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  1. Hi Becker, I am sorry that you received no answer to this very good question. I hope this late contribution will still be useful, though my answer is "it depends" :) Mission frequency for recon. and art. obs. units depended very much on tempo of operations and atmospheric conditions - if it is an 'active' Front and visibility is good and the days are long then yes, a mission per day in 1915 is reasonable. If it is a quiet Front in winter you might want to reduce that to one every other day and then reduce it even further by cancelling the mission if you get to the airfield after your briefing and find that it is raining, or there is heavy cloud or mist (just quit the mission and fast forward to the next day). In 2015 you would invariably be flying these missions on your own - so if the game assigns a whole flight to the mission you can reduce the fuel for the other members of the Flight to 5% or 10% and they will just take off and land again without flying the mission with you. B.
  2. Books?

    I would just add 'Wings of war' by Rudolf Stark, as I don't see it mentioned above - this is a very readable first-hand account by a staffel-leader from one of the non-elite German fighter units. B.
  3. Transfer requests

    There is also a Workshop setting - if you want to make sure that the transfer request is not rejected, you need to set it to always approved.
  4. MODS release

    Hi I have fully re-worked and updated my mission file set, fully compatible with BH&HII, and this is now available from the Downloads section here : There is also a separate set of Defence missions (the solo missions that kick in when a unit is 'working up' or non-operational) that have been changed slightly to give them a national flavour to fit in with the main mission set. Also available from the Downloads section as Bletchley's Defence Mission Types. When you add these to WOFF and use the '3rd Party Mission Types' switch in Workshop they will expand upon the stock set of campaign missions (especially so for the Recon. / bombing units) and add historical detail and instructions to the briefings. The primary log entries will be added in the language of the unit. Have fun, and let me know if you have any problems. B.
  5. View File Bletchley's Mission Types for WOFF BH&HII Missions edited by Bletchley especially for 'Wings Over Flanders Fields' and updated for BH&HII They are designed to add variety and more historical information and detail in the briefings to add even more immersion! Submitter Bletchley Submitted 06/03/2021 Category Maps, Missions, and Campaigns  
  6. Bletchley's Defence Mission Types for WOFF BH&HII View File Defence Missions edited by Bletchley especially for 'Wings: Over Flanders Fields' and updated for BH&HII They are designed to add a national flavour to the briefings for the Defence Mission Types used by WOFF when a unit is Working Up or is otherwise non-operational for reasons other than bad weather Submitter Bletchley Submitted 06/03/2021 Category Maps, Missions, and Campaigns  
  7. Version 1.0.0

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    Defence Missions edited by Bletchley especially for 'Wings: Over Flanders Fields' and updated for BH&HII They are designed to add a national flavour to the briefings for the Defence Mission Types used by WOFF when a unit is Working Up or is otherwise non-operational for reasons other than bad weather
  8. Version 1.0.0

    30 downloads

    Missions edited by Bletchley especially for 'Wings Over Flanders Fields' and updated for BH&HII They are designed to add variety and more historical information and detail in the briefings to add even more immersion!
  9. Those Bombs Things

    About 3,000 ft works for me
  10. Escorts! There appears to be a random chance of a Bomber/Reccy mission being assigned an escort of fighters. This works well for French/USA and British missions, where historically the fighters were routinely assigned escort duties to their larger friends. For German missions it doesn't, in my opinion, work so well - from what I can gather the elite German fighter units were never assigned escort duties, and for the 'lesser' units it was a rare assignment from the end of 1916. Escorts were provided by the 2-seater Schutzstaffel units that were based with the Reccy units from early 1917 and formed part of the Reccy flight when in the air. In tinkering with the mission files over the years I have noticed that there is what appears to be an ON/OFF switch included in each mission entry at line 13 (it is set to either '1' or '0'). Missions assigned to cross over to the enemy side of the lines are set to '1' and those that do not are set to '0'. Other than that, I don't know what this switch does - changing the '0' to a'1' or vice versa appears to have no effect on the mission, that I can determine. If it is redundant, it would be great to see this re-purposed to switch fighter escorts 'Randomly On' as now, or 'Off', so that an entry of '1' retained the random chance of a Bomber/Reccy mission being assigned a fighter escort whilst changing it to '0' switches this off. This would not effect the stock missions, as all Bomber/Reccy missions are over the enemy side of the lines and all have a '1' at line 13, so would continue to get the random chance of an escort. And the fighter missions don't get fighter escorts anyway. For the 3rd Part Mission sets, however, being able to set escorts to 'Randomly On' or 'Off' in the mission file would enable the mission creator/editor to switch all or some of the German fighter escorts 'Off' to give an historically more accurate German Bomber/Reccy mission. It would be easy then to assume that the 2nd or 3rd aircraft in a German Reccy or Art.Obs. flight is the Schutzstaffel escort, and German fighters would no longer routinely cross the lines in close support of the Reccy and Bombing flights as they currently do. B.
  11. London Scenery

    Looks like Westminster Bridge has taken a hit from a Zeppelin raid :) B.
  12. Mixture Control for Caudron G4

    There is also a key to select all engines, if you want to control both engines as one... B.
  13. Would also be nice if the Caudron throttle animation was reversed as I think, as with most if not all French aircraft of this period, the throttle was pulled back to open the throttle (not pushed forwards as was normal for British and German aircraft) Also true for Italian aircraft, I think, if OBD extends WOFF to the Italian theatre at some point... http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1343 https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/39441/has-there-ever-been-a-plane-with-reversed-flight-controls/39443 Might even do that for the actual throttle controls, though I suspect that might lead to confusion and complaints! Historically, I think it did cause a number of accidents. :) B.
  14. Caudron G4 as the training machine for French careers? Instead of the the BE2, as now. I think it would make Lt. Triggier very happy :) B.
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