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michapma
01-09-2004, 09:27 AM
As reported in the After Action Reports (http://luftwaffe.net/fogwar/forums/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=3cea0203def1d0a477119fef17b9846f).

I remember visiting Stalingrad as a boy -- how the banks of the Volga did shine! The streets seemed so friendly, and father bought us each a hot bread roll in the Saturday market, which we greedily ate, immediately pestering him for more. There were puppet shows and street performers, and all the mischief a boy could want.

Since our transfer from the Kuban region last week I have not been in Stalingrad itself, but on my first mission on Monday I saw it for a short time from the air, and my heart leapt and then sank. Such desolation! I have seen some of the terror of the War, read the news of the plundering and violation of the Soviet peoples. Yet the sight of that grey city; nary a building untouched, fires burning everywhere, and a hazy smoke claiming possession everywhere. Nothing is left untouched, there is no sign of peace, no hint of life untouched by the violence that tears the streets. There is no movement in that dark place--only tanks, the fires and new explosions. I weep for our land, our people. Brother Stalin is right: not one step back! The invader must be repelled, driven back to the west and sealed up, never to return! Now that we have them surrounded between the Don and the Volga, we must crush them at any and all cost.

On Monday's misison there was some action. I was assigned a Yakovlev-1 on bomber escort into enemy-held territory. I flew behind Komrad Vodka of the 609 IAP, who had 4 kills in the mission. Four kills! Not long after we passed the front lines, enemy 109s (identified as the new G2 type) came head on. We recognized them early as enemy because of the way they split their formation. We engaged and they pursued our bombers. In the end our bombers made it through and hit their target, and most of the enemy fighters were shot down. In part of the action, after we had gotten most of the fighters, I came up on a sweeping pass behind one Messerschmitt that was trapped by perhaps three of us, and took several small chunks out of his plane, but kept my energy and broke off for another pass. Before I could get back around, two more planes were on him and shot him down. I had a few opportunities to take shots but no other close engagements, and claim no kills for air or ground.

In our routine patrols on Tuesday and Wednesday we did not encounter the enemy, although other aerial combat was reported.

In Thursday's mission I did not have an opportunity to see the city again. I am grateful for that. I flew with one wingman, =38=Etwas, to rendez-vous with our bombers but did not find them. We could hear from the radio transmissions that our fighters had again engaged with the enemy fighters. Unlike Monday's combat, relatively few planes were shot down. In the course of action 6 enemy aircraft were shot down: 4 109s and 2 dive bombers. Our glorious Kommandir Eskadrilli Major Roshko of the 69.GIAP accounted for two dive bombers and one 109. Kapitan Marx of the 69.GIAP claimed two 109s, and scouts have already confirmed that one of the planes carried markings for the GH squadron, with the pilot's name Urwald still legible beneath the cockpit. I am fortunate to have been credited with the sixth kill, also a Messerschmitt 109. We lost were 5 aircraft: 3 Lavochkin-5s, one Yakovlev-1 and a Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov model 3. Tragically, we lost Starshiey Leytenant Tooz, the only loss in our squadron of the day. His LaGG-3 was shot down over an enemy train by its flak, just as he was destroying it. In a bizarre accident, Starshiey Leytenant Zhukov struck his propeller, presumably on a church spire! An ironic way to fly for a Training Officer. He landed safely today, and we are looking forward to the next training session.

On a special note, the IL-2 drivers of the VF-1 squadron, VF-1 Vaquero and VF-1 Marco, performed exceptionally. It is confirmed that together they destroyed a bridge, five tanks and an armored Maultier. Their courage enabled us to achieve our primary target. I am looking forward to flying with them again.

The accompanying report for my kill claim is as follows. As we were en route to overtake the bombers we were assigned to escort, I heard their engines, so I knew they had to be very close. I called it out to my wingman Etwas. I had been actively scanning in the forward and side views, but did not know their exact altitude, so I looked up and everywhere I had visibility. As the sound quickly grew, I decided they must be under my nose, and decided to begin some banking maneuvers, but before I could the sound sharply grew and then faded, as if they had passed beneath me. But instead of fading away it sounded as though it was staying near. "Enemy fighters!" flashed through my thoughts. I had believed that the engagement was further to the west, and we were not yet in enemy territory. But I called out bogies, and went into an evasive maneuver designed to give me a view of the rear quarter. Etwas called out an enemy fighter, and it turned out to be a lone 109. I called that we should dive down where our fighters are at more of an advantage, but Etwas stayed up with the fighter, presumably because already he had an advantage. After a small dive I could see that he was firing on it, so I zoomed up and climbed to rejoin. We turned horizontally and a little in the vertical without looping, and I had to evade at least once when I could see that he had a firing solution on me. I also fired at least twice, but Etwas fired several times at him. Etwas had started in a better position to pursue than I did, and he definitely maintained it. He had the 109 smoking, although the trail didn't last long. During the maneuvers the 109 ended up at some distance on my tail. Etwas called for me to dive, so I did. I don't remember every detail, but the fighter must have followed me, because we ended near cloud level. Soon our passes caused hits and the fighter was trailing a thin blackish streak. On one pass I landed several hits and saw quite clearly that the engine was stopped, so I ordered to stop attacking. We were too low and too far from the line for the 109 to reach it, so victory was sure, and we quickly needed to find those bombers. It is clear to me that Etwas deserved the victory, but the kill was credited to myself, probably because I called off the attack after my pass. Therefore, I claim one kill on a German 109. Before we even reached enemy territory, the bombers radioed that they were dropping bombs on target, so we breathed a sigh of relief that our inability to find them did not result in catastrophe.

There was some confusion and an anxious moment -- we approached what we thought were 2 enemy planes, which we quickly saw were 5. It was too late to disengage, and we were very happy to discover that they were La-5s. Etwas and I were separated in the confusion however, and before we could find each other Etwas had two Messerschmitts on his tail. After some communications we established our positions, and before too long, although not too soon, I had the group of three in sight. Marx and his wingman also radioed in that he was in the vicinity and would proceed to assist. It turned out that it was a party of friendlies again: apparently Marx and his wingman were the 109s.

We had been en route to assist the IL-2s with the primary, and we received a call that there was only one tank left. Etwas turned back; either he was out of ammo or low on fuel. I proceeded to the target area and found the IL-2s circling at low altitude. I came in, located the target and, as the AAA had been taken out, made a pass. The IL-2s nearly collided with me! I called out that they were crazy, not knowing that they had radios installed! Hopefully they are as forgiving as they are crazy and courageous. I was able to take out the remaining tank with a single pair of rockets, pulling up just at the very edge of the blast radius. I claim one Panzer destroyed. I was immediately advised to reduce power to absolute fuel economy, which I did: mixture prop rpm and throttle. I flew above the IL-2s and we were welcomed in friendly territory by Kapitan Marx. Even though I knew he was there, the sight of a fighter coming in low and fast from the side is unsettling. The IL-2s set down first and then I landed, followed finally by Kapitan Marx. An exciting day, and a major blow to the forces of the dread Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe.

Eight combat missions! I don't know how long I can survive, and the daily stress is gruesome. Yet the enemy must be driven back. He shall be, of course he will! Victory is near in Stalingrad. Your streets will rejoice again, and the mighty Volga will sweep away the heroic blood, leaving only the proud memory of our glorious struggle.

C! Komrads!

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michapma
01-09-2004, 09:27 AM
As reported in the After Action Reports (http://luftwaffe.net/fogwar/forums/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=3cea0203def1d0a477119fef17b9846f).

I remember visiting Stalingrad as a boy -- how the banks of the Volga did shine! The streets seemed so friendly, and father bought us each a hot bread roll in the Saturday market, which we greedily ate, immediately pestering him for more. There were puppet shows and street performers, and all the mischief a boy could want.

Since our transfer from the Kuban region last week I have not been in Stalingrad itself, but on my first mission on Monday I saw it for a short time from the air, and my heart leapt and then sank. Such desolation! I have seen some of the terror of the War, read the news of the plundering and violation of the Soviet peoples. Yet the sight of that grey city; nary a building untouched, fires burning everywhere, and a hazy smoke claiming possession everywhere. Nothing is left untouched, there is no sign of peace, no hint of life untouched by the violence that tears the streets. There is no movement in that dark place--only tanks, the fires and new explosions. I weep for our land, our people. Brother Stalin is right: not one step back! The invader must be repelled, driven back to the west and sealed up, never to return! Now that we have them surrounded between the Don and the Volga, we must crush them at any and all cost.

On Monday's misison there was some action. I was assigned a Yakovlev-1 on bomber escort into enemy-held territory. I flew behind Komrad Vodka of the 609 IAP, who had 4 kills in the mission. Four kills! Not long after we passed the front lines, enemy 109s (identified as the new G2 type) came head on. We recognized them early as enemy because of the way they split their formation. We engaged and they pursued our bombers. In the end our bombers made it through and hit their target, and most of the enemy fighters were shot down. In part of the action, after we had gotten most of the fighters, I came up on a sweeping pass behind one Messerschmitt that was trapped by perhaps three of us, and took several small chunks out of his plane, but kept my energy and broke off for another pass. Before I could get back around, two more planes were on him and shot him down. I had a few opportunities to take shots but no other close engagements, and claim no kills for air or ground.

In our routine patrols on Tuesday and Wednesday we did not encounter the enemy, although other aerial combat was reported.

In Thursday's mission I did not have an opportunity to see the city again. I am grateful for that. I flew with one wingman, =38=Etwas, to rendez-vous with our bombers but did not find them. We could hear from the radio transmissions that our fighters had again engaged with the enemy fighters. Unlike Monday's combat, relatively few planes were shot down. In the course of action 6 enemy aircraft were shot down: 4 109s and 2 dive bombers. Our glorious Kommandir Eskadrilli Major Roshko of the 69.GIAP accounted for two dive bombers and one 109. Kapitan Marx of the 69.GIAP claimed two 109s, and scouts have already confirmed that one of the planes carried markings for the GH squadron, with the pilot's name Urwald still legible beneath the cockpit. I am fortunate to have been credited with the sixth kill, also a Messerschmitt 109. We lost were 5 aircraft: 3 Lavochkin-5s, one Yakovlev-1 and a Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov model 3. Tragically, we lost Starshiey Leytenant Tooz, the only loss in our squadron of the day. His LaGG-3 was shot down over an enemy train by its flak, just as he was destroying it. In a bizarre accident, Starshiey Leytenant Zhukov struck his propeller, presumably on a church spire! An ironic way to fly for a Training Officer. He landed safely today, and we are looking forward to the next training session.

On a special note, the IL-2 drivers of the VF-1 squadron, VF-1 Vaquero and VF-1 Marco, performed exceptionally. It is confirmed that together they destroyed a bridge, five tanks and an armored Maultier. Their courage enabled us to achieve our primary target. I am looking forward to flying with them again.

The accompanying report for my kill claim is as follows. As we were en route to overtake the bombers we were assigned to escort, I heard their engines, so I knew they had to be very close. I called it out to my wingman Etwas. I had been actively scanning in the forward and side views, but did not know their exact altitude, so I looked up and everywhere I had visibility. As the sound quickly grew, I decided they must be under my nose, and decided to begin some banking maneuvers, but before I could the sound sharply grew and then faded, as if they had passed beneath me. But instead of fading away it sounded as though it was staying near. "Enemy fighters!" flashed through my thoughts. I had believed that the engagement was further to the west, and we were not yet in enemy territory. But I called out bogies, and went into an evasive maneuver designed to give me a view of the rear quarter. Etwas called out an enemy fighter, and it turned out to be a lone 109. I called that we should dive down where our fighters are at more of an advantage, but Etwas stayed up with the fighter, presumably because already he had an advantage. After a small dive I could see that he was firing on it, so I zoomed up and climbed to rejoin. We turned horizontally and a little in the vertical without looping, and I had to evade at least once when I could see that he had a firing solution on me. I also fired at least twice, but Etwas fired several times at him. Etwas had started in a better position to pursue than I did, and he definitely maintained it. He had the 109 smoking, although the trail didn't last long. During the maneuvers the 109 ended up at some distance on my tail. Etwas called for me to dive, so I did. I don't remember every detail, but the fighter must have followed me, because we ended near cloud level. Soon our passes caused hits and the fighter was trailing a thin blackish streak. On one pass I landed several hits and saw quite clearly that the engine was stopped, so I ordered to stop attacking. We were too low and too far from the line for the 109 to reach it, so victory was sure, and we quickly needed to find those bombers. It is clear to me that Etwas deserved the victory, but the kill was credited to myself, probably because I called off the attack after my pass. Therefore, I claim one kill on a German 109. Before we even reached enemy territory, the bombers radioed that they were dropping bombs on target, so we breathed a sigh of relief that our inability to find them did not result in catastrophe.

There was some confusion and an anxious moment -- we approached what we thought were 2 enemy planes, which we quickly saw were 5. It was too late to disengage, and we were very happy to discover that they were La-5s. Etwas and I were separated in the confusion however, and before we could find each other Etwas had two Messerschmitts on his tail. After some communications we established our positions, and before too long, although not too soon, I had the group of three in sight. Marx and his wingman also radioed in that he was in the vicinity and would proceed to assist. It turned out that it was a party of friendlies again: apparently Marx and his wingman were the 109s.

We had been en route to assist the IL-2s with the primary, and we received a call that there was only one tank left. Etwas turned back; either he was out of ammo or low on fuel. I proceeded to the target area and found the IL-2s circling at low altitude. I came in, located the target and, as the AAA had been taken out, made a pass. The IL-2s nearly collided with me! I called out that they were crazy, not knowing that they had radios installed! Hopefully they are as forgiving as they are crazy and courageous. I was able to take out the remaining tank with a single pair of rockets, pulling up just at the very edge of the blast radius. I claim one Panzer destroyed. I was immediately advised to reduce power to absolute fuel economy, which I did: mixture prop rpm and throttle. I flew above the IL-2s and we were welcomed in friendly territory by Kapitan Marx. Even though I knew he was there, the sight of a fighter coming in low and fast from the side is unsettling. The IL-2s set down first and then I landed, followed finally by Kapitan Marx. An exciting day, and a major blow to the forces of the dread Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe.

Eight combat missions! I don't know how long I can survive, and the daily stress is gruesome. Yet the enemy must be driven back. He shall be, of course he will! Victory is near in Stalingrad. Your streets will rejoice again, and the mighty Volga will sweep away the heroic blood, leaving only the proud memory of our glorious struggle.

C! Komrads!

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BSS_Goat
01-09-2004, 09:47 AM
Great read ..... Thanks

p1ngu666
01-09-2004, 09:49 AM
good read :P

DONB3397
01-09-2004, 10:11 AM
Report reads like an adventure story. Thanks.

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Udidtoo
01-09-2004, 10:16 AM
That was an excellent story. Its nice to find out the real pilots were as confused as I am sometimes.


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I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

SeaFireLIV
01-09-2004, 10:31 AM
Amazing read. half the time it felt like the `virtual` flights I`ve made with my wingman in VOW. Spending half our time getting lost, panicking when we think we`ve got bogeys on us, trying to find the bombers we were meant to escourt, etc.
I have to say, for a minute I wasn`t sure if this was someone recounting their exploits of the game itself!

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Old_Canuck
01-09-2004, 11:16 AM
Really gives you a feel for the action. Thanks for the read http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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DrDave242
01-09-2004, 11:35 AM
For anyone still confused:

This is an after-action report from the game, not from real life. It's also very well written.

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michapma
01-09-2004, 11:38 AM
Serious compliments, guys! Thank you. Yes, this is the kind of thing I get out of online wars. These two missions I flew Monday and Thursday this week, my seventh and eigth missions with my current persona. Check out the website: http://www.forgottenskies.com/

c!

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SeaFireLIV
01-09-2004, 01:45 PM
Ah, I thought it was real. Nice. But could`ve been better introduced at the start.

SeaFireLIV...
Slowly mutating into a Hurricane Ordnance Whiner...

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-HH-Dubbo
01-09-2004, 02:07 PM
You have a real talent there. Great stuff.
And Seafire, are you doing those comics yourself? If so you have real talent as well.
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It only funny 'til someone loses an eye.........

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Udidtoo
01-09-2004, 04:41 PM
I'll second that, Seafire, those really look cool, maybe we can get you to start doing some themes. You know based on a siggy or avatar, even personalities.

We could all chip in and buy you some printer cartridges http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


..............................
I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

SeaFireLIV
01-09-2004, 05:22 PM
Hmm. Well, thnx, guys. Since I found out how to put pics up, I thought I`d add a bit of jolliness to things while I`m in the mood... Nice way to whine for rockets on Hurri too!

Who knows what else I`ll put up....http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Bearcat99
01-09-2004, 10:19 PM
Great read Mike.......


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dubbo2:
You have a real talent there. Great stuff.
And Seafire, are you doing those comics yourself? If so you have real talent as well.
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It only funny 'til someone loses an eye.........

http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/nightschpanker/F1000016.JPG <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey Dubbo.... the talent in this place is amazing.... It's one of the things that keeps me coming back. Writers, artists,lots of musicians,IT gurus,programmers, historians you name it.

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