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Aero_Shodanjo
08-17-2004, 09:39 AM
This is mine, perhaps its not so strange nor funny though but I'd like to share it anyway.

I was in sixth (?) mission in Leningrad campaign (using Lowengrin's DCG) as a Maior. The mission was rather easy: transfer to the westernmost airbase on the map (forgot the name of the city, though, but that was a loooong trip).

I think I was transferred to help ground troops in stopping German advances from the west since my previous five missions managed to hold their threat from the south of Leningrad.

To make the long story short, I took off, flew the course, fought some luftwaffe fighters and landed at the airbase that located just at the eastern outskirt of the city where the frontline was. No loss on my side.

Then in the next mission, my new base was being overrun and I was ordered to return east to my previous base at Leningrad. Even the waypoints were almost the same with the previous mission - only this time I went back east. Too bad on our way back, the enemy intercepted with vengeance and only 3 out of 8 pilots from my squad (including me) managed to get back alive...

Sigh... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Aero_Shodanjo
08-17-2004, 09:39 AM
This is mine, perhaps its not so strange nor funny though but I'd like to share it anyway.

I was in sixth (?) mission in Leningrad campaign (using Lowengrin's DCG) as a Maior. The mission was rather easy: transfer to the westernmost airbase on the map (forgot the name of the city, though, but that was a loooong trip).

I think I was transferred to help ground troops in stopping German advances from the west since my previous five missions managed to hold their threat from the south of Leningrad.

To make the long story short, I took off, flew the course, fought some luftwaffe fighters and landed at the airbase that located just at the eastern outskirt of the city where the frontline was. No loss on my side.

Then in the next mission, my new base was being overrun and I was ordered to return east to my previous base at Leningrad. Even the waypoints were almost the same with the previous mission - only this time I went back east. Too bad on our way back, the enemy intercepted with vengeance and only 3 out of 8 pilots from my squad (including me) managed to get back alive...

Sigh... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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PBNA-Boosher
08-17-2004, 10:06 AM
Not exactly funny, and I just copied and pasted this story from an earlier post of mine, but it's worth a read:

I've flown very few campaigns because my computer is slow, but once or twice I manage to use the computer I have downstairs and try a campaign.

I was flying the MiG-3 1940 version as the #3 man on a CAP around Smolensk when our flight encountered 4 Bf-110's and 8 Bf-109 escorts. Our puny number of 6 MiG-3's were running low on fuel, but we were close to home. We also were 1000 meters higher then they were, so I told my wingman to cover me while I engaged the targets. I quickly realized that these German planes were after my base when I saw the 110's diving down from altitude toward our airfield. I came down hard upon the flight leader of the escorting 109 and fired all my weapons into his engine, which flamed. The pilot didn't make it out.

My wingman ripped apart another man behind me, (you see, AI wingmen in this game aren't useless!) And then he took out another 109 on #2's tail. I floored the throttle and headed off to the 110's, my wingman followed, as did the rest of my flight.
We reached them in time, and I downed 2 planes by killing the pilots. The 110's spun out of control. One 110 dropped his bombs early, and another was completely pummeled by the flight leader.
The 110 that had dropped his bombs flew around like a fighter. We tried to follow him, but the pilot was smart, and he drove us right back into the flight of remaining 109's. So we locked ourselves in desperate combat, trying to evade and get back to base.

This is what really got to me. I was chasing the Bf-110 with 2 109's behind me, my wingman was desperately trying to pick them off my tail. I got close to the 110 and fired a short burst into his engine, and it started throwing black smoke, but the plane kept flying. My wingman had downed one of the 109's by this point, and another one flew in front of me. I shot a quick burst and flamed it, luckily. Our fuel level was really low, so I told everyone to go back to base. But the flight didn't listen, a bug I guess.
RIGHT THEN AND THERE, I noticed I was in a head on with the last Bf-109 escort. I started firing, and he started firing. THen my AI wingman did the unbelieveable for me... He flew right in front of me, guns blazing. I stopped firing to avoid hitting him and breaked a hard left to avoid a collison. the 109 pilot started following me, still shooting his guns. My AI wingman flew straight into his bullets like he was shielding me, like he'd given his life to protect me. His plane exploded in a brilliant flash of yellow light, and the Bf-109 also exploded after being showered by my wingman's debris.

This game is the most immersive I've come across. I'll never forget that mission. My plane was badly shot up after that and I crashed on the runway. I survived. I probably would not have if it were not for that AI pilot. If it were possible to give medals to the AI in IL2, I would have given him the Hero of the Soviet Union medal and the Order of Lenin. It made me feel like such a brotherhood did exist, and still does.

Boosher
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PBNA-Boosher
08-17-2004, 10:55 AM
Another one I have: From that same campaign, my squadron transferred to using I-16 Type 18's after using the MiG-3, (odd, isn't it?) and we flew a number of missions. However, one that sticks out in my mind is when we took off to intercept a group of Ju-87's and escorting Bf-110's. However, before you can get to them, there are 2 109F-2's flying over the base, using the quick takeoff of the I-16 I got airborne and quickly dispatched both 109's. Then I headed South to intercept the incoming Ju-87's and 110's. My flight flew behind me, I was in the #3 position, but even though they kept telling me to stay in formation, I flew straight into the enemy formation. I ripped it apart entirely, caused chaos all over the place. Before that mission, I had 12 kills. When I ended that mission, I had shot down 2 more 109's, 2 Bf-110's, and 3 Ju-87's. How, you ask? I flamed the engine on each one, and they blew up later! That was my luckiest day. When I landed I was completely out of fuel, and had holes in my plane all over the place, but it was one hell of a fun mission.

Boosher
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horseback
08-17-2004, 11:15 AM
Actually, this story involves two consecutive missions. In the first one, my flight of 109F-2s jumped a flight of LaGGs, and Number Three, after pouring all his ammo into LaGG #1, announced that he was out of ammo and was heading back to base. I'd dispatched LaGG #2 & 3, and still had some MG ammo left, so I caught up to the remaining LaGG, who was smoking slightly, and set his engine on fire, getting three kills for that mission, including Number Three's 'smoker'.

On the next mission, we caught a bunch (at least 9) of Il-2s without escorts or rear gunners. I proceded up the length of their formation, putting a burst or two into the oil cooler and moving on to my next victim once I saw that little stream of smoke that announced that I'd hit it.

I figured that I'd disabled at least five of them in this way, but at the end of the mission, only one kill was credited to me, the one whose tail had been (accidentally) shot off. Checking the track, I saw good ol' Number Three following me and putting a few rounds into each one of the smoking Sturmoviks in my wake, not immediately shooting any of them down, but effectively stealing five of my kills.

In RL, I'd have invited the bastage to a little private party behind the 'O' Club...

cheers

horseback

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JG54_Arnie
08-17-2004, 11:25 AM
Shows why the AI steals our kills, it because we stole theirs first. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Breeze147
08-17-2004, 11:46 AM
78 missions into a Sturmo campaign. Started with those biplanes, I-153's. Survived that. IL-2 single seaters. Shot down 24 Germans. Got 2 Heros Of The Soviet Union. Transferred to Moscow. Flew the field modified, IL-2's Fought through the winter and into the spring. Survived that. Got promoted along the way from Mladishy Leitenant to Maior. Got transferred to Crimea. Flew about 7 missions. I now have 26 kills, 1 plane on ground, 4 tanks (plus maybe 10 more that I didn't get credit for), 78 vehicles, 104 railroad cars, 16 guns. I am going to be Colonel by Berlin, I think. No, campaign crashes after 78 missions and I can't recover. Bitter? Who me?

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El Turo
08-17-2004, 11:49 AM
Just had an interesting mission during E-O's Experten Campaign where my fellow 109s were supposed to be attacking some IL2's while my flight was supposed to take on their escort.

Well, as we're getting close to them (head on merge), I notice that the IL2s are in the lead and in line-astern formation. So, I took a chance and lined myself up with them and laid into them as best I could from a head-on aspect. I managed to flame/destroy two of the four IL2s and mangled a third in a single pass! That really put their Hurricane escorts into a tough spot (like they weren't already) because the guys that were supposed to be fixating on bombers then jumped into the furball and mixed it up.

Embarassing moment: Got target fixated on a Hurricane and got chewed up by Mr. Bag, losing my ailerons. Still ended the flight with 4 kills, but I was sooo close to getting #5 and #6 (ammo permitting) if I hadn't fallen asleep at the situational-awareness helm. Managed to get home and land it with elevator and rudder only no prob.. but it was a bit of a scare, that's for sure!

Frankly, I was a bit suprised that the IL2's didn't try firing at me with their forward armament. Oh well! They paid the price.

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ANGST
08-17-2004, 12:09 PM
In alot of missions I end up landing and waiting for the enemy I crippled to crash so I can get a kill credited. In my log I see that I shot down a plane 5 minutes after I landed.

AdmiralWarlord
08-17-2004, 12:19 PM
I had the same mission as the first poster. I was transffered in my Il-2 from Leningrad to Tallinn. After 2 missions - the city was surrounded by Germans and Tallinn was cut off for 100s of kilometers in every direction (lets say the date was August 15th). The next day, August 16th, I look at the map and the germans were pushed back all the way to the start of the campaign and there was a free road back to Leningrad. Then on the 17th, Tallinn is surrounded again immediately. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BSS_Goat
08-17-2004, 12:32 PM
I was flying a mission in Lowegrins generator Normandy map for the allies and got into a big dogfight. I ended up smoking and winchester so I headed feet wet alone and as fast as my crippled plane would let me. A FW gives chase and its all I can do to just stay in the air much less fight him. Ahead a formation of bombers comes out of the gloom heading toward the coast. I had read about escorts closing up to bombers to get some protection from the sniper AI gunners so I close right in watching the FW the entire time. 20 meters from the bombers I begin wondering why they are hitting me as much as the FW and look up right into the turrent of a HE111.This ended my marvelous career. It did reinforce why I play no icons.... you can't get that thrill w/ icons on.

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MK2aw
08-17-2004, 07:23 PM
All great stories!

I have a few myself but I'll just read on ....

PBNA-Boosher , your story on the head on attack is amazing and made me realize that this aggresiveness and spirit of attack of the AI is also the reason we complain of the kill stealing!!!! What a revelation.

MK2aw

PBNA-Boosher
08-17-2004, 08:36 PM
Still, the AI saved my life! He can steal all the kills he wants for that matter, as long as i'm still alive and not in a Gulag by May '45!

Boosher
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"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you..."
-Gandalf

WTE_Galway
08-17-2004, 08:46 PM
i tend to "train up" my wingman .. when ever possible i find him some ground targets and let him knock out a couple so his experience will go up and he is more useful to me

if its a particualrly tricky mission i send him home early to protect him