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April 28 2nd. Attempt

Allies:       British

                 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF - Boyd
                 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - 610 Squadron


Axis:         German

                 Messerschmitt Bf.109 K-4 - Hartmann
                 Focke Wolf FW-190 D-9 - 7./JG 26



         In this rematch the Brits made a critical mistake with the splitting of their formation.DSCI0065.thumb.JPG.59c4fb847a46e13db289fc1d9b24be6d.JPGDSCI0066.thumb.JPG.6f3ea9ba8af453e2fad521d2417f79f2.JPG The Beaufighter may have massive fire power but is very limited in maneuverability.  I was chasing Hartmann and we dueled until he got in behind my position.DSCI0067.thumb.JPG.e55c3be45eb05adaee79d23333ba171b.JPG  At close range his cannon did me in.  During this time the Beaufighter took on the 190, hitting it repeatedly then switched targets and went after Hartmann and blew him out of the sky.DSCI0068.thumb.JPG.479eeeed1303a9ada30b9e66b0fb5e6a.JPGDSCI0069.thumb.JPG.7478a8a23ddbdd7b6a057d375c289e1a.JPG  Now the Beaufighter and the 190 were going at it. It came down to whom would get into position first.DSCI0070.thumb.JPG.dc553213ff9e3ac969230a8f07be91d4.JPGDSCI0071.thumb.JPG.5b611dc903ae1e83a71c2284724d7dc3.JPGDSCI0072.thumb.JPG.850367c25edf0c4ae083088a345fb167.JPG  It was close but the 190 had the edge by getting in the first shot that gave just enough damage to take down the Beaufighter.DSCI0073.thumb.JPG.431ef6c240dfdf7269c1c3252e2c13d9.JPG


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Italian Encounter



Allies:      P-51 D Mustang              Axis:        Fiat CR.42 Falco    

                P-47 D Thunderbolt                         Fiat CR.42 Falco

                P-47 D Thunderbolt                         Reggiane RE.2001 Falco II

                                                                              Reggiane RE.2001 Falco II


It is a desperate time of the war for the Italians, throwing up whatever they had available, to halt the Allied advance.DSCI0314.thumb.JPG.cd3e506da77ffb3d677cc14820cb46da.JPG  The Allies were closing fast.DSCI0315.thumb.JPG.a0e1a342cbac7e547d487cecd48c1745.JPGDSCI0316.thumb.JPG.922051b39712cf0d3a65772ca5b99285.JPGDSCI0317.thumb.JPG.9ca1a8d8df6e615aaac0572b956cf2d0.JPG

        The RE.2001s tangle with the Allies while the CR.42s catch up, with a flank attack.DSCI0318.thumb.JPG.c388ed142dcafe780ea3d7b708973c43.JPG Early on in the battle one of the P-47Ds explodes.DSCI0319.thumb.JPG.b929d47eceac81ae60a6bc5ec6cd0c08.JPGP47Dsilver.thumb.JPG.6951701572aeb58dd73398b524c515e9.JPGThis helps the Italians even up the sides a bit. Later on the black RE.2001 takes sufficient damage to knock it out of the battle.DSCI0321.thumb.JPG.e2d37c4a445abaf0b9ec6279ec09ced5.JPG  The two CR.42s, put a few rounds into the P-51D, they have done well to hit all three of the Allied planes at some point of the battle.DSCI0322.thumb.JPG.c8321fe69d4025ea7b617cf4cc4eb766.JPGDSCI0323.thumb.JPG.639c71758efa455bcb3bfe7408526cb2.JPGDSCI0324.thumb.JPG.49f80d7a0fd68c29769516e49dcf43a9.JPG  The flying has been very energetic with several Immelmann maneuvers, tight turns, and stalls.  Here a stall has a P-47D flying past the RE.2001 and placing himself in a bad situation.DSCI0325.thumb.JPG.b1aa95dc1e375505fa58acdd84973e81.JPGDSCI0326.thumb.JPG.0e0f7d4958eb696ce0f9541141e21286.JPG  The results have become painfully obvious.P47Dblack.thumb.JPG.490f1c79e45c9f07d8c781cf31e5231b.JPG  DSCI0329.thumb.JPG.862c209ec0c4fd3c2227ee6e12b6b30e.JPGDSCI0330.thumb.JPG.7d7f7af4484b229aa2a74dd0c5136baa.JPGDSCI0331.thumb.JPG.692b46b7025ec11c6248738255f3fae2.JPGYou would think the Mustang would be in a world of hurt being out numbered three to one, but an Immelmann puts a CR.42 point blank in front of six .50 caliber machine guns.  His plane shredded, goes down.  Once again shots are traded with minimal results.DSCI0332.thumb.JPG.7853f39134cfcf70f63e3eb08d4410ae.JPG  The other CR.42 is not so fortunate in exchanging shots.DSCI0333.thumb.JPG.d1d85204104575fa1cf7297a34752332.JPG  Down to one on one, in the midst of circling one another, the RE.2001 gets off more shots with little effect.DSCI0334.thumb.JPG.e08f275da58ec1bb09f3cc4e61b0faca.JPGDSCI0335.thumb.JPG.9a012addc83c2040a9922c40e17effc6.JPGDSCI0336.thumb.JPG.568dcb189b0e1c246caf5b0abef1cfd0.JPGDSCI0337.thumb.JPG.d9b3ccdfbbbe8c9104e66cd98a1237e4.JPG  The final maneuvers with the Mustang pulling yet another Immelmann, finishes off the Falco, himself four hits shy of being finished off. Mustang.thumb.JPG.ae1a53e139c1683e3094703f4a277b9d.JPG

This is the first Standard Rules battle, with one slight slip-up, I left out the special damage counters… next time though.


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