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  1. For the past 40+ years, since I graduated university, whenever a sales person or waiter/waitress would ask, "Do you have any questions?" My standard response would be "Yes I do...what's the capitol of Ethiopia?" In 40+ years only ONCE has an American answered that correctly...and this lady happened to be a fellow shopper who overheard my enquiry. Her face lit up, "You didn't ask me, but I teach geography...Addis Ababa."
  2. IMO it’s not a maneuver, but rather a portmanteau of the notion that they were dragging their warm pink bodies (and bombs) close to the terrain when making a weapons pass and the squadron symbol of a dragon. Consider the conditions that degrade aircraft performance (high altitude, high ambient temperature, and high humidity) throw in the weight of bombs and you get marginal performance in rugged terrain.
  3. Welcome! Check out Requiem's Air Combat Tutorial Library. Specifically this video or this playlist, Icon indicated range/distance is indeed metric. The mission map grid is indeed metric. Each numbered grid square is 10 km x 10 km or ~6.2 statue miles. I emphasize statue miles rather than nautical miles, since western airspeed indicators of the period display mph IAS and not KIAS. Likewise in the screenshot below, the airspeed is mph, and the leg/segment time is simply a ballpark ETE.
  4. @Retnek thanks for your post. Does your document explain how the lights I pointed at below differ from the red lights in the last 250 meters (or the end of runway "Querbalkenfeuer")? I'm wondering if these lights are perhaps amber.
  5. Part 3 From 235 Squadron's July 1944 ORB summary... Anybody know what T.T.A. stands for? I thought it might be something ambiguous like "trawler type auxiliary" or something, but mentioning two small armed trawlers confuses me. Disregard...next month's ORB spells out trawler type auxiliary.
  6. Okay kids...put on your thinking caps. From the February 1945 ORB of 406 (RCAF) Squadron, another abbreviation that is most likely describing some form of pyrotechnic warning signal (flare, very light, star shell). So what do you folks think ESN stands for...Enemy Suspected Nearby?
  7. The following three screenshots are from 418 Squadron's August 1944 ORB. I'm trying to decipher the meaning of MET. I have some possible meanings, but I would like the opinion of like minded folk (meaning insatiable readers of RAF records) after you've read these entries. In early August 1944, Anti-Diver patrols were still a primary mission for the squadron and the Lat/Long coordinates put them right in the region of many V-1 sites. Initially I thought MET might mean military equipment train as an unclassified term to describe a train hauling V-1 related equipment. But I now doubt that meaning due to the phrase "two other large trucks." Typical ORB entries use the word "wagon" rather than "trucks" or as Americans say "cars" when discussing trains. [edit 418 Squadron ORBs do in fact use "cars" and "coaches" when mentioning trains...and "locos"] Thinking like an American perhaps MET could mean military equipment transport, But I suspect it's more along the lines of motor (something) transport. The corresponding Form 540 Summary of Events entry for 13 August mentions many motor transports destroyed and damaged. So what might the E in MET stand for?
  8. Here's a sheet showing what a 235 Squadron of Coastal Command carried in Oct 1944. On the far left is a column of sorties per day. On 3 Oct the squadron flew 10 sorties. On the right side that last group of columns shows how much .303 and 20mm ammo was carried on those 10 sorties. In this case 20,000 rounds of .303 or 2,000 per airplane (divide that by 4 gets us 500 rounds per MG). Those 10 sorties carried 6,000 rounds of 20mm or 600 per airplane (150 rounds per gun). This is not to suggest they couldn't load more rounds of either type of ammo. This is simply a representation of how Coastal Command armed their Mosquitos.
  9. I never said it did. But if you want somebody to sit beside you...pull up a chair, watch takeoffs and landings like the Nav/Radio did in the Mosquito. FS2020 is perfect for low level navigation...PERFECT.
  10. Squadron ORBs (Operations Record Book) that I've read only show pilots flying solo when initially checking out or conducting dusk/night landings. But the latter usually flown as a crew. It would be problematic at any rate. For nightfighters, the scopes (two of them) are on the right side of the instrument panel. For all versions/missions, the Gee navigation equipment is behind the pilot's seat mounted on the side wall. Say no more, here's what you're looking for.
  11. Only if you can convince a friend to sit on your right side (and slightly aft) and tell you what a shite job you're doing. Otherwise, no.
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