Every ground fight is preceded by an aerial fight in order to 1) have fun, and 2) determine which side will have air support from ground attack aircraft during the ground battle. So it's first light, 0710 local time on 4 March 1952. Tensions have been high, with the slightest spark setting off full-on war between the bordering states of Hakuna and Matata. Both sides have launched their Dawn Patrol, and normal combat air patrol of two fighters. But with tensions being so high, both sides had a squadron commander leading the patrol. In retrospect, no one is sure if this was to settle tensions or raise them. If the goal was to settle things down, it didn't work. A fierce furball broke out, in the wake of which both sides radioed their headquarters to report the other side crossed the border first AND initiated combat first.
Blue 1: Major Hoombala, commander of the 401st Fighter Squadron
Blue 2: Lieutenant Maputo
Red 1: Major Ayala, commander of the 232nd Fighter Squadron
Red 2: Lieutenant Ngogo
In game terms, the Spits and the Corsairs are mirror images of each other, perfectly identical in every way.
Now bear with me; I'm still struggling with how to write up an air combat report; there is so much movement, so so many pictures, but I'm not sure it tells a good, interesting, and/or exciting story. I don't really like this one, but I'm working on it. I'll see if I can figure something out.
Please note that terrible rolls also led to both fighters being damaged rather than destroyed...
I kept trying to explain to the boy, but he won't listen. "B1 is damaged and moves slower, you're going to have to spend a turn pulling away, then coming back at him..."
Pretty poor shooting, knuckleheads!!! Thirteen different times we shot and totally missed (or failed to do any damage), and no planes were shot down!!! Step in my office, you're @#$%in' fired!!! Well, I damaged one plane and the boy two, so I guess he won and he gets air support in the ground game. Can't wait to see how that goes, so stay tuned!