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Title: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on October 12, 2007, 02:17:15 PM
S~. Please use this topic thread for all discussion regarding the VMF223 Campaign.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on October 15, 2007, 03:50:34 PM
S~ All. Not too long before the next VMF mission and not a peep from our mission CO.. Dev? lol.. have ya got anything worked up?  if we don't see a plan from Viper by this evening, we'll be turning to you, Dev.
   

 
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Mutley on October 15, 2007, 07:14:25 PM
Bwaaaaaaaaaa....oops! Shut up Mutt...you ain't looked at the mission yet either.  :idiot-0011:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on October 16, 2007, 09:49:46 PM
S~ All. Looks like Viper has posted some of his plan for tonight in the Upcoming Events topic. 
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 17 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on October 19, 2007, 09:01:11 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 13 September 1942 (1st mission) Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on October 23, 2007, 04:45:38 AM
S~ All. I got an email from Dev today telling me he will have an inspired plan for this week's VMF mission posted sometime late tomorrow afternoon.. He's been very busy this week, but is building a plan and will be here for the mission. Won't leave much time for collaboration, but with any luck, we'll get out of the ready room a little more quickly than last week.. some missions do take a little longer to get going.. but i've noticed our ready room times are starting to take that slide down the slippery slope. Let's be brief in the briefing.. but not rushed.. and as always.. once launched.. take your time on the runway.So far we have 4 of 5 Flight leaders selected. They are: Taldrg -A Flt., Tbull -B Flt., Rumely -C Flt., D flight to be decided, and BBQ -HQ Flt...     TD's laid out a plan for A flight .. (copied and pasted below)
 ( I've started locking the upcoming events thread to keep the double threads down. but the events i posted before i had that bright idea are still open.)

 Copied: ~S~  "A" Flight Briefing from flight lead Lt. taldrg.
Aircraft assigment(subject to change).
#12 taldrg
#14 ring
#16 gonzo
#18 moggy
#20 hogan
Flight Plan at takeoff:
#12/14 will fly N.W. along the ridge line. At feet wet proceed to meeting point.
#16 fly just offshore(out of AAA range)to meeting point.
#18 fly two(2)thousand feet above #16 to meeting point.
#20 fly two(2)thousand feet above #12/14 to meeting point.
Meeting point will be B 1/2  9 1/2 intersection.
Object: All pilots will mark position of ground fire and barge locations.
At meeting point, targets will be assigned. Pilots will then prceed to target and distroy same and then RTB.
If attacked by enemy aircraft, dump bomb, get down to 50 feet off water and run for home.
Altitude: Pilots will fly at altitude he feels is best to complete his assigment.
Respectfully:
  Lt. taldrg
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on October 23, 2007, 04:42:07 PM
S! I'll post my plan in a few minutes.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on October 24, 2007, 07:47:35 AM
Good mission guys!  :drinking-42:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_taldrg on October 24, 2007, 05:12:40 PM
~S~ Dev. you made your plan and followed it with the right people in the right places. Well done.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on October 25, 2007, 09:23:07 AM
Good stuff leading the last VMF-223 mission Dev.  :cool:

Well done to Taldrg also in leading A Flight in putting some hurt on the enemy ground troops.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Jack on October 25, 2007, 03:50:33 PM
I guess it's time for me to step up & volunteer to lead another VMF mission.  Please insert me into the rotation, BBQ.
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 18 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on October 25, 2007, 08:35:23 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 13 September 1942 (2nd mission) Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on October 25, 2007, 11:27:13 PM
S~. Thanks, Jack. will do. 
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 19 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 02, 2007, 07:58:53 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 13 September 1942 (3rd mission) Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 03, 2007, 01:44:32 AM
S~ Got it, Moggy. thanks.

I believe Jack is Mission CO this week.  great job last time round, Jack..i thought you did a fine job administering Gonzo's tactical outline. and thanks for takin us in again.     
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 04, 2007, 10:09:07 PM
S~.  The flight plan for the upcoming VMF223 mission is available for download  in the Aces High PX. thanks, Jack.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Jack on November 04, 2007, 10:48:06 PM
Here's a rough plan for VMF-223 M19.  I welcome any and all input.


My plan is very simple, what with me being the unimaginative type.

I plan to have A flight take off & fly NW to E, 8/9 & then turn and maintain 270 degrees, climbing to 8km (25000 ft).

B flight is to head SW a short distance & head 270 degrees starting at E, 7/6 climbing to 8km (25000 ft).

C Flight is to head 270 degrees along 8/7, climbing to 8km.

D Flight will follow the same path as C flight, but will maintain alt. of 5km, in case the enemy is coming in low.

All flights should fly line abreast to spread out to allow further side distance views.

After extending 20km to the west of the island, each flight is to fly back to the island at a 90 degree heading.  Once feet dry, reverse and

extend 10km west before turning back.

Any flight that spots enemy is to relay location, altitude, and direction.

Unless engaged by fighters, all flights are to form up before engaging.  I'd like to hit them as a group, with one flight remaining

high CAP.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on November 06, 2007, 11:31:10 PM
Sounds "Doable" Jack. See ya at the pre mission brief. 
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: Foxbat on November 06, 2007, 11:34:38 PM
Man thats too complicated ;}
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 20 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 08, 2007, 08:14:24 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 13 September 1942 (4th mission) Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Note that the file face-pace incorrectly lists the mission as # 19.  It is in fact # 20, and the Group S-1 has been taken out and flogged for his administrative oversight (he took it like a man).

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on November 08, 2007, 10:48:58 PM
I say we give the guy a break, I only realized after the last mission that I had neglected to D/L the newest brief and was still looking at #18. You'd think I would'a noticed...

DW
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 21 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 16, 2007, 10:04:38 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 14 September 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Ring on November 19, 2007, 09:54:15 PM
                                         Mission 21 Flight Orders:

S! All…Sorry for the lateness of the Orders.

As you read in the mission brief, we will be engaging 2 groups of enemy aircraft. Squads C and D will
have the northern sections. Hopefully  If it is just a light flight in the north, you will be able to cover the base incase anything gets by in the southern sections
Each squad will consist of 4 aircraft. Any extra pilots will be assigned to “R” squad.
This Squad will assist the southern flight leads …Squad leader to be assigned by me at mission time. Squad orders are as follows:

“A” Flight: Comms “A” channel. Take off to patrol area map grid _B3 Thru B4_____
                    Flight level 7000m, Fuel  75%  engage fighter escort


“B” Flight: Comms “B” channel. Take off to patrol area map grid ___B5 Thru B6___
                    Flight level 7000m, Fuel  75%  engage bomber formation


“C” Flight: Comms “C” channel. Take off to patrol area map grid ___B7 Thru B8___
                    Flight level 7000m, Fuel  75% After engagement fall back
                     To Henderson and Cap….. conserve  ammo and defend base



“D” Flight: Comms “D” channel. Take off to patrol area map grid ____B9 thru B10__
                    Flight level 7000m, Fuel  75% After engagement fall back
                     To Henderson and Cap……conserve ammo and defend base




“R” Flight: Comms “Lobby” channel. Take off to patrol area map grid __D6 Thru D7____
                    Flight level 8000m, Fuel  75% You will join A and B
                    Flight  after engagement and help when needed.


 Comms will be setup as before…Flight leads will be channel commanders
                                                       Whisper to Channel commanders only.

This should be pretty straight forward Gents, GL
 And Good hunting…..

                                            _ AH_Ring

Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Spardog on November 19, 2007, 10:31:49 PM
S~

Any questions? (asks _AH_Ring's assistant-to-the-assistant laser-pointer) 

Yes, sir!  I have one. The lastest brief handed to us by today's chief-assistant-to-the-assisant undersecretary of latrine maintenance instructs C/D Flights to cover the northern sector at an altitude of 7,000m. However, radar reports the 5+ enemy force approaching the Northern Sector is at an altitude of 1000m.  (Refer to: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23's, 14 September 1942 Mission Briefing.)

Sir! Is the coastwatcher's enemy plane group totals and Cactus's radar reports accurate?

Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 20, 2007, 06:19:00 PM

Sir! Is the coastwatcher's enemy plane group totals and Cactus's radar reports accurate?



Spar:  Both the coastwatcher and radar contacts are accurate.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Ring on November 20, 2007, 10:09:15 PM
OMG good catch......C/D flights to 3000m.....sorry bout the SNAFU


                  Ring
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Olds on November 20, 2007, 10:32:04 PM
S! Got something going on this evening...should be back in time...I hope. Cya in the campaign.

Olds
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 21, 2007, 10:03:17 PM
Great work Ring! That plan went really well.

Who's leading next week, and can you, Moggy, add me to the command queue? And how many missions do we have left?
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Ring on November 22, 2007, 12:04:13 AM
Thx Dev...I enjoy planning missions and such. Kinda like a chess game. Anyway thanks to all who showed up last nite...Had great fun. I am looking forward to our next great adventure.... :drinking-43: :drinking-43:



                                                      Ring
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 22, 2007, 03:55:50 AM
S~. Yep.. Well Done, Ring.. i like your air command style. Pretty good flying by all last night.   Rgaa is Mission CO for the next one.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 22, 2007, 06:08:03 PM
Great work Ring! That plan went really well.

Who's leading next week, and can you, Moggy, add me to the command queue? And how many missions do we have left?

Dev:  Actually, I don't assign mission commanders;  I only build the missions.  BBQ has the final say re mission commanders.  The campaign has 6 combat missions remaining, plus a special "farewell" fly-in mission for photo-op purposes, where we'll form up in-air, then land at Henderson, in reverse kill total spacing (lowest kill total lands first).  Each pilot will then be welcomed down by all hands, and campaign awards will be handed out at that time.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 22, 2007, 06:09:38 PM
S~. Yep.. Well Done, Ring.. i like your air command style. Pretty good flying by all last night.   Rgaa is Mission CO for the next one.

S! BB:  Don't know whether you were aware of it (or whether Gonzo is now unavailable), but Gonzo had volunteered to lead mission # 22.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 22, 2007, 07:04:18 PM
S~ . NO, i had not heard that. Gonzo, are you available to lead mission 23 instead? 
Title: VMF-223 Campaign Mission # 22 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 24, 2007, 12:37:59 AM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 27 September 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on November 25, 2007, 02:00:54 PM
I thought I was leading next Tuesday's hop, lol. I'm cool with leading any mission really so leading hop 23 won't be a problem.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 26, 2007, 05:37:09 PM
S~ Thanks, Gonz..  you're on for next week.. Rgaa has this week.
 
 
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_*PODS*_RGAA on November 26, 2007, 07:27:34 PM
  VMF-223 Flight Plan
                          (mission 22)


SKATrash (Scout-F4F4_28) Assigment ( patrol A-B_9/10 at 8,000m) Report any contacts to CO. Attachment_D Flight once contact is made by your recon flight.

BBQhead (Scout-F4F4_30) Assigment (patrol A_6/7/8 at 5,000m) Report any
contacts to CO. Attachment B Flight once contact is made by your recon flight.

Jack  (F4F4_13 assignment: A Flight)

D Flight (F4F4_1-3,4-6) Patrol B-C_8/9 at 7,500m. Report and engage enemy on
contact.

A Flight (F4F4_7-9,10-12) Patrol B_6/7/8 ….. counter clockwise at 6,500m. Report and
engage enemy with B Flight. Cordinate attack.

B Flight (F4F4_16-18,19-21) Patrol B_6/7/8 ….. Clockwise at 6,000m. Report and engage enemy with A Flight. Cordinate attack.

C Flight (F4F4_22-24,25-27) Patrol  C_6/7/8 at 5,500m. Be ready to help A,B,D Flights as needed.

COMS:

A Channel- A,B Flights and BBQ
C Channel- C Flight
D Channel- D Flight and SKAT

Mission 22  CO.
Cpt. _AH_Rgaa
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on November 27, 2007, 10:37:09 PM
Quote from the brief : "Instead of the usual 18 or so Zekes, now as many as 42 would be sent down with the Bettys"

*insert Homer scream here*

DW
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on November 28, 2007, 01:46:25 AM
Quote
*insert Homer scream here*

DOH!
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 28, 2007, 03:09:34 AM
You want to know why I left near the end of the game?

Well, the beginning of the mission occured uneventfully...

...Then this oddity happened:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 28, 2007, 03:21:17 AM
Well, I was thinking, oh damn I'm screwed :help-sos-sos-29402:, but after flying around a bit, I realised that I could still fly my aircraft, and more importantly, my mouse. So, after some time, I figured out how to navigate myself back with my flight...

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Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 28, 2007, 03:28:14 AM
A little while later, my flight arrives in henderson to clean up the bombers. However, as I looked around, I came across Gonzo, lit up like a christmas tree trying to get people's attention to help take out the guy (cause Gonzo I assume was out of ammo). So, I decided to help. Not sure if it was heroism or stupidity, but I decided to accept the challenge. I carefully balanced my sight, combining it without any lock-on (it would center my screen, and make it impossible to see), or F6, I worked hard, and slipped in behind. After two passes, he caught fire! +1 Kill. (wavey)
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 28, 2007, 03:29:44 AM
...And just as I celebrate my victory, the dreaded mission loading screen popped up, ending my mission. :unhappy-059:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 28, 2007, 05:42:38 AM
Good Lord, Dev.  You fly better with half your screen blocked out than I do with a ****ing 30" flat-panel. 

Moggy
Title: Now I've seen everything (maybe)
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 28, 2007, 05:49:29 AM
Well, I must repeat that I'm glad I have a track of mission # 22.  That's one I will never delete.  If Tom Tom can produce a "how it's done" training movie, all he has to do is follow DarkWolf's plane through mission # 22.  That indeed was one for the record books!

To tell the absolute truth, I wouldn't have believed it possible to score 12 kills in one mission -- even by DarkWolf!

I stand here literally awe-struck. 

SALUTE, DARKWOLF!

(I won't get mad in the future for your calling my Sturmoviks "ugly")
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on November 28, 2007, 08:02:24 AM
Good Lord, Dev.  You fly better with half your screen blocked out than I do with a ****ing 30" flat-panel. 

Moggy

Haha...actually, having a widescreen 21" HDTV probably saved me SO much last mission; if I didn't have the width, my entire screen would be blocked! Instead, I had just enough leeway to get my gunsight fully exposed, making that kill (and navigation) possible.

That said, in some ways I'm GLAD it glitched, because imagine trying to land this thing with that menus plastered on my screen... :sad-056:

But thanks for the compliments. :)
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on November 28, 2007, 05:16:57 PM
S~ All. Good run at em last night.. only a few japs managed to escape death and straggle home. Good plan, Rgaa.  and well flown by the rest of us.. although i feel my scouting wasn't too effective.. at any rate a lot of them got shot down and not many of us did..

 Gonzo's lined up to lead the next one..

With only a few weeks left in the campaign, it's time to start ordering medals and ribbons and such..  If you have any award recommendations for actions  during the VMF-223 campaign, please submit them to Moggy via email or PM.
 Recommendations made verbally are generally not taken seriously.. in some cases they are.. but the proper procedure is to submit award recommendations privately and in writing.
  For recommendations stemming from a particular campaign, the campaign builder/builders  have a significant role in approving award submissions, in addition to the HQ staff.. which is why the awards recommendations for the VMF should be sent to Moggy.     
       
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on November 29, 2007, 04:55:20 AM
Quote
To tell the absolute truth, I wouldn't have believed it possible to score 12 kills in one mission -- even by DarkWolf!

After landing I was looking through the USER STAT and came across DW's stats for the mission. At first it looked like he only had about 200 rounds hit on enemy targets. A short time later I reaslised that he hadn't even fired off 1000 rounds yet! Even after the enemy (What few were left of them) had turned tail for home, he still had over 200 rounds remaining in his Wildcat! Great stuff DW!

Seeing Dev's screen shots, I know why he was flying sideways for most of the mission. Well done bud!
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Mutley on November 29, 2007, 01:37:02 PM
An overall wicked good mission. Unfortunately I got popped while trying to clear somebody's six I think.....darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 23 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 30, 2007, 10:28:40 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 28 September 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: VMF223 Campaign Awards
Post by: _AH_Moggy on November 30, 2007, 10:31:04 PM
~S~ all.

I've been compiling a list of award recommendations since we started, but would like to hear from any AH personnel as far as their own, in case I missed something (which is entirely possible).  Please PM or e-mail (MGenda@aol.com) them to me.  These can come from anyone, not just the four Flight Leaders.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on December 04, 2007, 06:26:06 PM
S! all. Here's the initial game plan for VMF-223 mission #23.

The enemy is approaching from various headings and also using different altitudes and ToT timings. In an effort to maintain parity with enemy forces, CAP areas will be closer to Cactus and Fighter One bases than on previous sorties.


MISSION OVER VIEW

Enemy aircraft on radar are not flying standard enemy tactics and are approaching at various flight levels and on converging headings to Henderson. Our forces will be divided into five (5) Flight groups of varying size each with a specific task and enemy target type.

A Flight - After departure climb and maintain 4,000m+ in the block area D-8. At least 8 enemy aircraft are proceeding towards this area. Once identified, immediately vector to engage as required.

Notes:
Flight may be reassigned at Mission Commanders discretion.
Fuel load at Flight CO's discretion but expect prolonged engagement time.
Conserve ammo!


B Flight - After departure climb and maintain 5,000m+ in the block area C-7. Use radar as required to vector towards enemy fighter aircraft as they approach the coast.

Notes:
Flight may be reassigned at Mission Commanders discretion.
Fuel load at Flight CO's discretion but expect prolonged engagement time.
Conserve ammo!


C Flight - After departure climb and maintain 6,000m+ in the block area of D-7. Use radar to vector towards enemy aircraft as they approach the coast. Your primary targets are bomber aircraft.

Notes:
Flight may be reassigned at Mission Commanders discretion.
Fuel load at Flight CO's discretion but expect prolonged engagement time.
Conserve ammo!


D Flight - After departure climb and maintain 6,000m+ in the block area of D-6. Use radar to vector towards enemy aircraft as they approach the coast. Your primary targets are bomber aircraft.

Notes:
Flight may be reassigned at Mission Commanders discretion.
Fuel load at Flight CO's discretion but expect prolonged engagement time.
Conserve ammo!


HQ Flight - After departure climb and maintain 6,000m+ in the block area of E-7. Use radar to vector towards enemy aircraft that may have slipped passed the other flights and are approaching Henderson. Your primary targets are bomber aircraft. You may be vectored to assist any flight overwhelmed by enemy fighter aircraft.

Notes:
Flight may be reassigned at Mission Commanders discretion.
Fuel load at Flight CMDR's discretion but expect prolonged engagement time.
Conserve ammo!



AIRCRAFT ASSIGNMENTS

As per Mission 23 Detail Brief.


MISSION DETAILS

All Flight CO's should expect changes to the above assignments. Due to the radical (Or maybe poor) tactics employed by enemy forces, it is still unclear as to which contacts are bomber and which are fighter aircraft.

Mission CO recommends 70-75% RPM, 70-80% throttle or less once flights are established in their respective hold (CAP) areas.


COMS PLAN

HQ Flight - Base Channel w/ Channel Commander

A Flight - A Flight Channel w/ Channel Commander

B Flight - C Flight Channel w/ Channel Commander

C Flight - C Flight Channel w/ Channel Commander

D Flight - D Flight Channel w/ Channel Commander


POINTS TO NOTE

When engaging enemy bombers:

Your mission goal is to make as many bombers release their load before reaching target. Once an aircraft you are attacking has released its load, move on to another target. Once enemy formation is out bound and no other bomber units are approaching Cactus, feel free to engage at will.

Lead bomber aircraft if damaged or no longer armed with bombs may lead remainder of their Flight away from the target. Simply put... If you can get the leader damaged enough, the remaining aircraft in that flight will cease to be a threat to our base until such time as the leader crashes or their next outbound way point is reached.

When engaging enemy fighters:

Our aircraft have a severe disadvantage at higher altitudes. If possible, maintain Flight integrity for as long as possible.

If in trouble...roll and dive. DO NOT attempt to turn in any direction except towards base and only once.

Maintain any height advantage for as long as possible using joint zoom and boom tactics.


BRIEF ENDS



GOOD LUCK!



Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Deviant on December 05, 2007, 06:49:36 PM
S! Man that was one brutal mission... :surprised-041:
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 24
Post by: _AH_Moggy on December 06, 2007, 11:36:46 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 2 October 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on December 07, 2007, 01:48:05 AM
Plan for Mission #24

Ok chaps, this mission appears to be purely a fighter on fighter brawl. Should'nt be any bombers to worry about. The japs are out simply to draw us into a scrap. If the radar info is accurate they are trying to lure us down to 3000m and get us tied up with a small force so they can come in while we're occupied with a second much larger force with superior altitude and smack us over the head. We'll give them their brawl, but we'll do so more on our terms.

All a/c will loadout clean with 75% fuel. Some pilots will be assigned to mission surplus a/c so as to get as many birds into the air as we can. I will take the last a/c on Henderson, Red 28.

I will stay on the ground for a time working the radar and giving directions. All aircraft will take off and head east climbing at best speed, then make a wide 180 degree turn southward then begin heading roughly west-northwest toward the western coast of guadalcanal. The idea is to use radar heavily to side step the smaller jap force completely and then vector our gaggle so as to hook around and intercept the more numerous, higher altitude japs first. The following image shows roughly what I mean. The exact course will surely change on the fly, so everyone be prepared to receive frequent course changes (and possibly profanity) from the mission CO.

(http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/9558/22planic2.png)

The hope is to pit our concentration of forces against the enemy's at roughly the same altitude, if not from a position of advantage if we can get there. If we're a couple thousand feet short, our numbers should help offset that disadvantage. Once that group has been ground down to the point where we have them contained, we will plot an intercept course for the lower group and aircraft not engaged will be vectored in that direction.

Dodging the first, lower japanese group is very important. Everyone needs to stay fairly close together and not wander to far in the direction of the japs. In the event that the first group spots us, let them come up to us. I'll vector the gaggle away from the larger group. Engage once they have climbed to within a couple thousand feet of the closest friendly.

Questions? Comments? Flaming criticism? Fire away!

DW
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on December 07, 2007, 04:47:14 PM
S~..  Looks too straightforward to me.. or am i just too paranoid?.. i'm thinking that after the last mission, the japanese have started trying to evade and confuse our radar..and it was mentioned in the last brief that they started sending in fighters just to draw us up and away.. and then they would try to get the bombers in undetected and with no close escort.. so maybe the bombers will try to come in on the deck.. below. radar.. o wait.. in game radar goes all the way to the sea level... how handy.. never mind.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on December 08, 2007, 10:57:59 PM
If they have bombers we'll have the radar to be able to detect em, but all indications are this will be an all fighter action so thats the mindset we'll be going into the mission with.

Also, I did'nt mention HQ flight specifically. You'll be split up and attached to A/B/C/D flights based on who has fewest pilots present. One for D flight certainly since I'll be on the ground for awhile. You'll basically be reinforcing the other flights.

As for comms which I also forgot to mention, I recommend A/B/C/D and their attached pilots each use a different channel with flight leads as channel commanders. Due to the close proximity of all flights, it might be handy to have a talk to all button for emergency only.

DW


Title: VMF-223 Campaign Mission # 25 Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on December 15, 2007, 08:33:20 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 3 October 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

NOTE: There is actually only one mission remaining after # 25, so we have only two left to go.  I consolidated what were two missions (occurring historically 45 minutes apart) into a single, larger mission.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH__SKATtrash on December 17, 2007, 05:30:12 AM
S! Guys
 
  Volunteered for next VMF mission at Sunday's meeting so don't have a lot of time to prepare.  Going to make this simple.
   
   We know that there are two flights of 20+ enemy aircraft coming in from the west (vectors 262* & 288*) and that one of them is probably a bomber faint to draw us off and split our forces.  So we will set up two flights as forward recon close enough to lend mutual support when the actual attack flight is spotted and the other flights slightly to the east as a reaction force.

ASSignments:

"A" flight will climb to 8000+m and patrol the B8/B9 lines off the island.

"B" flight will climb to 8000+m and patrol the B6 grid.

  When the enemy attack aircraft (most likely fighters) is spotted the involved flight leader should try to draw them toward the reaction force if possible.

"C" flight will climb to 8000m and CAP in C7.

"D" flight will climb to 8000m and CAP in B7.

  C and D are the reaction force and when the actual enemy attack vector is determined are to immediately head toward the appropriate grid.
  The Patrol flight that does not make contact with the enemy attack force is to vector eastward to back up the other flights. (ie. "A" flight vectors southeast or "B" flight vectors northeast) As the fight will most likely carry towards homebase.

"HQ" flight will either fill in or fly as a seperate unit in C7.
 
This should keep the main body of our available aircraft within 10 to 15km of each other and allow a quick response.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on December 17, 2007, 05:52:58 AM
Mmmmmm, aaaltituuuude....wheres my pic when I need it.....

(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/2707/homeraltwn4.png)


Might I also suggest we change the name of C and D flights group to the Rapid Reaction Force? This would give us an appropriate cool sounding name crucial to maintaining high morale and ensuring fighting efficieny.

DW
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: Foxbat on December 18, 2007, 10:47:47 PM
Thanks for the plan Skat. We'll do our best.
Title: VMF223 Campaign Mission # 26 (last mission) Briefing Package
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 05, 2008, 09:46:54 PM
From: Adjutant, M.A.G. 23
To: VMF-223
Subj: 11 October 1942 Mission Briefing

The mission brief and Op. Plan is available for download.  Go to the "View Downloads" section.

All flight personnel are directed to download and review the brief!

I will be acting as Mission Commander for this one.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Spardog on January 09, 2008, 04:57:31 AM
S~

Let me begin the cheer Sir Moggy: THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!

THANKS for designing an outstanding VMF 223 campaign
THANKS for the all the research and hard work to make each mission viable and feeling "real" to the squadron and guests
THANKS for developing missions that all pilots could fly -- even those without top-end PCs and finally,
THANKS for creating an environment full of excitement and just plain fun

Job well done. :drinking-43:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_*PODS*_RGAA on January 09, 2008, 04:01:56 PM
Thank you Moggy for the excellent campaign building and research! Had a blast! It was an honor to be part of the VMF-223 campaign bro! ~S~
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Col._Hogan on January 09, 2008, 04:43:02 PM
HEAR, HEAR!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Gonzo on January 09, 2008, 07:07:11 PM
 :i-m-with-stupid-0101:

Great stuff Moggy... Even better the second time around!!
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on January 09, 2008, 08:28:01 PM
Agreed, great job Moggy. It was awesome from start to finish.

DW
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_taldrg on January 09, 2008, 10:09:39 PM
~S~ Moggy. Having been on the island  in WW2 your layout with the river and hills brought back memories that I thought had been forgotten. You did an awsome job. A real pleasure to have been part of it.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Rezak on January 10, 2008, 12:32:15 AM
~Salute All~
Thanks Moggy for wonderful jub You did with VMF223 Campaign.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Olds on January 10, 2008, 02:42:33 AM
S! Great campaign, Moggy! Looked forward to Tuesday nights. Thank you for a job well done.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_BBQhead on January 10, 2008, 06:05:06 PM
S~. Thanks for the Campaign, Moggy.  You've done an absolutely top notch job on it.   :happy-016:   
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 10, 2008, 07:18:06 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.  If you had a good time, then it was well worth it!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moby on January 11, 2008, 02:56:50 AM
This campaign was one of the best times I have ever had online with "anyone".  Aces High is truly a wonderful organisation that I am very proud to have associated myself with, and continue to do do into the far reaching future.   I only hope to have contributed to the success of each mission I flew and I know I can revel in the memories and the commaradarie that I have experienced. 

Salute to Moggy, well designed, well recieved, and well planned, and definitely appreciated by me and all members of ABSquad that had the pleasure of being able to fly it.   ~S~!!!

Looking forward to flying with you all in the next campaign, coop, mission or wherever we meet in the skies!!!!

Salute, Aces High! 
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Jack on January 11, 2008, 04:35:03 AM
~S~  Kinda tough to come up with anything that hasn't already been voiced.  Moggy, you bring class and a wealth of knowledge to this squad & the game.  It's such a pleasure to have the opportunity and honor to associate myself with you and the other friends that make this squad and game what it is.   Kinda getting a little teary now.  That's not GAY, is it?  Anyway, I already miss Tuesday night!  God, I am such a addict to this game and squad!  Help!  Please!!  I need a life!!!!!!!!!!
Title: VMF223 Campaign Fly-in & Awards Ceremony
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 15, 2008, 07:53:48 PM
~S~ all!
Just a reminder that the farewell fly-in for the VMF-223 campaign is slated for tonight -- regular starting time.  Lots of awards to hand out, boys, so please show up on time, and reasonably sober!  (Inbibing during the ceremony is encouraged, but remember that you'll have to do at least one good landing beforehand).

Also, use your official VMF-223 skins, with your current kill markings, please!

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Col._Hogan on January 15, 2008, 07:54:38 PM
Moby, did you leave this _AH_  uniform on my bunk?

HEY!!!, WHOSE UNIFORM IS THIS???
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Mutley on January 15, 2008, 11:43:08 PM
Ur right Jack....that IS PHREAKING GAY....LMAO!!!!! That said, I absolutely loved flying the South Pacific missions. My hat's off to all involved in the creation and operation of the missions. That stuff ain't my strong suit so I'm thrilled to be able to participate when possible. Merci beaucoup.  :lol-029:
Title: Closing thoughts
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 16, 2008, 07:47:45 AM
~S~ all

Just a few thoughts as we turn another page here at AH.

First, in the excitement of the hour I neglected tonight to give some well-deserved credit to a few guys:

1.  To Rgaa:  Thanks for the outstanding banner you came up with for the VMF-223 home page.  No one could have done better!

2.  To Rumely:  Thanks for the outstanding job of keeping up with the scoreboard in a timely and flawless (OK, nearly flawless) manner, and for putting up with my ignorant rantings early on.  First-rate job, my friend! 

3.  To Gonzo:  Thanks for the incredibly outstanding job of updating the Wildcat skins for all of the AH VMF-223 pilots throughout the campaign. 

Lastly, one observation:  I half-expected the farewell fly-in to be a typical cluster- (expletive-deleted), with everyone doing his own thing and recklessly crashing/frapping in and acting generally like fighter pilots do. 

But, not a single (let me repeat:  not a SINGLE) mishap or mess-up from start-to-finish.  Totally professional. 

I was thinking to myself:  "Man, there is NO WAY this squadron could have done this a year or so ago."  We have come a long way as a squadron here, guys.  Whether you realize it or not,  you guys are very good at this! 

I have never been prouder to have been associated with any group of guys than I was tonight.  Every second I spent trying to get this ("G-damn") Betty flight to keep formation with that one; with this Zeke loose-escort flight to keep to their waypoints, was time well-spent.  You guys made it worth-while.

I salute each and every one of you bums!

AH_Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Johnny on January 16, 2008, 01:10:57 PM
Oh it was certainly an event to be a part of !... Thanks again ......  Moggy, something that might be fun to see is a final score page. You know like  when we are at the end of a coop and it takes us to a score page ... example...  Pilot A    score XXX ( being a total of ground and air kills). You have already gone above and beyon the call of duty so don't feel like you have to post something like this. But if you have one already made up or even if you just feel like getting it together, it might be fun to look at. If you dont want to post it, maybe Rum will have the numbers or you could email them to me at jhgrandey@msn.com.

Thanks Again ! :drinking-43:
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_*PODS*_RGAA on January 16, 2008, 03:23:26 PM
~S~ IT WAS... AND IS AN HONOR MOGGY! CHEERS BRO.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Rumely on January 17, 2008, 12:13:01 AM
It is a honor to be with a great group of sim pilots here at AH Moggy is was a h*llva time, I found my self thinking of these mission the next day at work.  I have tried to explain this sim pilot stuff to the people I work with, they just give you a funny look as what the h*ll are you talking about.  This is a great thing to be a part of as I feel that AH will go on and on an on and on for many a year, becoming stronger and building good friendships.  :happy-112:

~S! Moogy and all of AH "thank you for making this sim what it is today"!
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Ring on January 17, 2008, 01:59:43 AM
I have to say that I have enjoyed my tues for the last 20 some weeks...hats off to Mog for all the hard work ....I just hope that the new campaign even comes close to what Moggy has put together......

                     Ring
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Stiffy on January 17, 2008, 11:32:41 AM
I cant believe i missed the fly-in, or half the missions.  dont ya hate it when real life butts into game time?

~S~ Moggy  for your hard work on this, ive only built 2 missions and i cant fathom the amount of work that went into this. Thank you

~S~ everyone else that had a hand in this, my limited knowledge keeps me from naming names but you know who you are and thank you

i would also like to Salute everyone who steped up to be Mission CO. which is pretty much everyone.  What a great way to learn command.

(snaps to attention)

 Salute
  Stiffy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 17, 2008, 07:57:48 PM
Oh it was certainly an event to be a part of !... Thanks again ......  Moggy, something that might be fun to see is a final score page. You know like  when we are at the end of a coop and it takes us to a score page ... example...  Pilot A    score XXX ( being a total of ground and air kills). You have already gone above and beyon the call of duty so don't feel like you have to post something like this. But if you have one already made up or even if you just feel like getting it together, it might be fun to look at. If you dont want to post it, maybe Rum will have the numbers or you could email them to me at jhgrandey@msn.com.

Thanks Again ! :drinking-43:

S! Johnny:

I should be able to put that together, but let me review all the mission rosters & summaries to be sure.

Moggy
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Johnny on January 22, 2008, 04:14:07 AM
Thanks Moggy ... S!
Title: VMF223 Campaign: Individual Pilot Score Totals
Post by: _AH_Moggy on January 29, 2008, 04:32:32 AM
As requested, here are the final individual score tallies for the VMF-223 campaign (Total Score / Points per sortie):



Johnny     8935 / 372
Darkwolf  8790 / 382
Rgaa   5000 / 200
SkatTrash 4370 / 175
Moggy    4230 / 163
Gonzo    3950 / 219
Foxbat    3596 / 138
Rezak    3405 / 136
Deviant    3330 / 139
Rumely    3320 / 208
Hogan    2580 / 103
AB_Moby    2400 / 120
Viper    2380 / 119
Stiffy    1945 / 139
TBull    1930 / 88
Olds    1916 / 80
TailDrg    1900 / 73
Mutley    1820 / 76
Spardog    1760 / 77
Ring    1680 / 70
Crash    1602 / 80
BBQHead    1361 / 52
Slikk    1350 / 90
Jack    1080 / 43
Marius      995 / 90
Rebel      840 / 76
Ghost      420 / 210
Big-D      300 / 50
Nimble      220 / 44
Biker        50 / 25
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: Foxbat on January 29, 2008, 11:21:13 PM
S! Moggy, TY for putting this up. As I look over this list I see some great numbers there. It shows how much we are improving.
Also that the guys really enjoyed it because they came back for more every week. Well done again.
Title: Re: VMF223 Campaign
Post by: _AH_Johnny on January 30, 2008, 01:04:57 AM
Thanks Moggy...very well put Fox.  S!