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Here's last Thursday's livestream from the German perspective:

 

 

Last Thursday was nothing if not action-packed. You can read the details in today's (faux) issue of the Berliner Morgenpost. 

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(Newspaper idea inspired by @US103_Talbot of Thursday night US Bulletin fame.)

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Cuban's Syndicate Server this week.

We've seen decent numbers recently, with generally 30+ pilots flying. The fighting is pretty intense and people are developing tactics that evolve almost weekly, from both fighter and bomber types. Great fun.

At the 103rd our scoreboard is looking bare after last week, so there could be some more 'offensive' pilots about - heck we might even see 3rd flight attacking bombers - actually 3rd flight are  offensive enough as it is really :icon_e_biggrin:

 

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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A real fun session. Basically what Larner said here > https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/51030-join-us-103rd-and-jg1-flyin-thursday-evenings/?p=704101

 

Main action of the first map was whenTalbot and i tracking a couple of Albs that then tried to dive in on an engagement with the rest of the 103rd. Caught them target fixated. 

 

The Eagle of Lille map..idk, I've always thought the DH2 to be rather pointless in RoF. By the end though, with 'Lanoe' Hunter on form, a bit of altitude and better energy conservation, it wasn't too bad against Eindeckers. 

 

Salute to all who came out, especially JG1 and J30 who fielded big formations all night. Looking forward to next week! icon_e_salute.gif

 

Here's our stream from the night.

https://youtu.be/CDXOYHNYhDc

Edited by US103_Baer

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Here's last Thursday's livestream from JG1's perspective:

Last Thursday was unique in more ways than one! To start things off, I got some time before the "serious stuff" to fly around on NFF. Had some fun in my trusty Albatros D.III against a very aggressive SPAD pilot and actually got to unofficially wing up with one of my Twitch followers, which was a lot of fun! smile.png

 

Then it was on to JG1's "One Life to Live" flying on Wargrounds with the 103rd, J30, J5, and other friends. I'm pleased to report that JG1 did not lose any aircraft this time up, and accounted for several player-controlled Handley Pages. The aforementioned Handley Pages fought valiantly (one nearly killed me by jettisoning bombs low to the ground!) but with no escort, it was only a matter of time. Meanwhile, the 103rd managed to account for several victories themselves, despite having single-gun SPAD 150s. Also, as usual, J30 continued to menace anyone who so much as looked sideways at them. :lol:

 

Following that, we all headed over to Cuban's server, which was still running the Eagle of Lille map. Since I missed it on Sunday, I was actually thrilled to see it still up! There, we ended up with 2 massive "lawnmower" dogfights that sprawled across the skies. Good fun everyone! 

We will see you on Wargrounds next Thursday! biggrin.png

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I guess we're on Wargrounds this week after last week's 'combined' action.

Hopefully will get time for a run in FC afterwards to try out the new update.

See you up there. S!

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Salute all.

Today was a bit of a slow burner and took a while to get going but ended up with plenty of action high and low. We were a little light on numbers with Hunter on leave, Larner up for only 1 patrol and Paris unfortunately leaving for an extended period. He'll be missed for sure, being one of the 103rd jokers, an aggressive pilot and dedicated 1st Flight Gotha-killer. Only his nav needs work :icon_e_biggrin:

 

The Nancy map had us scanning high for D7fs of course, but initially a Gotha took the brunt of our attacks. Sure enough D7s soon appeared, first our favorite J30 yellow school bus, who managed to escape an attack over German territory, but later he and his Grey/Blue friend strayed over the lines and paid the price.

 

It got pretty serious when a group of 7-8 JG1 D7s came over in 2 flights. They had a good position on us but we saw them in plenty of time and our SA was good throughout, so there was no real danger. 2 of them came down to attack but 1 was downed by Parsons & The Klug, and the other driven off.

 

Haven't had Cappy for a while, its pretty dreary looking but usually delivers good action.

 

We were doing well against a number of Rolands and Halberstadts but then the night turned on a very innocuous engagement. Talbot had been itching to hit balloons all night but we'd talked him out of most of them as he was our current leading ace (32). He and Biddle attacked an Albatros near the Warfusee balloon. Number 33 was on the way, but inexplicably Talbot ran into the back of it during the attack and was subsequently killed. Its a terrible way to lose an ace and the vLife went back to Feb or March. Still 32 is the second highest score in the Squad and something to be proud of.

 

J30 then laid down the gauntlet above the clouds and we had a good scrap in the sun with a D7 and Albatros before finishing up with another CL2 and heading off to FC for a bit.

 

Salute to all who came out and special shout out to the independent bomber boys, Ma'Lord, Gaius, Clark, WildBill, Daideo, JH Richardson and others. Obviously FC has got everyone's attention at the moment with the SE5a and Albatros but we still see quality engagements against tough, organised opponents, so there's plenty of life in RoF yet.  :icon_e_salute: 

 

See you all next week!

 

Here's the stream replay. Timestamps coming.

https://youtu.be/iN372-2YkhI

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Our time on Wargrounds was a bit abbreviated last Thursday. Nonetheless, we did get some "big wing" formation flying in and had a scrap with the 103rd and friends. As so often happens, they fight ended briefly, with one JG1 pilot's engine being shot out in enemy territory. Some good large-scale maneuvering on both sides! The 103rd had multiple 2 or 3 ship flights spread out covering a wide area of operations behind their lines, which was quite impressive to see. You can catch that all on part I of my stream:

 

After that, we nipped off a little early because the Albatros D.Va and Se5a are now live in Flying Circus!!! So of course, we had to try them. :lol:  I mainly operated the Se5a, with one rather abrupt flight in the Albatros near the end. You can see my first flights with these birds here in part II of my livestream:

 

Finally, I wanted to mention that after a long absence, we were pleased to see JG1_Sturtz drop in and fly a sortie with us on Wargrounds. Salute man, was great to see you airborne again! :) 

We'll catch you on Cuban's server next week! 😎

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Back to Cuban's Syndicate Server this week. 

It's been a while since we've fired shots in anger in one of these great maps. Looking forward to it.

See you up there!

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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Hey guys! Here is last Thursday’s livestream. I’ve been busy over the weekend, so I’ve posted it up a little later than I usually do. But hey, maybe it’s in time to whet you fine gentlemen’s appetites for tomorrow’s fly in on Wargrounds! :)

 

Last Thursday’s livestream:

 

The skies were hot for JG1 last Thursday! Following last week's counteroffensive by German troops, HQ wanted hard evidence that the attack had been successful. So, our first mission was escorting a recon aeroplane piloted by the one and only Dudley von Flederwurst. We spent a good amount of time climbing to altitude within our own lines, but we never even got to the mud before the blasted SPADs sniffed us out. One of our escorting flights was bounced and quickly a chaotic furball ensued.

 

Albatrosses and SPADs swirling and shooting - pure pandemonium! Kudos to the 103rd for a highly-surprising bounce over our own territory. Nonetheless, as soon as we found ourselves engaged, our pilots performed admirably, damaged planes spiraling down and away to save the aircraft while the undamaged pilots fought a brief rearguard campaign to keep the SPADs at bay. In the chaos, our recon slipped away and managed to photograph 2/3 of the recon objectives and RTB with the pictures. Salute to the cool nerves of sir Dudley! The pictures showed that the offensive had been marginally successful, but that fresh American troops were massing in the reserve trenches to push our lads back. The situation on the ground remains tenuous.

 

The aircraft that were forced to RTB from last flight then rendezvoused with us to continue a front line patrol. Midway through, I and my wingman Schafer were required to return to base due to low fuel. I turned over the reins to him on the leg home and, winter fog and frozen landmarks notwithstanding, he managed to navigate us all the way to our original aerodrome. Well done!

 

Then, Butzzell and I lifted off for one more patrol over our own lines. I encountered a very scrappy Hanriot HD.2 and then Butzzell and I found a Felixstowe motoring along the lines. The behemoth floatplane put up a staunch fight, getting some hits on Butzzell. Nonetheless, Herr Butzzell’s guns finished the giant off in fine fashion…with a spectacular explosion! Gotta say, Butzzell knows how to put ‘em away in style. 😎

 

Following that, we transferred to Flying Circus where I put the Albatros D.Va through its paces against the Camel. Still getting a feel for the Alb currently, but I must say, the modeling is nothing short of beautiful. It’s an awesome feeling to sit in the Alb D.Va’s cockpit in Flying Circus. 😄😄

Edited by JG1_Hotlead_J10

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Always great to see the Central view of things. Cheers Hotlead!

As mentioned, we'll be flying Wargrounds this week. 

Hopefully I can stay a bit longer and join the FC fly out this week too. Still haven't got a streaming config for it... Maybe can sort that before tomorrow.

See you all up there. S!

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Great fun this week.
Was worried when I saw Carpathian map roll around but actually it was fine. Its a good looking map and adds a nice nav challenge.

Again we clashed squad v squad with JG1, although we were a little light this week so it was great to have Cuban join us. He was even in uniform! It's a superb experience when everyone's concerned about vlifes, but also wants to achieve mission success or air superiority.

13-15 planes in 3 or 4 flights jockeying for advantage before engaging. Dragging, climbing and maneuvering for position or surprise. One mistake and you're dead, or worse, your whole flight is dead.

Personally, I find this aspect the most rewarding in the game, so a big Salute out to JG1 and J30 for putting up those massed formations and making for such a unique experience.

I felt we flew pretty well all night but the highlight was seeing Parsons swoop down on an Albie that had just recovered from a spin, and brutally remove it's wings in one pass.

The prize for unluckiest pilot must go to JG1_Dudley, as Larner has related elsewhere. We weren't lost exactly, just not where we wanted to be - 2 grids outside the map area! Unfortunately it's exactly where Dudleys DFW was, returning from a recon.

Salute to all who came out. Carpathian holds no fears now.

Here's our stream. Timestamps done.
https://youtu.be/NpC4XOLEWbw

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Hey all. This week is on Cuban and SteveF's Syndicate server.

I notice that it will be the late evening of 4th July. I'm not sure if that means we'll get less folks flying or possibly more ;) 

Anyway the US103rd will still be there and there's talk of finding the most patriotically-skinned Spads we can and trying to down a Hun with flare guns :D

Of course that may change if he shoots back with bullets! But come and join. It should be a lot of fun.

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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With the US holiday we didn't have high expectations for the session but we had 3-4 pilots up, and with over 20 pilots joining, the evening turned out to be a nice slow-burner. By the end we were going from fight to fight.

 

Began for us with 3 engagements against a high J30 yellow D7f. Cagey maneuvering vs the D7's climb, followed by some intense attacks -  each time our numbers told but he got away. Very slippery that one. Then they started flying a nasty combo of Gotha gunship with D7f escort. Fortunately that brought the D7 down so we did have some luck.

 

Right near the map end with only minutes left, an epic scrap formed with 3 Spads, 2 D7s and a Gotha spiraling a down on each other. Although only one plane went down it was, unfortunately, our ace Larner. His wing, though only lightly damaged, chose to depart when he needed to turn. A sad end to an otherwise good night.   

 

Big Salute to everyone who was able to come out :icon_e_salute:

 

See you next week on Wargrounds.

 

Stream with Timestamps

https://youtu.be/0P250bGF4Jc

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Today was a fun session for sure.

 

We expected flights of high JG1 Pfalz D12s or D7fs but kept running in to J30 battle groups, a heavy or 2 seater with lots of stacked escorts. Very dangerous, and if that wasn't enough, J30 Reinamann was flying and J30Mein was back!

 

We got a few but unfortunately lost Hobbs to that wing issue and, as usual, there were a lot of tough fights that ended inconclusively.

 

Highlight for me was diving vertically thru their formation for the Gotha - seeing the D7fs float up towards me then disappear from view as i zoomed past, but knowing they were putting their noses down and chasing for all they were worth. A long burst at the Gotha, the Spad shaking as i pray i don't get a wing hit at this speed, then flashing thru and away. Spandau rounds now flying after me from the chasing D7s. But i knew their turn was coming as my wingmen came down on them.

 

Salute to all who came out and helped make for a great session. :icon_e_salute:

 

Our stream is here, timestamps done.

https://youtu.be/uQzGZm7uGyI

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Here's the look from the Hun side:
Had to say I felt really good about our boys last Thursday. No pilots lost, several enemy aircraft downed, and strategic objectives accomplished. Well done lads! 😎
We were expecting to run into scads of 103rd SPADs but it seems as if our paths were not destined to cross, at least for that fateful evening. Yet, we could still see the kill messages coming through chat as the 103rd clashed with J30 over their lines. Stiff fighting all round that night!
 
For our first sortie, JG1 conducted low-level factory defense and managed to save our tank factory from an untimely demise, despite a stiff effort on the part of 2 separate flights of bomb-laden Bristols. When the map rolled, JG1 then took to the high-altitude skies and patrolled in enemy skies while Dudley and special guest J5_Karl Loppnow nabbed all the recons on the map successfully. We were prepped for a fight, but had clear skies the whole way. However, on the return trip home, we encountered a nice surprise high and behind our lines. Timestamp 1:31:00 tells the tale.
 
Following that, I had to call it an early night. What can I say? Real life stuff has been quite busy for me lately. On that note, I will not be able to make it to next Thursday's fly-in because I will be traveling to Colorado for a cousin's wedding. Looking forward to getting back into the cockpit with you fine gentlemen soon after though! 1f603.png?_nc_eui2=AeFq4K7cX88WvRm1bd7Av😄

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Where to begin, that was a crazy one. Literally took hours for my heartrate to normalise :lol:

 

Might attempt a write-up later, though don't know where to start. Meanwhile here's our stream with timestamps

 

https://youtu.be/lPPeQ1m6Ys8

 

Big shout-out to J30, JG1 and everyone who came out to fly :icon_e_salute:

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Salute gents! Here is the German livestream from last Thursday: 

 

Last Thursday was a fun night! Our numbers, while still not up to full strength, were higher than expected, especially with a new recruit joining us. Please join me in welcoming Jasta 11's newest flieger, Herr von Webber! It was my pleasure to fly with him, and I think I can safely say that in time he will be a competent flight member. He already impressed me by spotting a low-flying Bristol that I totally missed, and then proceeded to assist in its destruction. :icon_e_salute: 

 

Since I didn't have a good idea of who would show up for us, JG1 also played pretty conservatively for the evening. After receiving a panicked telephone call from the foreman at one of our local aircraft production facilities, (why our engineers built the factory so close to the front lines baffles me to this day :lol: ) the Circus scrambled to rescue it from impending doom from Allied bombers. 

 

We actually ended up saving the facility from being shut down for as long as we were on station. Also, we didn't end up losing any of our defending fighters. And let's not forget J30 and J5_Karl Loppnow for accomplishing all the offensive objectives in fine fashion as well! All in all, a good night with objectives defended and enemy aircraft shot down. But you know what? The most special part of the night to me was the shared camaraderie of our small community, whether they were flying Allied or Central. I've said it a lot, but I'll say it again: the players make the game. Thank you to each and every one of you who came out and made it a fun night! :icon_e_salute:

 

Following the fly in, von Webber and I ran some training dogfights on NFF. Then, Dudley and I headed over to Flying Circus to look at...drumroll please...the new Bristol and Halberstadt two-seaters! :icon_eek: :icon_e_biggrin: :icon_e_biggrin:  You can see a permanently-archived clip of my first flights in both aircraft here: 

 

Edited by JG1_Hotlead_J10

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Quick reminder we're on Cuban/SteveF Syndicate Connection this week.

 

We should be back at strength again, so am looking forward to a good night.

 

All welcome as usual. The 103rd should be in the air 8:30 - 9pm ET and the livestream can be seen at


https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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Salute to everyone who came out :icon_e_salute:

 

The session had a bit lot of everything.

 

The Big Circus formation, a 2 seater with multiple escorts, multiple 2 seaters, high SA loners, a deep offensive patrol, low/high LPs, tactical cat & mouse, the thrill of victory and, unfortunately, butt-clenching panic with a DIII on my 6 at ground level as i'm low energy. Fortunately squad mates saved my bacon, but it was a very near thing.

 

Was great to have Hunter back in command too :lol: and Cuban joined us again, proving to several Huns that a Tripe with 2 guns is not to be taken lightly! 

 

Apart from losing Talbot in a crazy accident it was a good night and lots of fun.

 

Stream replay with Timestamps is here.

https://youtu.be/NBRhk4R17aI

 

Looking forward to next week.

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Great to see so many flying this week, over 30 for most of the evening. Salute to you all :icon_e_salute:

 

Larner has already worked his magic describing the big scrap (https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/51030-join-us-103rd-and-jg1-flyin-thursday-evenings/?p=705031), he has quite a bit of writing like this that most people don't get to see, so if he's agreeable we may try put it all together in a publicly accessible section of our US103rd site.

 

I was probably the only person not buzzing after the session, in fact decidedly the opposite. Losing a 42 streak in a collision is really sucky and from my view i thought i'd done enough to avoid any contact, and the Albatros likewise, but somehow my flimsy Spad fell apart, whereas the sturdy Albatross carried on unaffected. :icon_e_sad:  After seeing other angles it does look like a lag collision, which would explain why only one plane suffered.

 

 

After Reims, we patrolled Carpathian a while, hooking up with Klugerman and Cuban. I actually like the map and the challenge it presents.

Parsons and i found JG1 attacking Klug and a balloon and dropped in to try spoil the party, but both D7s we attacked got away and the air started to get thick with them so we left.

 

A bit more patrolling found a Halberstadt that still had its wings attached, so we fixed that, patrolled some more and landed out.

 

Here's the 103rd stream with timestamps https://youtu.be/KR3q_1IQ7GM

 

Looking forward to next week. Not quite sure at this point which server, but will try clarify in coming days.

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Quick reminder we're on Wargrounds this week.

 

We've had large engagements and brilliant scraps lately, so if you've been looking for that kind of thing do try make it this week.

 

The 103rd should be in the air by 8:30 - 8:45pm ET and the livestream can be seen at

https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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A lot of action again this week, and a lot of luck. Some good, some bad. But i really hope there's no Winter Cappy in FC.

Was good to have 3rd flight at full strength again, and they were quickly into the action.
Parsons and I then got 1st flight on the board with a low CL2 and a blue-tailed Albatross above the clouds.

But then the trouble started - a 2 seater hit me from below, just after takeoff and I was lucky to ditch. Then we found JG1 had massed 3 Halberstadt CL2s on a raid on the North. 5 Spads attacked, we prevailed but only 4 survived. Suddenly we were hit by a J30 Roland, 2 Albs and a CL2! To be honest, they cut us up. I ended up with an Alb and a Roland on my tail and actually thought I'd outrun them ok, but Mein hit my left wing bad and it started to break away when I was still 100m up. I resigned myself to another damn KIA.

But it wasn't to be. Out of nowhere a frozen river materialised and I splashed down into it.
The Miracle of the River!

Salute to everyone who came out. Great to see those JG1 CL2s in formation and again J30 proving to be deadly with the mixed flights.

Stream replay is here. I should get timestamps finished fairly soon.

https://youtu.be/6Z1L4nqxAQA

There's also a short stream of our flying circus hit out with jg1. Seriously need to work on gunnery in that.

https://youtu.be/NpS-0n7kUFo

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Quick reminder we would be on Cuban's server this week. 

Those great Syndicate maps, localised AA, unrestricted fuel and a sky full of bad guys waiting to send you down in a burning coffin. What's not to love? :D

The 103rd should be in the air by 8:30 - 8:45pm ET and the livestream can be seen at

https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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The heavy cloud and strong wind made for a great challenge even in a Spad, though I understand the Albatros guys had a tough time getting up thru the gaps in clouds. Would the D7 have been a better option?

Anyway that might explain why we didn't find much traffic up there, which was a shame as it looked great.

As usual, thanks to everyone who came out. S!

Here's our stream. Timestamps are in the description.

Edited by US103_Baer

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Back to Wargrounds this week.

Odds are good for a return of the D7fs, which haven't been spotted for a few weeks, and should put a stop to recent rumblings from the German side - though that may also have been due to a nasty batch of curry-wurst 😁

 

Anyway, it'll be good fun. All welcome as usual. See you up there S!

 

The 103rd should be in the air by 8:30 - 8:45pm ET and the livestream can be seen at

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

Edited by US103_Baer
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Summer-Verdun, a much disliked map round our way. Just 3 N11s and a truckload of DH2s. Against low Rolands they're near useless. So not a lot of action but plenty of tension as we fought to get plane upgrades via Recon.

 

Parsons and I initially got the recons done ok but on the way back he picked up a stray J30 that followed him home. Friendly N11s intervened but the Roland wasn't letting go of it's bone and Parsons eventually succumbed. Which meant i had to go back and do R1. Got it done without interference and Talbot set off to do Arty recon with Larner and i, now in N17s. It seemed to take forever, possibly due to attacks on our guns.

 

On the return we ran into a J30 DFW and Halberstadt who had again picked on Parsons! Nieuport or not, that DFW wasn't getting home, with Larner and Co accounting for the D2 i think.

 

Finally Spads! But with less than 15minutes of the map remaining we could only find one more Roland to deal to.

Not the greatest spectacle, but from Entente perspective it was all about getting those better planes and surviving the interim.

 

:icon_e_salute: to all who came out and flew.

 

Stream replay is here

https://youtu.be/rLnib5--kQc

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J30Hangman, on 13 Sept 2019 - 19:44, said:snapback.png

We were trying to fly smart..

 

We noticed!
That first skirmish with your 2 high Albs was like a chess match. We ended up deep in enemy territory and way East of the map  :pilot:

Finally did engage later almost by accident. One Alb managed to dive away but the other high one took an attack by Biddle while I fired at him from below with the Lewis.

As Larner mentioned, the last fight was quite classic and very cinematic.
2 DFWs and 3 Albs v 5 Spads attacking from above.

Salute to everyone who flew :fly:

Stream with timestamps is here

https://youtu.be/6FRCb4B4jmE

Edited by US103_Baer

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