Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Erik

      Please change your passwords ...   01/17/2023

      Everyone is required to update your password for your CombatACE account now. Please follow this link to update your password: https://combatace.com/settings/password/ Please do not re-use your old passwords. We will be changing all passwords for all accounts, and you will be locked out if you don't update your password today. Spammers are gaining access to accounts with weak passwords and using those accounts to spam with. We will ban all compromised accounts that spam. To protect your account update your password.
Sign in to follow this  
Javito1986

I got cocky :-(

Recommended Posts

My most recent pilot career had been going great. I had 2 confirmed kills, another claim pending and it was only my first week with the squadron. These guys I shot down were two Triplanes and one Pfalz. I'd also been fighting Albatros planes to great success, though hadn't brought one down. The pilots were from mediocre to poor squadrons and it showed. I could sneak right up on some of them without their ever looking behind them and knock them out of the sky.

But I'm dead now. Because I thought I was a little badass that could outfly and outfight anyone in WOFF. So when my squadron ran into red painted Triplanes, I didn't think twice about engaging them the same way I did the other guys.

Nah. This triplane flew circles around me, cut inside my turn and filled me full of holes. I was out of the fight before you could blink. Then he strafed and killed me after I made a forced landing, as if shooting my engine out and making me land in No Man's Land wasn't insult enough.

I SHOULD HAVE considered the situation more before jumping right in. Should've looked at that scary paint job and treated it like a big neon "DANGER" sign. Should have realized that while a well flown Sopwith Camel can outfly a Dr. I flown by someone straight out of the Kaiser's flying school, it isn't going to work out against an expertly flown Dr. I. So I became breakfast and victory #Whatever for that jerk.

Let that be a lesson: Think first!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Reminds me of a saying from my early military career:  "There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I likely would have never survived that war as a pilot....I'm too aggressive. It is impossible however to project one self into the actual conflict so one can't say for sure how they would fight. For example, French pilots may have been aggressive just by the fact that they were fighting on their own soil and their families may have been in harms way. I guess what I'm trying to say is aggressive or even cocky is not always bad. Some guys fought that way and they survived to live beyond the war. It just becomes less likely the more chances that are taken.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 I guess what I'm trying to say is aggressive or even cocky is not always bad.

When you get down to it, it's almost the definition of a  fighter pilot. I don't recall the actual percentage cited, but I recall hearing that the sum total of pilots who became Aces accounted for something like 60% of all planes shot down. This was in the European theater, but I would assume that it applied elsewhere.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..