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Sturmvogel66
11-11-2004, 01:53 PM
I was just goin on a routine escort mission for a suadron of SBDs, in my F4F-3 and about 10 minutes to target a squadron of Zekes jumped us. Long story short, the first flight of Dauntlesses bought it , but we managed to fend off the rest of them from the second flight and lost three of our own in the process. By the end of the battle the score was, US: 6 plus a Japanese Carrier, Japan:7. However, after we attacked one of the carriers, the second one decided to open fire on us very out-of-the-blue-like. It was strange, anyway my wingman and I got peppered by flak and small calibre AAA. This barrage damaged my aileron controls, which provoked a loud "****!" from me.

I had a whole 50 minute + return flight ahead of me with only my elevator controls, rudder, and weakened engine, and some minor wounds. However, I was determined to make it back in one piece. There were no enemy fighters around so I didn't need to worry about that, I just nursed her home and on the way practiced making precise adjustments with just the rudder and elevators. Once you get used to it its not so bad, anyway, in the track it shows less damage than I actually had for some reason, and it also shows my ailerons moving for some reason, but trust me, they weren't doing anything. Anyway, just thought I would share my success of bringing a damaged bird home in one piece. It took two passes bcause on the first pass there was traffic on the deck in front of me. Anyway, enjoy, and comments are welcome, I just thought it was an adrenaline rush.

Track Here (http://home.comcast.net/~flachvier66/HOLYCRAP.ntrk)

Sturmvogel66
11-11-2004, 01:53 PM
I was just goin on a routine escort mission for a suadron of SBDs, in my F4F-3 and about 10 minutes to target a squadron of Zekes jumped us. Long story short, the first flight of Dauntlesses bought it , but we managed to fend off the rest of them from the second flight and lost three of our own in the process. By the end of the battle the score was, US: 6 plus a Japanese Carrier, Japan:7. However, after we attacked one of the carriers, the second one decided to open fire on us very out-of-the-blue-like. It was strange, anyway my wingman and I got peppered by flak and small calibre AAA. This barrage damaged my aileron controls, which provoked a loud "****!" from me.

I had a whole 50 minute + return flight ahead of me with only my elevator controls, rudder, and weakened engine, and some minor wounds. However, I was determined to make it back in one piece. There were no enemy fighters around so I didn't need to worry about that, I just nursed her home and on the way practiced making precise adjustments with just the rudder and elevators. Once you get used to it its not so bad, anyway, in the track it shows less damage than I actually had for some reason, and it also shows my ailerons moving for some reason, but trust me, they weren't doing anything. Anyway, just thought I would share my success of bringing a damaged bird home in one piece. It took two passes bcause on the first pass there was traffic on the deck in front of me. Anyway, enjoy, and comments are welcome, I just thought it was an adrenaline rush.

Track Here (http://home.comcast.net/~flachvier66/HOLYCRAP.ntrk)