It’s almost an institution that a few of us gather for “Snoopy’s Christmas”, a Wings of Glory gaming session, just prior to Christmas. This year five of us took to the air last night somewhere over the Western Front. So to set the scene:
The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know…
Our first scenario was the ubiquitous air superiority mission with initially three allied aircraft tackling two German machines. The allies fielded two Spad XIII and a Sopwith Triplane. The Germans meanwhile managed to place a couple of Albatross in the area.
Above, a Spad goes almost head to head with an Albatross. The Spads lived up to their reputation of being fast but lacking in manoeuvrability. The German aircraft, in contrast, repeatedly out turned the Spads.
However, the Germans didn’t have it all their own way. Below, the Sopwith Triplane flown by Pilot Officer Sutton. His first burst of fire, earlier in the battle, caused a massive explosion in an Albatross.
This kill, as well as a series of others, resulted in several additional reinforcements to be substituted. Below, an Albatross D.Va prepares to engage a Spad.
By the end of the mission all but one machine, a Spad with a wounded pilot, was suffering some form of engine damage reducing their ability to manoeuvre. All were heavily damaged, forcing the survivors to head for home.
Next up was a photo reconnaissance mission by a Breguet BR.14 B2 supported by a DH.4. Below, the Breguet flies toward the monastery while the DH.4 attempts to disrupt the Hun.
The Germans put up a series of aircraft. These included initially an Albatross, a Fokker DR.1 and a Aviatik D.1. Unfortunately the Central Powers pilots were woefully ineffective and as a result suffered heavy casualties for their inexperience.
No less than five German or Austrian pilots were shot down as they tried relentlessly to disrupt the allied aircraft. However, the allied pilots, and their expertly trained rear gunners, fought off all attacks.
Another great evening of Wings of Glory.