Christmas Meeting, 14th December 2013
Writeup by Andy King
At the 2013 Christmas meeting, Stephen organised a WW2 Fighter (mostly) free for all, using the Chocks Away rules he wrote some time ago. Mostly, you ask? All will be revealed.
Points were awarded for kills based on the quality of the plane being flown:
Tony F came first with 15 points (6 kills), Mark came second with 10 points (5 kills), and Andy came third with 7 points (4 kills).
Some mention should be made of those members who chose something out of the ordinary:
After the game Andy asked the pilots to submit their reports, which follow. These have not, in the main, been edited.
Andy also tried to cross reference the claims to come up with a definitive account of who shot down who with what. He is not sure he succeeded, but the summary is attached at the end of the report.
I shot down three with the P38. One was Steve and I can't remember who the others were. My Buffalo blew up before it could do much and the Polish thing was doing well before it went down. My second P38 also blew up. I had a day of rolling 1's and 20's in the wrong order. I think Steve shot down my Polish thing. You shot down the buffalo. I was too traumatized to remember anything else
Myself in the Macchi 200 shot down Jeremy in the Fokker XXI. A number of aircraft shot at me and I cannot remember who delivered the 'Coup de grace'.
Well where to start? Not sure I can remember it all.
[Tony: Your first plane was a Dutch Fokker D-21]
Avro Lancaster Mk I used all day (NG404)
Definitely 5 kills and I think four losses.
Re Mark's item 8 - the shooter-down was me with the Mozzie (3rd incarnation, and by that time down to just 1 strength!)
Unfortunately I didn't get Andy's monstrosity, but I did take large chunks of it (I did something like 5/6 points plus a special or two), but missed my last shot at it at point-blank range - obviously put off by the impossible aerodynamics of the thing.
I also took a big chunk of Bob's little recce plane with the high wing, and some smaller pieces of a couple of others [Tony: "Bob's little recce plane" !!!!! I'll have you know that the PZL P-11c he was flying was the height of fighter aircraft design (albeit in 1931 ...)].
I'll have to check my play sheet tonight for actual kills, but as above, got Mark, and also Steve's Buffalo.
Checked playsheet, 4 kills: ?, Steve's Buffalo, Mark's Lancaster & Tony G's Sturmovik
Shot down something else but can't remember what. [Andy: Based on point awarded: 1, 3, 2 the 1 would be a kill by the Yak-9, the 2 a kill by the MC200, and the 3 probably a kill by the Fw189]
The Buffalo came on at the table edge, shot at Jeremy (jamming his rudder into a left turn) then got shot at by ?, which jammed my throttle, carried on in a straight line, then hammered by Mike's Mosquito and bailed out, total flight was about 20' in a straight line…
I think one of my other kill's was Steve's Yak-9, and I think I was shot down once by the Lancaster
I hit fourteen times but couldn't manage a final kill and therefore came last.
And finally, Andy's attempt at pulling it all together (click to access PDF file)
Photos by Tony Francis and Andy King
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