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BOMBS OVER LONDON - 7th September 1940

Göring decided personally to command the assault against London, and accordingly his immaculate personal train with its cooks, telephones and stocks of wine rolled north-west to the Pas de Calais. At Cap Gris Nez the entourage of field marshals, generals and colonels took their stand while the Reichsmarschall gazed skyward through his binoculars waiting for the passing of his aerial armada.

Every available fighter was being used, and bombers in far greater force than hitherto. The targets lay in East London, on the banks of the Thames, among the docks and warehouses.

Fighter Command had plenty on its mind when at 1600 hours the radar stations picked up several formations of twenty + over Calais. It was presumed they would adopt the usual tactics of crossing the coast and splitting up straightaway. Gradually it was realised at Bentley Priory that this was no ordinary raid. Over 300 bombers with 600 Bf 109s and Bf 110s in attendance, stepped up in solid layers, crossed the coast in two waves. The first flew direct to the Estuary and the second, an hour later, passed over central London, then steered back over the Estuary and the East End.

It was too late to alter the carefully prepared dispositions of the fighter squadrons, and as a result many bombers were not attacked until after they had delivered their loads. The sector stations were being well covered, but the road to London was clear. The 11 Group controller got everything he could vector on to the advancing phalanx, but it was in penny numbers compared with the solid masses of the Luftwaffe.

Bombs rained down upon the London docks, the oil-tanks at Cliffe and Thameshaven, Beckton gasworks, and on Poplar, Woolwich, Millwall, Limehouse, Tower Bridge, Tottenham, West Ham, Barking and Croydon. Silvertown became a raging inferno and the fires raged on acting as a beacon for the night bombers, while in the little streets of the East End the inevitable pattern of death and destruction was beginning to unfold.

The most successful of the units operating on the 7th was No. 303, the Polish squadron from Northolt. When the Poles came into the battle they found forty Dorniers at 20,000 feet with a formation of Bf 110s above and behind, and further back still, at over 25,000 feet, were the Bf 109s. The engagement was a first-class piece of the kind of co-operation Park wanted. A squadron of Spitfires took on the 109s, while a Hurricane squadron attacked the rear of the bombers forcing them to turn back. At this juncture the Poles waded in, turning their whole unit broadside on to the enemy.

They dived 4,000 feet out of the sun, each pilot selecting a victim. The squadron commander, Squadron Leader R. G. Kellett, reported afterwards: ‚ÄėWe gave them all we‚Äôd got, opening fire at 450 yards and only breaking away when we could see the enemy completely filling the gunsight. That means we finished the attack at point-blank range. We went in practically in one straight line, all of us blazing away.‚Äô Nearly a quarter of the bombers were destroyed or badly damaged.

While the day had been a frustrating one for Fighter Command with London heavily bombed and nineteen pilots lost out of twenty-eight fighters shot down, they could show forty-one German aircraft destroyed during the whole day‚ÄĒa not inconsiderable total which led the German radio to report that the attack had entailed ‚Äėheavy sacrifices‚Äô.

Many returning fighter and bomber pilots reported little or no opposition, and for one day at least the Luftwaffe operations and intelligence staff believed that their aim of destroying Fighter Command was nearly achieved.

 

German Losses
Airmen: 52 | Aircraft: 41

British Losses
Airmen: 16 | Aircraft: 25


THE SERVER NUMBERS
-) 54 AI bombers
-) 32 players

 

I have read many positive comments on this mission, in any case please report any problems.

Appointment for Sunday on Tobruk:

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Edited by ITAF_Airone1989

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I was there... and that was an astounding experience!!! WOW!!!

 

I thought there were 60 He-111s. So they were only 54? Really ? In any case, Cipson counted 48 bombers returning to occupied France. We lost a few only (by the way, I witnessed how at a lower altitude a crew was bailing out, leaving their seriously damaged bomber, and that was very impressive too).

 

Now I'd like to share my views on historical combat flight simulation, in a general way, as I'm into simulations since 1992. For a few months now, I am having new online experiences thanks to this simulator (thanks to the sim but also thanks to the reenactment of specific historical events, game sessions organised by the ITAF, the ATAG, or the TFS staff). Such mentioned recent online experiences are making possible the return of something that has been completly absent in my life of simmer in the last 8 years: MAGIC. Because of personal reasons, I stopped being really into this whole thing after 2012 and I only went back to combat flight sims last year in October/November 2019 (I mean regularly, at least once a week). So, in the late months of 2019 I started using the "Great Battles" modules with two friends, more or less once a week... but a few months later, by mid 2020 I ended up by admitting that I was nothing but a liar. I spent those months lying to myself but I ended up by admitting the truth: no, that sim, IL2GB, is not that great, no, the magic is not back. By the end of the Spring I was realising that in fact I was feeling nothing but frustration and disappointment with the Great Battles series. So, as of July 2020, I decided to give a second chance to "BLITZ" and I started training with the OBT squadron, guys who know how to really handle the "Cliffs of Dover" software. And then, after a few training sessions, MAGIC was back, same as in the old good days of the old good "IL-2: 1946".

 

What happened yesterday over a virtual London on a virtual 7th of September in a virtual 1940... was absolutely astounding. Now, flying a WWII combat flight sim is magical again, and I sincerely want to thank Oleg Maddox and his defunct Maddox Games, TFS, the ITAF, and the whole "Cliffs of Dover" community.

 

PS: after an escort flight of 1 hour and 30 minutes, I managed to be back and I safely landed on one of our airfields in occupied France... but that was thanks to ATAG_Noofy who, far before, still over England, had bravely saved my life from a Spitfire who was atrociously glued to my tail. Thank you Noofy, I owe you this one.

 

 

(by the way: registered! this time for a desert Gladiator...)

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Yes it was great !

Back to last mission.

 

A huge German raid is on England Angel 23, heading to London ...
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We have to climb to reach an advantageous position ...
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The escort hasn't spotted us yet ...
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But we reach contrails and are spotted at the front of the raid ...
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It's time to engage the bombers ...
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We can only do two attacks...
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Before being engaged by the 109 ...
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We will have no other choice but going down...
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An huge quantity of bombs will be dropped ...
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On the London docks ...
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And the surrounding neighborhoods ....
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Amazing screenshots, Mikmak, thank you so much.

 

17 years ago, Oleg Maddox started the writing of a new source code for a new combat flight sim, this time not intended to be set in the Eastern Front but during the Battle of Britain. Whatever difficulties he may have had in this purpose, his masterpiece is alive because his dream has been kept alive all the way til now. Thank you Mr Maddox, thank you Team Fusion Simulations.

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Well, J-Hat, my impression is that this mission today was the coolest because it was the calmest. During the bombing of the 7th Sept 1940 (the one we played last week) the Brits were much more agressive I think. This time (reenactment of the bombing of London, 18th Sept 1940), at least two French players among the 109 escort (those two were Mavrik and Robin) weren't very good at English so we all three went to one channel and I played Brutus 1, leader of our Brutus flight of three 109s. Using my whisper on TS I translated for my two men all communications coming from Meyer (leader of Brutus 2) and Cipson (Leader of Falke 1). Our escort was very hight, most of the time at 8,500 m / 9,000 m (our peak was over England, we reached 10,000 m). As I noticed that you the other 109 flights were located at the the left hand flank of the bombers I decided to cover the right hand flank... but once over London we swinged several times the positions as there were 109s everywhere and it was too difficult to be sure who was a friendly and who an enemy. At two different moments I repelled the attack of fighters, one Hurricane first, one Spitfire later. My men and I joined the bombers immediately after reppelling such attacks... and that's all what I can say, this is all the action I saw.

 

We landed very happily and I took the following photograph (German couloured Leika film... was this an existing technology in 1940 ?). So here we see my cockpit and my two wingmen, Mavrik and Robin. I salute them, you did a good job boys! :

 

CoD-Brutus2-&-Brutus3-as-seen-from-Brutu

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It wasn’t calm at all for us. We stopped multiple bandits from getting high enough to threaten the bombers. This all the way until the bombers turned east over London. At that point we starting escorting them and repelled multiple attackers before leaving the English coast, when the RAF stopped coming.

 

We were engaged basically from reaching the English coast ahead of the bombers until they went back across the channel. Passing on information between our pairs and coordinating the defenses.

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Yeah, sure, we saw you while you were engaging those fighters and Meyer and Cipson themselves informed me of that through the whisper. But you weren't at the front of the bombers formation. We in the first Brutus flight were at the front, so, as a leader, I decided to stay at our front position, covering the area. There was no urgent call for reinforcements at the moments you say, so I think I did the right thing. Same as you in your own position. No losses on my flight. What about your flights? Any losses?

 

By the way, you Italian friends, that was a marvelous experience once again. Bravo bravissimo.

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It was fun indeed and we had actions all over the escort route.

As per last mission in tobruk stats in-game seems not to register kills properly, maybe there is a problem in the despawn script?

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Back to last mission.

 

Oups... under a German sweep, it smells bad...

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A new massive German raid heading London, once more...
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Photographs on ground take nice shoots...
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Before the rage of fights...
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Video of BoB mission 4 including an infamous death spree¬†ūüėź

 

 

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8 hours ago, OBT-Mikmak said:

Before the rage of fights...

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Hey that 109 is me! lol

 

Nice shots as always mate!

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Yes, according to Airone there's a mission planned for Wednesday.

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Three of us registered. Looking forward to it.

 

@ITAF_Airone1989 read your post on discord. Sad to hear but glad ITAF is keeping up with the events and even teaming up with TF for the weekends.

I must say your event brought a much needed refreshment to our flying CloD in the Staffel.

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Is that event for fighter pilots only or would there be a chance to fly also bombers in the future ? So far - correct me if I'm wrong - there were only AI bombers to be  escorted...?!

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3 hours ago, Geleitzug said:

Is that event for fighter pilots only or would there be a chance to fly also bombers in the future ? So far - correct me if I'm wrong - there were only AI bombers to be  escorted...?!

In other missions there has been player controlled bombers so I think it should be ok, try contact @ITAF_Airone1989 or @ITA_Cipson for more info.

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21 hours ago, Geleitzug said:

Is that event for fighter pilots only or would there be a chance to fly also bombers in the future ? So far - correct me if I'm wrong - there were only AI bombers to be  escorted...?!

Yes , absolutely .
We will put also human controlled Bombers.
The problem it is only to know how many Bomber Pilots we have to board.
Anyway NO PROBLEM!

 

Another Item Gentlemen.
We are searching Blue and Red Liaison Officer in condition to access Italianwig Discord Red and Blue Briefing Room and share with Squadrons and Pilots.
Who takes?

In this case we could improve our idea of "Fog of War" Victory claims as in Real Air War...


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Edited by ITA_Cipson

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  • REMEMBER THIS EVENING :¬†

"The Battle of Britain", the mother of all Air Battles!

 

 

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We are waiting for you!

Cheers & Check your Six! 

For direct contacts, Admins ITA_Cipson & ITAF Airone + 39 335 6542983

 

The Italians", are coming!salute.png.88904b424cc4abf981fff4c31f0911e8.png

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 Great  . Tks for your support. 

Therefore

Pilots and Gentlemen

From today we have two Wing Coordinators or Liaison Officer with the respective AIR COMMANDS (i.e. Game Master)

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OKL - Oberkommando der Luftwaffe France:

Major   J-HAT  of  9./JG52
German pilots get a briefing prior to a mission

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RAF 11 Group  South East England and London:
Squadron Leader   Mikmak of OBT

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Congratulation to the new Officer for the Promotion..
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I¬į Duty
Organise your Squadron and Pilots and communicate the complete list to your respective Command (OKL & RAF)  (i.e Cipson Discord Message)

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017.gif.503d73ce4dde1e946b1b73863f294e82.gifCOMMUNICATION FOR RED PILOTS !

 

Pilots & Gentlemen

This is the list of Red Squadrons and Pilots involved in the Battle of Britain 1940 Campaign.
If some new Squadron or Pilot wants to add to the list please contact the

 RAF Squadron Leader OBT_ MikMak

 

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017.gif.503d73ce4dde1e946b1b73863f294e82.gifCOMMUNICATION FOR BLUE PILOTS !

 

Pilots & Gentlemen

This is the preliminary list of Blue Squadrons and Pilots involved in the Battle of Britain 1940 Campaign.
If some new Squadron or Pilot wants to add to the list please contact the

 LUFT
WAFFE Major (Squadron Leader) 9/JG52 J-HAT

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We are waiting for you.

Cheers & Check your Six! 

For direct contacts, Admin ITA_Cipson + 39 335 6542983

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The Italians", are coming!salute.png.88904b424cc4abf981fff4c31f0911e8.png

 

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