Campaign 100. First Mission

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Campaign 100. First Mission

Post  Skip19 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:00 pm

Brussels, April 15 1940.

19 Squadron tasked with clearing enemy air over the town of Leuven. MJ and Speedy had lifted and were searching for the 109s over the town, as I had lifted late due to radio problems.

I managed to locate MJ and Speedy over the town, who had been engaged with various friendlies when my radio went off again and I was left without comms. Checking my six was clear, I noticed a lone stuka tootling towards the town, and tried to indicate to my flight that I was engaging it.

After making two passes at the stuka and leaving him smoking (but unable to finish him off) I managed to make out that MJ and Speedy were east of the town chasing a 109. As I turned to their bearing to join them, I heard reports of first 2, then 3 then 6 109s engaging our flight at around angels 5 south of Aarschot.

Around 10k away, I pushed the throttle through the firewall and raced to help, a lone Spitfire from a different squadron ahead of me. As I neared the fight, and began to see tracers in the distance, the lone Spit had suddenly turned into a 109 and was heading straight towards me. I managed to avoid his burst and pushed on to the fight, but he was on my 6 and I was forced to take evasive action.

At this point I heard Speedy go in, but was still trying to shake off the 109 on my tail and find my way to where MJ was battling with the remaining 6 109s.

Taking a burst of cannon on my wing, and splitting through a pair of Snappers I searched frantically for MJ. As I pulled a hard turn a 109 popped up in front of me and I squeezed off a good burst into him, and at the same time I heard MJ was bailing out over the radio so decided to exit rapidly westwards.

I didn't have time to count the 09s on my tail, but there were at least three vying for position as I weaved NW and SW trying to stay out of their guns. One snapper overshot me as I banked, and I decided to follow the 09 as he stayed low, giving him a good burst and drawing smoke, whilst still taking fire from my 6 o'clock.

As I approached north of Leuven, still twisting and turning, a single 109 broke off from a furball and headed straight towards me. I gave him a burst of .303s and kicked the rudder hard to avoid a collision. As he zipped past, I looked behind to see him barreling towards two 109s, still close and chasing.

At this point a couple of friendlies joined in the fray, and I was able to slip towards Brussels as MJ relifted to cover my exit. A single 109 was left still shooting at me, but he was despatched (or distracted) by friendlies and as MJ approached I was clear, but leaking coolant.

Landed at Brussels, 2 damages (1 Stuka and 1 109E4) and a kill on a 109 E4, and retired for the evening to fix my microphone. Sorry I couldn't do more to help, I'm a little rusty.

It looks a lot like the Luftwaffe veterans will be up and about in this campaign, so we will need to be vigilant, stay high and fast and patrol the lanes.

S!


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Re: Campaign 100. First Mission

Post  MJDixon on Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:06 pm

Good show, Skip!

I managed to down one of the square heads with a burst to the rear before they knocked out my engine and forced me to hit the silk, after which I stole a motorbike and escaped back to friendly lines in order to get a new Spitfire and take off, all while you were having your fight.  Razz 

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Re: Campaign 100. First Mission

Post  Skip19 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:12 pm

Stats are up. Galoob and Ghost shot down Speedy and MJ respectively, and I avenged Speedy by shooting down Galoobs.

Good sticks, JG something and all that. Smile 

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