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16 minutes ago, DD_Fenrir said:

What rank Arjen?

One that would be fitting a 402nd squadron leader please  :)

Let's go for it - if this Persona bites the bullet, I'll get back in as a newbie pilot ...

 

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Apologies to all that last night was a bust; obviously there were a number of technical issues, many of which that were no one persons fault,  but considering it took 40 minutes to get from server up

Quite an eventful sortie for the group today; both the 402nd and 485th were assigned air patrols in the area east of Verviers between Malmedy & Eupen. It was a beautiful, clear dawn, however

Debrief from the 410th BG A flight of 3 A20s took off from Eindhoven and, showing great airmanship and engine management skills, carried out a steep climb out and up to the fighter rendezvous at

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3 hours ago, BluBear said:

I vote Lieutenant Colonel

Hear Hear!!!  I think we need at least a captain. I vote for replacement leader in honour of the late Major Arjen Eftee and the great achievments he has achieved.

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Sorry to hear that, it can get a bit expensive. Still if the gear gets used a lot the price per week can seem OK. So far this year I have "had" to buy a new headphone set, case, Reverb, and a stupidly expensive graphics card that I dont know when I will receive.

PS and a PSU :startle:

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That's a right bugger Mick, sorry to hear your technical issues remain unresolved!

 

Patrick Last, reporting in. 

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3 hours ago, Painless said:

Unable to report for duty due to highly irritating electronic gremlins  chaps, good luck this evening !

Oh dear, sorry to hear that, always annoying when the gremlins strike 😢

Who will be our intrepid leader tonight then? Colin.... COLIN.... don't try to hide now 😂

2nd Lt David Reginald reporting for duty. 👍

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Between you, me and the gatepost.... I’m afraid I had a few too many one evening and punched a rather obnoxious whinging  town mayor.  HQ said I would have to stand down as 485th CO and fulfill a few mandatory “public relations” obligations before being allowed back on squadron. Should be done in a week chaps.

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19 minutes ago, Painless said:

Between you, me and the gatepost.... I’m afraid I had a few too many one evening and punched a rather obnoxious whinging  town mayor.  HQ said I would have to stand down as 485th CO and fulfill a few mandatory “public relations” obligations before being allowed back on squadron. Should be done in a week chaps.

Ha, cleaning the toilets!

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Good job. Good job. Weather was poor, we climbed through the cloud cover, clear skies at 8K ft.  After spending some limited time over the clouds, it was time to dive back into them, to find our ground targets. Red 2 was out of sight for a bit in the cloud business, but joined us over the target.

Did lots of damage North of Bullay, and a few clicks south. Red 3 reported some damage to his a/c, but no real issue flying wise.

Went back to home base where we all landed. Red 2 suffered main gear collapse on touch down. He was fine, his P38 was not.

Good show boys, your previous Squadron Leader must have been a brilliant mind for getting you all to this high level of performance!

 

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410th BG

4 aircraft took off from Eindhoven to carry out a recce in the area north east of Prum. An uneventful flight to the area apart from the fighter escort appearing then disappearing, didn't see them for the rest of the flight duration. On reaching the patrol area and just before turning onto the Northern leg along the lines we were attacked by Fw190s. These were called out by Delta but they attached themselves to us very quickly. Sid picked up damage in their first attack so he turned back over the lines and headed home but was chased by a determined 190. Delta and Crash had a dogfight for a short period until support came in the form of welcome 485th P38s. Crash and Delta were able to break off and begin the northern leg but Delta picked up flak damage soon after. They got rid of bombs on artillery targets and headed back to friendly lines. Delta's damage caused him to head for Aachen to land but didn't get there, he ditched south east of Monchau. Crash headed home. Meanwhile the persistent 190 chasing Sid was damaged by the rear gunner and, when turning to engage a P38 lost control and went in north of Prum. Sid was very badly damaged and decided to head for the airfields on the west of his route back to Eindhoven but had to bail south east of Petit Brogel.

Given the weather and fighter activity it was a very interesting mission. Well done boys for surviving....

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Mission Date 29/11/44

402nd FS - Rail Target Strike, Bullay

485th FS - Reconnaissance, Nettershiem-Gerolstein

410th BG - Reconnaissance, Gerolstein-Nettersheim

 

Debrief:

370th FG

402nd FS: 

Weather was poor, we climbed through the cloud cover, clear skies at 8K ft.  After spending some limited time over the clouds, it was time to dive back into them, to find our ground targets. Red 2 was out of sight for a bit in the cloud business, but joined us over the target.

Did lots of damage North of Bullay, and a few clicks south. Red 3 reported some damage to his a/c, but no real issue flying wise.

Went back to home base where we all landed. Red 2 suffered main gear collapse on touch down. He was fine, his P38 was not.

All in all the 402nd accounted for 25 ground targets destroyed, an excellent performance in any conditions, let alone the horrendous weather they were obliged to contend with. Excellent work!

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402nd Sqn Log 29-11-44 d.PNG

 

485th FS: Capt. Fenton Rea led a six ship reconnaissance patrol in despicable conditions. As we crossed the frontlines near Nettersheim, the Squadron was engaged by light AA fire. Zenith Red Leader determined that the fire was being directed at Red Section and attempted to keep the gun focussed on them dispatching White flight to attack the gun, which they did with remarkable rapidity.

On reforming we had a distress call from Snowdrop Leader, declaring that they were being engaged by bandits some 25km SSW of the 485ths current position. Regrouping the squadron, Zenith Leader made for their sector forthwith. Enroute it was determined that Snowdrop had split up and Zenith White section was detached to assist the Snowdrop lead who was further west as Red Flight engaged a single Fw 190 harassing an A-20. Zenith red leader fired a burst at the e/a, causing it to break off it's attack on the A-20 but then overshot and the bandit was picked up by Reds 3 & 4 but they were unable to finish off the 190 before being practically run-over by a flight of P-47s and, in the interests of safety, being obliged to break off. Neither of the Red Flight sections were able to reacquire the e/a in the murk, and he either ran home or was shot down by the Thunderbolts.

Meanwhile White Flight had got separated in the awful visibility, though White 2 - 2nd Lt. Stellar Artois - had found the bandits making moves on Snowdrop leader; one of the e/a lost control and spun-in as Artois engaged (this was claimed by the rear gunner on Snowdrop Leaders a/c) at which point White 2 came under fire from a 2nd bandit in the vicinity, casing significant damage to the left boom of the Lieutenants a/c. However Red Flight arrived just in time and Capt. Fenton Rea shot and heavily damaged the e/a. The Fw 190 lost control as Rea overshot and was last seen spinning into the gloom, however, it's destruction could not be confirmed and thus he could only claim a probable.

Zenith Leader then instructed White two to RTB with White 1 to support, and headed back in to the recon area over the frontlines to cover the remainder of Snowdrop squadron. Shortly thereafter Snowdrop called they were withdrawing and the 485th attempted to engage some scattered ground targets in the gloom with their guns and few remaining bombs. They managed to account for a few guns before Zenith Leader called it a day All aircraft proceeded back to  safe landing at Florennes.

All told we claim one e/a probable, one e/a damaged, 5 AAA guns destroyed and 2 artillery guns.

485th Sqn Log 29-11-44 a.PNG

485th Sqn Log 29-11-44 b.PNG

 

Debrief:

410th BG

4 aircraft took off from Eindhoven to carry out a recce in the area north east of Prum. An uneventful flight to the area apart from the fighter escort appearing then disappearing, didn't see them for the rest of the flight duration. On reaching the patrol area and just before turning onto the Northern leg along the lines we were attacked by Fw190s. These were called out by Delta but they attached themselves to us very quickly. Sid picked up damage in their first attack so he turned back over the lines and headed home but was chased by a determined 190. Delta and Crash had a dogfight for a short period until support came in the form of welcome 485th P38s. Crash and Delta were able to break off and begin the northern leg but Delta picked up flak damage soon after. They got rid of bombs on artillery targets and headed back to friendly lines. Delta's damage caused him to head for Aachen to land but didn't get there, he ditched south east of Monchau. Crash headed home. Meanwhile the persistent 190 chasing Sid was damaged by the rear gunner and, when turning to engage a P38 lost control and went in north of Prum. Sid was very badly damaged and decided to head for the airfields on the west of his route back to Eindhoven but had to bail south east of Petit Brogel.

Given the weather and fighter activity it was a very interesting mission. Well done boys for surviving....

410th Sqn Log 29-11-44 a.PNG

410th Sqn Log 29-11-44 b.PNG

 

370th FG

Awards and Promotions:

2nd Lieutenant Patrick Last is promoted to 1st Lieutenant; congratulations Lieutenant!

2nd Lieutenant Luke Rox is promoted to 1st Lieutenant; congratulations Lieutenant!

2nd Lieutenant David Reginald is promoted to 1st Lieutenant; congratulations Lieutenant!

 

Personnel:

None.

 

Rosters:

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485th Roster 30-11-44.PNG

 

 

410th BG

Awards and Promotions:

None.

Personnel:

None.

 

Roster:

410th Roster 30-11-44.PNG

 

Scoreboards:

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Seems like the Gremlins have multiplied.  Did Snafu and Fubar feed them after midnight?

 

It looks like I'll be out for an undetermined period of time. My 980 started going shiny side down and I'm making do with an old Nvidia 570.    

With the "Great Desert" that is the current GPU market, I don't know which direction I shall go.  

 

Don't feel like paying $800 for a card that has lower performance than my old 980, so thinking of getting a Prebuild just for a card.  Was hoping to pick my parts but I think this would do.

'IF' its in stock as it says.  

  • Intel Core i7 10700K 3.80GHz (5.10GHz Turbo Boost), 8-Core 16-Thread
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
  • ASUS PRIME Z490-P (WIFI)
  • RGB AIO 240MM Liquid Cooling
  • G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • 1TB Intel 660P M.2 NVMe SSD
  • 750W 80 Plus Gold
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Thoughts Gents?

 

$2400 (probably usd so closer to 3k for me)

 

Can add another 16GB ram when it ships.   Also will need a usb hub.  Mobo has less slots than I would have chosen myself)

 

 

As for Alistair Starling....   Perhaps he got caught behind the hangar with the General's daughter and is on KP/Gate Patrol, and other "essential non flying duty's".

 

 

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Sounds like a similar machine to the ones I have been looking at regarding price and performance. Going down the AMD rather than the intel route for CPU saves quite a bit of cash though.

Good luck Derek !!

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