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616 Whitey

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  1. We finally have a solid home port in Truxillo with a bustling shipyard that can support the Raiders. Recruitment is open for those who want to sail and have fun. Be sure to drop us a line in PVP1 Eu.
  2. As of right now, UJ and I are LCDR with exceptional Renommees (yellow) that were given to us because of being initial founders. The max crew is 240, but we can only put 200 on there because of rank. With a broadside of 15 guns, I hardly see a difference. If you're a 1st LT, you can crew a Cerberus with 150 (195 max). The broadside of 13 9lb cannon is manageable. If you take a lot of damage, like close to sinking or boarding... that's where you'll feel the burn with the less crewmen, so keep that in mind when engaging. That'll help with the missions.
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    Fleet Operations

    Maybe we'll try again next Saturday night for some sailing in the Bonacca/Truxillo area
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    Fleet Operations

    Gos, I captured you a nice Cerberus for your next rank
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    Fleet Operations

    UnionJak and I will be sailing this evening around 9 PM EST out of Carriacou initially, then our port in Bonacca. I setup a shipyard and am about to be able to produce Cerberus. I plan on staying in the Bonacca area until I get Surprise blue prints, which I'll outfit our flotilla
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    Common rules of fighting the Me-109 are the same for most modern fighters, primarily the La-5 and all Yak variants. La-5 fighter has the same climb rate as the Me-109G6 under 3,500 meters. Me-109G6 has better climb rate over 3,500 meters. Therefore, it makes better sense to fight Me-109’s at lower altitudes when flying a La-5. When forced to engage at higher altitudes, always try to have altitude advantage prior to entering the fight. La-5 is faster than the Me-109 at lower altitudes as well; it is 40 km/h faster at ground level and 20 km/h faster at 1,000 meters. Me-109G has airspeed advantage after 3,000 –3,5000 meters. Pilots flying the La-5 should remember that open canopy slows the plan down by as much as 45 km/h and affects climb rate. Engine cowling should be closed as having them open also slows the plane down. Of course, you must make sure that your engine temperature never exceeds 240 degrees C. In a turning fight La-5 will get on Me-109’s tail after three or four circles. However a turning fight is not recommended due to the common disadvantages of a turning fight. If an enemy fighter begins a turning fight himself, it is possible to commit to such an engagement but only there are covering friendly flights at higher altitudes. Germans will often begin a turning fight to constrain our fighters, only to have other enemy fighters engage them from above. Supercharger on La-5 can be used freely with no constraints. LaGG-3 fighter is a heavy and sluggish plane with poor acceleration. LaGG-3 will lose a great deal of altitude in a dive without adding significant airspeed, especially when compared to a Me-109. LaGG-3 is more maneuverable than the Me-109 in horizontal fights and it causes some pilots to commit to turning fights. LaGG-3 in a turning fight will bleed off speed very rapidly however and since it accelerates so poorly, it will have difficulty switching to vertical. It is most important to start a fight with altitude advantage in a LaGG-3 and to avoid losing it at all costs. MiG-3 is a good high-altitude fighter. The higher is the better for a MiG-3 pilot. When fighting at middle to low altitudes it is necessary to have cover from above and use any possible chance to gain altitude. I-16 is of course much slower than a Me-109, but it is much more maneuverable. I-16 cannot force a “messer” to commit, but it can easily dispatch of one that does. I-16 pilot can always escape an attacking Me-109 if he notices the threat in time. Altitude advantage is of the utmost importance for the I-16, like for other fighters. When attacking a Me-109 from his 10 to 2 o’clock high, German pilot is not protected by anything against I-16 armament. I-16 situated above its opponent can attack it from behind as well. It is important for a flight of I-16s to have altitude advantage; also, planes should not all be at the same altitude and at least one pair should be above the rest. I-153 fighter should use the same tactics as the I-16. Chaika is incredibly maneuverable; a cautious pilot can be invulnerable to the clumsy Me-109. I-153 can always outturn any opponent, and meet attack from any angle with a full frontal assault. Very often an I-153 will be firing at a Me-109 which is unable to turn at it. I-16s and I-153 have also been using the so-called “bee hive” tactic in battle. This tactic calls for all I-16 and I-153 fighters to hold in one unorganized group and maneuver in different directions all at the same time, usually horizontally. In this “mass” I-16s and I-153s are much less vulnerable to enemy attacks as any enemy attack on any one fighter will be met by strong fire from several other friendly planes. This tactic also takes any threat off the enemy and leaves initiative completely up to him. Any plane accidentally leaving the “bee formation” becomes an immediate prey of the awaiting enemy fighters. If, however, the group of planes is correctly echeloned by altitude, enemy cannot dare to attack the stragglers as they now have protection of other fighters. KittyHawk and Aerocobra should fight using the Yak-1 and La-5 tactics, i.e. fighting vertically and striving for altitude advantage, etc. Hurricane fighter is inferior to Me-109 both in airspeed and in rate of climb. It however has better horizontal maneuverability and superb firepower. It is extremely important for a Hurricane to have altitude advantage over a Me-109 to make up for airspeed and climb rate inferiority. In conclusion we must again point out that any airspeed and/or climb rate limitation can be cancelled out by altitude advantage. Fighting in a group of mixed fighters. Combination of different types of fighters in the same group can be a very good thing, as shortcomings of one fighter can be neutralized by other fighter’s advantages. However, fighters of different type should never fly within the same formation. For example, a flight of four planes cannot haveleaders flying Yaks and wingmen in LaGGs as pairs like that will lose each other easily. Every fighter type should be organized into it’s own part of the main battle echelon formation. The following guidelines should be followed when distributing different types of fighter planes within one flight: faster airplanes go high, maneuverable planes go low. Lowest echelon maneuvers to bring the enemy under the highest group’s attack. If the higherst group initiates the fight, lower group climbs and meets the enemy that has already been slowed down by faster fighters. It is usually not recommended to have more than two types of fighters working together. Of course, formations from three, four or even more types of fighters can be created, i.e. MiG-3 at 5,000-6,000 meters, Yaks at 4,000 meters, I-16 at 2,000-3,000 and I-153 and 500-1,000 meters. Such formations however can only be constructed by combining forces from several squadrons where pilots unfamiliar with each other will find it very difficult to fight together.
  7. S~ After reviewing the stats in ATAG for the month of March, Pilot Officer Snake flew 25 sorties scoring 22 kills. P/O Snake had an impressive zero deaths, therefore he'll be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Congratulations!!!
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    IL2:Clod New Pilot joining the Squadron

    Excellent... S~
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    616 Squadron debrief, 2/28

    616 Squadron (First 2 sorties) Sqn Ldr Whitey (Red Leader flying QJ-W) Flt Lt UnionJak (Red 2 flying QJ-U) Flt Lt Daduck (Red 3 flying QJ-D) F/O K9 (Red 4 flying QJ-K) P/O Lobo (Red 5 flying QJ-L) P/O Snake (Red 6 flying QJ-S) First sortie was short at the end of the mission, with Sqn Ldr Whitey downing a Bf-109E-3 over Manston. The second sortie ended up with Red Flight downing a flight of 5 Ju-88's over Dover, and a flight of 5 Do-17's over the Channel, just south east of Dover. No losses 3rd Sortie consisted of P/O Snake (Red Leader flying QJ-S) Flt Lt Daduck (Red 2 flying QJ-D) P/O Lobo (Red 3 flying QJ-L) P/O Sluggo(Red 4 flying QJ-T) This sortie entailed Red Flight downing a flight 4 BR.20's off the point of Calais. No losses Kill tallies for the evening were Sqn Ldr Whitey - 3 kills Flt Lt Daduck - 7 kills P/O Lobo - 3 kills P/O Snake - 5 kills P/O Sluggo - 2 kills
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    616 video

    It came out well, one of my better videos
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    616 video

    I believe the YouTube version is a bit choppy... take a look
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    616 Squadnight Briefing

    We're gonna push this one back a week
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    616 Squadnight Briefing

    Friday, 2/14/14, 9 PM EST Acting Squadron Leader LT Gosling (Suncup Leader) Blue Flight Leader P/O Sluggo
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    616 at Operational Strength

    Well put Gos, we're making a difference over SE England. Our death ratios have been low, including a few with 0 deaths
  15. On Saturday, 2/8/14 at approx 2000 hrs EST, Sqn Ldr Whitey (Red Leader), Flt Lt UnionJak (Red 2), and P/O Snake (Red 3) took off from Ramsgate enroute to fly CAP over Dunkirk. Halfway across the Channel, at approximately 15,000 ft, Red flight from 616 Squadron spotted and engaged 4 Bf-109E-4's from JG26 (later to be determined as Red 20, White 3, White 9, and White 12). The flight from JG26 had superior altitude when the fight ensued. Red flight began to dive back towards Dover while the furball continued. Flt Lt UnionJak (Red 2) took numerous cannon hits to his port and starboard wing early, but remained in the fight. As Red flight worked its way back towards Dover, Sqn Ldr Whitey (Red Leader) put a long burst into a Bf-109E-4 (Red 20), forcing him to bail out over the Channel. The furball ensued with Red 2 taking more hits, but paving the way for P/O Snake (Red 3) to hit a Bf-109E-4 (White 9). Bf-109E-4 (White 9) was spotted bailing out over Dover. During the fight, Flt Lt UnionJak (Red 2) broke from his course back to Ramsgate to engage White 9 over Dover. All aircraft from Red Flight returned to Ramsgate and landed safely. For gallantry while flying and getting back safely, Flt Lt UnionJak will receive the Air Force Cross. <Salute> Flt Lt UnionJak's Spitfire Mk Ia (QJ-U, R6703)
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