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Muster: BS, CL, FL, YT, ZZ

Debrief:

TraOrder 150901 Tuesday 01 September 2015

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 86.175.1.67:27015

Map: English Channel

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 85.236.101.5:10427

Mandatory mods/patches: Cliffs of Dover 4.312

Optional Mods:

_________

Training:

To be determined by Staff Air Officer

 


 

TraOrder 150903 Thursday 03 September 2015

Muster: 2000 Eastern

Sortie: 2010 Eastern

Theatre IP: 86.175.1.67:27015

Map: English Channel

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 85.236.101.5:10427

Mandatory mods/patches: Cliffs of Dover 4.312

Optional Mods: none

_________

Training: To be determined by Staff Air Officer

 


 

If you have been baffled a bit by the English Channel chart showing a line labelled -10, here is an explaination

 

Magnetic declination or variation is the angle on the horizontal plane between magnetic north (the direction the north end of a compass needle points, corresponding to the direction of the Earth's magnetic field lines) and true north (the direction along a meridian towards the geographic North Pole). This angle varies depending on position on the Earth's surface, and changes over time.

Somewhat more formally, Bowditch defines variation as “the angle between the magnetic and geographic meridians at any place, expressed in degrees and minutes east or west to indicate the direction of magnetic north from true north. The angle between magnetic and grid meridians is called grid magnetic angle, grid variation, or grivation.”[1]

By convention, declination is positive when magnetic north is east of true north, and negative when it is to the west.

---Wikipedia

---Bowditch, Nathaniel (2002). American Practical Navigator. Paradise Cay Publications. p. 849

Declination is positive so correct True [Geographic] North is west or counter-clockwise the indicated number of degrees.  If it were a negative number, then True North is east or clockwise.

Since the English Channel map is used in Storm of War, it shows the declination to be -10 for 1940 which is historically correct.

Grid lines on the chart are oriented True or Geographic North so you must correct your magnetic heading as the Bristol Blenheim IV bomber does not have a true gyroscope [always indicating true north.]

Since a minus 10 means that True North is east 10 degrees, we need to turn our course indicator 10 degrees clockwise to indicate true north [or you can do this in your head].  In other words, if you want to fly due east [090 true], you would fly 100 magnetic.

 

Notice 150831

5 Year Service

1.  The following pilot has been awarded the 5 year service ribbon for voluntary participation in the missions and goals of Doolittle Raiders and founding squadrons:

Franklin/Blackwolf

2. This ribbon shall be added to your personal awards page.

3. The entire crew thanks you for your service.

4.  By direction, Doolittle Raiders, effective 31 Aug 2015.

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After Training Report

Muster: BS, CL, FL, YT, ZZ

Debrief:

TraOrder 150827 Thursday 27 August 2015

Muster: 2000 Eastern

Sortie: 2010 Eastern

Theatre IP: 86.175.1.67:27015

Map: English Channel

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 85.236.101.5:10427

Mandatory mods/patches: Cliffs of Dover 4.312

Optional Mods: none

_________

In the spirit of wanting to improve, I am going to be brutally honest here. I think that if as a group, we are not interested in the mission of bombing, both low and high altitude, we should be doing something else.  In two weeks, the website comes up for renewal.  I am asking myself, why should I renew DoolittleRaiders.us?  Help me here shipmates.  If no one wants to do formal training, and no one is interested in learning to bomb from altitude, all we are going to do is embarrass ourselves and Blackwolf. We are adrift here.  I am not trying to chastise any single pilot because I have cut my share of corners as well, but this is what I see.   Most of the time, we are not prepared to fly the mission because not everyone checks the Op or Training Order before muster time. We don't fly together in formation. We don't attempt to learn anything as a group.  Ad hoc missions are not training ... all you do is learn bad habits. We don't show up on time causing the group to wait until everyone gets online.  We further fritter away flying time getting set up, with things we should have already learned and discussing what we are going to do which makes a Training or Operation Order pointless.  We lost a brand new pilot, who came to us wanting to fly because we have no plan, no goals, no organizational structure,  no one wants to do their staff jobs and no one seems to care that Paladin walked away.  That is us.  The organizers of Storm of War don't give us enough aircraft, and all the events are on Sunday, not our designated day to fly so it is only optional.  We started in here [Cliffs of Dover] as a test and as a pay back to the 20thBG for the support they gave us in IL2.  So as I see it, here are our issues:

1. Lack of aircraft to fly [SoW],

2. Lack of support from the organizers [SoW],

3. Main mission night being on a day we all can not fully support [SoW],

4. No interest in fly altitude missions [DR],

5. No interest in learning what is needed for proper navigation and using the bombsight [DR],

6. No interest in flying in formation [DR],

7. No interest in doing what is required to keep the organization going and new people interested [DR],

8. No interest in leading or following, just doing our own thing, something we can do on our own time [DR],

9. Are we here to support the 20th BG or not?[DR],

10.  Are we going to vote on staying in Cliffs of Dover or going back to IL2 [DR]? If not now, when will we as a group make the decision or have we already done so by default?[DR],

As of next month, I have spent time building the website, producing training and operational missions, recruiting, and social engineering to keep Doolittle Raiders [and Group Heavy and Fly Navy] together for the last 10 years.  Frankly I am tired of fighting the tendency to gaff off my efforts. Do I renew Doolittle Raiders? Are we going to function as a team?  Do we want to be known as a group to belong to or just a few pilots who sometimes fly together?  We need to talk tonight.

FL: I can clear some of the sow stuff up. It is in test the "campaign" has not started yet. When it does we will have our normal A/C 12 IV's and IVF's. Plus a few fighters as well. As for the Sunday thing...working along with the 71st and a few others to get a Thursday mission night going with ground control and all. There will be some growing pains as it gets going but all the US squads really don't or don't like to fly Sundays. So it will be up to us..the US squads to make it work. I will be in touch with the 71st today about tonight. I do not know how many will be able to be on at this time. FL.

FL, I knew you were working on it.  I just meant that until it is fixed we have to have some other plan.   YT

 
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