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For some reason I find stories of multiplayer sorties almost as interesting as reading real ww pilot anecdotes. Yes I know there are weeks of youtubed recordings out there to watch. But watching tracks is rather pale compared to a well told story. So like the old boys at the glider club that no one ever seen fly but hang out only to tell stories of their death defying flights back in the days, share your most memorable online sortie.

 

I think we all had one that had our adrenaline going for an hour. Perhaps only because it was the first time online. Or one when you fought an opponent you don't know or haven't ever talked to, but afterwards felt the deepest respect for whatever the outcome of the fight was. Or just maybe the one when you returned to base all shot up, but smiling all the way home. Because you managed to drop a 500kg dead center on a squad of bombers lining up on the runway for a formation take off (true story).

 

If you feel the need to dramatize, exaggerate, or in any way stray from the truth. Make it count.

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My first one was the best. I installed it, configured everything, set gfx to ultra and clicked multiplayer. Joined the most populated one.

 

Loaded in...

 

And after a 7 year hiatus from sims in general I was amazed to see; CIA, FI, etc and reams of names I hadn't seen since Warclouds died and Zekes vs Wildcats/Spits vs 109s vanished.

 

I spent two hours chatting to the old guard, never turned a prop the whole time.

 

It was epic. :)

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Best ever was years and years ago, MS CFS1 online. Great big furball and you could see the callsigns, and a few people had on our side had Simpsons' characters as their avatars. One of the opposition blasted one of ours, and I distinctly remember being angry and yelling "You killed Krusty the Clown!"

 

I tore through the furball and smoked his bacon like it t'werent no thang.

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Most memorable? Well, there was the time on RoF where I almost wiped out an entire Jagdstaffel with a single bomb. I was bimbling along at high altitude* in an H.P. O-400, on my way to demonstrate the superiority of British explosives to German industry, when a faint line of dots on a Hun airfield caught my attention: one of the squads was lining up for a formation takeoff. Too good an opportunity to pass up, so I performed a rapid change of course** and dropped my 1650lb packet of fun on them instead. Unfortunately in my haste I'd miss-set the bombsight, resulting in the bomb landing in front of them. No kills, but apparently several of the Albatroses (Albatri?) were bent out of shape more than a little. Not a happy Jasta, as they demonstrated when (after transferring to un-bent Albatroses) they caught up with me as I crossed the Front. The Tommies below were then treated to a fine fireworks display as  my O-400 dived for the deck trailing flames. As I recall I actually survived the ensuing wreck, though the O-400 clearly didn't.

 

* High altitude for an O-400, which is to say, not very. Probably 6000 feet or so.

** An O-400 turns rapidly when compared to something less manoeuvrable, like a small cathedral. As an aircraft, it is best described as 'sedate' under normal circumstances, though if you aren't too bothered about its long-term structural integrity (i.e. when being chased by an angry Jasta) it can be surprisingly agile.

 

Edit: I've just looked on the RoF forum, to see if I could find the thread I originally reported this in, and discovered that my memory has been playing tricks on me: I wasn't in an O-400, but a D.H. 4! I'm not quite sure how the confusion arose, though it may be down to me conflating two separate incidents. Sadly the recent Photobucket swindle has hidden the screenshots, but I may still have copies on my hard drive. I'll see if I can find them...

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AndyJwest, absolutely priceless :)

 

As mentioned above I had a simillar experience a few months ago on. Took off in pe-2, due to bad weather (incompetence) I couldn't line up properly on that column that was my initial goal. So flew past for a turnaround and spotted an enemy airfield further away. Figured it was past bedtime anyway so why not end this quickly. Dived down to treetop level but as the forest ended right before their airfield I couldn't see the actual runway for the trees. Only fuel depots and objects further away. Took aim at the fuel depots and as I got closer, forest cleared and a beautiful sight appeared. 4 ju88 parked in square formation at the start of the runway and two more taxiing close by to join up. Not even any last second direction change needed. Their AA had of course already warned them of my approach, but not early enough. And the gunners of 6 88's in close formation are absolutely deadly. I'm probably easily amused but pressing the bomb release button made me giggle.

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I can't remember which server I was on, but it was a winter map, and i was in a HE111 enroute to target. I was about 30km's away from destination at about 5km's and I get that dreaded message . . . "1st, He's engaging"

 

I start to weave, duck and dive, but this guy !! he treated to me to an awesome airshow as he skillfully pulled up above my canopy and dropped down from no more than 200 meters and surgically took out first one engine, and then the other. I took no other damage from what I could tell. He let me go. I was able to dump my bombs, feather the props and had a ten minute glide back to friendly territory where I was able to ditch.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N8McBlQwlk&t=1s

 

This Mission, i flew for like the third time after a big Break, and joined the ZG15, the JG4 and the JG62 in that awesome attack, we were 8 Bf 110s and severl Fighters, all flying in Formation and attacking the airfield.

You can hear, although (at least me) can't understand a word, but you hear the surprise in the Voices of Artur.

 

Here is the same attack from our perspective:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfifxML9pcI&t=0s

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That would be a stuka sortie I made a couple monthes ago during a campaign with some other squads we are regularly flying with.

 

The campaign was going not so well for the german side. We flew many times outnumbered and we were at a tactical disadvantage on the ground, where soviet supplies flood on the battlefield faster than we could digest. But also in the air where high performances aircrafts were lacking, many of our fighter pilots had to cope with ageing F2s and E7s whereas we encountered Yak 1s on a regular basis and a few even reporter the appearance of factory glossy La5s. That is how the situation was looking from our side. Maybe it wasn't that critical but intelligence was poor and recce missions often turn towards a sacrifice to the Red Star. So we had only a vague idea of what we were fighting against.

 

Today's weather was appaling, 8/8 clouds with a ceiling probably not higher than 500m above ground. A fine rain was pouring on all the battlefield, and at this late hour of the day an orange haze was strongly limiting our distant vision.

 

In these conditions we hoped to be able to sneak our 4 Stukas to an advanced artillery position that was immobilizing our troop's advance on Moscow, and for once we had a decent cover thanks to a newcoming squadron seding us some reinforcements to beef up our numbers. The mission turned out to be a complete success. All guns and trucks were reduced to flaming carcasses, and for once we didn't encountered any red plane guarding this sector as it was always the case until now.

 

We hastily flew back to our airfield at Sytchevka to rearm and refuel. During our return trip, half of our escort left us midway to fly some CAP over the city of Gzhatsk, where a small detachment of BT7 was reported approching the city and threatening our troops. A couple Ju87 were being sent to start working on ground targets before we take off again to finish the task. Things didn't turned that good on this one. As the escort fighter seemingly lost sight of one of theirs in the clouds and were trying to regroup a little further east, three LaGGs came out of the fogs and engaged the now unprotected stukas and their 23mm quickly downed the two attackers, though one of them managed to crashland alive in a deserted street of the city. Of course when the 109s made it to the city as one schwarm, the LaGG had vanished and the sector was calm again. 

 

Having just rearmed with my wingmen we saw that the clock was ticking fast and that offensive actions would very soon come to an end. My number 3  and 4 had to leave their planes for obscure reasons, so we were again left off with only two planes. We still had to take off fast while the unseccessful cover fighters still had a bit of fuel to try and keep the Gzhatsk area clear. I was having a bad feeling about all this.

 

At that time, another flight of Bf109 was returning home but time was pressing hard. I let the damaged one complete his landing before slamming full throttle on the grass next to the runway, oblivion of all the basics flight rules concerning other airplanes on final. We HAD to destroy these BT7s. My number two hesitated a bit too long to follow me and soon found the runway clogged with landing 109s. He managed to get himself up in the air a minute later, but we failed to regroup due to a little navigation error that made us follow two different rivers to the target. 

 

Once passed over Gzhatsk, I quickly located the remainings of the BT7 column near the now foggy woods, and 3 to 4 tanks were looking good enough to pose a threat to our ground troops. Hopefully flak was already suppressed and I could focus carefully on my bombing. Respite was short live because as soon as I pulled out of my attack after having blow of one of the tanks, my gunner called for several fast contacts flying at tree top level. Not our style, these must be Russians. I still had two 250s under my wings but even if the situation was looking bad, I didn't risk a suicidal second run on the objective. After have call them on the radio for our escort which wasn't that far this time, I dived on the deck, flying between trees to make myself as little noticeable as possible. My wingman then arriving on the outskirts of the city also tried to turn around but was finally spotted by the Russians who attacked him head-on. "I'm on fire, time to die a hero" his what I heard on the radio  before I saw from far away his plane with it's smoke trail dive on our objective, releasing all his bombs at once. 

 

All this happened in a few dozen of seconds, and soon our escort finally located the intruders and engaged them. After a few seconds of reflection I turned around and went for a second run on the tanks. Now that they were distracted I may have a chance to put my two bombs to good use. Arriving at visual range of the city I noticed a line of white smoke on my one o'clock which turned out to be my wingman peacefully flying towards our lines.

 

"Weren't you on fire 30 seconds ago ???

- I thought I was, but the plane still flies.

- Lucky b*****

- I think I got another tank in the attack

- OK, let's finish this then !"

 

Two bombs, two tanks. I lined up for my first run, keeping an eye north west of my position, where the ongoing dogfight was slowly pulling away from the target. First drop and one more kill, soon this will be over and we will celebrate this at the base ! And once again I spoke too soon...

 

As I was turning around for the last pass, I saw two dots on the deck coming towards me. I'll never know if they were really wanting my skin that bad or if they were just pulling away from the fight, accidently in my direction. Either case, the situation was definitely stinky. Every fighter in the area was busy staying alive and "not possible" is all I got as answer for my help request. Vaguely lined up on the target but not with the wind's direction, I dropped my last bomb hoping for the best and turned sharply on my way back to the base. One quick look rearwards but no new smoke column and the two fighters were quicly gaining on me.

 

As I heard my gunner opening fire on my pursuers, I started taking evasive actions the best I could with the little speed and altitude available to me. Stuck under the 100m mark and penibly reaching 300kph, I will have to manage carefully my energy if I wanted to live for a couple more minute and find a safe place to crashland the plane. Tracers started flying all around me with no hits and I saw the first fighter break away by the corner of my eyes. New tracers, new session of joystick waggling, and I soon found the second fighter overshooting me from my left side. The other one was still turning around so I steered to my left but he managed to pull his nose upwards out of reach of my guns. Time to regain some speed before their second run. 

 

These must have been rookies of some sort because in their sharp maneuvers they lost a lot of their initial energy advantage and instead of side climbing to keep boom and zoom me, they pressed on my 6 for another attack. The leader took a second shot on me, poking some holes in my right flap with quite a lengthy burst. Little bright light in that nightmare : with the previous fight(s) they might have ran out of canon shell. Once again he broke away and as he did I saw him leaking fuel in his trail. Thanks gunner ! Capitalizing on the low energy state of the second fighter I forced him overshooting me in a dangerous barrel roll at low altitude, from wich I pulled only a few meters above ground. I tried to take advantage of the shoot oportunity but under stress my aim was rather poor and I only got a few hits with no visible consequences. 

 

New round of tracers, hits in my fuel tank, I was starting to feel hopeless at such a low speed, barely making it up to the tree tops. But the leader was sticking in my 6 very hard, trying to get some pot shots on my waggling Stuka both of us on the verge of the stall. My gunner managed to get hits in his engine and I finally saw him breaking away black smoking... only to see the second fighter coming back to finish the job.

 

Looking for a place to crash the plane in front of me, hoping that they weren't adept of pilot straffing I noticed 4 black dots in my 12 o'clock. "Green engaging the enemy" I heard on the radio. Unbelievable. That is some last second cavalry charge you only see in the movie ! How many chances that they crossed my path in that clogged weather at the very moment I was about to go down ? Unbelieveable. Two of them dived head-on on my direct pursuer, and passed at only a few meters over my plane, all engines and guns roaring. The soviet went down immediately. It was then easy for them to find the second one leaking oil and fuel and dispatch him. I was blinking out of surprise. It's only a game but I was shaking from that adrenaline rush with all my body, and my heart was beating faster than it ever did in other memorable sorties.

 

On my way back, I caught up on my wingman with his dying engine, noted his position on the map to send a rescue team. And after a peacefull flight I landed safely home with a little more than 50 liters in each tank. 

Ground troops later reported that the last BT7 that didn't exploded was too severely damaged to be useful in combats and that our sortie was a success. 

 

That was just a sortie amongst others but it was so intense and with such an unexpected hollywood ending that this one is easily the best sortie I've had in several years of simming !  :joy:

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This is the best fight I ever had online. And I actually had the recorder running to get all of it.

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I have a lot that I would consider my favorites... hummm... I guess I have 2. 

My first was when I was still rather early in my BoS multiplayer career. I was in a Yak absentmindedly climbing. Suddenly, I was at 7km and a white flash and a contrail shot past me in the opposite direction. I hauled my Yak around to find a 109, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he had passed me. I started my guncam (recording) and gunned my throttle to get after him. Now, at this time I knew about supercharger gears, but I didn't know about leaning my mixture, so here I am at 7.5km with a fully rich mixture as you can imagine my speed was rather low. He finally realized I was trailing him and he went into the vertical, while I continued level. This is my normal way of doing things. As he came down behind me I waited for the moment and pulled to right and forced him to overshoot. He pulled back into the vertical, this time coming down infront of me by mistake. I rolled and followed him into his dive. He tried to pull back into the vertical but I managed to put shots into his oil system and he was forced back to base. I can't remember but, I don't think he made it. 
Here's a screenshot: 

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My Second was somewhat recent. I was in a Yak over the Volga and a 109 was diving on me. I handled it the same way as before. I split hard and shook him. He seemed to lose me so I continued, wary of 109s on my 6. As I continued to patrol the area for something with a bit less energy than that 109, I spotted something going vertical over the port. It was a 190. I preformed some maneuver that I don't remember and ended up getting shots on him while I was inverted. He went into a spin and bailed as I streaked past in a dive, watching him fall. 
Another screenshot: 

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@Gruber, that's an amazing story. To experience sessions like that is the reason I play this game.

 

@PangolinWranglin. The second screenshot, was that Wol on the 29:th July? If so I also participated in that battle. Began with hordes of 110's attacking our ships. Could see the water plumes from kilometers away. Managed to down one 110 and got another one as a shared kill. Kept low in the hopes of avoiding any escorts and returned home, all empty, without encountering any. Perhaps thanks to your success as top cover.

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I still can remember my two most memorable online moments in my sleep.

 

Becoming an ace (5 kills) on a single sortie was unforgettable. Back then I flew primarily the clipped-winged Spit IX with VA (virtual aces squad) in il2 46. It was a cloudy day on the Normandy map and got detached from my squadies in a huge fur-ball. The air was filled with 109s cutting through the clouds causing chaos. I doubted my survival. All I could do was split-S in and out of the clouds. I don't recall the first 4 I shot down, but the fifth I do. All I wanted was to get back to base since I was low on fuel and little ammo. I skirted on the ground heading back when a 109 flew low at my 2 o'clock. He didn't see me. I pondered if i should just rtb but he was so close I pulled rudder, fired, and knocked him out. I thought for sure this diversion was my end since his buddy would pounce me. That didn't happen. When I landed I was tired. I hadn't know that I scored 5 kills until the score came up. I found it so exhilarating that it was difficult to recalled the first kills. Anyway, I've never achieved ace status on a single sortie since then.

 

My second memorable moment was in a p47. It was may favorite BnZ aircraft. I had made the mistake of being co-alt with two 109s at my 9 o'clock at ~600 meters out. I didn't have enough dive energy to escape them so I just fired anyway. I think they were on team speak or something because they didn't see me and I was the bigger target. I kicked hard right rudder and nailed the leader. His buddy panicked and dove away. He must have thought the attack came from his 6.

 

fun times for sure

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The time when I took out the enemy depot on the Finnish pilots server(you should go there, it needs more players) with the Heinkel 111 and 2 bombs, one 2500 pound bomb and a 1000 pound bomb. There were two glorious smoke plumes my gunners spotted, and the enemy AA ceased immediately. I had to land and so was unable to see if the advancing Heer troops took control of the base but I am pretty confident they did. I mean, one moment there is a base below me with the AA firing at me and artillery dugouts and supplies all over, the next moment there are 2 huge explosions and then nothing but fire pouring from the base. It was amazing. Nothing like your hair raising fighter dogfights, but enjoyable none the less.

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Salute, All !!

It was a routine bombing mission in my He111.   Nice and quiet, no VVS around... I hoped.    It took 20 minutes to climb to the base of the clouds which was about 4k.  The idea was to fly in the very bottom of the cloud cover; not too high as to not be able to see the ground thru the bombsight and not too low as to be easily visible.

 

Target ahead.  I'm in the bombsight and now I hear the detonations of flak as I approach the drop point.   WHAM !!    WHAM!!  The flak is getting closer!  Then a loud rushing zoom sound that lasted only a moment, I didn't really take notice of it as I was busy making final corrections and dropping the bombs.

 

I watched the target thru the bombsight and was satisfied with a good drop.   Now, climb a little up into the concealing vapors of the clouds and head for home.

 

All in all a fine attack, nothing to write home about.

 

However, when I reviewed the attack film (record)  I was amazed and startled at what I saw.

 

The rushing zoom sound I heard was from another He111 on a perfect reciprocal course to mine!!  He had dropped his bombs just as I did and was probably still in his bombsight too!!  We missed a collision by about 5 meters and in the clouds we never saw each other !!!  If I had not recorded the mission I would never have known.

 

I should have kept the record.... sigh...

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Top many to recall, but one FNBF flight sticks out. Me and Xenos went up in our MiG-3s to sweep ahead of the 216th Il-2s. I don't recall the specifics, but most of the flight turned out to be uneventful and the Il-2s had started going home while we were over the Don. Suddenly we spotted three or four Bf-109s flying almost CoAlt (5000m) and an engagement broke out. We worked as a team and destroyed at least one of them with another logged as damaged. Happy with our results, we set course to home but halfway there both our engines seized - we'd left them in combat power and forgot to reduce it after didrngsging. Both made safe landings well within friendly lines and the aircraft were serviceable, it was a good sortie.

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Hi all,

I agree, there a so many stories each evening I take my joy, pedals and VR set to join the multiplayer map.

 

like yesterday. It should be normal evening, It means I will get many kills and so few deaths. Always to be on the right place at the right time. Enemies in the middle of battle with another Yaks and I am coming just in the moment when Bfs are at the minimum speed just to have a job as easy as it could be :)

 

Firts flight: I am smashed from the sky in about 20s of flight. Waaaw. That was quick. Well, telling to myself, that was just beginning, you wasnt seated properly in the chair, so now it will be better.

Second flight. More concentration, stop eating during the battle and well, Bf in the front of my guns. 30m and everything missed the target. Holy cow! Is that possible? Am I drunk or what? Tup Tup Tup, holes in my wing, which is breaking down and I am out. Hey! Thats not the way, I was imaging about tonight!

 

This continues next 5 min, in which I am totally sweaty and dashboard score is following: 0 victories. 7 deaths.  - In only 5 min! I am getting red, Well I fly always for the reds (ussr) but now I shy for that score and I hope nobody can see this. Closing the game in very quick style - by pressing Alt+F4. This really NOT !

Leaving the room going to the balcony for fresh air, telling to myself: That was bad, that was really BAD! Whats wrong with me??? Doing the retrospection with my inner feelings. OK, I am nervous today, and I dont enjoy the flights like other days, but I strongly want the kills. This is not the way how Universe works. He wants from us to enjoy everything we are doing, with that emotions everything turns into successful then. But I am not in the proper mode. But this is terribly lecture and It cant be so difficult just to get only 1 kill  - to get better feelings from tonight, from myself, you know.

 

I have nothing to do this evening, So taking deep breath and starting Il-2 Sturmovik again. I must kill someone! Joining the map but only Aces on the axis. Syn GD, Hectorblack, Lt Zot, Colt Ejector, etc.... Everytime I get the center of Battle, some of them is still above me. My flight consist of breaking, covering and trying to leave the battlezone. Really nothing to envy. Tup Tup Tup -----thats Imposssible that SYN GD can hit me from that angle!!!! How ????? Noooooooooo.....

I am down without any chance to shoot on them. I am bailing out from the plane which has full ammo  - I guess this never happened to me!

New flight - same result. Again and again the same situation. I am in 3000+ enemy in 5+. I am coming in the 5+, enemy in 6+ or nobody here at this moment. So I am diving to the enemy, at 1000, in 730 km/h difficult to hit, suddenly I am above enemy airfield and suddenly 5 contacts around me. All of them going to kill me. I am just starting to count down the time I can remain alive. 5.....4.....3..... ... oh 7s ?! I didnt expect such long lifetime.

 

New flight: Standing on the airport with engine running. Opening canopy to get fresh air and trying to calm down my emotions. It is so beautiful in VR this game! Love it. The planes, the scenery, and the traffic on the airport. I am watching the heros taking their planes into the hopeless battles and trying to protect their motherland against germany attack waves. Whoops, Bf is coming to the aiport, qucikly pulling the throttle to the maximum and with heart beating in the same maximum Rpm, watching the enemy plane heading exactly on me! I am rotating my head very quickly between the Bf and the speedmeter in the cockpit. Still too low speed to rotate the plane. There is no space for any other delay. Flaps to the full open and rapidly pushing the stick to airborne, simultaneously rolling the plane to the very sharp turn at minimum alt. Bang Bang Bang ...... despite of my effort, I am getting the hits and whole vertical stabilizer was cutting off. Vzhuuung, the Yak goes down in weird Z axis turns . The wrecks falls down just few meter from the aiport buildings. 

I will get You......!!!!!

New start .... new full concentration and effort to unstick the plane asap and in the fire in my eyes I am soooo hungry to get him down ! He is better. Uses his advantages of speed and alt to hit my plane again. My wrecks are almost on the same place as 30s before. Jesus Christ, .... are U there tonight for me ?????

 

Not each days are beautiful and shiny in the life. The same belongs to the virtual simulation. I should never get up from the bed this morning..... thinking to myself. :))

 

Keep your inner drive..... pilots. Even in such days. Thank you all for joining the map each days, and enabling us experience this strong moments....

With regards

9th_Polk_Vasilij

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Flying on Random Expert.  Being forced to strafe heavily defended ground targets surrounded by Ace flak.  Just so I could earn enough points to "buy" even one tiny little bomb...

Great times.  Haven't been back since.

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Well, I can remember a lot of memorable moments. But the one I can still feel the adrenaline rush months\years later...

 

It was close to 3 years ago, I was very new to flying online, it was flying on a event caled FIF on RoF. It was an event lasting 3hrs every friday,full server,no icons,if killed you where out for the rest of the day, everyone started at the same time, each side on his own TS, a CO coordinating things, and enemy objectives where hidden.

 

So anyway, because I was so new, I was flying wingman on an adhoc squad with J5 and J99 guys, I remember we were flying CAP over the front line, usualy 4 to 6 Albatros.DV hoping to intercept scouts\bombers or have a brush with enemy fighters.

I dont remember if we got into a fight and I got lost, or if I got damaged and needed to RTB, but there I was, flying alone (a big no-no for a noob pilot on an expert sever) when a call for help came through (wisper from the CO),a lone halberstadt was coming back from a recon mission with very important pictures,but was intercepted by a cuple of se5a fighters very close to his own aerodrome, and was hiding on some clouds. I was the only one aviable,maybe 5 minutes away, so I headed there in the hope that my distraction would give him a chance to run away.

When I reached the area I saw a contact a bit higher circling a cloud, and lacking any tactical thinking, I whent straight for him and told my recon friend to "make a run for it".

So I made a climbing head on with a (SE5a), and because runing away wasnt an option against what I considered a superior plane and pilot, we started circling each other. That kind of turnfight is more akin to a bar fight than to WWII air combat,I was struggling a lot, but knew my only option was to keep him close and turning. After a minute, and maybe at 200 meters over the ground I managed some hits on the engine/cockpit and saw him crashland right below me.

 

I was starting to marvel on the odds of me winning that fight, when I saw a second contact heading straight for me from the same cloud, less that 1000 meters away.

What could I do? Runing away from a higer, faster SE5a wasnt an option, so I made another head on, I was very lucky this time, on the first pass I damaged somethin important, because inside of 3 turns I had killed my second oponent.

At this time I was exausted by the adrenaline rush, sweaty, and trying my best to get my bearing to get TFO of there when I saw A THIRD contact, he hadnt seen me, and I was so hyped by my two kills that I made a shalow dive, guns blazing, and managed some hits.

He was leaking fuel or coolant,maybe both, he had had enough, dipped his nose and dived away. I knew I would never catch him so I finaly made and RTB

 

Upon reaching my aerodrome I discovered not only that my frendly recon plane was safe, and the important pictures devoped (mission objective acomplished) but the fact that the first fighter I got, the only one I really dogfighted and struggled with was a VERY MANEUVERABLE Sopwith Camel! And not the reported SE5a

Had I known at the time, I would have panicked and got killed for sure.

And the perfect timing (for me) of the 3 fighters, I wouldnt had stand a chance agains 2 or 3 fighters at the same time.

 

That mission is memorable for me, because even now I cant believe what I acomplished at the time, and it was the moment it really sparked my interest in online flying

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My most Memorable was on TNBF flying a Ju-52 Transport Mission. We were the First Flight of Four Aircraft to deliver Cargo (one disconnect along the way, more of him later). We took off and took a Dog-Leg Route to the Target at about 500m MSL, we managed to Land in Formation, taxied tightly to the Ramp, and just as we were rolling Back onto the Runway the Alarm Sounded, Enemies all Around the Airfield, destroying a Flight of Bombers nearby.

 

The Friendly Bombers had passed about 2 Klicks South of our Airfield at less than 2000m surrounded by a Cloud of Soviet and German Fighters, and some of the Dogfights happened just above our Heads, some of the Shots Fired even hitting Next to our Planes. 

The German Escorts were loosing badly despite superior Numbers. 

 

The Russian Fighters appeared almost completely oblivious to our Presence so I decided to do an Alarm Take-Off at Absolute Ground Level and Maximum Speed. 

We ran like that for 10 Minutes with Friendly Aircraft Fighting and Falling all around us, Bombers and Fighters alike. The 109 Novices (an American Squadron) were decimated by the Bunch by well coordinated Soviet Fighters. 

These were 10 of the most tense Minutes I have experienced in any Game. 

 

So we went as low as humanly Possible, Knifing through Tree Lines in Tight Formation. And while the Dogfight errupted all around us we managed to Escape almost completely unharmed, except one very Short Attack by a Fighter which was either repelled by our Gun-Fire or running out of Ammo (most likely), either way we all managed to get back to our Airfield and lived to Fight another Day. 

 

And it is one of my proudest Moments as a Flight Leader. 

Edited by 6./ZG26_Klaus_Mann

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I think the most memorable to me is from the original IL-2. It has stuck in my memory for a long time. I only wish that IL-2 version could've had a recorder. Nothing has ever struck me as feeling so lifelike, before or since.

 

I don't remember all of the particulars or most of those who were flying. All I remember for sure was it was a ground attack mission set late in the day against an airfield. A heavily defended airfield as it turned out. There was a lot of AA surrounding it. I think I was fourth or fifth in a flight of six Bf-109s, probably G-2s. We were all lugging a single bomb slung underneath. Whatever the targets were, I no longer remember. For whatever reason, the flight leader had told us to line up in a string formation when we rolled into the attack. We had the airfield in sight now, lined up on our left. We weren't very high as I remember it, probably no more than 1000 feet and maybe a mile out when we queued up, one behind the other, to make the run into target. I watched those in front of me pitch over on their left wings and head into their runs. AA was already coming up. Pretty heavy but not too close. Not yet anyway. The AA was coming up from the left and right now. It still wasn't close to me but visible ahead. I leveled out of my turn, looking for a ground target. I was diving slightly following the plane in front of me, building up speed. I could see the lead planes in the formation ahead of the plane I followed. We were about to cross the airport boundary by now, pretty low, probably no more than 200 feet. Just as the flight leader was about to release his bomb, his plane absolutely detonated. Just a flash and he was gone. I was stunned. Literally stunned. I dropped my bomb, no idea or memory if I hit anything with it other than the ground. I got as low as I could and headed home.

 

I can still picture that plane blowing up. It was stunning to see and without a doubt, the only time I can truly say my senses were so fooled while flying in a game. The suspension of disbelief in any game or flight sim has never been equaled to that degree. I wish it were a more common experience for me while gaming.  

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For sure when I just got my PC. Before that, I was forced to play SB in WT.

Of course, me being maybe 14; I had no money for BoS, so I had to settle with CloD. I hopped on ATAG, and their TS.

After finally figuring out how to start, and fly the hurricane. With no idea where to fly, or what ALT, I quickly climbed and circled over the white cliffs. Suddenly, and to my surprise, I found a 109 at low level over the water coming at me like an angry wasp.

It quickly turned into a 1 v 1 over the water with me and him. Something a bit like the "Paths of Hate" video when they're over the water. Almost continuously scissoring. Him on my tail, I switch it around, then a few seconds later he's back again. Being new, my aim is extremely shaky, but I eventually hit him. He flattens out, I give him another burst. He enters a shallow left turn and smacks right into the channel.

 

I've probably had better engagements in BoS, but this was my first online kill in any game but WT.

And also there was some asshole on TS who was telling me that I wouldn't get a kill for a few days in a really snarky tone.

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It was on WoL.

 

I got 4 aerial kills in 6 minutes and the server crashed  :lol:

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Evening all,

 

My most memorable was from il2 1946 I believe the map was Frankfurt (??) on Battlefields 1

I was climbing after takeoff in my trusty (but heavily laden with a full tank of fuel) 109 K4C3 (or just K4??) in the opposite direction to the enemy lines when I noticed 2 small red arrows.. of course higher than me, and hunting me....

I figured I had a few choices

- dive and try to run (good luck when we are already in arrow range...)

- turn and fight and hope to take at least one of them into the after life with me

- or continue a shallow climb and hope to hold them at bay until I am at least co-alt
 

As one of them dived down to try to close the gap option 2 seemed like the best option but then the strangest thing happened (and hasn't happened since),  a thought crossed my mind and rather vividly, which was of a gazelle cornered by 2 lions, of course doing a few faint charges but ultimately getting pounced

So I went with option 3 and continued my shallow climb,

I noticed that the 2 reds seemed to be flying at different speeds (even after one of them dived down) and determined that one was probably flying the higher alt version of the la 5 or 7, while the other was flying the lower alt version

after passing through 6km-8km the 2 started to separate (horizontally), one stayed fairly close at about 2km while the other lagged further behind

Once we reached 10km I started a slow 180 turn back, but not hard enough to try to get a shot at the closest la (otherwise his wingman would have had me for breakfast), but rather at the slower one,

after a few shots from distance at each other the la would dive down to disengage before zoom climbing and reversing course

this was repeated several times with the alt reaching 12km to 13km (or 14km), and after a while the la's went home... still hungry :-)

For me it was the most memorable sortie because I was able to maintain my discipline, against 2 opponents, who started with an alt advantage (but at a distance) and I survived it (at a guess circa 30 minutes)

No victory for me, but I lived :-)
 

Edited by novicebutdeadly

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Wow, there are a lot of great stories here ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXz60f0HLU

 

So far I have not flown a lot of sorties. I intend to change that fact very soon, and hopefully I will have a better story to tell than the following.

 

Still, my most memorable flight was the one in which I got my first air kill. But this one was quite a special one.

I used to go lone wolfing back in 1946 days. At the time I did not have enough time to be able to fly with a team with dedication.

 

My attempts at flying fighters were pretty disastrous. So I decieded that I'd go for bombers this time. This was a late-war mission, and I thought i'd give the jet bomber Arado 234 a spin. With such a high speed I figured I could go bomb some fows without risking too much, and in the end finally being useful before going down.

Bombs loaded, rocket assisted take off, and here I go, cruising around 700km/h.

 

I reached an airfield and delivered my little presents. Destroyed a plane on the ground, turned back and went full throttle to try and avoid being caught.

Unluckily for me this is when trouble begins, a Mustang that was at a higher altitude spotted me. I went in a little dive and then I leveled once I reached the max speed of my bomber. The mustang being not too far and having a lot of altitude, he still managed to keep up. My speed was forcing him into my 6, with a very smooth and predictable trajectory. I then thought, that, this being a MP mission on a sim, I could take some risk since my skin wouldn't get hurt. I lowered the throttle a bit while aiming at the bastard with the periscope. Once he was in an acceptable range he started shooting a bit. Fuselage took a few hit, but nothing too bad,  I adjusted my aiming (kinda hard since it's inverted) and shot the rear firing 20mm. Scored a hit that killed the engine. My first online kill ! It felt fun to have it with such a strange device (periscope aiming, rear firing canons).

 

I then proceeded to the base full steam. Safely landed, and I have not used jets ever since.

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I remeber two.

The first one happened the 20 December 2014 in the server New Wings Warground.

 

Me and my mate Martin were on patrol over the front flying 2 Fokker Dr1.

Im the area close to Cappy we engaged 3 Sopwith Camels from WW1EAF squadron.

Started an hard fight at around maybe 1k.

We had a hard fight over no mens land substained several minutes till to the ground level.

After I don t remember how many turns and bursts on the enemy planes, we both returned home tired but safe, leaving the 3 wreakage burning camels on the ground.

 

The other one happened in my first sortie in a online tournament with the first IL2 serie.

At that time 2003 were online the Bellum War.

I was so exited because was the first online sortie against humans and no AI's and my skill were so low.I was able to land since few days and firing was not so good.

During this first sortie I was flying a Bf 109 and was able to damaged a P39..remember his rudder break off after my shoot...with my scream of happines.

Was really proud of myself after landing. But the leader washed my head telling me I was almost shot down several times because I flew without brain and without check my six...like a real rookie :-)

Great moments

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Many fun moments.. but the feeling when you flying a long range strike on the airfields of superior forces on TAW.. and having only one bomb left see the change of activity to a back airfield..  and just for the fun of it decide to investigate. Loong 10-15 minutes late having navigated a hasty aproach that will likely be too late anyways you see a large cloud obscuring the way where the airfield should be.. no visual, no way to aim the aproach from long out... but then magically, there is a shimmer: position lights. A full airforce sits and waits on the ground and isn´t even moving or dispersed and you are right in the middle of perfect approach

 

you drop, the lights go out.. but you don´t know (no kill messages) if that was precaution or how good the hit was... then some weird chat banter ensues, indicating some success.. until a steam message from a friend not even playing the game pops up, asking "did you record that", making clear that something was good: by unplanably perfect timing the bomb just did hit after a friend and twitch streamer was on a low pass over the planes below, causing hilarious confusion on what had actually happened.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IumhmB6F3U0

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