View Full Version : Never Saw This Before

11-21-2007, 06:03 AM
Playing a Seafire campaign off of Okinawa. We were escorting TBF's to attack an airfield. We were cut to shreds by about 20 Tony's. I bugged out as I was Winchester. I ordered my wingie to keep attacking. After a few minutes of seeing him get shot to pieces, I ordered him to rejoin. Seeing his control surfaces so shot up he could barely fly, I was forced to head back to the carrier. I would have ordered him to ditch if such a command existed.

Instead, he more or less stayed with me, struggling to maintain control. As I was making my final approach, something huge went right by my view. It was my wingie, flying bizarre twists and turns. Suddenly, he veered straight for the carrier's island. A voice screamed at me to go around. Too late, I was totally committed to landing.

He struck the island on the upper portion on the seaward side, exploding and strewing wreckage into the Pacific (I could see the splashes from the wreckage hitting the water). I managed to set down amist all of the chaos but destroyed my prop.

Out of the entire assault group, including the TBF's, only 3 of us survived. Devasting to lose so many fine young men in the closing days of the war.

I shall now have to take a group of green rookies with me on my next mission.


11-21-2007, 06:13 AM
Now your at the top of the heap for promotion....

11-21-2007, 07:37 AM
I always order the wingmen to break, and even to return to a previous way point or to loiter.

The idea is to get them to stop following you and get enough separation that you can land safely.

Telling them to head for home helps too as they usually take a different path and you can beat them there and land first.

11-21-2007, 08:08 AM
I once had a wingman elect to barrel roll around me and crash us just as I was letting down from an arduous mission in which I had survived many scrapes. I was simmering over that.

11-21-2007, 11:42 AM
NEVER let an AI wingman hang around for your landing. Our squad has seen some great landings ruined by AI idiots crashing into a human pilot as he did his final approach.

11-21-2007, 12:51 PM
I've never had the AI ruin my landing... Usually it's the other way 'round... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

11-21-2007, 01:27 PM
Sometimes I think my wingman stays with me on landing even after I've given the RTB command. I've probably lost more wingmen to crashes than to enemy fighters.

A few weeks back I had an F4U Iwo Jima mission that went quite good (4 kills) get ruined when my wingman veered into me while I was <100m from touchdown on the carrier. I actually thought I had crashed until I watched the replay.