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AAR: Could have been six...

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From the hangar:

Please for give the grammatical errors, I will make changes later when I am awake :)

"After a very successful sortie, barcapping Maubeuge with vyper and wiggle (whom had already RTB and logged for the night), vyper and I were making our way home thru Dinant to Bertrix.

The last hawk we had downed flew right over his FB, upon which I spotted a laffly towing a large number of ATGs, we orbited around searching for the vehicle for a few moments, but were quickly persuaded to leave as several bofors had been set up by this time, and they were all firing upon us.

Choosing discretion as the better part of valor, we leisurely approach Feschaux when vyper calls out on ventrillo, "Contact diving in with alt, could be a bad guy."

Immediately I begin to turn around as I am about 700 meters out in front of vyper when vyper then confirms his suspicion and labels the unknown as a hawk. Soon after which, I call out a second contact, another hawk also closing in on vyper six o'clock.

We quickly decide to split up and attack the two targets separately, taking the closest ones to our own aircraft. I hop on, what turns out to be, a hawk 81 and start letting of Machine gun rounds. I am being cautious with my ammunition as I am down to a mere 20 cannon and around 400 mg.

I soon begin to land hits and my hawk, in a desperate attempt to escape flies himself into a grove of trees and crashes; however, as soon as this occurs vyper bleakly calls out on comms, "S**t I'm dead!"

Now I know I'm in trouble, I have no visual on the hawk, all I can see is vyper's lifeless aircraft gracefully flying towards a hillside behind me. So I make a quick decision and bank hard to the right and perform a complete 180, such that I am now heading toward where vyper was. I did this assuming the hawk would be transitioning from vyper to me immediately and as I could not see him at the time, I rolled the dice and turned hard hoping it would thwart any attempts he had at a gun solution.

I level out, heading south, and start rolling while looking down my right side to acquire the hawk, as if he wasn't on my six at that moment, he soon would be.

Sure enough I spotted him, about 600 meters back closing, right over where the hawk81 went in.

I put myself into a slight climb to give myself room to Split-S back into him and re-engage.

With the hawk still closing, I roll around and then quickly choose a direction and perform a pseudo split-S type maneuver, cutting into him as hard as I can... The hawk attempts to follow the maneuver with his six fifty caliber machine guns pointing dangerously close to my aircraft; however, he cannot follow it and comes up under me and attempts to go high. I match him and we enter into a low speed rolling scissors. Flaps rapidly being deploy from both our aircraft such that we can maintain our nose high attitudes.

With both of us struggling to keep our planes pointed up, we look for the opportunity to get in on one another aswell, but the hawk stalls first.

(At this point I had a suspicion of who my opponent was, and it was confirmed by vyper to be Cobra516 during this time period).

I roll in behind him lining up for the shot, he dives out while raising his flaps to gain speed, then pulls back up hard throwing out his flaps again and cutting throttle, in the hope that I will pass him by, however, I anticipate this maneuver and cut my throttle accordingly, line up for a gunsolution and let him have it...

Cannon and machine gun rounds bounce off the fuselage of his aircraft, around the engine cowling and the inner wings. Coolant immidiately starts spewing from his radiators and I maneuver my aircraft just above him (still going incredibly slow with all my flaps out) and look down expectantly. The hawk does not oblige, what was sure to be my sixth victory of this sortie still remains stubbornly aloft...

I come back down upon him. With no cannon remaining and only a couple hundred machine gun rounds left, I line up on the cockpit of the crippled hawk, determined to finish the job.

The hawk attempts to evade, and slow down in vain attempts to cause my Bf-109 to overshoot, but he has no hope left at this point. I pummel his aircraft with machine gun rounds repeatedly into the cockpit area of his aircraft...

Yet the hawk still persisted.

I climb up and over again, ready to finish him of for sure this time and with only 163 rounds left in my mgs I was going to make these count...

I come in close behind him, lining up my shot perfectly, when the hawk ceases evading...

I'm sitting off at his 5 o'clock and the hawk just stops maneuvering, and sits there, perhaps finally accepting defeat. I place my revi sight upon the pilot avatar in the aircraft and start to depress the trigger, when the hawk waggles his wings from right to left quickly...

I ease off the trigger, and follow the hawk for a few moments... debating whether or not I should finish off this opponent...

the hawk waggles his wings again...

Then over comms I say to vyper, "I'm going to let this one go."

I maneuver off to his 7 o'clock, waggle my wings a few times, break high and left and return to bertrix.

S! Cobra516, You owe me one

SORTIE DETAILS

Origin CP: Verviers

Origin Fac: Theux Airfield

Mission: Area Attack

Unit: Bf109F4

Started: May 12 01:50

Stopped: May 12 02:30

Kills: 5

Caps: 0

TOM: 39 min

Success: Yes

Crit. Dam.: No

Result: Returned to Base

SORTIE CREW-MEMBERS

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CRITICAL DAMAGE FROM

No enemies found.

AFTER ACTION REPORT

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SORTIE KILLS

KILLED OPPONENT PERSONA ORIGIN UNIT K C T

May 12 02:01 Capt Welky UK Air Force Maubeuge Spit Vb 0 0 10

May 12 02:09 2nd Lt Lank914 FR Air Force Brussels H81-a2 0 0 10

May 12 02:14 Capt Welky UK Air Force Maubeuge Spit Vb 0 0 5

May 12 02:15 Sgt Maj Falcongt UK Air Force Maubeuge Spit Vb 0 0 9

May 12 02:20 2nd Lt Wolfs88 FR Air Force Maubeuge H87-b3 3 0 18"

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