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[EDIT: Pics disappeared due to bandwidth issues. They'll be back in one way or another soon.]

 

 

I finally got my controls set up again and the family went to bed early,  so I could actually spend a bit of time with this new toy.

I intend to add updates as I play through. Time to do so is not always easy to find though, so don't hang on my every word. :P

 

 

Okay, time to get in character! I like to imagine myself 'in the period', so I'll be trying to write that way, too. This one is from the perspective of a Soviet pilot fighting the Axis forces in Stalingrad. There will be a bit of a bias showing through.

Don't take it seriously. 

 

 

NOTE: These pics are taken on my fairly crappy PC using LOW settings. The game looks way better than this.

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Entry 1

(Good start! I forgot to note the date, time, and weather conditions. It was a bit chilly, if that helps.)

 

Dear mother

 

Well, it has been nearly two long and bitter years since the Fascist invaders defiled the soil of our Motherland. I am writing this letter as I sit waiting for my first mission! Finally, after all my training, I will have a chance to get into action and strike a blow against the vile serpents in the name of the International Proletariat!

 

I arrived at my new squadron at [CENSORED] on Sunday. it was quite an ordeal getting here, I tell you, and I don't think I completely sobered up from the train journey until Tuesday! I travelled with Semyon, a fellow I trained with - a good lad, volunteered in the construction of the Moscow underground, actually,  but says he didn't know Pyotr. He did know of a couple of his Komsomol friends though -  Marat (he was the one in that newspaper photo standing next to P.), and that gangly one, with the mustache and glasses. Forget his name. The one that bought me ice-cream and hotdogs that time I went to visit P there.  I seem to recall P saying he was killed in that first summer. Anyway, Semyon said he had heard of the good work done by P and his comrades, so that was something. 

 

We've had no rest since we arrived. We were thrown straight into familiarization process - both the aircraft and the area. It's been a long time since I've seen home but I can't believe, I don't want to believe it could be as bad here. For your sake I hope not. There's barely a building standing, the air is filled with smoke and dust. The city looks nothing like you'd remember from before the war. It is like nothing I've ever seen. 

 

 

And the noise! Even from the airfield you can hear the constant rumble. How our men can survive there I do not know. I presume they do though, judging from the muzzle flashes and flares they send up. They are true Soviet heroes.

 

I've struck it lucky with this squadron. All sound men, every one. And our aircraft! You should see them. We have just received three of the latest LaGG-3's - gifts from the dedicated workers of the No.58 Steel Factory. They've even had them painted in truly heroic designs - gleaming white, with dashing red trims.

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They'll be sure to stir our infantry when we fly overhead!

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The older pilots seemed keen to let us take them up - they didn't have to ask us twice!

 

Sorry - I've just been given the call. We're off! A low level mission to wipe out Fascist locomotives. Those swine cannot escape what they have coming to them! Now, don't worry for me, mother. Us new boys will be looked after properly - we're going to be escorted by some of our hot new Yakolev's - and they've told us to keep our eyes open for the trains and not worry about the ground defences. We've been told there won't be many anyway.

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I must go! I'll write again tomorrow!

Your loving son

Vladi

 

 

 

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Dear [CENSORED]

It is with great regret that the office of the Military Air Forces of the Soviet Union writes to inform you of the death of your son. He died a hero in the fight against the Fascist oppressors. His noble sacrifice in the name of Freedom for the Soviet peoples and the Glorious Revolution is greatly appreciated. His death has brought us one step closer to our inevitable triumph.

Please accept our deepest condolences.

 

 

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Wha??

 

Awesome screenies...so sad tho!!

 

I was getting ready for a campaign AAR, not a mission AAR where the hero dies on the first mission! More!

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Nicely done!  It's always cool to see peeps get immersed in a great game.  Me thinx you and Feathered_IV should put your creative heads together. ;)

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A brutally short story there, but nicely put together with great screenies !

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Yes, this is looking like it may have to follow a series of pilots within a squadron.

Fun to put together though.

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Hmm... all these chaps are getting these good looking skins (you're using the founders skin and there was another chap using the serpent skin for the Il-2).

How do you access those, I've been a founder since prior to early access, was there a time frame or something that caused me to miss out...?

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I just scrolled right down to the bottom of the list in qmb and campaign mode. It didn't display in the tutorials even though I selected it.

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I just scrolled right down to the bottom of the list in qmb and campaign mode. It didn't display in the tutorials even though I selected it.

Just checked I had it in quick missions and it was there... thanks!

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Really? But you've been here for ages.

 

I don't want to sound like an idiot, but did you scroll right down? It didn't appear in the initially viewable list for me.

I don't recall what the cut off for these skins was. It's possible it's a bug I guess, so if you can find the date info and confirm then it'd be a good bug report. I'll look later myself, but I'm working now. "Working".

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Beautifully written FSM. Fantastic screenshots too!

So sad though. Makes me want to call my mum.

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Really? But you've been here for ages.

 

I don't want to sound like an idiot, but did you scroll right down? It didn't appear in the initially viewable list for me.

I don't recall what the cut off for these skins was. It's possible it's a bug I guess, so if you can find the date info and confirm then it'd be a good bug report. I'll look later myself, but I'm working now. "Working".

There was no scroll down bar as far as I can see, if I get the chance I'll post a screenie to show, there was plenty of room to show more skin options on my screen, I'll go through my records for when I bought the game to see...

The funny thing is that for a little while in very early access I has the skin there, but then it just vanished (I think it was taken out by the devs intentionally.

Okay, so according to my profile I bought the game on October 6 2013.

 

Looks like I'm contacting customer support.

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Very nice FSM. Next sortie,can you tell your wingman to turn off his Nav lights. He is gonna get you killed ! ~S~

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Yes, the nav light issue... it used to be a nagging problem with the old IL2 for years. Nothing has changed, lol!

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Yes, the nav light issue... it used to be a nagging problem with the old IL2 for years. Nothing has changed, lol!

 

First mod I ever installed  :)

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Thanks for the comments. Glad people enjoyed this. Stuff like this and campaign building was what I liked about il2.

I hadn't really thought about the ending much, probably as most of my missions end in similar fashion.

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Entry 2

 

 

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Dear Natasha

Well, I've certainly arrived at the war! Without giving too much away, I'm stationed near Stalingrad, right at the heart of this war. I got here only five days ago, but already training school seems like a lifetime ago. The intensity of serving in a front line combat unit is unique. I can't put it into words, but it completely changes your world, shrinks it down to the men and machines around you, and those you fight against.

 

I've already had an adventure or two, if that's what you can call them. Yesterday me and three other pilots attacked a pair of Nazi trains. The rats were trying to sneak out of Stalingrad before we close the neck of the bag, but unfortunately for them, they chose the exact wrong moment to do so. We spotted them and pounced, diving down through all kinds of ground fire to attack.

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In all the confusion and panic, I can't be certain, but I think my rounds hit the target. I didn't put in a claim though - my senior comrades did the real work. Anyway, whoever it was, the result is the same - two trainloads of Nazis won't be going anywhere now, and that is what counts.

To tell the honest truth, I was just pleased to be able to keep up with the flight and most importantly, get home with my neck intact. One poor chap, a fellow I trained with named Vladilen, got the chop. First mission - bam! Such a terrible waste. No one saw what happened but we saw the impact when he went in. It must have been the 88's that opened up on us as we began our attack. That or the heavy machine gun fire from the trains. The poor sod had arrived the same day as me! In fact, I even knew friends of his brother! How's that for a small world? His brother was a worker on the Moscow underground, too. Worked on the Mayakovsky station apparently, so pretty far from me. I wonder if he knew how significant it would become?  Comrade Stalin himself sheltered there, drinking during an air-raid! He probably didn't, I suppose (Vlad's brother not knowing, I mean, not Stalin drinking during an air-raid - I'm quite sure of the latter proposition!). After all, who would have thought we'd find ourselves in such a sorry state just a few years ago? It certainly makes you think. It's a fine line in this business, I tell you. 

 

This morning I had a close call of my own. We were tasked with intercepting enemy bombers. I don't know why or how but somehow I wound up in front of my flight leader before take off. I've taken off off and landed a hundred times in training, but in these powerful birds we have, and on ice, even taxiing to the runway is a challenge.  Anyway the flare went up so I advanced the throttle and got moving. I tried hard to stay straight, but the torque on these things is incredible, and with the icy runways it is just impossible!

To cut a long story short, my wheels slid, I over-corrected and veered in front of my comrade, who ran straight into my tail section, chewing up my tail-planes and bending the fuselage in the process.

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As if destroying two Soviet aircraft for no enemy kills wasn't bad enough, I was in a fighter that had been purchased by workers of the glorious 46th Tractor factory. All their sacrifices ruined by a green pilot. I hope they never find out. We're supposed to send a letter with a picture. I hope the last one is still intact.

 

But don't worry about me. It sounds dangerous here, but I know what I'm doing, and more importantly - I'm lucky. I will be okay, and I'll be back in your arms once this whole sorry war is over.  I know it. Then we can start to think about good things again, like OUR life together, eh?

 

Sorry for the brevity, but I have to report to the commanding officer now. Wish me luck!

 

With all my love,

Your faithful

Semyon

 

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Fantastic! The background detail about working on the Metro is a very inspiring.  Very much looking forward to more.  :)

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Nice honest account of all the pitfalls of being a rookie pilot in contrast to the usual heroic stuff - enjoying these stories !

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Unless there were italian trains it should be Nazi not Fascist :salute: or fascist (with a small f)

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Ah, but would a 20 year old Russian pilot know the difference? Actually who cares? But I see your point. :biggrin:

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Unless there were italian trains it should be Nazi not Fascist :salute: or fascist (with a small f)

 

The Soviets referred to the Germans as fascists in WWII: "Death to the Fascist invaders!" and many similar phrases. I think they didn't like the expression "national socialists"... - a little bit too close to the truth about their own regime!

 

Flatspinman, another cracking read, keep them coming please.

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Entry 3

 

 

Hello again

Two letters in one day! I'd already posted the other but I couldn't wait to tell you the news so I'm writing another! 

What a day I've had. You won't believe it.  After the aborted mission in the morning I was informed that I was to fly on another mission, much to my surprise. The mission this time was to intercept German bombers heading for Stalingrad. Since I'd wrecked a plane earlier that morning I thought I'd be given some old nag, but the crew had prepped the last of the LaGG's from the Steel factory workers (I wrote "Tractor factory" before, but the politruk corrected me while I posed for a picture in front of the plane. It really is a looker. Or should I say, "was". Don't worry - I'm absolutely fine! The bruising will subside in a day or two and a bandage has taken care of the gash on my forehead.

 

Anyway, first things first. We took off without incident and circled the airfield to gain altitude (and let the politruk try to snap a few pictures for the workers. The veterans wouldn't have a bar of it, but I was happy to oblige.). They rushed to develop them while I was on the mission so they are a bit blurred.The enclosed one came out rather well, we all thought.

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You can hardly tell it was taken only metres above the ground. The ground crew and airmen dived and swore bloody murder when I roared over their heads across the snow! If the politruk hadn't given it the okay, I'm sure I would have faced disciplinary charges for it. Being a Komosol member has its uses.

On the way to the interception point we flew directly over the city. Flying over Stalingrad on a clear day lets you see just exactly how utterly destroyed the place is. You can't imagine how it is here. I've seen it with my own eyes but even I can't really comprehend that this was once a progressive, modern city. The Fascists have utterly laid waste to it, and to who knows how many of its citizens. You know I am a fairly calm type, but it simply boils the blood to see what they have done. Still, that makes killing the swine all the easier. I used to think that Ehrenburg fellow was laying it on a bit thick, but not anymore. This monstrous wrong needs to be righted.

 

Anyway, back to today's events. While we were still over the centre of the city the flight leader spotted a gaggle of Nazi planes - the much hated Stuka. Well let me tell you, we ripped straight though them in no time at all.

Luckily their escorts were looked after by a flight of Yaks that were providing top cover.

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 I shot at two of the enemy and I saw smoke trailing from one of them for sure. No-one saw it go down though, so I can only claim a "Damaged".

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But that put one crew out of the war for at least a day. We managed to hit them before they had reached their target, so their bombs went to waste, too.

I expected the combat to be a blur, but I was surprised to find myself thinking coolly and clearly. I can still recall specific moments completely clearly. Things like my tracer reaching out towards the Stuka. Puffs and flashes as the rounds exploded. Fascinating.

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Now, that said, I must admit that I did get completely separated from the rest of my flight almost instantaneously, but as I got some hits in, I think that has been overlooked for the moment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

[Okay. Too many images to upload as one post. I need to split it but I'm waiting for the editing period to pass so it doesn't merge them together.]

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I'd assumed that we had finished our interception mission and were ready to turn for home, but in fact we were still some distance from our target area. Thankfully I don't have to navigate by myself. On top of scanning the skies, controlling the plane, and combat, I simply don't have the capacity to do so right now! But our flight leader does, and he led us bang on to our targets. They were high - we spotted them by their contrails. Two targets, probably Ju-88's at that height. We raced into intercept them before they reached the city, engines pushed to the maximum. 


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We trailed them for quite some time as we struggled to gain height. Just then they made a fatal mistake, and began a long curving dive back towards their home airfield. This gave us just the chance we'd been waiting for and we roared in for the kill! 


The gunners in those 88's were brave men though and maintained steady accurate fire.


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Again, I saw hits on both planes - the wings were riddled with holes from our machine guns


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but the resolute defensive fire made me keep my distance. Finally though, the weight of our fire proved to much and we saw one of them falling, smoke streaming out. We shared that kill. 


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His comrade fell to us moments later.


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Unfortunately for me and the good people of the 58th whatever-it-is factory, one of those damned gunners must have hit my engine. I neither heard nor felt the impact.  With the engine noise and my intense focus on the targets in front of me it wasn't until I noticed a light film of oil over my canopy that I realized I had a problem. A look at my gauges showed the oil pressure dropping rapidly. 


At this point I was deep into German-held territory so I piled on the speed and went flat out to get as near to Soviet lines as possible. My engine was starting to stutter and make strained sounds, so I knew I didn't have much time. After several minutes flying hell for leather I reached land our troops had regained, so began to scan for suitable places to land. By now my engine was on its last legs, and soon it seized up. Luckily there were plenty of open fields around so I selected one, curved around gently to lose some speed, opened the canopy and prepared for a forced landing.


I tell you, life is different here at the front!


Luckily my training was good and I managed to belly land smoothly.


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"Smoothly", along with other words, like "calm", "safe", and "fine" have slightly different meanings here than they do elsewhere.


I know I just wrecked another plane and will have to answer for it, but I felt strangely elated.


 


 


It certainly was lucky we took those photos before the mission. However, the wreckage has been recovered and the chief says the damage looks worse than it really is. He thinks she can patched back together more or less.


 


So, after an eventful two (and a half) missions here I can claim one damaged plus two shared kills for the loss of one and half planes.  War may be many things, but so far at least, it has not proven boring.


 


Keep me in your thoughts, as I do you.


Please reply. I'm sure you probably have, but I've received no post of any kind for weeks now. 


Love always


S.


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This is brilliant! I'm having a long wait while the game's installing, and this makes the wait feel so much longer :)

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Entry 2

 After all, who would have thought we'd find ourselves in such a sorry state just a few years ago?

 

This is questionable, undermining the great people of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

 

To the Gulag you go!

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Ha. I actually thought that myself as I wrote it. Glad to see the politruk is on the job.

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Entry 4

 

 

Dear mother and father (and Mrs. T from next door - I know you'll be reading this too!)

Forgive me for being so lax in writing to you, but with the end of my training and being sent to the frontlines, life ha been a blur. Anyway, here I am,  ensconced with [CENSORED] at [CENSORED], near the great stage of Stalingrad. I've been here just over a week now but have managed to cram in about three lifetimes' worth of adventure in that time. 

What an adventure war is! I know, I know. It sounds so callous, but the things I've done and seen this week! They would take your breath away.

 

I truly think I have found calling in life. I don't mean this really, but in a way I'm almost glad Hitler sent his hordes this way. I was never much of a one for study or industry, but killing fascists seems to come naturally to me. I realise as you read this that it may alarm you, but I do not apologize for that. I am a fighter pilot of the Military Air forces of the Soviet Union now, not the boy to whom you said goodbye at Kazansky Station all those months ago.

This war has uncovered my true self.

 

I admit that I have made my share of mistakes since getting here - Natasha knows about them - but I also think I have won the admiration of many in my squadron in just this one week. No one has said anything of course, they still pretend I'm just some new pup, but I can sense their respect.

Currently I'm sitting on one Damaged, two Shared Kills, no four actually (I forgot about this afternoon's escapade!), plus three individual Kills - all dive bombers.

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No mean feat, I think you'll agree! I particularly enjoy taking on the Stuka dive bombers. They may have terrorized our infantry in the early days, but they are nothing but prey to we hunters. 

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The pilots manning them have my respect though. They never shrink from battle. In fact, this afternoon on a routine patrol in which we mixed it up with two flights of them, I shot the canopy clean off one with my first shots. I thought I had done some serious damage and that the pilot was preparing to bail out,  so you can imagine my surprise when the bugger kept coming at me! He didn't last for long though - my wingman sent him to hell just a couple of minutes later. It quite put the wind up me though, I can tell you!

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(continued)

It hasn't all been thrilling air to air action though. We've also been assigned to do our fair share of ground attack work. Who knows why when we have squadrons of Sturmoviks for that exact bloody purpose, but we got on and did it. The older pilots moan and grumble about it. Once I am promoted I'll change that, let me tell you.

Now, as Natasha may mention if you bump into her, I had a bit of an incident - nothing too serious, just a little scrape, really, and so for the ground attack jobs I was forced to take up some of the older crates

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(but my first aircraft - oh, what a thing of beauty she was!) It's a bit hairy, this ground attack lark, but the thrill of streaking in at tree top level is indescribable, I tell you.

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We've hit various targets - convoys, a pair of trains on my first day, enemy field positions. It's a pretty straightforward business really, but like anything in this line of work, there are risks. Just two days ago a fellow clipped the top of a tree at the end of the runway, causing his aircraft to flip and crash in on its back.  He died instantly - broken neck. Probably wouldn't have lasted long anyway if he couldn't even take off safely.

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That same tree nearly took another life just before,actually. Luckily this time the pilot managed to crawl away. I circled the site and fired off a few flares to alert the ambulances. That reminds me, I must go cut the thing down after I write this!

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Just another day in the office for this Moscow lad!  

 

Speaking of Moscow, the crew prepared one of the squadron's old planes for me to take up tomorrow. It's seen a fair bit of action, though not recently judging by the paint. I'll stand out like a sore thumb against the ground, but who cares? The crew have painted "Moscow" below the cockpit in my honour, so I'll gladly fly her! She isn't factory new condition, but when I took her for a test-flight before (with the above incident)and I'm confident that in my hands she'll do the job admirably.

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Where was I? Right. Ground attack. It's a hell of a thing. As I said, I like to approach as low as I can. This gives some of the older pilots the wind, but I guess they don't have my fighter pilot instincts.

In our last such mission we had to take care of some Nazi guns. It was quite a short flight as we are so close to the front here. Anyway, yours truly spotted them first then dived in guns blazing. There was already a hell of a battle raging around them

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but they're formidable soldiers, these Germans, and I could see the crew continuing to fire under the extreme conditions. 

I made several runs, destroying four artillery pieces in the process, supported to some degree by the rest of my flight who rather hung back a bit.

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As I said, their courage was impressive, firng right until the moment my shells ripped them in half.

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but courage will only get you so far against 23mm armour piercing rounds.

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Right, I've really on here, haven't I? And I've asked nothing about all of you at home.I do hope you are all well, and I will make a better effort to stay in touch from now on. Right now though I must turn in. All this flying and fighting takes a big toll on the body. I'd better get some sleep. No doubt another big day tomorrow. If I'm lucky I could make Ace! Look for my name in the dispatches in the next few days - it can only be a matter of time, I'm convinced of it. If you do see it, grab a copy for my scrapbook. All the papers we have here are a couple of weeks out of date and I hardly have time to read them anyway.

 

Good night all,

Your loving son,

Semyon

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Great stuff, FSM.  I remember the longest running post topic in the old Battle of Britain II, Rowans....was similar stories from a few really great writers sharing their exploits in similar fashion.  It all proves that with a little imagination and some background history....you can create your own little squadron and piece of history....

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Thank you for reading guys. I like writing these things.

 

Question. Are all my pics displaying for you? I'm now just getting a "Bandwidth exceeded" message from Photobucket.

 

EDIT: I'm going to have to limit my pics dramatically in future, I can see. Apparently they'll be viewable again on the 7th, when my free monthly 10GB of photobucket Bandwidth rolls over.

Darn.

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