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Old 04-06-2019, 09:01 AM   #271
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What are you launching the mission from? Campaign? Quick Combat? Quick Scenario? I've never used the last one, so I can't help there, but when the Campaign assigns you a mission it does the loadout automatically. On the other hand every bombing mission it's given me so far has been level bombing from 8,000 feet. Then again this is in a BE.2 in early 1915, so I can't say what comes later.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:02 AM   #272
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31 March 1915

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "0850: Followed Ltns Boelcke and Müller on a scouting flight down to Commercy. 2 hours 7 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0901: Photo-Reconnaissance mission over trenches near Lens. Lt Aldaine supporting 2 hours 21 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0901: Photo mission over the trenches south of Bapaume. 1 hour 47 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "1001: Offensive patrol over the lines near Niewpoort again. This time I was alone. 1 hour 44 minutes. Garros went out alone again. Says he encountered no enemy aircraft."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "1218: Lt Cruikshank, Lt Harvey-Kelly and I were sent to that same observation balloon. We saw it. 1 hour 29 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1621: Sent back to Buzancy again. Heavy overcast. Had to drop to 1,000 metres, but nothing to see. 1 hour 8 minutes."
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What are you launching the mission from? Campaign? Quick Combat? Quick Scenario? I've never used the last one, so I can't help there, but when the Campaign assigns you a mission it does the loadout automatically. On the other hand every bombing mission it's given me so far has been level bombing from 8,000 feet. Then again this is in a BE.2 in early 1915, so I can't say what comes later.
It was a campaign mission. I've done six and mostly they are front patrols so I was surprised and let the AI handle it to see what happened. I also find it odd that even with an observation balloon pretty much in your way, it's not attacked. I attacked one anyway on that mission but had a gun jam and couldn't kill it.
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Old 04-06-2019, 04:18 PM   #274
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That's very odd. As I said, so far the Campaign missions have armed my plane automatically. I would ask on the SimHQ WOFF forums. The people who know everything hang out there.
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1 April 1915

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "0557: Short solo scouting mission over Somme-Vesle. 1 hour 28 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0644: Photo mission over Sedan. Beautiful clear sky. 1 hour 41 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0821: Went with Lt Harvey-Kelly to bomb a railyard north of Vitry. 1 hour 29 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0923: Supported Lt Lehman on an Artillery-Spotting mission southwest of Neuve-Chapelle. 2 hours 6 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "1003: Bombing mission on a factory near Arras. Vfw Leffers as second. 1 hour 47 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hanse writes: "1104: Offensive patrol over the lines, this time near Paaschendale. 1 hour 21 minutes.
Garros has done it! He returned from his solo flight claiming to have shot down a German Albatros machine! There is no confirmation as of yet, but his forward gun has been fired several times. If someone saw it, this will be the first time such a feat has been accomplished! All of us are clamoring to fly with him the next time so we can provide affirmation when he does it again. Of course the truth is that we just want to see it happen for ourselves. We also want to have one of these gun fixtures for our own machines."
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I think apparently I am supposed to control the load out which you can do by selecting the lower right sector from the briefing room. I'll check that out next time the mission load out looks wrong.


I discovered the tactical map which will give me all I need to know when leading a flight as well as other modes. It's the lower right clock looking gizmo.


I also changed the labels so it also shows the ground installations and helps me get oriented and I learned how to select what is displayed in the HUD.

Another thing was I mapped the "move eyesight" keystrokes to the joystick so I can now lean out to the left, or right, and look ahead with a clearer view.

I'm finally getting to a point where I feel in control of what will be happening.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:11 AM   #277
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I think apparently I am supposed to control the load out which you can do by selecting the lower right sector from the briefing room. I'll check that out next time the mission load out looks wrong.
As I said, I always get my bombs loaded automatically. I'm not sure what we're doing that's different, but I'll look for that button on my next bombing mission.

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I discovered the tactical map which will give me all I need to know when leading a flight as well as other modes. It's the lower right clock looking gizmo.
I stumbled on the Tactical Map some time ago, but I never used it and have forgotten what to do with it. I'll try to remember to check that out later. Right now all my pilots are in two-seaters, mostly fly recon missions and are usually second to higher-ranking officers.

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I also changed the labels so it also shows the ground installations and helps me get oriented and I learned how to select what is displayed in the HUD.
Good job. The Label tags are Identify, which is the one that shows everything in sight, including ground objects, Dots, which shows nothing except aircraft, and then only as dots in the distance, and Activity, which also shows nothing but aircraft, but you can see them at a great distance (far beyond real visual range) and it tell you what they are up to.

As for the HUD, I see that yours are overlapping. You can use the mouse to drag them further apart, or to place them anywhere on the screen.

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Another thing was I mapped the "move eyesight" keystrokes to the joystick so I can now lean out to the left, or right, and look ahead with a clearer view.
That's one I hadn't though of. I have a head-tracking device, but I still haven't gotten it to work properly. On the other hand my joystick is maxed out. No buttons left to spare.

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I'm finally getting to a point where I feel in control of what will be happening.
Cool! That's always a good feeling.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:33 PM   #278
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2 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0501: Bombing mission against a railyard north of Lens, with Major Salmond and Lt Cruikshank. Had barely reached altitude when my engine failed. Managed to land just west of the aerodrome at Merville. 33 minutes.."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0530: Trench-mapping mission with Lt Buck near Neuve-Chapelle. 2 hours 13 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "Our new Commander arrived yesterday, Capitaine Louis Mazier.
0841: Scouting mission over the lines from Reims down to Sillery. Heavy overcast. 1 hour 56 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "1102: Scouting mission over the trenches. Took a Flak hit. Both of us scratched and the engine knocked out. Made it halfway back to Bertincourt and landed near an observation balloon. 37 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hanse writes: "1108: Defensive patrol over our airfield at Coudekerque, with Adj Coupet. 1 hour 4 minutes."

Garros has gone off alone again. He says he prefers it that way, and wishes the rest of us would stop badgering him. Well, despite his low rank he is rich, popular and famous as the first man to fly across the Mediterranean Sea, so he pretty much gets what he wants. Some confirmation of his victory has come through in the form of some farmers who say they saw the fight from the ground."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "1505: Scouting mission over the lines near Varennes-en-Argonne, with Ltns Boelcke and Müller. Engine failed on approach and we hit some trees. Both Hptm Straub and I are in the hospital for an indeterminate amount of time. Some serious cuts and bruises but nothing broken on either of us. 1 hour 32 minutes."
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:28 PM   #279
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Killed my pilot tonight clipping a tree while strafing a German airfield so starting a new pilot in a Nieuport 10C1.

The last flight for Danny McNears he led and I did not have any load out options so that settles the load out question.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:03 AM   #280
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3 April 1915

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0602: Lt Ellis and I are assigned to scout an enemy balloon. 2 hours 6 minutes.
1509: Lt Ellis and I flew a second mission, this time scouting the enemy aerodrome at Hambourdin. 2 hours."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "1001: Showed a new pilot, Vfw Fricke, around the area. Took him from our base at Bertincourt north to Monchy-le-Preux, then up to our airfield at Phalempin, southeast to Douai then home again. 3 hours 1 minute.

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hanse writes: "1117: Offensive patrol over the lines near Niewpoort. Traveling alone again. Saw nothing. 1 hour 20 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1156: Sent north to scout Buzancy again. Propeller failed along the way. Made it back to Senard safely. 28 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Rain squall moving through. No flying today."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Ltn Boelcke came to visit us today with some sad news. His older brother, our beloved Hptm Wilhelm Boelcke, has been transferred to a new unit. Hptm Straub and I will have to miss the party."
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4 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0501: Took of with Lt Harvey-Kelly before dawn for scouting mission over enemy aerodrome at Bertincourt. Harvey-Kelly hit by Archie while over target. He managed to make it back to friendly lines while I finished the patrol. 2 hours 8 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "1108: Offensive patrol over the lines near Diksmuide, with Cpl Barra. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Yesterday Adolph Pégoud, in a Morane two-seater like ours, claimed two more enemy aircraft. The newspapers are calling him “The Ace”.

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Found out today that Ltn Boelcke’s visit was more than just to see us. He was having problems with his breathing. The doctor said something about “murmurs in the bronchial tubes”, and he is being sent to the convalescent home at Rethel for three weeks. Meanwhile Hptm Straub and I are getting on just fine."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "A rain storm moved through today. No flying."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "Woke up to rain this morning. We are once again grounded."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Rain has beset us again. We sit here, hoping for better weather tomorrow."
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5 April 1915

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "1104: Offensive patrol over the enemy airfield at Ghistelles, near the town of Zerkegem, again with Cpl Barra. 1 hour 31 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1238: Sent on long patrol over Bruvéres-et-Montbérault. Almost there when engine started acting up. Made it south to Rosnay. Engine should be repaired tomorrow. 1 hour 42 minutes.

The rest of Flanders is rained in, and at Pontfaverger Odis Först and his observer Hauptmann Straub are still in the hospital.
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Well Stephan Boyd was killed attacking an Aviatik C1 on his fourth sortie. He was tired of flying the old Nieuport 10C1 and risked too much hoping for a better ride.

I started another pilot in a BE2 who didn't survive his first familiarization flight while looking around in awe.

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6 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0422: Took off before dawn with Lt Christenson for a Photo-Recce of the lines near Ypres. 1 hour 44 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0456: Engine finished after dark last night. Made flight from Rosnay back to Senard. 54 minutes.
1538: Second try at Bruvéres-et-Montbérault. The mechanics at Rosnay did their job. 2 hours 4 minutes.

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "1105: Escorting British BE.2s bombing railyard, with Cpl Barra. 2 hours 7 minutes."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Sitting in the garden at the hospital. Nothing much to do but read and talk to the other patients."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "Another rainy day."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Still raining."
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