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#641 US103_Talbot

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 23:15

Yeah outstanding job HL. You'll soon see that this adds a whole new flavor to the Thursday night flings.
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#642 US103_Baer

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 00:46

Salute all.

Reminder that hostilities resume on Cuban & SteveFs Syndicate Server this week.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, which is disappointing, but this should be the last traveling for a while.

Still, I expect the US103rd will continue to make life hell for the hun, and 1st flight, ably led by Lt Parsons this week, to be at the fore.

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#643 US103_Larner

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 05:54

Good fun tonight!

 

Here's the latest from the front:
 

The 103d Aero was a little understaffed over the front today. The first few patrols were flown by Cpt. Hunter and myself, with Lt. Parsons from 1st Flight joining us. Later on, 2nd. Flight's esteemed leader, Lt. Talbot, came up to join us as well, bringing our strength for the night to four. With some dangerous opposition coming from across the lines, we decided to fly with a little more caution than we usually afford ourselves. However, despite missing a few pilots we still managed to pick up some air victories over a few strays who drifted into our lines. 

 

JG1 seemed to find more lucrative skies on the German side, and rumour has it that they knocked down a healthy amount of marauding scouts, two-seaters and bombers during various patrols. A good turnout with pilots from Jastas 6, 10 and 11 saw some impressive German patrols sweeping the front. Hats off as well to the brave JG1 pilots who, when presented with the newer Fokker D.VII and Pfalz D.XII types, politely refused in favour of their faithful Albatros D.Vs, despite some potent types being flown by the Entente. 

 

Now. The two sides did see each other, but fortunately the hostilities only escalated to the point of the opposing sides glaring menacingly at each other (with a healthy distance between them). 

 

Remarkably, only one loss occurred on either side for the two host-squadrons, when JG1's Star Turn had an unfortunate collision while pursuing his 9th Luftseig. A regrettable way for a budding streak to end, but C'est la Guerre. That aside, the discipline on display from both sides was impressive, and it was good to see everyone get home safely. 

 

Afterwards, we had an NFF crossover episode with Hotlead, Luft, Hunter, Talbot and myself flying N28s. It was a lot of fun! 


Special congratulations are owed to the following 103d Pilots: 

- Lt. Talbot, who has brought his tally to an astounding 28 air victories, making him the 3rd highest scoring ace since we started our Thursday night scoreboard. Hats off. 

 

-Lt. Parsons, who has brought his tally to 8 victories, a very respectable number. Parsons continues to prove that, even without their flight leader, the infamous Lt. Baer, 1st. Flight is nothing to trifle with! 

 


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#644 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 23:17

Last night's livestream:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/428983588

Synopsis:
We had a mainly-quiet night punctuated by brief periods of action. Jastas 10 and 11 (plus one Jasta 4 pilot) took to the skies and collectively accounted for 3 enemy aircraft destroyed and one balloon. The Allies were a bit understaffed for the duration of the night, so this would probably explain why we didn't see much of them. Nonetheless, we couldn't help but notice kill messages coming through for them. Even understaffed, the 103rd managed to keep fighting successfully. :icon_e_salute: Like Larner mentioned, we encountered the US103rd very high over their side of the lines and had a fairly tense face-off that never amounted to anything. In the end, we merely grimaced at each other before saluting and parting ways. default_laugh.png

Our only casualty for the night was myself. default_tongue.png Basically, I got a little too greedy underneath a wounded and stalling Se5a. Usually, I love it when enemy planes stall in front of me, as it gives me great shots. I didn't realize what was wrong with that sight picture until 1 second too late to dodge away. My demise was very Boelke-like, as my wings slowly peeled off and I plummeted earthward. Ah well. Live and learn! Still a very fun evening. default_smile.png

Following the action on Cuban's server, Luftritter and I were joined by US103 members Larner, Talbot, and Hunter as we took to the frenzied skies of NFF in Nieuport 28s. Albatrosses, Dr 1s, D.VIIFs, oh my! Whatever action was lacking earlier was more than made up for during those frenetic furballs.

Had a great time guys! I'll see you next Thursday on Wargrounds!

PS: An artifact from last night. (Click to enlarge.)
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#645 US103_Baer

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 04:23

Quick reminder the fly-in is on Wargrounds this week.

Really looking forward to this after a couple of weeks without flying.

See you all there.
S!
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#646 J5_Klugermann

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 13:47

Chompin' at the bit Baer ?


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#647 US103_Larner

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 06:09

Well, it was a hell of a night. 

 

The night started off good for the 103d, as our three flights took to the skies and quickly found some stragglers, downing them with no problems. However, the night suddenly took an intense turn as, after weeks of tense standoffs between the large formations of JG1 and US103, the two host squadrons finally came to blows. 

 

Over Reims eight Albatroses of JG1 clashed with five SPADs of the 103d, with deadly consequences. The 103d Claimed at least five Albatroses damaged, with one destroyed. However, in the confusion, who knows what really happened? Over Nancy, the large-scale fighting continued, as five SPAD 13s attacked a flight of 3 Fokker D.VII Fs, before being repelled by a second flight of four Pfalzes. 

This same flight later bounced 1st flight, leading to the most bloody conflict of the night. As 1st flight dove to escape their attackers, Biddle and I retaliated, counterattacking the Pfalzes. We then entered a running battle, in which Biddle was shot down but, thankfully, survived. I shot down two of the Pfalzes and a SPAD from another Aero Squadron came to help, but he was quickly shot down as well, and I found myself in a two-on-one. 

Holding the two remaining Pfalzes at bay, I saw a flash of red as Lieut. Baer arrived, swiftly firing a crippling burst into a Pfalz. With a seemingly unlikely victory at hand, I closed in on the sole remaining pfalz....and then disaster. Wings twisted, struts buckled, canvas tore as Baer's SPAD collided with my own, resulting in both pilots crashing to the ground and being killed. Ironically, our shared target crashed mere moments later. 

By the end of the battle, the wrecks of four Pfalzes and three SPADs lay behind allied lines. And sadly, due to a communication failure on my part, the 103d lost two pilots with a collective victory tally of 55 enemy machines destroyed (including the Pfalzes downed in that fateful last battle). I paid dearly for my mistake, as I was within spitting distance of topping my highest streak! 

 

As always, salute to JG1 who gave us a hell of a good fight tonight. 

 

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In other news, The 103d Aero Squadron has recently been working on a complete overhaul of our awards system. After some deliberation, we decided to include one award not intended for pilots of the 103d. Tonight, I am proud to present this award for the first time to a long-standing member of the community, whose efforts have made the Thursday Night Fly-In such a great community event. 

 

 

For exceptional devotion and commitment to the organisation and promotion of the US103 / JG1 Thursday Night Fly-In, in addition to his commendable efforts in introducing the event to new members of the community and his organisation of JG1 flights into a most formidable opponent, I do hereby present to Ltn. Noel ‘Hotlead’ Kappel of Jagdstaffel 10 the US103 Merit Ribbon, as an expression of personal appreciation on behalf of the 103d Aero Squadron USAS.

 

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Please, feel free to display this ribbon however you see fit - be it in a forum signature or simply in the trophy cabinet along with your other awards! 

 

S! 


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#648 J5_Klugermann

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:05

Very nice Larner. You deserve an award as well. I ordered this for you....check your mail.

 

 

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#649 US103_Talbot

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 14:51

Damn! I want one!

Congrats HL!
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#650 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 22:43

 

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In other news, The 103d Aero Squadron has recently been working on a complete overhaul of our awards system. After some deliberation, we decided to include one award not intended for pilots of the 103d. Tonight, I am proud to present this award for the first time to a long-standing member of the community, whose efforts have made the Thursday Night Fly-In such a great community event. 

 

 

For exceptional devotion and commitment to the organisation and promotion of the US103 / JG1 Thursday Night Fly-In, in addition to his commendable efforts in introducing the event to new members of the community and his organisation of JG1 flights into a most formidable opponent, I do hereby present to Ltn. Noel ‘Hotlead’ Kappel of Jagdstaffel 10 the US103 Merit Ribbon, as an expression of personal appreciation on behalf of the 103d Aero Squadron USAS.

 

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Please, feel free to display this ribbon however you see fit - be it in a forum signature or simply in the trophy cabinet along with your other awards! 

 

S! 

 

Wow!  :icon_eek:  That is extremely kind of you all! I must say I'm floored. Thank-you so much! Of all the awards or ribbons I've had the privilege to display, yours will hold a special place in my heart. It's not often one gets something like this from his opponents. And to receive it from your squad makes it extra-special. It will be an honor to wear it on my signature.  :icon_e_salute:


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#651 JG1_Labroisse

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 00:33

Well, it was a hell of a night. 

 

The night started off good for the 103d, as our three flights took to the skies and quickly found some stragglers, downing them with no problems. However, the night suddenly took an intense turn as, after weeks of tense standoffs between the large formations of JG1 and US103, the two host squadrons finally came to blows. 

 

Over Reims eight Albatroses of JG1 clashed with five SPADs of the 103d, with deadly consequences. The 103d Claimed at least five Albatroses damaged, with one destroyed. However, in the confusion, who knows what really happened? Over Nancy, the large-scale fighting continued, as five SPAD 13s attacked a flight of 3 Fokker D.VII Fs, before being repelled by a second flight of four Pfalzes. 

This same flight later bounced 1st flight, leading to the most bloody conflict of the night. As 1st flight dove to escape their attackers, Biddle and I retaliated, counterattacking the Pfalzes. We then entered a running battle, in which Biddle was shot down but, thankfully, survived. I shot down two of the Pfalzes and a SPAD from another Aero Squadron came to help, but he was quickly shot down as well, and I found myself in a two-on-one. 

Holding the two remaining Pfalzes at bay, I saw a flash of red as Lieut. Baer arrived, swiftly firing a crippling burst into a Pfalz. With a seemingly unlikely victory at hand, I closed in on the sole remaining pfalz....and then disaster. Wings twisted, struts buckled, canvas tore as Baer's SPAD collided with my own, resulting in both pilots crashing to the ground and being killed. Ironically, our shared target crashed mere moments later. 

By the end of the battle, the wrecks of four Pfalzes and three SPADs lay behind allied lines. And sadly, due to a communication failure on my part, the 103d lost two pilots with a collective victory tally of 55 enemy machines destroyed (including the Pfalzes downed in that fateful last battle). I paid dearly for my mistake, as I was within spitting distance of topping my highest streak! 

 

As always, salute to JG1 who gave us a hell of a good fight tonight. 

 

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In other news, The 103d Aero Squadron has recently been working on a complete overhaul of our awards system. After some deliberation, we decided to include one award not intended for pilots of the 103d. Tonight, I am proud to present this award for the first time to a long-standing member of the community, whose efforts have made the Thursday Night Fly-In such a great community event. 

 

 

For exceptional devotion and commitment to the organisation and promotion of the US103 / JG1 Thursday Night Fly-In, in addition to his commendable efforts in introducing the event to new members of the community and his organisation of JG1 flights into a most formidable opponent, I do hereby present to Ltn. Noel ‘Hotlead’ Kappel of Jagdstaffel 10 the US103 Merit Ribbon, as an expression of personal appreciation on behalf of the 103d Aero Squadron USAS.

 

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Please, feel free to display this ribbon however you see fit - be it in a forum signature or simply in the trophy cabinet along with your other awards! 

 

S! 

 

Congrats to Hotlead, well deserved.  His leadership and commitment have made Thursdays truly enjoyable.

 

Just call me "shared target"  lol.  I was leading that 3 ship Pfaltz D12 that dove in on your low fight although we were at 6000 meters and it took us a while to get there.  By the time we arrived we were the only Central left in the scrap and were right next to your base deep behind your lines. Needless to say we had a pretty good idea we weren't coming home from that fight.

 

As always, salute to our most noble foes and see you next week.

Labroisse
 


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#652 US103_Baer

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 02:39

Another action filled night. Big salute to everyone who came out to fly.

 

I say action-filled, but to be honest it was just brutal. The sparring of the last few weeks was definitely over and there were a couple of heavyweight bouts as the US103rd and JG1 clashed.

 

The night started well in Reims-mid (ignoring a dubious balloon attack with rockets), we got an in-game confirm on a J30 Alb, but then realised he was still flying home and we couldn't claim him. We threw everything at him but he reached the flak fence level so we had to let him go. Next a J30 Gotha put up its usual tenacious fight and pulled in a surprise Albatros escort, but a couple of good passes and both were never getting back.

 

With mission time running out we spotted a large formation of maybe 7-8 JG1 Albs? They seemed distracted by other nearby friendlies and didn't see the initial attack. A couple of albs were streaming quickly and one went down, 1st flight looked to keep tails clear as the others fought. It was chaotic and tense but going pretty well, then all too soon the white screen came up, parting shots were fired, and everyone resumed breathing :)

 

Nancy map was always going to be different and we started climbing and scanning high for flights of D7fs and D12s. The first encounter saw us able to hit and run on the D7s but we didn't stick around for the D12s who were nearby. Reforming and patrolling the mud it didn't take long for the D12s to find us and the main card event was underway.

 

Parsons and i were patrolling lowish and we saw the bounce just as they opened up. Parsons was hit and went for the deck with a D12 stuck to his tail. Down they went with Parsons ducking, weaving and spiraling, but still that D12 stayed with him. I finally managed to hit him hard and he broke off, but we were down on the deck now. Stupidly i went to rise above the D12 and lost him below me and i ended up stalling out right into his sights! He oiled me enough to force a ditch.

 

Meanwhile the rest of the Squad were engaging the other D12s, Biddle got one but was oiled and Larner shot at a few but ended up on the deck fighting 2 of them. He was doing ok, but then got fueled i think. Biddle, Parsons and i jumped in new Spads and went to help. I rushed in at a Red Wing that we know well and forced him away, then dove toward the remaining grey and black one that was starting to run...the same one that Larner was now chasing.

Normally i think we'd be much calmer and disciplined about it, but after 10 minutes of tense, desperate action, clear thought wasn't available and the inevitable collision happened.

 

Both the D12s crash landed in our territory anyway and we lost a 45 victory ace for no good reason.

 

When the dust settled, i think none of the Spads or D12s engaged made it back to their home bases and the ones that did survive were pretty shot up.

No winners today.

 

 

The night ended with Larner and i trying to recover something from the session. The yellow J30 D7 was fortunate (again!) but everyone else we came across wasn't.

 

Salute to all and especially JG1 for coming out in force and engaging full on. The big squad v squad fights were always going to be brutal and they didn't disappoint. :icon_e_salute:

 

Next week we go again!

 

Here's the stream replay with timestamps.

https://youtu.be/NggS8y95Xto


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#653 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 22:03

Here's last Thursday's livestream from the German perspective:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/432316286

 

As Baer and Larner mentioned, last Thursday was nothing if not action-packed. You can read the details in today's (faux) issue of the Berliner Morgenpost. (Click to enlarge.)

 

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(Newspaper idea inspired by US103_Talbot, of Thursday night US Bulletin fame.)

 


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#654 US103_Talbot

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 23:40

Look at that!!!
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#655 US103_Baer

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 05:46

Cuban's Syndicate Server this week.

We've seen decent numbers recently, with generally 30+ pilots flying. The fighting is pretty intense and people are developing tactics that evolve almost weekly, from both fighter and bomber types. Great fun.

At the 103rd our scoreboard is looking bare after last week, so there could be some more 'offensive' pilots about - heck we might even see 3rd flight attacking bombers - actually 3rd flight are  offensive enough as it is really :icon_e_biggrin:

 

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
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#656 US103_Talbot

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:28

...seems there are a lot less eindeckers in the air...
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#657 US103_Larner

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:00

Wow, wow, wow. What a night. 

JG1 wanted to get straight into the Eagle of Lille map, kindly hosted by Cuban, straight away, but us SPAD jockeys were a little shy to the idea of flying DH2s, so we started out on Wargrounds. 

The map got off to a real hectic start for us in the 103d, as our patrol ran headlong into a flight of J30s. Our 150hp SPADs against a Halberstadt D.II, an Alb D.III and a Pfalz D.III. Tough odds! But, after a desperate fight we managed to get away with some victories and no losses. 

 

The front went cold after that for a good while, and we only saw some very low 2-seaters on our patrol, too low and too far in Hunland for us to bother with. Well. THat all changed rather quickly. 

 

Baer and I had found ourselves separated from our patrol, and as we linked up we spotted 3 high EA crossing into our lines in pursuit of an ally. We turned to engage. All the while our flight is mentioning something about a flight of 8 Albatroses. After a little while I decided to check and make sure the big flight of albs wasn't nearby. 

Oops - there they all are, straight on my six. 

I actually was too busy being impressed by the sight of two groups of four albs stacked up in a historical formation to worry about if they caught me - it was a very impressive sight and looked great from my perspective. Luckily for me, the Albs inexplicably decided to leave me alone. Right as the map rolled Baer and I mixed it up a little with the 3 EA we had been following, with an inconclusive result. 

It was really incredible to see nothing but formations upon formations on that first map. Really immersive stuff. Big salute to J30 and JG1 for coming in organised and meaning business. 

After that we joined JG1 on the Eagle of Lille map and took to the skies in DH2s. All US103 rules went out the window and were replaced by No.24 Squadron rules. As ordered by Maj. Hawker: ATTACK EVERYTHING.

 

Some absolutely incredible furballs occured. In the first huge fight, a massive group of Eindeckers faced off against 5 Brits, and parts of DeHav and Eindecker rained from the sky. I distinctly remember at one point turning and twisting like a madman in between at least four of the Kaiser's finest! Completely crazy stuff. We then organised an outright street brawl in which both sides assembled their pilots and met at the edge of the German lines, in one ultimate showdown that lasted for well over ten minutes. By the end of the fight, I was fighting using only my Webley, having fired all my rounds in the colossal scrap already! 

 

All in all, a fantastically fun night with some incredible sights and furballs. Thanks all who came along, and S! to our friends and foes alike. 

 

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See you all for the next one. 


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#658 US103_Baer

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:21

Yup, what he said. A fun night for sure.

 

Main action of the first map was when Talbot and i tracking a couple of Albs that then tried to dive in on an engagement with the rest of the 103rd. Caught them target fixated. 

 

The Eagle of Lille map..idk, I've always thought the DH2 to be rather pointless in RoF. By the end though, with 'Lanoe' Hunter on form, a bit of altitude and better energy conservation, it wasn't too bad against Eindeckers.

 

Salute to all who came out, especially JG1 and J30 who fielded big formations all night. Looking forward to next week! :icon_e_salute:

 

Here's our stream from the night.

https://youtu.be/CDXOYHNYhDc


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#659 US103_Talbot

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 13:00

That dh2 v e3 fight was probably top ten memories for me. Was really cool to coming into the fight seeing planes swirling in a column from 1000m down to the deck. Planes were everywhere and it was awful good fun.

Salute again to all those that came out!
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#660 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 20:00

Here's last Thursday's livestream from JG1's perspective:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/435491088

 

Last Thursday was unique in more ways than one! To start things off, I got some time before the "serious stuff" to fly around on NFF. Had some fun in my trusty Albatros D.III against a very aggressive SPAD pilot and actually got to unofficially wing up with one of my Twitch followers, which was a lot of fun! :)

 

Then it was on to JG1's "One Life to Live" flying on Wargrounds with the 103rd, J30, J5, and other friends. I'm pleased to report that JG1 did not lose any aircraft this time up, and accounted for several player-controlled Handley Pages. The aforementioned Handley Pages fought valiantly (one nearly killed me by jettisoning bombs low to the ground!) but with no escort, it was only a matter of time. Meanwhile, the 103rd managed to account for several victories themselves, despite having single-gun SPAD 150s. Also, as usual, J30 continued to menace anyone who so much as looked sideways at them. :lol:

 

Following that, we all headed over to Cuban's server, which was still running the Eagle of Lille map. Since I missed it on Sunday, I was actually thrilled to see it still up! There, we ended up with 2 massive "lawnmower" dogfights that sprawled across the skies. Good fun everyone! 

 

We will see you on Wargrounds next Thursday! :D


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#661 US103_Baer

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:54

I guess we're on Wargrounds this week after last week's 'combined' action.

Hopefully will get time for a run in FC afterwards to try out the new update.

See you up there. S!
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#662 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:32

Hopefully will get time for a run in FC afterwards to try out the new update.
See you up there. S!

I certainly plan to be there afterwards! Should be fun! :D
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#663 US103_Talbot

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:47

The poppies will grow brightly with the blood and oil of J30 gothas.
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#664 US103_Baer

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:35

Salute all.

Today was a bit of a slow burner and took a while to get going but ended up with plenty of action high and low. We were a little light on numbers with Hunter on leave, Larner up for only 1 patrol and Paris unfortunately leaving for an extended period. He'll be missed for sure, being one of the 103rd jokers, an aggressive pilot and dedicated 1st Flight Gotha-killer. Only his nav needs work :icon_e_biggrin:

 

The Nancy map had us scanning high for D7fs of course, but initially a Gotha took the brunt of our attacks. Sure enough D7s soon appeared, first our favorite J30 yellow school bus, who managed to escape an attack over German territory, but later he and his Grey/Blue friend strayed over the lines and paid the price.

 

It got pretty serious when a group of 7-8 JG1 D7s came over in 2 flights. They had a good position on us but we saw them in plenty of time and our SA was good throughout, so there was no real danger. 2 of them came down to attack but 1 was downed by Parsons & The Klug, and the other driven off.

 

Haven't had Cappy for a while, its pretty dreary looking but usually delivers good action.

 

We were doing well against a number of Rolands and Halberstadts but then the night turned on a very innocuous engagement. Talbot had been itching to hit balloons all night but we'd talked him out of most of them as he was our current leading ace (32). He and Biddle attacked an Albatros near the Warfusee balloon. Number 33 was on the way, but inexplicably Talbot ran into the back of it during the attack and was subsequently killed. Its a terrible way to lose an ace and the vLife went back to Feb or March. Still 32 is the second highest score in the Squad and something to be proud of.

 

J30 then laid down the gauntlet above the clouds and we had a good scrap in the sun with a D7 and Albatros before finishing up with another CL2 and heading off to FC for a bit.

 

Salute to all who came out and special shout out to the independent bomber boys, Ma'Lord, Gaius, Clark, WildBill, Daideo, JH Richardson and others. Obviously FC has got everyone's attention at the moment with the SE5a and Albatros but we still see quality engagements against tough, organised opponents, so there's plenty of life in RoF yet.  :icon_e_salute:

 

See you all next week!

 

Here's the stream replay. Timestamps done.

https://youtu.be/iN372-2YkhI


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#665 US103_Larner

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 14:48

A huge congratulations and a sombre commiserations to our own Lieutenant Talbot, the fearless leader of Second Flight, who was sadly killed last night. 

Moments before the last fatal engagement, in which our ace-of-aces was killed in a tragically unexpected mid-air collision, he had scored his 32nd air victory, making him the 103d's second highest scoring ace in the squadron's three year history. This is an incredible achievement on its own, but becomes astounding once you learn that he converted from two-seaters when he joined the 103d. To go from a Biplace driver to a top-scoring SPAD ace is truly an amazing feat. 

Over a period of five months combat flying in one V-life, Talbot shot down six Observation Balloons and twenty-seven aircraft, with a further 5 unconfirmed victories. Among other awards he won the Distinguished Service Cross twice - a feat that few in the 103d have ever achieved. I offer my condolences that such a glorious V-Life streak came to the sudden and random end that it did. 
 
There is no doubt in my mind that Talbot's next V-Life will be challenging the top spot on the US103 leaderboards... 
 
 
A big congratulations also to our three new double-aces, Lieutenants Hobbs and Parsons, and 2nd. Lieutenant Biddle! 

 

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#666 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 03:25

Our time on Wargrounds was a bit abbreviated last Thursday. Nonetheless, we did get some "big wing" formation flying in and had a scrap with the 103rd and friends. As so often happens, they fight ended briefly, with one JG1 pilot's engine being shot out in enemy territory. Some good large-scale maneuvering on both sides! The 103rd had multiple 2 or 3 ship flights spread out covering a wide area of operations behind their lines, which was quite impressive to see. You can catch that all on part I of my stream:
 
After that, we nipped off a little early because the Albatros D.Va and Se5a are now live in Flying Circus!!! So of course, we had to try them. :icon_e_biggrin:  :D I mainly operated the Se5a, with one rather abrupt flight in the Albatros near the end. You can see my first flights with these birds here in part II of my livestream:
 
Finally, I wanted to mention that after a long absence, we were pleased to see JG1_Sturtz drop in and fly a sortie with us on Wargrounds. Salute man, was great to see you airborne again! :icon_e_salute:
We'll catch you on Cuban's server next week! :)

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#667 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 03:43

French soldiers observed a lone Pfalz D.XII drop the following message from high altitude in a message canister over their lines. The message was quickly forwarded to the 103rd HQ:

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#668 US103_Baer

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 14:42

Back to Cuban's Syndicate Server this week.

It's been a while since we've fired shots in anger in one of these great maps. Looking forward to it.

See you up there!

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF
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#669 US103_Talbot

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 15:30

Many thanks for the letter JG1!
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#670 US103_Talbot

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 15:36

Many thanks for the letter JG1!
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#671 US103_Larner

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 05:35

Another tense night, which got off to a bang as the 103d and JG1 had another big furball, this time involving 11 aircraft! The fight was tense, but short, and nobody left with more than a few ruffled feathers. A big shout-out to JG1 - these large-scale dogfights are about the most excitement that you can have in RoF, and, from what I've read, the most realistic. I appreciate you guys giving us the stiff opposition! 

It wasn't the only time I'd run into JG1 that night, and at the dizzying height of 5000 meters we clashed again. Literally.  My sincere apologies to JG1_Vikner, whom I stupidly ran into the back of during one fight. Totally my fault. My wingman was left alone to fight two other Albs - but, unfortunately for les Bosches it was the deadly 2nd Flight newcomer Biddle that they were facing down, and he proceeded to show just what a SPAD can do in good hands. Bizarrely, I managed to re-up and finish off one alb from the fight I had just been killed in! 

 

We had a few more scraps over the course of the night, but nothing major, and I managed to scrounge up a kill or two to kickstart my new V-life. 

Unfortunately, I was not the only 103d pilot to go West tonight, as we lose yet another high-scoring ace. Comiserations to Lt. Parsons, who sadly suffered a structural failure while attacking a Brandenburg. Parsons has made astounding progress in recent months, and his victory tally stood at 10 when he finally fell - his best score to date, and his induction into the 103d Aero 'Double-Aces Club'. 

Two more first-time double-aces come in Lt. Hobbs, whose score stands on 11, and the aforementioned Biddle, who is quickly becoming infamous among the German pilots. Should all of his claims from tonight be approved, Biddle stands to raise his score to 13 - which would make him the current top 103d Ace. 

 

In terms of victories claimed we had a slow night, but in terms of tactics I think we did very well. All in all, great fun tonight, looking forwards to more intense scraps next week. 

 

As a side note: 

 

101 years ago today, the Lafayette Escadrille, predecessor to the 103d Aero Squadron, suffered it's first combat in Victor Chapman, who was killed while attacking a German two-seater. 


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#672 US103_Baer

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 13:42

Salute to everyone who came out :icon_e_salute:

 

Here's our stream. Timestamps done.

https://youtu.be/wFl_P8RVwBI

 

The Squadron got into some excellent positions, as the video shows, yet execution of attacks was pretty ordinary. Of course the opposition is good and there are no easy marks out there. Still i can't help feeling a bit disappointed we weren't more clinical. On top of that we lost Larner and Parsons in flying accidents.

 

Fortunately, there's always next week :icon_e_wink:


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#673 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 20:03

Hey guys! Here is last Thursday’s livestream. I’ve been busy over the weekend, so I’ve posted it up a little later than I usually do. But hey, maybe it’s in time to whet you fine gentlemen’s appetites for tomorrow’s fly in on Wargrounds!  :)

Last Thursday’s livestream:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/441982796

 

The skies were hot for JG1 last Thursday! Following last week's counteroffensive by German troops, HQ wanted hard evidence that the attack had been successful. So, our first mission was escorting a recon aeroplane piloted by the one and only Dudley von Flederwurst. We spent a good amount of time climbing to altitude within our own lines, but we never even got to the mud before the blasted SPADs sniffed us out. One of our escorting flights was bounced and quickly a chaotic furball ensued.

 

Albatrosses and SPADs swirling and shooting - pure pandemonium! Kudos to the 103rd for a highly-surprising bounce over our own territory. Nonetheless, as soon as we found ourselves engaged, our pilots performed admirably, damaged planes spiraling down and away to save the aircraft while the undamaged pilots fought a brief rearguard campaign to keep the SPADs at bay. In the chaos, our recon slipped away and managed to photograph 2/3 of the recon objectives and RTB with the pictures. Salute to the cool nerves of sir Dudley! The pictures showed that the offensive had been marginally successful, but that fresh American troops were massing in the reserve trenches to push our lads back. The situation on the ground remains tenuous.

 

The aircraft that were forced to RTB from last flight then rendezvoused with us to continue a front line patrol. Midway through, I and my wingman Schafer were required to return to base due to low fuel. I turned over the reins to him on the leg home and, winter fog and frozen landmarks notwithstanding, he managed to navigate us all the way to our original aerodrome. Well done!

 

Then, Butzzell and I lifted off for one more patrol over our own lines. I encountered a very scrappy Hanriot HD.2 and then Butzzell and I found a Felixstowe motoring along the lines. The behemoth floatplane put up a staunch fight, getting some hits on Butzzell. Nonetheless, Herr Butzzell’s guns finished the giant off in fine fashion…with a spectacular explosion! Gotta say, Butzzell knows how to put ‘em away in style.

 

Following that, we transferred to Flying Circus where I put the Albatros D.Va through its paces against the Camel. Still getting a feel for the Alb currently, but I must say, the modeling is nothing short of beautiful. It’s an awesome feeling to sit in the Alb D.Va’s cockpit in Flying Circus.  :D


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#674 US103_Baer

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 00:58

Always great to see the Central view of things. Cheers Hotlead!

As mentioned, we'll be flying Wargrounds this week.

Hopefully I can stay a bit longer and join the FC fly out this week too. Still haven't got a streaming config for it... Maybe can sort that before tomorrow.

See you all up there. S!
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Posted 27 June 2019 - 21:00

HI all,

How do you purchase Flying Circus  IL2 ?.

 

Salute

 

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#676 J5_Klugermann

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 22:10

https://il2sturmovik.../flying-circus/

 

 

Warming up my trigger finger for this evening.


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#677 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 22:27

Hopefully I can stay a bit longer and join the FC fly out this week too. Still haven't got a streaming config for it... Maybe can sort that before tomorrow.

See you all up there. S!

Hey Baer! Are you using OBS to stream to YouTube? If so, I can talk you through how I set mine up to do Flying Circus.


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#678 US103_Larner

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 06:05

Great night for us! 

Baer and I picked up some early victories over a pair of DFWs. Afterwards we took to the hostile skies of the Eastern Front - the dreaded Carpathians map. Fortunately we had a friend of the Squadron, Cubancoverunner, take to the sky in his SPAD and join us on patrol! It was great fun flying with you, C.

 

The Jastas were out in force, and before long we had encountered a huge flight of 7-8 Bosche Scouts. It didn't take long before we recognised the dreaded Yellow machines of Jasta 10, and their striking red counterparts from Jasta 11. The Circus had arrived. Caught on the defensive, we knew we had a hard fight on our hands. After a few minutes of posturing, the skirmishes began. Biddle and I took on the 10 Staffel at first, with the prodigious white-noser giving us a masterclass in aerial gunnery and forcing one Albatros out of the fight. We then got into a bit more cat-and-mouse as 1st Flight & Cuban turned to take on Jasta 11. After an tense skirmish, in which both sides behaved almost as boxers, using jabs to size up their opponents, it all came to a head in a flurry that lasted a matter of seconds - in which our own Lt. Parsons came away with a victory claim to his name. Unfortunately, as the combat took place in enemy lines and was only witnessed by one other pilot, the claim could not be confirmed for our DiD Scoreboard. All the same, congratulations to Parsons. 

We only had one other mentionable skirmish, in which we took on the tenacious Jasta 30, who may not match the numbers of the bigger squadrons, but definitely match the ferocity! Biddle & Baer put one more tally on the victory board in this fight, although the former received a minor wound, and if memory serves, I had a few holes to patch up in my SPAD afterwards. 

 

To round off the night, we flew one last patrol. Unsurprisingly, we managed to get lost on the Carpathian map, and we ended up about two grid squares off-map. Cue the arrival of the world's unluckiest DFW pilot, who we assume must have been coming back from a recon and had opted to take the 'safe' route home, well outside of the map limits. The poor fellow managed to run right into a patrol of 5 SPADs, and the rest was history. What a bizarre, horrible stroke of misfortune!

 

Afterwards we took to Flying Circus and had a couple fun little scraps to blow off the tension from the RoF patrols! Great fun. 

 

As always, a huge salute to JG1, J30 and all the rest that flew. Your contributions continue to make the Thursday fly-in one of the most unique experiences that can be had in RoF, and it never ceases to amaze me when two squadron-sized patrols clash in the air. There really is nothing like it. 

 

Unfortunately I'll be 'on leave' next week, but I look forwards to seeing the action on Hotlead and Baer's streams! 

 

 


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#679 US103_Baer

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 12:40

Great fun this week.
Was worried when I saw Carpathian roll around but actually it was fine. Its a good looking map and adds a nice nav challenge.

Again we clashed squad v squad with JG1, although we were a little light this week so it was great to have Cuban join us. He was even in uniform! It's a superb experience when everyone's concerned about vlifes, but also wants to achieve mission success or air superiority.

13-15 planes in 3 or 4 flights jockeying for advantage before engaging. Dragging, climbing and maneuvering for position or surprise. One mistake and you're dead, or worse, your whole flight is dead.

Personally, I find this aspect the most rewarding in the game, so a big Salute out to JG1 and J30 for putting up those massed formations and making for such a unique experience.

I felt we flew pretty well all night but the highlight was seeing Parsons swoop down on an Albie that had just recovered from a spin, and brutally remove it's wings in one pass.

The prize for unluckiest pilot must go to JG1_Dudley, as Larner has related above. We weren't lost exactly, just not where we wanted to be - 2 grids outside the map area! Unfortunately it's exactly where Dudleys DFW was, returning from a recon.

Salute to all who came out. Carpathian holds no fears now.

Here's our stream. Timestamps done.
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#680 J5_Klugermann

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 13:04

 

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 13:41

See you all in Carpathia Mid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How prophetic...

 

 

Immediately lost my chubby when I saw Carpathia. It was a bad omen. Flew on that map for a little over an hour. Saw only 3 Ai Gothas and a few red balloon flares.

 

 

S!!! to the Ai S22 that shot everyone down.


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