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Larry and Barry, flying their Bristol Fighter unescorted on their suicide photo recon mission way behind German lines to take photos of the river crossings in sector 51. Their escorts from No.4 Squadron were intercepted and never made the rendezvous.
Understanding the full importance of their mission, and too low on fuel to wait any longer, Larry and Barry carried on regardless.

Meanwhile Von Paul and Herr Skurrie (taking the photo) were lurking nearby.

Barry yelled over the loud engine noise of the Bristol Fighter,"Where are those bloody escort Snipes mate?" "Dunno?," said Larry. "Lucky they're not going to a wedding, they'd been paying the organist for double time." "Don't say that mate! It might be our bloody funeral the organist will be playing at." "Keep your eyes open for the Hun, we're in their backyard and the bastards don't play cricket."
The first photo for the boys was quite easy, although Larry had to do a second pass, because as the shutter on the camera was about to close when the "Brisfit"was hit by a sudden thermal, tossing the plane about and lifting it about a thousand feet in a second, ruining focus of the photo. "Sorry Cobba, we'll have to go around again". Later as boys lined up for their second target, Von Paul and Herr Skurrie appeared from out of nowhere. Barry yelled over the noise of the engine, "We've got company mate!" Seconds later bullets zipped past Larry's head. Luckily for Larry, Herr Skurrie's aim was a bit out. Barry quickly housed the camera and returned fire with his trusty Lewis Gun. The two Hun were making the photo recon job a hell of a lot more difficult but not impossible. Larry's excellent flying lined up each target perfectly. Barry's quick reflexes, strength and skill with the camera got the photo's for the "Big Wigs" back home. All the while Larry was throwing the big two seater all over the sky like a nimble fighter. Barry's skill was not just with the camera though, he was also a crack shot with the Lewis gun, every bullet fired had been hand polished personally by Barry the night before! Keeping both Hun at bay and riddling both their Fokkers with holes if they got too close. He was punching holes through their rudders, splitting oil lines and starting small fuel fires! Relentlessly the Hun kept coming back for more. With the last photo taken and as Barry stowed the camera for the last time, as he yelled over the noise, "quick mate, lets get out of here!" Suddenly, BANG! Herr Skurrie scored a critical hit, damaging the Bristol's engine. Instantly the power dropped and oil started spaying over Larry's googles. Barry swung his Lewis to port at Herr Skurrie's Blue DVII and fired a short burst with his Lewis. Instantly causing the Fokker to start blowing oil smoke. Larry then swung his Lewis to starboard and fired at Von Paul. "Take that", said Barry as flames poured out of the Red DVII. Another short burst and more flames added to the conflagration in the red Fokker. Von Paul seemed doomed to a fiery grave as he turned his plane away from the action! "Whats wrong mate? Did I singe your Kaiser's moustache?" Meanwhile as Larry nursed his battered Bristol Fighter closer to home and the Johnny-come-lately Aussie escort Snipes closing to the rescue, Herr Skurrie was taking aim through thick smoke pouring out of his own very damaged Fokker. He took the shot at the Brisfit. Several lucky rounds pierced the main wingspar and the lower port side wing started to flap about, then fold upwards. Several partially severed struts gave way under the excess strain and the whole wing assembly gave way.
Captain James "Jimbo" McPherson saw the final act as the port side wings of the Bristol Fighter slowly folded upwards and away and the Bristol Fighter plummeted towards the ground. Jimbo said quietly to himself, "Lets get these German bastards". He waved his squadron on and gave chase.

Revenge for the earlier death's of Larry and Barry did not have long to wait, as a cold dish was soon served up for Von Paul and Herr Skurrie later that same day. The pair got their heavily damaged DVII's back to base from their morning patrol and in the late afternoon took to the skies again. This time Von Paul was in Hermans all white Fokker and Herr Skurrie had to make do with an older hand me down Fokker Dr1 triplane. It was Capt. James "Jimbo" McPherson and his good pal Sgt. William "Billy" Baxter that caught the pair napping near the Somme River! The two Germans had managed to escape the Aussie pair earlier that day, but this time the trap was set and the Fokker DVII of Von Paul and the older Fokker triplane of Herr Skurrie were no match for the brand new Sopwith Snipes flown by Jimbo and Billy. It was a long and arduous battle flying low over the river with all pilots constantly throwing their craft around the sky, many times only just avoiding collision with one another by a matter of inches. But it was soon to be the last curtain call for the German pair as the courageous pair from the South Western District of Victoria, bagged a brace of Hun Aces between them.


Wings of Glory at Western Suburbs Wargames Association, Melbourne, 11/26/2016. Terrain and report by Trevor Dow. Photo by P. Ruzika & A. Skurrie.
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Very nicely done
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Nice report! Really love the terrain!...
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The models, maps, and other components for both WWI and WWII Wings of Glory are of amazing quality. However, my favorite part is the game play focused around outwitting your opponent with superior tactical choices rather than on tricks such as Ion cannons or other special rules that certain science fiction based miniatures games rely on.
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Surprisingly, Wings of Glory and that Sci-Fi system share quite a lot but a few changes killed scalability and crippld suspence in the most recent one, making where to move quite obvious. IMHO.
 
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