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Old 04-19-2019, 10:32 PM   #301
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Got tired of Yarmouth and put in for a transfer. Five missions later I'm now in Flanders flying a Morane Saulnier "L". Not a fighter but at least where the action is.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:31 AM   #302
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15 April 1915

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0421: Line patrol from Sillery to Varennes-en-Argonne. Hit by very accurate ground fire. Ailerons damaged, but made it back to Senard safely. 1 hour 24 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hanse writes: "0507: Escorting BE.2s over Diksmuide with Cpl Barra. 1 hour 20 minutes.
Garros has done it again! He has returned to claim a second victory! We all want this gun system!
Sadly one of our planes did not return from patrol. Sgt Desramée and Adj Simonel are both missing."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes:: "0515: Photo mission over Soissins. Ltn Müller leading, myself and Gfr Bernhard in support. 2 hours 21 minutes. On the way home Lt Müller dropped out of formation and disappeared somewhere. It turns out his engine failed, and he came down in a forest. Lt Müller is alright, but unfortunately his observer, Hptm Jakob Schact, was killed.
1547: Second flight of the day. Photo mission with Ltn Soltau. Ltn Müller is taking the afternoon off. 1 hour 40 minutes.

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0540: Scouting mission over Haubourdin with Lt Ellis. 2 hours 12 minutes.
1452: Second flight of the day. Supporting Lt Ellis on an Artillery Spot over the trenches east of Ypres, with Lt Lehman. 1 hour 41 minutes.

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0701: Test flight Meant to be short, but on of the mechanics, Fw Rammler, begged for a ride, so I took him up to Bapaume, then a brief high-altitude jaunt over the lines so he could see the artillery doing their shooting. 1 hour 47 minutes.

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Corrigan Aujla writes: "One day of flying and now it's raining again.
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:14 PM   #303
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Three missions so far in the Morane L. Two artillery recon and one high level bombing raid on an airfield by Ostend. Here's my ride.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:48 AM   #304
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Awesome. I have two pilots in those. One of them, English (Canadian actually) started in BE.2s. The campaign has them in Moranes in January '15. I checked the real squadron (as I always do) and started him at Netheravon in August 1914. Flew across the channel to Amiens and from there moved around a lot. But you can read his adventures here. They did indeed transfer to the Morane in January 1915.

I hate the Morane, and the Aviatik B.I as well. They both want to climb, and they don't have the power to do it well, so they stall a lot. I found out how to cheat that using the "Auto Trim" function (Ctrl+A) and it's a lot better now.
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:06 PM   #305
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I like that you're trying to play as reenactment of real people. I may press you for some candidates after some more time exploring the sim.

Yesterday, I started a German career in a Aviatik C.1. at Verdun in September 1915. First mission had my flight leader crash on the base leg landing, and the second one I had an engine failure and dead stick landing on the friendly side of the front. I'm not impressed by the C.1 so far.
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Old 04-24-2019, 12:58 AM   #306
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Tough luck, but give it time. The Aviatik C.I may surprise you. Of the handful of careers I've done so far the one I did with that machine was by far the best and in the end I grew to love it. I would advise using the trim controls as Steve said to eliminate the ridiculous pitch-up tendency it produces like several other aircraft in the game. Not really cheating in my view, because back in the day they were rigged to give almost hands-off control in a typical straight and level situation, especially two-seater types.
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:12 AM   #307
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I'm not impressed by the C.1 so far.
That's too bad. I hate the B.I so much I was looking forward to the C version. They were not only armed but did have a more powerful engine.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:02 PM   #308
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I suppose I should be thankful I'm not in a B.I model then.

It's more that the missions so far are about as exciting as commuting to work.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:30 PM   #309
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16 April 1915

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hanse writes: "0514: Offensive patrol over the trenches near Niewpoort with Lt Barault and Adj Coupet. 1 hour 42 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0545: Trench Mapping with Lt Aldaine leading, west of Lens. 2 hours 24 minutes.
1509: More Trench Mapping, this time east of Ypres, again with Fred Aldaine, this time me leading. 1 hour 57 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0802: Scouting mission over the lines west of Lens, ObLtn von Mengerhausen leading, myself and Vfw Leffers supporting. 2 hours 27 minutes.

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "It's raining again."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Still raining."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes:: "Again the rain is with us."
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17 April 1915

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0502: Scouting mission over Haubourdin with Lt Thayer leading. 2 hours 4 minutes.
I like Saint-Omer. You never know what you’re going to see. When we returned from this flight there was a French parasol machine on the field. We got to meet the pilot, Lucien Jailler. He’s a nice chap. He is acting as liaison with our experimental camera division.
1406: Trench Mapping with Lt Lehman, east of Ypres. 1 hour 50 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0601: Scouting flight to Buzancy. Engine bearing started squealing just before we got there. Made it back to Senard."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes:: "0606: Photo Mission over trenches northwest of Soissons, with Ltn Müller leading. Weather too cloudy for good pictures. 3 hours 7 minutes.
1334: Weather becoming better, we are sent back to the same area to try again. Again with Ltn Müller leading, this time also with Ltn Soltau along. Got the pictures, the bad part being that we have been in the cockpit for more than six hours today. 3 hours 8 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0609: Escorted British BE.2s bombing enemy airfield at Ghistelles, with Cpl Barra. 1 hour 26 minutes.
The Germans have sent us word that Sgt Desramée and Adj Simonel died when their aircraft was shot down by DCA. They have been buried with full honors."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "This infernal rain is still plaguing us."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "The rain is back...again."
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:29 AM   #311
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18 April 1915

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "0537: Artillery Spotting with Lt Müller outside Reims. 1 hour 40 minutes.
At about 1030 we heard the sound of a rotary engine. When the machine came in to land it was our beloved Ltn Boelcke in his personal two-seat Fokker monoplane! The doctors had released him, or he had decided it was time to come back to work and released himself. He had had his machine parked at Thugny, near the rest-home at Rethel. No sooner had he checked in and then said hello to his fellow officers while the rest of us cheered, that he went straight back to the office and said he was tired of sitting and wanted to fly. He was given an Artillery-Spotting mission near Varennes-en-Argonne. He chose Lt Müller as his second, and to my amazement asked me if I wanted to be his third. Of course I said yes.
1425: We took off for what turned out to be an uneventful mission, but oh so exciting just because of the circumstances. I hope I get to fly with him again, but then so does every pilot in the unit. Who knows? 2 hours 17 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0602: What a day! Took off with Lt Harvey-Kelly on a scout over Phalempin. While we were there Capt Williamson slapped me on the head and pointed. A thousand feet below us were two German aeroplanes! We tried to get the Lts attention, but he and his observer didn’t see us waving, or the enemy. Finally couldn’t stand it. I dove down to them and pulled up below the rear machine, and Capt Williamson opened up with the Lewis. It’s not easy trying to keep pace with another machine when you’re in front of him. Capt Williamson emptied both his drums at the Hun, but to no effect. By the time we got back home it was pouring rain and the afternoon flights were canceled. We kept the boys entertained with our antics until Major Lewis Called us on the carpet. Even that was a ruse. He just wanted to hear the story without anyone else around. Lt Harvey-Kelly was a bit unhappy, not with us for breaking ranks, but for himself for missing out on the fun when it was right under his nose. Well, we’ve finally seen a Hun aeroplane up close, and we’re not that impressed. 1 hour 56 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0606: Offensive patrol south of Roulers with Lt Barault. 1 hour 57 minutes.
More bad news. Garros is missing. He failed to return from an afternoon patrol and there is no news as of yet."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0656: Trench Mapping again, with Lt Griffiths. 2 hours 21 minutes.
1132: Artillery Spotting with Edgar Lehman. 1 hour 50 minutes.

Sennard
Noel Kay writes: "0715: Another flight to Buzancy. We got a good look and there doesn’t seem to be any activity there at all. Just as we were turning home the engine started acting up again. Not a bearing this time, but a clanking sound. It didn’t seem to affect our flight at all, but until we were back over our own lines we were in constant fear of it quitting on us. We not only made it back to safe territory, but we actually managed to land at Senard without trouble. It turns out one of the piston rings had broken. There was no real danger but we’re still glad to be home. 1 hour 23 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Still too wet to fly."
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19 April 1915

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "0450: Scouting mission over a rail yard southwest of Epernay, Ltn Soltau leading with Ltn Boelcke and myself. I’d love to know why this interest in me that I get to tag along with the big boys, but I don’t dare ask. 2 hours 4 minutes."
1358: Ltn Boelcke and I were sent to an airfield south of Chalons just to annoy whoever might be stationed there and see what kind of reaction we received. They threw flak at us the whole time we were there. 2 hours 8 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0532: Trench Mapping, east of Ypres, with Edgar Lehman leading. 2 hours 13 minutes.
1445: More Trench Mapping, west of Lens, with Lt Thayer leading. 1 hour 48 minutes.
Some of the boys are starting to hate hate the constant photography runs, but I like them. Or at least I appreciate them. After all, we spent weeks in classrooms, hangars and in the air training for just this job. It’s supposedly what we’re here for."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0709: Navigation exercise with Adj Barault, down to Saint-Omer and back. 1 hour 31 minutes.
No word of Garros. We try to have hope but the longer he is missing the more we are convinced of our fears for the worst."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0859: Scouting flight over the trenches near Saint-Mihiel. 1 hour 6 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "And it's raining again. At least we have warm clothes and a fire."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Still raining. I think we have our own private rain storm. One of my fellows joked that someone who doesn’t want to fly paid a witch to put a hex on us."
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20 April 1915

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0423: Took off just before the sun came up. Nice to be flying again. Artillery Spotting just west of Arras. Vfw Fricke supporting. 1 hour 56 minutes."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "0613: Ltns Soltau, Boelcke and I were to fly a scouting mission over Château-Thierry. After we took off we realized Ltn Boelcke wasn’t with us. We flew on anyway. Ten minutes later my motor began making an awful racket. I turned back to Warmeriville with my motor barely running. I managed to land safely. An hour after that the office received a telephone call. Ltn Soltau had landed landed near the town of Guignicourt after having his own motor start to pack it in just as he was crossing the lines. Not being near an aerodrome they had to send a mechanic to him by truck, just in case they couldn’t fix the machine there. It will be at least tomorrow before we see him again."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0703: Offensive Patrol over a rail yard near Roulers, Lt Barault leading. 1 hour 59 minutes.
Garros is still missing. No one seems to have seen anything, and no one seems to know anything."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "Another storm is moving through."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Still raining."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "Raining again."
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21 April 1915

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "0511: Another Scout to the south, this time over Epernay. Lt Boelcke leading with Lt Müller and me following. 1 hour 44 minutes.
1403: The three of us have been sent back to Epernay to bomb the factory we saw this morning. Lt Müller leading this time. 2 hours 21 minutes.

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0801: Navigation exercise with Adj Barault, to Droglandt and back. 1 hour 29 minutes.
News has finally come of Garros. A message from the Germans says that he has been captured. No details are given, other than that he is alive and well."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1019: Long Scouting Patrol over the woods north of Sedan. Nothing there. 3 hours 39 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Third straight day of rain."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "It's still raining, and we're still sitting."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "One day in the air and the rain is back."
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22 April 1915

Bailleul Town
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0553: We have been transferred. Flew from Saint-Omer to Bailleul Town. 1 hour 1 minute."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1513: Another patrol deep into enemy territory, this time over Montmedy. 2 hours 51 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "1551: Scouting over Neuve-Chapelle. Still gloomy, overcast. Almost too wet to fly. 1 hour 56 minutes."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "The rain has returned again."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "After nine days of good flying the rain has returned."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "The rain is still our companion."
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