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32 minutes ago, mandrews_2 said:

 

27 November 1917 In which Stephen Edwards V gets a bit of jewelry

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Bloody hell! (As Inspector Brackenreid would intone in Murdoch Mysteries) .... I aint not got none yet. One lousy kill and no gongs!

Good job mandrews. Well deserved. 

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0750 hours

02-Dec-17

The CO reports incoming Huns. Spiv takes off with B flight to intercept.

 

 

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mandrews_2: Nice work there! Now you'll have something to rattle when you go to see the Beatles, if there is ever such a group...

catch: just caught up with both your videos. Really lovely work, both the video production and the fighting!

 

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Well done Balders, Mandrews, Rick and Catch... Good flying and all still alive, ready to go up and do it all again. (no pressure) 

And Rick will be fine (read the small print)  :lol:

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2 hours ago, TROOPER117 said:

Well done Balders, Mandrews, Rick and Catch... Good flying and all still alive, ready to go up and do it all again. (no pressure) 

And Rick will be fine (read the small print)  :lol:

You should always read the small print! But you shouldn't try to predict the future! :wink:

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Bugger!... crikey, bad luck mate... thought you had cracked it. That was a good fight, lots of damage dished out to Hunland as well.  :sad:

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@Rick Rawlings What the heck!

Well at least you know you're in exalted company. Flying accidents took many a good chap. One James T. B. McCudden comes to mind.

I knew you should have stayed just that little bit longer in the Convent. You know, being "attended" to by the nuns 'n' all ....

I will say this though. You were a very popular member of RFC 40. And just look at how many turned up for your funeral. All the girls were there.

Please accept my condolences. A very unfortunate demise.

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1 hour ago, mandrews_2 said:

Well I don't know about that -- I will say that I have been very lucky so far.

Me too. There's a few empty chairs in the '40 mess. And the Reaper is never very far away ....

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1 hour ago, catch said:

@Rick Rawlings What the heck!

Well at least you know you're in exalted company. Flying accidents took many a good chap. One James T. B. McCudden comes to mind.

I knew you should have stayed just that little bit longer in the Convent. You know, being "attended" to by the nuns 'n' all ....

I will say this though. You were a very popular member of RFC 40. And just look at how many turned up for your funeral. All the girls were there.

Please accept my condolences. A very unfortunate demise.

Indeed! To be fair, those tree tops don't render in until late and the don't read very well against the partial snow tiles, so I wasn't completely careless! I did have a pretty good laugh over it, as it is an oddly appropriate end for me to a challenge based on past experiences...

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1 hour ago, Mfair621 said:

Check in and 3 bit the big one!  It’s deadly out there chaps!

Well, it is a Rick Rawlings Challenge, not a Rick Rawlings Cakewalk! (We'll have to try one of those sometime!) I did j just catch a Stache video on YouTube, so hopefully he'll be around at some point with some more pleasant news!

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05-Dec-17

0854 hours

Spiv has survived 10 missions with 40 squadron and longs for the embrace of Gwendolen Turdlington. Strictly above board of course. Unless he can get some of them french letters.

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His 11th mission is a scramble. Nothing to report. Struggles to gain height to reach the nasty hun two seaters. He sees them in the distance tantalisingly out of reach and just can't get to first base. Blast the blighters. He loses B flight and returns to base thinking of Gwendolen.

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Jimmy Barnes and Quent Rogers go west. Too many stout fellows taken. It suddenly dawns on Spiv that Gwendolen may be related to the CO! That could explain a lot. He decides to definitely acquire some french letters. Right after the funeral.

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1st Flight: a rather uneventful first sortie for our pilot. Their job was to do a quick patrol of their front lines. They didn't meet any opposition, but he was sure he had seen Jasta 30 flying in the distance.

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6 hours ago, trustworthykebab said:

1st Flight: a rather uneventful first sortie for our pilot. Their job was to do a quick patrol of their front lines. They didn't meet any opposition, but he was sure he had seen Jasta 30 flying in the distance.

That's not a problem, we need some new blood! Uneventful is good for now!

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(Personal diary & log)

23 November 1917  The weather has been atrocious the last three days.  The hats kept saying '24 hours...24 hours'.  Not sure these guys could forecast their way out of a wet paper sack.  Spent the time helping the boys maintain my machine.  I've taken up smoking.  Mom will kill me when I get home.  Maybe we can go tomorrow.  The C.O was unusual this evening, coming around to our tent and having a brandy.  The man even tried joking.  He didn't even suspend me for having Smithers race around the field on the messengers motor bike, towing me and Naps on a toboggan while we drank the last of my rye from home. All the old man said was "Take better care you bloody Colonial."

24 November 1917 Mission 6--Clouds and rain but okay to fly.  Tasked to intercept a flight of enemy aeroplanes over FF2224 (I don't know why I bother writing this as I'm sure it will get redacted).  Again the thick clouds were the enemies best friend.  Somehow we all missed spotting them and they bounced us around 1012h.  Pfalz's by the look of them.  They tore into us pretty good, I saw the old man buy it.  May have been a control cable hit as he just gently swanned in.  Bugger.  I helped Naps pack up Chickering's things.  Pretty silent evening.

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25 November 1917 Mission 7-- Better day for flying although I'm feeling a bit gloomy inside.  I can see now why the old hands don't want to know anyone.  Routine patrol over Bupaume.  No enemy today, I guess the sky doesn't favour them.

26 November 1917 Mission 8--The hats tell us the old man's replacement will be here in four days.  Watch it be Swaggers.  Our job this morning took us back towards Loos rail junction and yard.  Apparently the recce boys picked up on some irregular troop trains arriving.  As we headed there, Tuds spotted some enemy Pfalz's and we engaged.  I'm trying to conserve ammunition for the strafing runs on the railyard so I got nice and close this time and fired probably fifty rounds out of the Lewis and shredded his wing.  I didn't watch him fall because we were being swarmed by a second enemy squadron.  Very protective of the rail yard today!  The second group were mainly Albatross fighters and gave us as good as we gave.  I thought I got a second kill today but my target managed to get away from me.  When  landed my ground crew pointed out a bunch of holes near the cockpit and some stitching through the tail surfaces.  The attack on the railyard was repulsed today but it cost them.

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27 November 1917 Received a dispatch saying I'd been awarded a medal.  Total of two confirmed kills now.

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17 minutes ago, Baldric said:

(Personal diary & log)

27 November 1917 Received a dispatch saying I'd been awarded a medal.  Total of two confirmed kills now.

 

Well done Baldic.  Keep it up.

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28 November 1917 In which the huns beat us to our Harry Tates

B flight is assigned escort duty for some recon RE8s from RFC 4 Sqn.  We take off, gain our altitude and as we arrive at the rendevous point, we can see in the distance the Huns have beaten us our Harry Tates.  McScotch turns to the attack and the 5 of us join him.  By the time we arrive, several of the RE8s are missing and their gunners are doing their best to fend of the Albs.  I spend a minute or two in the melee and in one of my turns I notice an Alb trying to seek away from the flight below me.  I suspect he's been hit already and dive on him.  I pull in behind him and manage to track him and fire off the better part of my Lewis's drum.  Just as I'm think I'll need to re-load, I make effect with my guns, and he rolls over and crashes.  I turn around and notice I've gotten a bit away from the others and head back for the airfield.  The end result: 5 RE8s forced down.  No-one killed; but several of the machines are badly damaged.  We manage to get 6 Alb DVa's.  Three are credited to 4th Sqn, and three to 40th (mine included).

 

N.B.  Sorry forgot to take pictures in the heat of battle.

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