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This week's Special Mission mission is called "Cabbage Crates". A siren goes. The door bursts open and an out-of-breath young pilot rushes in in his flying gear.
Pilot Bunch of monkeys on the ceiling, sir! Grab your egg and fours and let's get the bacon delivered! General incomprehension. They look at each other.
Wingco Do you understand that?
Squadron Leader No, didn't get a word of it.
Wingco Sorry old man, we don't understand your banter.
Pilot You know...bally ten-penny ones dropping in the custard...(searching for words) un...Charlie Choppers chucking a handful...
Wingco No, no...sorry.
Bovril Say it a bit slower, old chap.
Pilot Slower banter, sir?
Pilot Um...sausage squad up the blue end?
Squadron Leader No, still don't get it.
Pilot Um...cabbage crates coming over the briny?
Squadron Leader No.
Others No, no.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKYL0tW-Ek
In honor of the classic Monty Python sketch, this week has a special mission involving a LARGE Luftwaffe bomber raid on London. There are close to 100 AI bombers (Ju-88 and He-111) in a long "bomber stream". In short, "cabbage crates over the briny".
This mission uses the the 353nd Squadron's Cross-Channel modded map. It is one of the large Channel maps, but seems to be much more fps-friendly.
Being set on a large map, and using a London target, "The Blitz" will give the pilots a more historical feel to the campaign. In short, Blue pilots will find that it's a long way to London from Calais. They'll need to take lots of fuel if they wish to be able to spend much time fighting over England. It's a 25-30 minute flight to London from the Calais airspawn (with longer for bombers), so expect an hour-plus sortie (assuming you survive). Blue pilots who get shot down can, depending upon the time left in the mission, patrol the Channel to escort any outgoing AI bombers to the English coast, or escort any remaining bombers back across the Channel.
Red pilots should stay in England, and have no reason to cross the Channel. The action will be over England.
Each side has working radar. It refreshes every 120 seconds, to reflect the inherent delays in the fighter control systems.
Each side has airspawns, at altitude.
Blue bombers spawn next to the bomber stream and can join in. Blue fighters are nearby and can escort the bomber stream. Red has airbases at the coast, and airspawns inland at Detling and West Malling. The bomber stream will start in occupied France, cross the Channel between Dover and Margate, head to the Thames estuary, head due west up the Thames to targets in London, and then make a massive loop to the south and southeast, and start to cross the Channel. Importantly, similar to the "Green Wave" and "The Ruhr" missions running recently, the AI bombers will loop back and head again to target after reaching the Channel on their egress.
Blue human-piloted bombers do have targets in London. For fps reasons, the AI bombers don't drop bombs. The human bombers' objective is the large island in the Thames on the East End of London. Basically, it's the first factory area in London when coming up the Thames from the east. The target is the island, and not the thin factory area on the mainland to the north. See the screenshot below. I have added the large power-plant factories to the target, as well as some barrage balloons, to better highlight the target area.
The time of day is set for late afternoon, and you get a post-sunset, early evening feel late in the mission.
Red has no targets. Its only objective is to kill the AI bombers.
The planeset (a simple one) is as follows:
Spitfire Mk Ib, Spitfire Mk IIa, Hurricane Mk Ib, Hurricane Mk I BoB, Hurricane Mk IIb, and Beaufighter Mk IF
Bf-109E-1, Bf-109E-3, Bf-109E-4, Bf-110C-1, He-111H-2, and Ju-88A-4.
I gave Red some better-armed fighters to help out against the bombers. "Cabbage crates" are tough.
Please enjoy and let me know your comments. Attached are some screenshots of the target area.