By George! I think he got it right this time!
    Last edited by flash; 05-01-2021 at 05:54. Reason: Tally Tidy - much better !

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    Well that was a splendid end to your CYM Campaign, Baz.


    The luck was certainly with your boys and they used it well.

    RIP Ltn Karl Rüdiger
    I wonder is he was a cousin to my Karsten Rüdiger who suffered a similar fate early in the Daring Young Men campaign?

    REP on the way packed with a single malt.

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    Thanks for the kind words Pete.
    Wouldn't be surprised as I dont think Rudiger is a popular name in Germany.
    R.I.P. All the Rudigers!

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    Oh well played Baz, the cards fell for your chaps that time out


    Uncle says:

    Well done chaps, everyone home in one piece, Huns sent packing and their new arty positions properly malleted. Something to celebrate methinks
    Well done on the Tally Baz, much improved, keep it up.
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    Congratulations Baz. A great ending to your campaign and a fine victory for the Bulldogs. I must say I was relieved to see no Albatros DIs or IIs turning up RIP Ltn Kurt Rudiger Well played and glad you enjoyed it

    The required flight pattern is pretty nigh impossible using known manoeuver cards in any deck, so yes, all you can do is match it as closely as possible. I thought of providing special cards, but that was a non starter. Myself I flew a very zig zag figure of eight and pre prepared a flight pattern that I had available for any who wanted it, but nobody did

    I'll have to spray the rep around a bit more before returning, but this is certainly worthy as a final AAR in the DYM campaign. - I'll be back.
    PS Like the look of your new table - quite the correct use of a garage; I know of nobody who keeps a car in theirs
    (Assuming I interpreted the photo correctly of course )

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Congratulations Baz. A great ending to your campaign and a fine victory for the Bulldogs. I must say I was relieved to see no Albatros DIs or IIs turning up RIP Ltn Kurt Rudiger Well played and glad you enjoyed it

    The required flight pattern is pretty nigh impossible using known manoeuver cards in any deck, so yes, all you can do is match it as closely as possible. I thought of providing special cards, but that was a non starter. Myself I flew a very zig zag figure of eight and pre prepared a flight pattern that I had available for any who wanted it, but nobody did

    I'll have to spray the rep around a bit more before returning, but this is certainly worthy as a final AAR in the DYM campaign. - I'll be back.
    PS Like the look of your new table - quite the correct use of a garage; I know of nobody who keeps a car in theirs
    (Assuming I interpreted the photo correctly of course )
    Thanks Mike! Yes my Holden Commodore Berlina now some 20 years old that replaced my Toyota 4Runner resides in the visitors car spot for my Villa 18 so the garage is always available for gaming.

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    Yes my Holden Commodore Berlina now some 20 years old that replaced my Toyota 4Runner resides in the visitors car spot for my Villa 18 so the garage is always available for gaming.
    Glad to see you have your priorities sorted

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    Well that's a right proper way to end a campaign, Barry. Three cheers for your Bulldogs followed far too many drinks in the mess.

    I wonder how long you'll keep flying your trusty DH2s in the next campaign.

    Well deserved rep - is in the post due to 'jamming' at my end - and, unlike Peter, not at your end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowDragon View Post
    Well that's a right proper way to end a campaign, Barry. Three cheers for your Bulldogs followed far too many drinks in the mess.

    I wonder how long you'll keep flying your trusty DH2s in the next campaign.

    Well deserved rep - is in the post due to 'jamming' at my end - and, unlike Peter, not at your end.
    Thanks Paul! It was great to finish on a good win.
    I think the time has come to retire my venerable DH-2's but I must say they have served me very well & I love flying them
    However with those Albatros D.II's waiting in the background I think it will be time to add some Spad VII's to my N 17's for C Flights BYM shows.

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