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    Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    After all of these years of waiting, Desert Wings Tobruk is finally added to CLOD Blitz! Congrats TFS and 1C!!! Thank you both for hammering out the deal to make this day possible!!! My download and install was seamless and the only problem I experienced was losing my sound in Windows 7 after installation of DWsT. Restarting my computer remedied that quite quickly. All of my skins, single player missions, campaigns and other addons were left intact and usable upon completion of installation. It took less than 15 minutes to finish the download and installation. I took my first flight in the Martlet, of course, and after all of these years of waiting since PF came out, I was finally back in a Wildcat\Martlet cockpit! Hallaluya!!! I always loved this PF plane and had endless hours in it fighting Zeros, shooting down Jap bombers and trapping back on my carrier. This new Martlet feels rock solid and she handles as smooth as silk. Going to have to put in some hours in her before going online, but all of that in good time.

    It felt so good to be back in the office of this Barrel Chested terror of the skies once more!


    Me and the boys decided to take a jaunt up the coast at 0730 hours.






    Oi! You! Yes, you! What are you doing down there mate, get back in formation!


    That's more like it cobber.


    Steady Boys!


    Second flight was in the lovely Kittyhawk!
    On my way to the beach, just having a check of my list. I feel like I forgot to bring something?



    Oh Damnit! My flip flops, I forgot my flip flops. The sand on Derma beach is going to burn my feet up!


    Hmmmmm, it seems my lass doesn't like putting here feet down on the hot sand either. Dratttt!


    It felt really good to get back into CLOD and IMHO she looks more impressive than ever and runs even better than before. I am looking forward to exploring more and getting into the combat aspect to see how she performs under a load. There is more new single player content than I was expecting and I am hopeful that people will use the ME and create even more SP content. Thank you TFS for all the years of hard work and to 1C and Jason for helping to make this possible. Desert Wings Tobruk is working well for me and I am looking forward to exploring all of the new content and experiencing the improvements you have made.

    S!Blade<><
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    Beatiful shots, mate!


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    S!~
    Great shots man, I have to admit- my family is here for 10 days- and we are having a great time- riding my vintage motorcyles- boating -barbecues- zero distancing. But- I cannot download and start a new game with people here. That said- when I do- on Sunday night- I am going to blast those Martlets and the P40's back to the Stone age- just hopefully someone else mate- because I really like your post. And- I actually started this post to see if my kids had screwed with my FONT size- since I turned 50 this year- the ol' eyes ya' know- lol. Wow -Dr. HUGE FONT- and I thought my eyes were going- I can only see 3 freckles on an eagle from 50 meters now-hehe. And yes- my nickname was really Eagle Eyes- and $sshole -but thats another story.
    Good show mate- and with opponents like you- its going to be a 'blast' - o! Side note- I watched Karaya's first sortie video- great video- and am now replaying that in my head- yet I cant fly until Sunday- Bloody Sunday. Good show mate- ....great pix- good fun -I think....

    S!~ TF Great job. AKA_Blasto
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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    Good to hear, I was waiting for your response on the Martlet... lol.
    Spiritus

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69th_Spiritus View Post
    Good to hear, I was waiting for your response on the Martlet... lol.
    I know, I was being obnoxious about the 'Stubby' description, but I was just trying to stir up some reaction and get people thinking of buying and supporting DWsT. It was all in good fun and I hate to admit but the poll clearly determined that most people would characterize the Martlet as 'Stubby'. Those that were fence riders in the poll and chose answer3,... you are on the list to!!! Never the less, I will continue my campaign and attempt to change public opinion to the much more masculine and respectful 'Barrel Chested' moniker for this under appreciated Fighter!!! The Mighty Martlet!!!! Upwards and Onwards!!!


    Cheers!
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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    I am really surprised by the Martlet. Very nice to fly and love the sound. Need to learn to fight in one though.
    The landing gear operation needs some get used to it, almost crashed when I tried first time but the rest ist just very nice.
    2 remarks. Mixture at 0% seems to be rich and 100% lean, is that correct?
    Second you can put bombs under the wings but not release them? Bug or just me missing something out?

    Well done TF, good to have these new toys!

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    What an outstanding job TFS has done on the Vickers Wellington! Check the cockpit,

    what a work of art! Well worth the wait IMHO. Next project <--->Avro Lancaster!!!










    And a little Kitty Love for all the lonely boys down in the sand



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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Blade_Meister View Post
    What an outstanding job TFS has done on the Vickers Wellington! Check the cockpit,

    what a work of art! Well worth the wait IMHO. Next project <--->Avro Lancaster!!!










    And a little Kitty Love for all the lonely boys down in the sand



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    Nice screenshots!
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    And I thought for all this time that this was a flight simulator.

    S!Blade<><








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    Why no desert scheme paint on the ground units, mate?

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    That is a very good question. I Don't know? It was a quick mission Red Ground attack. I was just astounded at the detail of the vehicles and the excellence and enormity of the sand cloud being kicked up. You tell me, your the one who made it!!! LOL. I jest, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade_Meister View Post
    That is a very good question. I Don't know? It was a quick mission Red Ground attack. I was just astounded at the detail of the vehicles and the excellence and enormity of the sand cloud being kicked up. You tell me, your the one who made it!!! LOL. I jest, of course.

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    Thought it was created by you, mate! Understood!

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    More to follow.

    S!Blade<><

    A bit more time in the Martlett, and I am coming to the conclusion that they can be deadly little fellows!
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    I have prepared a little Thank You to all of the members of Team Fusion Simulations for the outstanding work that each of you and anyone else(ATAG People?) who were involved in keeping CLOD alive and adding to this Excellent Combat Flight Simulator.

    CLOD Blitz + Tobruk Is Just A Whole Lot Of Fun Now And It Seems Only To Be Getting Better With Each Update That You All Make!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! It has been well worth the wait.

    So, without further adieu', wait, how long have we been waiting again,..?...?...?..? Oh, never mind, but it has been a minute. Anyway, I was looking for a SP mission to practice up on my Martlet(Yes That Speeding, Tight Turning, Fire Breathing, Barrel Chested Radial Engined Fighter of the FAA, that's the one, Yep!) skills when I happened across the SP Mission, Christmas Convoy. It is a simple little mission, nothing fancy and some might even consider it a bit boring. Nothing against whoever created this little mission as it produced exactly the setting which I was looking for,....and it threw a little something extra my way which I couldn't have foreseen. I flew the mission and had fun, God it is nice to be able to record the mission and then go back, replay it and take screenshots, unlike another of my favorite BOB CFSs, which shall remain anonymous, where you have to pause and take pics as you fly the mission. Anyway, a great mission, 2 Martlets, 3 Ju88s, 3 tankers, 1 cruiser. Fly straight out take care of the bad guys fly back and land. Loved it and completed the mission even though I hit the brakes to hard while landing and flipped my Martlet onto her back. Be forewarned, those binders are are VERY Efficient!!! Anyway, LOL, I took pics and started to write a simple AAR. Well nothing is simple with me and I ended up making like 16 composite screen shots and I was off to write the AAR. I wrote the whole AAR based around being a Yank which was serving with the RAF and this was the premise of the whole story. Well, In the last caption I was preparing I wanted to know what engine was used in the Martlet so I Googled it, go figure. Here is what I found.

    "The Martlet scored its first victory on Christmas Day 1940, when a land-based aircraft brought down a German Junkers Ju 88 over the Scapa Flow naval base. "

    This led to my doing more investigating and discovering that the Martlet was only used in the AAF, <---see, there I go! sorry, FAA , so after even more research I re-wrote about 1/2 of the story so I wouldn't look like a complete 'Yank Dumb Ass', granted I am still a 'Yank' and things can be difficult for me in general sometimes, but wow, this was almost a complete losing face experience for me. So not only did I save face, I hope at least, I had fun flying the mission! I had fun spending hours taking tons of cool pics! I had fun composing multi faceted cooler pics, I had a lot of Fun researching the actual true story represented in this little mission, I had fun writing the original AAR,....... and yes, I pretty much had fun re-writing the AAR. So, anyway, TY TFS,.. I think???

    SOOO, Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Some photshopping has been done, but I didn't spend much and quite a few items were on sale!
    2. No the mission isn't flown over Scapa Flow. Get over it! Use you imagination, it is flown out of Rochford Aerodrome, Yea that's right Rochford England! Home of the Martlet Baby!!! At least in CLOD Blitz.
    3. All names have been changed to protect the innocent.
    4.No animals were harmed during the production of this AAR, except some pepperonis.


    S!Blade<><

    What??????? Your still here? What are you waiting for? The AAR is in the next post! Move along, these are not the droids you are looking for.
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    Christmas Convoy

    Mission Report: 12/25/1940 0830 hours:

    It seems the Luftwaffe's High Command just couldn't let it go for one bloody day! With a chilly temperature of only 32 degrees on this snowy morning, Göring himself probably gave the order to send up his boys to hunt down our lone convoy sailing on this day,.... this Christmas Day! While the Jerry pilots and crews celebrated a Merry Christmas morning during their briefing, the armourers were fast at work fitting their Ju88s with eggs and readying their bombers for the mission at hand. It seems the Huns were given the task of delivering these quite unwelcome presents to the boys sailing three of our tankers from Southend-on-Sea to Margate.


    Being the most recent bloke assigned to No. 804 Naval Air Squadron, I was up at sparrow chirp to join FAA Flt Lt. Terry 'Dick' Stapleton in flying the convoy escort mission scheduled for this morning. With snow all about and a brisk westward wind blowing, we set out on our mission. I am Fleet Air Arm Plt Off Paul 'Papa' Davies and I celebrated my 29th Birthday just three weeks prior to today. I volunteered in May of this year and was accepted for flying training as an Acting Pilot Officer in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. I am one of the few Scots here in No. 804 NAS and my being much older than most of these boys in the Squadron riled their witty Englander humor concerning my age, so consequentially they came up with the moniker 'Papa' of course, which I was tagged with shortly after my arrival. All of the carrying on amongst the boys was in good sport and most of the time conducted with all due respect,...well,... most of the time. Almost all of the pilots here at No. 804 NAS have a nickname hung on them sooner or later, but 'Pappa' would show these boys, and the Jerrys, that I have a steady hand, a fierce heart and a keen eye to bring my arms to bear on any that dare cross me!


    The day after completing my FAA training and receiving my Royal Navy pilots wings, only two weeks ago to the day, I found myself at Rochford Aerodrome for my first posting right outside the small town of Rochford England. Here I began flying with No. 804 NAS FAA under Fighter Command and this was the official beginning of my FAA career. I dreamed of flying a Hawker Hurricane, or possibly even a Supermarine Spitfire, only to be assigned to a Martlet. A 'Yank' plane at that! One has to raise the undercarriage with a bloody hand crank for God's sake! I must admit though, the little buggars are fast and turn quite well, but this lass is no Spitfire. She might have a go at a Hurricane, but a Spitfire on full bore would have her in a spot and gone for six as quick as you please!


    Quickly after takeoff, not even a few hundred feet off the ground, Dick found that his undercarriage hand crank was jammed and as a result he could not raise it in the least. He notified me on the R/T and immediately returned to Rochford Aerodrome which left only me to fly the convoy escort solo. I quickly said a Prayer to The Man Upstairs asking Him to go with me, protect me and guide my attacks to make my aim true should I encounter any Jerrys.


    The Huns had already beaten us, of course us was simply me now, to the punch and set their sights on delivering their unwanted gifts quite early this morning. Flying from France across The Strait of Dover at wave top height, they passed Margate only three miles off the coast and prepared to enter the outer reaches of The Thames Estuary. Each bomber began their slow climb to 1500 feet, and all to soon with the convoy spotted and eggs prepared, each of the three Ju88s readied themselves to target a single tanker. Just minutes later one of the Hun bombardiers called out, 'Bomben weg!', as the first set of bombs was released from his Ju88.


    The second Ju88 dropped his bombs only seconds after the first, and each of these Junkers narrowly missed their target while beginning to encounter light AA fire from the escort cruiser and each of the tankers. The Tommies manning these ack-ack guns were crack shots and the Huns were experiencing some very close explosions! Having delivered their eggs, both of these two bombers hastily turned towards France, one sustaining a hit to its' port wing and suffering a fuel leak.


    The final Ju88 sought to line up its' target, as far below the tanker's Captain shouted for his helmsmen to perform an emergency starboard evasive maneuver to thwart the Jerry's efforts to sink his ship. 'Bomben weg!' called out the Jerry bombardier upon dropping his eggs. This last Jerry pilot quickly turned for home as he knew the RAF would be along in quite a hurry. His eggs also narrowly missed the deck of the last tanker. Not one of the three Ju88s had achieved their mission goal and now it would be my turn to deliver the lot a little Christmas Cheer!


    I spotted three Junker Ju88s as I approached the convoy, noting that each ship looked to be unharmed and steaming hard for Margate. I scanned the sky surrounding my Martlet and did not see any other kites about, so I called the bandits in to my controller on the blower. Then I set my sights on the trailing bomber as each of the three were making their turn towards France. These Huns knew that if they could simply make their way back across The Strait of Dover to the French countryside that they would be out of danger. Diving from his port side I made my initial run carrying 220 mph of speed. I maintained my approach in a lead turn to ensure I would continue to traverse across his tail and not present myself as an easy mark for the rear gunner. Just as I closed range I leveled my altitude with the big bomber establishing a troublesome shot for the dorsal gunner and denying the ventral gunner any means to attack me.


    As I pursued my initial assault I quickly silenced the dorsal gunner. My chatterboxes were lighting up this Junker as pieces of the aircraft began to find their way back towards my lass.


    The Jerry pilot jinked this way and that, but I had him in my sights and he jolly well was not going to make it back across The Strait for his Christmas celebration if I had my say in the matter!


    As I closed to within 100 yards, throttling back was my next move as I continued to tear this Ju88 apart with my Martlet's four .50 cal machine guns.


    Somehow at the present moment the rear cockpit glass and complete frame assembly shot upward from the damaged bomber and then proceeded to quickly slip below my Martlet while falling down into the Estuary below. I could clearly see the dorsal gunner slumped over his weapon now, and I also noticed that the man beside the pilot had been dispatched as well.


    The Junker had slowed to just 160 mph and I could tell that the Jerry pilot was doing all within his power to hold the big bomber back from stalling to the starboard side. That wing dipped downward towards the chilly water below again and again as our speed decreased even more, and the bomber began to slowly lose altitude.


    With one final burst to the Ju88, which was now smoking heavily and gave the appearance of being severely damaged, its' starboard wing fell downward towards the drink one final time as the bomber dropped lower and lower.


    I watched the rising morning sunlight glimmer off of the top side of the bomber as it slowly rolled onto a knife's edge and slipped violently into the frigid waters of The Strait. This body of water has recently become a vast grave yard for the many souls cast into it by such a merciless war. I had just realized my first victory against these unknown adversaries on this,.....this Christmas morning. The elation which I had always imagined, upon securing my first victory, was nowhere to be found. A somber calm came over me as I scanned the sky in my vicinity to check for any other Ju88s or any new Jerrys that might be in my immediate area. None were to be seen, and I called my victory in to my controller, as I contemplated what had just happened, not knowing how to feel. I was then ordered to continue my escort of the ships in the convoy until a another section could be vectored to the area to relieve me.


    I patrolled for another thirty minutes before reporting to my controller that I was low on rounds and petrol as well. I was given a vector back to Rochford and proceeded to fly over the convoy one final time. As a salute, I waggled my wings as I flew low over their ships. I watched as the men below on the decks of the three tankers were waving, a few dancing a little jig and clapping their hands in appreciation of this FAA pilot watching over them. A bit of calm and peace came over me as I realized that those sailors were safe from the four Germans I had defeated, until four more would step in to take their place in a new bomber on another day. The Man Upstairs had given those sailors a gift of safe passage on this Christmas Day. Just as I was clearing the last tanker I espied a tight Vic of RAF Spitfires approaching from my two o'clock high to carry on with the escort. I gave thanks during the slow trip back to Rochford for this great gift for our Merchant Marine Sailors and The Royal Navy as well as for my own safe and fruitful maneuvers on this day. It was good to see the aerodrome and to be safely home lest pancaking. As I came around the airstrip I lazily made a circuit, lowering my flaps, cranking 39 rounds of the manual undercarriage handle to lower and lock my landing gear. “Dam-n those 'Yanks!”, I said aloud to myself as I kicked one rudder pedal to side slip and lose a wee bit of speed to achieve the roughly 85 mph which I was looking for. It was quite a lovely approach coming in over the town of Rochford, rounding the water tower and soaring in rather low almost directly over the train trestle while lining up on my final.


    While I still dream of flying a Hurricane, or perhaps even a Spitfire one day, I am presently quite content with my Martlet as she has performed quite admirably on this day. She is a sassy lass, a bit stubborn in some ways but she will turn on a dime, dive like a falcon and has quite a mean streak while sporting her four .50 cal chatterboxes, which the Huns are coming to fear.


    She is as stable as a three legged stool when you have her trimmed properly for flaps and undercarriage lowered on final. At 85 mph she just coasts in, and with a little flare directly before pancaking she will make a soft three point landing. Ease back full on the control column and lightly, and I do mean lightly, apply the binders, or else, over you go onto her back. There is plenty of runway at Rochford Aerodrome so no need in getting to busy with the binders! Just a wee bit of dancing on the rudder pedals is all that is needed to keep her tracking straight down the strip! Once this lass has slowed to a turtle's pace, unlock the tail wheel and she is rather nimble to taxi with a lot of rudder and a little binder while working the throttle and always holding back on the control column.


    Of course the new bloke is assigned the revetment at the far end of the field. Farthest from the Duty Erk's shack, even further from the Officer's mess, which is my second stop after visiting the Duty Erk's shack and completing a quick debriefing. Parking my lass is a snap as she turns as well on the ground as she does in the air. I pull her deep in the revetment so nil of those nasty Huns can have an easy go at strafing her. One of the fitters shoves a pair of chocks under her wheels and then it is throttle to the lowest setting, mixture to idle cut out, fuel cock off, magnetos off and all 1,240 horses of her Wright Cyclone Radial engine quiet down until not one of her 9 cylinders is left firing. The Martlet entered service with the FAA in September of 1940 when 81 aircraft, which had originally been ordered by France, were taken over by the British after France surrendered to Germany. This day, Christmas Day, December 25th, 1940 was the first 'kill' for any American built fighter in British service. My lass and I, from No. 804 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm of The Royal Navy, forced down that Junkers Ju88 on my Christmas Convoy mission. This was only the beginning of the Martlet's stalwart service with Fighter Command in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm!
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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    Nice writeup and screenshots Blade!

    Quickly after takeoff, not even a few hundred feet off the ground, Dick found that his undercarriage hand crank was jammed and as a result he could not raise it in the least. He notified me on the R/T and immediately returned to Rochford Aerodrome which left only me to fly the convoy escort solo.
    Is this a sneaky way of saying the AI wingman had a brain fart and nosedived into the water right after takeoff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Flare View Post
    Nice writeup and screenshots Blade!

    Is this a sneaky way of saying the AI wingman had a brain fart and nosedived into the water right after takeoff?
    Glad you enjoyed it Sir!
    Nope! Actually I was flying all over and the wrong way because I didn't see my plane icon on the map. My wing man knew I was crazy and lost so he just flew right to the objective I guess. I am not sure what he did or did not do(I guess I could re-watch my recording and see). By the time I figured out where the hell I was at and finally showed up atop the convoy, he was gone and I attacked the closest bomber. After downing that Ju88 I was out of rounds and RTBed. So to answer your question, no, I just made all of that up about the jammed landing gear crank. Honestly though I never saw my wing man again after takeoff. Now I am wondering where the hell he went and what he was doing. I will report back on this later! LOL

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    Finally getting a little stick time in DWT.

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    A Little Heavy on the Brakes Mate!
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    Very nice screenshots Blade !

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    Thank you OBT~Mikmak. Here are a few more of my recent outings. I hope to have some combat pics as soon as I figure out how to get my mits on those 109s. They seem to boom and zoom rather well now and my Kittyhawk can't seem to catch them. I am going to have to lure them into a rolling scissors I suspect.

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    A short combat AAR for your entertainment. Hope you enjoy it. It certainly had my blood boiling a bit and caused me to endlessly check my six all the way back to Gazala Aerodrome. DWT is a Sweet theater, and I look forward to starting the Desert Rats Campaign very soon.

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    Shortly before 07:00 hours with the temperature at Gazala Aerodrome hovering around a chilly 37 degrees, we fired off our Kitthawk's Allison V1710 engines and prepared for the first patrol of June 13 1942.



    Being the new kid on the block, I was left to eat the Gazala dust as my three flight mates screamed down the sand airstrip. I paused 20 seconds or so and the light morning breeze blew away most of the dust which was kicked up. Easing my stick back while holding the binders, I kicked over the rpms to 2000 before releasing my brakes and starting my rollout.



    First I formed up with one of my section mates.



    Then we joined the other two in our section and we all began our cruise, running our Allison's at 2600 rpm and 42 inches of manifold pressure, en-route to our assigned patrol sector over el Adem.



    We were vectored to intercept a group of JU 88 bombers which were suspected of being en-route to attack Tobruk.



    First we came across two Schwarms of Bf 109s to our 11 o'clock low, each in finger four formation .



    Our section split into two pairs and I followed my mate in on a diving attack. We had to mind our airspeed as we were only rated to dive at a maximum speed of 470 mph.



    I split from my mate as I dove in and opened fire with my chatterboxes and scored the only hits that I would make during this entire fight.



    I gave chase and attempted to line Jerry up for another burst.



    I tried to land more hits but this Hun just seemed to stroll right away from my Kittyhawk.



    Quickly checking my six I found another Jerry bastard closing on my Kittyhawk rather quickly!



    I saw his first burst fly past my canopy, and I knew I could no longer pursue the Hun in front of me.



    I broke to my starboard side and Jerry was right on me!



    As I barrel rolled to my starboard side I knew Jerry was going to overshoot me.



    The 109 shot by and I noticed a yellow 11 on the side as I tried to line up for a shot. It was no use, he was simply to fast.



    Looking to my port side I briefly saw one of my mates bailing out of his severely damaged Kittyhawk.



    The next second I see rounds fly past my canopy once more and hastily looking over my port shoulder I see another Hun rapidly approaching!



    He dipped low under my port wing, and I see a yellow number 8 on the side of this 109.



    Before I can make a move to attack, this Hun is 1000ft above me and climbing like a bat out of hell. I lower my nose and dive in excess of the 470 mph limit as I make my way out of this dogfight. I am outclassed by these Huns in their 109s and I can no longer spot any of my mates in the vicinity. I will run to make it back to Gazala Aerodrome so as to fight another day. Later I find that three of us had returned safely with one of my mates scoring a kill. The desert rats watched as our downed pilot parachuted to safety, and they picked him up in short order. He was returned to us, a might shaken up but unharmed, late that very same afternoon. What a harrowing experience this was for me on my first desert patrol. Having our Kittyhawks outclassed, not to mention outnumbered, was a sobering experience and reminded me that this is a dangerous business flying and fighting high above the desert. It is nothing to be taken lightly and a day such as today only proves we have a tuff scrap on our hands. Onward and upwards, we shall carry the fight to these dirty Huns none the less and we shall meat out a full measure for their proud intrusion during this African Campaign!
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    I changed up the last post to bring a short Combat AAR as promised. Enjoy!

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    A leftover.
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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    Nigel gave it one last effort to make his lass pull up before it was to late!!!


    After his first misadventure and still having been promoted to a TomaHawk, the Boss told him this hop was his last chance to bring his Lass back in one piece or he would be demoted to the bomb loading crew! This time Nigel decided to use his head to try and bring her down in one piece!!!
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    Isn't that a TomaHat?

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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    That is definitely a 'TomaHat' ATAG Colander,
    I applied a little blurring on the Kittyhawk in the first pic. I am ready for those 4k skins.

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    First pass!


    Second pass!








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    Re: Congrats TFS! My first hop!!!

    TFS has redone the early morning lighting and I think the dusk lighting sometime a while back and they really hit the proverbial nail on the head I think. It looks stunning in sim to me.
    An early morning lone wolf patrol, after downing one Bf109, my Allison shuts down on me a couple of miles from pancaking. This was a dead stick landing for me.


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