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Cpt.Kremmen

Strangely quiet in western front

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Hello!

My DH2 pilot hasn't seen an enemy plane after 1.28.

Good side is that he has now flown over 17 hours and survived. Got promoted too.

He is flying in Amiens - Cambrai area in March 1916.

I even put TAC on, and on 8 Nmiles. All planes in vicinity are british or french. Very strange.

Perhaps there is some kind of gap in German defence :no: .

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I had the same in may 1916 with my french pilot, He went 7 hrs before the one E111 he saw shot him down. Keep your guard up mate.....

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Haha! No, Widowmaker, I am in that area, but in September 1916, with Jasta 2.

Better not come across our flight path, Capt.Kremmen - we LOVE toasting DH2s.

He is my best pilot getting on, and just shot down 3 BE2c.

But I didn't feel good with it. I mean, those poor blokes had 4 - 5 Sopwith Strutter with them,

but when our flight of 5 Albatros D II appeared, they couldn't climb away fast enough, letting

the BE2c's an easy target for us. I followed them, and shot down one after the other - they crashed

within some 4 - 5 minutes.

No, I'd say this frankly: MvR wouldn't have had reason to be too proud of such kills. Easy meat...

 

My other pilot flies in April 1918, but he almost ends every second flight in collisions. Or could it be the

lower wing breaking? I went after diving SPADs each time? Hey, I must ask Winder...

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Sounds like you are in a dull area, the squads in the area may be missing the craft they had or whatever for that period

Also earlier dates will realistically be less traffic.

 

which squad?

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I tried a French campaign pilot and in the March to April time period around the same Cambrai Amiens area it seemed awful quiet. It does get busy a bit later.

 

Had some other quirk pop up with #10 RNAS flying the triplane in campaign mode had this for the campaign date 36/5/1917. Must of been some new calendar back then. Accepted the mission given for that day and hit go to the field, game went pffffffffffffffttttttttttttt, and computer locked up. Had to reboot after the weird date campaign ran fine??

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Just choose another later date, or maybe another squad for the moment ..

 

we'll look into it if it's possible/historical to add more in the area for that date - we may need other new aircraft though.

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Hmmmmm...strangely similar...

 

Just started a new campaign on first day with Jasta 1 as Flg. Fritz Einflieger flying an E-III in 1915. Goal: make it from start of flying ops to Armistace day alive.

 

First mission: escort recce almost to the Coast and back. Warp took me so far out over the North Sea I was out of the combat area before I knew it. Had to ESC to get home.

 

Second Mission: same escort, afternoon of same day . This time Warp got us to the objective and almost back to Bertincourt. Then Warp carried me almost to Lille!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH! I don't have time for this! I've gotta go to work this afternoon!!!! :rofl:

 

Went back to flying manually and made it back to base when it was darn near night time.

 

Not an enemy aircraft anywhere in sight yet.

 

Prost!

 

TvO

Edited by Todt Von Oben

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YES! YES! All new aeroplanes are very much appreciated. :biggrin::good::biggrin:

Thanks in advance!

 

Good luck,. That is a lofty goal and I look forward to hearing of your success/demise? :biggrin:

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Hmmmmm...strangely similar...

 

Just started a new campaign on first day with Jasta 1 as Flg. Fritz Einflieger flying an E-III in 1915. Goal: make it from start of flying ops to Armistace day alive.

 

First mission: escort recce almost to the Coast and back. Warp took me so far out over the North Sea I was out of the combat area before I knew it. Had to ESC to get home.

 

Second Mission: same escort, afternoon of same day . This time Warp got us to the objective and almost back to Bertincourt. Then Warp carried me almost to Lille!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH! I don't have time for this! I've gotta go to work this afternoon!!!! :rofl:

 

Went back to flying manually and made it back to base when it was darn near night time.

 

Not an enemy aircraft anywhere in sight yet.

 

Prost!

 

TvO

 

I meant to post the message here. Good luck,. That is a lofty goal and I look forward to hearing of your success/demise? :biggrin:

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Todt von oben - you're either an extremely optimistic pilot, or haven't read about the Eindecker here.

When you encounter little or no enemies - better be glad about that.

But your goal: make it from start of flying ops to Armistace day alive." - I haven't yet managed to make

the 17 hours (maybe my choices of Jastas is always in the very tough sectors).

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Dull area's good side is that you learn to fly your plane quite well. And you will get easily over 17 hours of flying time.

 

And by the way. We DH2 pilots do not get roasted. We heroically fly to the glory, and get toasted. :tongue:

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When starting a career, always remember that the vast majority of air ops on both sides in WW1 were in support of ground forces. This ranged from tacitcal CAS to operational recon and supply interdiction, and the fighter patrols and escorts arranged to make these "mud-moving" missions possible. Thus, air activity closely followed ground activity. When one side or the other was mounting a "push", it concentrated its squadrons there to help its ground troops, so the other side concentrated its squadrons there to interfere as much as possible.

 

As a result, there wasn't a Hell of a lot of air activity beyond the operational axes of the current major land battles. Both sides left just enough planes (and infantry) in the "quiet" sectors to "hold the line", mostly to make sure the enemy wasn't planning a surprise attack there. The major battles fully occupied the entire military-industrial complexes of the Powers, because their existence depended on it. The casualty lists certainly reflect this. Thus, if you're not in a "hot" sector, you're not likely to see much action.

 

BTW, this shows the name of the OFF P3 was well-chosen, no matter what some folks thought at the time back on SOH. What do you consider Heaven? What do you consider Hell? To most normal folks caught up in a war, Heaven is a quiet sector. To psychos, it's the opposite. Which are you? :smile: Look me up at www.valhalla.gov :biggrin:

 

Anyway, the Germans had the smaller airforce and the whole Western Front so shifted their squadrons around to the hotspots pretty frequently. As a result, it really doesn't matter that much what unit you're in. If you want to see action, you will, with only relatively short breaks. OTOH, the Brits and French divided the front between them and didn't usually move each other's squadrons to where their own land battles were. As a result, if your section of the front is quiet for months on end, you can stay there even though a major battle is raging down the line elsewhere. And if you're a Brit, you might even be called back to defend London during the various WW1 blitzes. And then there's the US, which went on the offensive pretty much from the get-go, so you're likely to see action with them.

 

Bottom line: learn the history of the land war of WW1 and get yourself in the right place at the right time.

Edited by Bullethead

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Guest British_eh

Well, for some reason, maybe it's the planes, I fly 1919 Jasta's, and SE5a's/ Tripe's, and there is no shortage of action, especially in the "Good" and "Elite" squads. Maybe I shouldpick up a clue here though, as the Fronthas been so busy I've lost 4 of last 8 pilot's to in air crashes, ( a most unoble attempt by the enemy to down pilots), one to Gorund fire, and two shot down. Have just one pilot from RFC 56 Squad that has survived, and he only has 3 + hours. At 100 % Realsim, and DiD, it will truly be a miracle to survive 17 hours, a feat not terribly difficult in P2, but horrendously hard in P3 with the above, or so I think.

 

Cheers,

 

British_eh

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