Magnificent Men . . .
1 June 2002
several years in the hangar gathering dust and cobwebs, the HKSW Flying
Circus took to the air at the meeting, hosted by Andrzej, but this time
using fast play Aerodrome rules.
intrepid fliers comprised Dan, Dick, Elliot, Jeff, Paul, Philippe and,
after the first scenario, Andrzej. The first encounter pitted 3
Sopwith Camels piloted by Dick, Jeff and Paul versus Dan Elliot and
Philippe each mounted in the ubiquitous Fokker Triplane. The
dogfight was fast and furious with the first casualty, to the guns of
Elliot's Dridecker being Paul, whose Camel was seen to go down in flames
over enemy lines; RIP. Paul was soon to be avenged by Jeff who, by
some handy manoeuvring, shot down Elliot, who luckily walked away
unscathed from his wrecked plane. Lucky too was Jeff who, brought
down by Phil, survived a crash landing and was back at the mess in time
for dinner. Dick, finding himself heavily outnumbered, and damaged
to boot, decided discretion was the better part of valour, and headed
home. First result 2:1 to the Central Powers.
next scenario had 2 Junkers J1's (Phil and Elliot) on a photo
reconnaissance mission, just behind the Allied lines, escorted by an
Albatros DIII flown by Andrzej. Out to stop them were a mixed bag of
Allied planes: an SE5a (Jeff), a Spad VII (Dick), a Sopwith Snipe (Dan)
and Sopwith Triplane (Paul). Adding to the confusion, the object of
the photo recon (a crossroads) was not known to the Allied players.
First to be brought down was Andrzej's Albatros, which, while manoeuvring
to catch Paul's Tripe, went into a spin thus becoming easy pickings to
Dan's Snipe. Philippe took the next kill, sending Paul to oblivion
soon thereafter. Elliot succeeded in photographing the objective,
only to be brought down by Jeff's SE5a. Phil was left alone and was
easy prey to the simultaneous fire of Jeff's and Dick's planes.
Miraculously, both Phil and Andrzej managed to crash land their planes
behind friendly lines, and lived to fight another day. Paul and
Elliot . . . RIP. Second result 3:1 to the Allies.
up was an encounter between a Siemens Schuckert DIII (Elliot) a Siemens
Schuckert DIV (Phil) a Fokker DVII (Andrzej) versus a Spad XIII (Dick), an
SE5a (Jeff), a Sopwith Snipe (Dan) and a Sopwith Camel (Paul). After
the dust settled, the final score was 2:0 to the Central Powers, Phil and
Andrzej each bagging one Allied plane each (Jeff again surviving his crash
final encounter was an early war outing: 2 Fokker Eindeckers (Elliot and
Phil) versus a motley assortment of a DH2 (Jeff), an FE2b (Andrzej), a
BE2c (Dan) and a Bristol Scout (Dick). First blood was to
Andrzej's Fee, although Phil's plane gamely kept on flying. Elliot
despatched Andrzej shortly thereafter with a well aimed burst only to fall
to Jeff's guns a moment later. Jeff's guns jammed early in the
dogfight and Jeff turned towards the British lines in a wide circle.
After much hammering and swearing the guns were unjammed. Looking
back across the lines Jeff saw that Dan in the Be2c was in serious
trouble. Jeff gunned his engine and waved at Dan as he passed
him, the Germans swung to the new threat. Dan nursed his Be2c
back across the lines, looking back in the distance he saw a lone DH2
hurtling towards the earth; Phil had avenged Elliot's untimely demise.
Dan landed, his mission a success, but as he came to a halt his upper wing
crumpled and fell forward, nearly every strut had been shot away.
Jubilant to be alive, Dan went to the Mess and with a shot of whisky
toasted the brave pilot of the DH2 who had sacrificed himself so that he
could live. RIP Elliot, Jeff and Andrzej. Score 2:1 to the
man of the match was undoubtedly Philippe, who survived being shot down
and ended the day with 4 confirmed kills. Jeff's tally stood at 3½
when he unfortunately went to meet his maker.
campaign will soon be started where pilots will be given the
opportunity of showing their true mettle. Details will be posted
shortly. In the meantime, check out a brief overview of the Aerodrome
rules and whilst your at it, check out the pilots hall of fame.
Dakka, Dakka . . .
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