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#1 Han

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 22:21

Hello friends. Please assist in writing ENGLISH text of history of the squadron which will be available to player in the first release of the New Career.
It should contains more than 2500 symbols (no upper limit), and it should describe WHOLE history of the squadron - from fundation till it's history end (amy be even till modern days, like for USAF 94th Aero Squadron for example).
Any additional facts and remarks are appreciated.

So please discuss and post your texts here for BR.111 French squadron

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#2 O_WolfPac

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:18

References i can find , it might help someone

http://albindenis.fr...cadrille111.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://albindenis.fr...r/Site_escadril … lle111.htm
http://albindenis.fr...aerienne_01.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://albindenis.fr...r/Site_escadril … nne_01.htm
http://albindenis.fr...evets_metal.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://albindenis.fr...r/Site_escadril … _metal.htm (Medals)
Please note : the above medals url that "B" in front of a chest badge number identifies the portion extending from 1910 to 1922.
After 1922, the "B" will disappear.

The people over at http://www.theaerodrome.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.theaerodrome.com are a wealth of information , Fantastic Website.
http://www.clanhalls...BR_June2007.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.clanhalls...BR_June2007.pdf
http://www.tradition...etrad11.htm#111" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.tradition...r.fr/unit/escad … 11.htm#111

also
found in reference : Richthofen's Circus: Jagdgeschwader, Issue 1 By Greg VanWyngarden.

Silesian Nobleman Ltn Hienz Graf Von Gluszewski-Kwilicki of Jasta 4 , achieved his first of two victories on 15th May 1918 when he forced down this Breguet 14B2 of Escadrille BR111, which landed near Harbonnieres at 1115hrs.
The crew consisted of Adj millot (pilot) and Sgt Lavergne (gunner)
In the photo below Von Gluszewski is cutting out the Br111 Squadron Swan insignia from the fuselage as a trophy ,later decorating the wall of the Officers Kasino at Bernes
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And of course

Breguet 14 B.2 - Escadrille Br.111 Squadpack - Sept. 1917
Panthercules Did a Fantastic Skinpack :D
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#3 Jax_on

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 07:50

Again try translate french sources and again need grammatical corrections. Please help.
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History of 111 Squadron
The escadrille 111 was formally established at Lyon-Bron, April 2, 1915. Placed under the command of Capt. Gaston de Serres, this unit is equipped with Voisin bombers. It takes the original denomination of VB 111.
Connected with the squadrons VB 110 (Capt. Hubert Jacquet) and VB 112 (Capt. Magnin) in to Groupe de bombardment No. 4, unit moved to the Bruay-en-Artois in 9 May 1915. Groups de bombardment 2, 3 and 4 are involved in the Battle of Artois.
On July 20, 1915 Groups de bombardment met Malzéville Plateau, near Nancy, to participate in strategic mission on the stations of Saarbrücken, Bonsdorf and the mines of Morsbronn.
In December 1915, the squadron came under the command of 3 GB and receives Voisin’s armed with 37mm canons and renamed into VC111.
In March 1916 unit is detached with the VC 109 to the 2nd Army, to be engaged in the battle of Verdun from the field of Bar-le-Duc. Then in July, the squadron was sent to the Somme to attend the Franco-British offensive.
In March 1917, the squadron is converted to Sopwith 1B1 and 1B2 and becomes a bomber unit SOP111. Assigned to 1 GB, 8 April 1917, she took part in the offensive on the Chemin des Dames, then the Woëvre and Lorraine, bombing railway stations and industrial targets in the region of Briey.
The insignia of the squadron was adopted during the command of Ltt Jean Brun (February 5, 1917 - March 29, 1918). He had participated actively in the formulation of the doctrine of employment of the V formations for the bombers units. Moreover, this offcier looking for a badge which incorporated the national colors. He chose the white swan (in flight a wedge of white swans will form as a V) on a background of red sky and a blue lake. The first aircraft of the squadron, who wore this emblem, were the Sopwith 1A2 who arrived from February 1917.
The escadrille SOP111 was recieved Breguet 14 B2’s from October 1917. Br.111.
The GB 1 is installed in Champagne since the end of 1917, in Villeneuve-les-Vertus, is profoundly altered. The day squadrons 111 and 106, will form the new GB 6.
This unit will be integrated into the l'escadre de bombardement n° 12, along with GB 9 and GB5 and placed under the command of Maj. Vuillemin, February 20, 1918.
In a l'escadre de bombardement n° 12 Br.111 conducted many successful missions for the exploration, photography and bombing in various parts of the front.
At the end of the war, the crews of BR 111 have 15 confirmed victories and had losses
17 killed in combat or by accident, 7 injured and 7 prisoners.
After the war, the squadron BR 111 became the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Aviation Regiment observation Dijon-Longvic, 1 January 1920. 1 August 1920, following a further reorganization within the Air Force, he became the second squadron of the 32nd RAO, still stationed in Dijon. From 1 October 1932, he became the second squadron of GR I/52 first to Dijon, then from 1 April 1937, Nancy-Essey. It is within this unit, it participates in the Second World War. GR I/52 is dissolved, December 31, 1942.
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by the way found information about squadrons br.66 and br.129. These squadrons as well as 108 and 111 were in a l'escadre de bombardement n° 12.
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#4 O_WolfPac

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:31

My Word Jax-on :) that was fast !
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#5 Jax_on

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:48

not as fast as it seems:) I thought about 3 days how to make the article, then try to translated from French into English and for me this is difficult task. It would be nice if the French speaking community helped (a lot of interesting information is available only in French), but it seems that all interested only in the British and the Germans units.
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#6 Flashy

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:11

Again try translate french sources and again need grammatical corrections. Please help.

I have edited a bit for you and corrected some of the weird grammar created in translating from French to English:


History of 111 Squadron
Escadrille 111 was formally established at Lyon-Bron on April 2nd, 1915. Placed under the command of Capt. Gaston de Serres, this unit was initially equipped with Voisin bombers, and was given the designation VB 111.
Esc 111 was connected to squadrons VB 110 (Capt. Hubert Jacquet) and VB 112 (Capt. Magnin) in Groupe de bombardment No. 4 which moved to the Bruay-en-Artois area on 9th May 1915 and, along with Groups de bombardment 2 and 3, was involved in the Battle of Artois.
On July 20th 1915, Groups de bombardment moved to Malzéville Plateau, near Nancy, to participate in strategic missions on the stations of Saarbrücken, Bonsdorf and the mines of Morsbronn.
In December 1915, the squadron came under the command of 3 GB and received Voisin’s armed with 37mm canons. It was also renamed to VC111 at this time.
In March 1916, it was dispatched (along with the VC 109) to the 2nd Army, to participate in the battle of Verdun from Bar-le-Duc aerodrome. Later, in July, the squadron was sent to the Somme to take part in the Franco-British offensive.
In March 1917, the squadron converted to Sopwith 1B1 and 1B2’s and became a bomber unit. It was renamed SOP111 and assigned to 1 GB. On 8 April 1917, it took part in the offensive on the Chemin des Dames, the Woëvre and Lorraine, bombing railway stations and industrial targets in the region of Briey.
The insignia of the squadron was adopted under the command of Ltt Jean Brun (February 5, 1917 - March 29, 1918). He was a great proponent of the use of V formations for bomber units, and actively encouraged this in his squadrons. In looking for a squadron marking which incorporated the national colours, Ltt Brun chose a white swan on blue lake with a red sky background. The swan was chosen because swans fly in a "V" formation when migrating, similar to the bomber formations Brun was encouraging. The first aircraft to wear this emblem were the Sopwith 1A2’s which arrived in February 1917.
The escadrille received Breguet 14 B2’s in October 1917 and was consequently renamed Br.111 at this time.
At the end of 1917, 1 GB (which was stationed in Villeneuve-les-Vertus in the Champagne region) was profoundly altered, and the day squadrons 111 and 106 were moved under the command of the newly formed GB 6 and integrated into the l'escadre de bombardement n° 12, along with GB 9 and GB5 and placed under the command of Maj. Vuillemin, effective February 20, 1918.
l'escadre de bombardement n° 12 Br.111 conducted many successful missions, including exploration, photography and bombing in various parts of the front.
At the end of the war, the crews of BR 111 had 15 confirmed victories and had lost
17 killed in combat or by accident, 7 injured and 7 taken prisoner.
After the war, BR 111 became the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Aviation Regiment observation Dijon-Longvic on 1st January 1920. On 1st August 1920, following a further reorganisation within the Air Force, it became the second squadron of the 32nd RAO, still stationed in Dijon. From 1 October 1932, it became the second squadron of GR I/52 stationed first at Dijon, then at Nancy-Essey from 1 April 1937. This unit also participated in the Second World War, finally being dissolved on December 31, 1942.
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#7 O_WolfPac

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:40

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i like the explanation of how the Swan insignia was formed.
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#8 Flashy

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:50

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i like the explanation of how the Swan insignia was formed.

thanks, spelling errors fixed.

I hope my interpretation of Jax's text was correct. The original line "(in flight a wedge of white swans will form as a V)" was a bit awkward to understand and interpret..
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#9 Jax_on

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:31

Flashy, many thanx for corrections! As for insignia, reading your interpretation, I imagine the swans flying in formation V. But the insignia depicts a swan on the lake. The reason Jean Brun chose swans that when swans migrate - they form a formation similar to V. (formation similar to the one he was trying to implement for bombers). :)
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#10 Flashy

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:42

Flashy, many thanx for corrections! As for insignia, reading your interpretation, I imagine the swans flying in formation V. But the insignia depicts a swan on the lake. The reason Jean Brun chose swans that when swans migrate - they form a formation similar to V. (formation similar to the one he was trying to implement for bombers). :)


ah! okay. I have edited it again to reflect that. Thanks!
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#11 O_WolfPac

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:21

Flash , im sure Han and the Devs will have input aswell but ,its a GREAT start you have Both done for them to play around with ,it is a foundation.

:) Its Good

I was thinking about the insignia using national french colours red ,white ,blue
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This is just my thoughts :) so please add salt !

Red Background (maybe) sunset , which tied in with the bomber pilots setting off on bombing run missions at the end of the day around sunset.

White Swan , magestic , graceful large bird , is the insignia of the bomber planes size and grace and Charactor "V" flight formation .

Blue calm Water (maybe) the lakes and rivers around Reims , from Reims ALL locations mentioned in your writing are easy flights all around the same distance (offensive on the Chemin des Dames, then the Woëvre and Lorraine) , Reims could be the location of 1 GB, 8 April 1917 ,The Somme and Nancy , Reims is halfway , its just a estimate from map point markers but its the common average centre location , plus Bar-le-Duc is just east same distance again ,verdun is no more than 50-60km away and once the offensive at the somme was over it would be the logical point to return eastward again but still cover the somme if required but assisting the offensives around verdun & Lorraine.

im no historian :D just my thought

Curious to the location of 1 GB, 8 April 1917 :)
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#12 O_WolfPac

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:36

Ltt Brun chose a white swan flying on a background of red sky and a blue lake.

Maybe this should be like the picture above post

Ltt Brun chose a background of red sky with a white swan on a blue lake.
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#13 Han

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 23:51

Great! Thank you guys!

Thread unstickied as completed.

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#14 O_WolfPac

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:44

Well Done Jax_on & Flashy :)
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