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94th Aero Online Campaign

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Gentlemen!

 

Please find below the daily report covering 94th Aero Squadron operations for the 4th September 1918:

 

Mission 1 - Photo Reconnaissance of Frescaty airbase - T/O 09:13

 

Pilots

A Flight

von Baur - A Flt Commander

Axgrinder

Red-dog

 

B Flight

Firecage - B Flt Commander

Burning Beard

Sitting Duck

SRC

 

The squadron was tasked to perform a fighting patrol over enemy lines with a secondary mission of photographing Frescaty airbase if time and circumstances allowed. During the transit towards the front lines a small formation of un-escorted Hannover CIIIs was seen at 1,000' to the east of Verdun and A Flt commander detailed his flight to engage while B Flt remainded at altitude. During the engagement 3 of the Hannovers were destroyed for the loss of one of our own aircraft; von Baur claiming 2 and Red-Dog being awarded 1 postumously - unfortunately Red-Dog fell to the rear guns of the last Hannover shortly after sending the first down in flames. The squadron then reformed and proceeded towards the secondary target. Approximately 5 miles from Frescaty the squadron was engaged by a large formation of Fokker DVIIs. During the ensuing melee von Baur shot down 2 DVIIs with Axgrinder and Sitting Duck accounting for a further 1 apeice. Unfortunately we lost SRC and Burning Beard during this final engagement.

 

Mission 2 - Strike on Enemy Railhead - T/O 12:09

 

Pilots

A Flight

Burning Beard - A Flt Commander

von Baur

SRC

Firecage

Sitting Duck

Firecage

Axgrinder

Dutch

Dudley

 

Information received from reconnaissance aircraft returning from a dawn sortie reported that a large concentration of enemy reinforcements seen disembarking at a railhead less than 2 miles from the front. A Flt was immediatately tasked to perform a strike on the trains, troops and supplies being offloaded. Pilots of of B Flt were assigned to the combined strike force in order to put as much firepower on the target as possible. A Flt commander lead the formation across the lines at low level, altering course regularly to avoid formations of enemy aircraft en route. The formation reached the target unscathed and proceeded to sweep the railhead causing mayhem and panic amongst the troops. Although no accurate assessment can be made of the damage caused, smoke was seen rising from the railhead by the departing strike force. All pilots landed safely back at the airfield. A recommendation for a commendation for the mission commander is attached as an appendix to this report.

 

Mission 3 - Fighting Patrol over Enemy Lines - T/O 15:00

 

Pilots

A Flight

SRC - A Flt Commander

Burning Beard

Dudley

Red-Dog

 

B Flight

Firecage - B Flt Commander

von Baur

Sitting Duck

Axgrinder

Dutch

 

The last sortie of the day was tasked at short notice when reports of heavy concentrations of enemy aircraft were attempting to establish local air superiority to the east of the Verdun salient. A Flt commander lead the formation directly towards the lines climbing steeply towards the reported altitude of the enemy aircraft. The squadron encountered a large formation of Fokker DVIIs that were later reinforced by Fokker DRIs. During the battle the squadron accounted for 12 enemy aircraft for the loss of only one of our own. The kill tallies for this remarkable acheivement are as follows; Firecage - 2 DVIIs and 2 DRIs, Dutch - 3 DVIIs, Sitting Duck, Axgrinder and von Baur - 1 DVII apeice, Burning Beard - 1 DRI and Red-Dog - 1 Hannover CIII which ran into the melee during the latter stages of the engagement. If it wasn't for the unfortunate demise of Dudley, who picked up 2 DRIs on his tail while diving back into the general melee, this would have been a textbook example of a fighting patrol. High praise should be given to A Flt's commander who concentrated on co-ordinating the battle rather than concentrating on personal glory.

 

The current tally of active pilots/kills is as follows:

Firecage - 5 (ACE)

von Baur - 5 (ACE)

Dutch - 3

Sitting Duck - 2

Axgrinder - 2

Burning Beard - 1

Red-Dog - 1

 

During the campaign, our highest scoring pilots were Firecage (5) and von Baur (5), with Stumpjumper and Burning Beard also acheiving 5 kills each before their demise.

 

This concludes the 94th Aero Squadron online campaign.

 

Submitted respectfully on 4th September 1918,

 

Vasco :pilotfly:

Officer Commanding 94th Aero Squadron

Edited by Vasco

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Welcome back, Vasco, and thank you for the report. Hope you enjoyed your holiday. Looking forward to the next go-round. Speaking of which, could you toss up those aircraft options again, please? I remember the Dr1, PD-III and AD-V but I can't recall the fourth plane. Logic would suggest the AD-III, but for some reason that seems wrong.

 

Also, a idea.gif occurred to me through the week, not sure how easy or difficult its implementation would be. To avoid the "What's the override date?" question always popping up, how about setting the mission date to be the same as the current calendar date? That way anyone with a short attention span (embarrassedly raises own hand) would only need to remember the year.

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Thanks for the feedback guys,

 

von Baur, the aircraft available at the start of the Jasta 4 campaign will be:

 

Fokker DRI

Albatros DVA

Albatross DIII OAW

Pfalz DIIIA

 

Furthermore, the campaign date will be added to the 'title' information on the TS channel (on the right side of the TS screen) we use, that way everybody can see it before starting up the game.

 

Regards,

 

Vasco :pilotfly:

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as soon as i recevie info on the prizes from vasco ill get in touch with the ppl and get hem out as well as last months prizes

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thout the kills totals was cumulative till you died....

 

i had 3 previous week, and 2 last week......and aint died yet..

 

i always knew you didnt like me...

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My apologies Duck,

 

I didn't carry over last weeks scores fot you - so you have two 5-kill aces; one alive and one dead. It seems 5 kills is the bogie for everyone.

 

Vasco :pilotfly:

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Vasco,

 

Thanks for the kind words regarding the 3rd flight. I'm sure the chaps would have made a good fist of it regardless of who was leading!

 

I really must break my duck in these MP gigs - I've not shot anything down yet, and rarely do anything other than achieve something like 1-2% hits. I can see that I would have made a pretty dreadful pilot in WWI. Thanks to everyone else for overlooking this!

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I will make sure im at the fight this coming sunday. Family health issue took me away this weekend. If you have an extra put me in a dr1

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