Action Opens on Palestine Front
The Indy Squadron held its first-ever game set on the Palestinian Front during May 14th gaming in Union City, Indiana with a pair of British SE 5a's (Stephen Dale [LT James Wright, 9/2] and Rick) against a Turkish LVG CV (Ethan) and a captured Nieuport 17 flying for the Turkish army (Stephen). The Brits were flying some two miles inside enemy lines and it was this fact that eventually saved the Turkish effort in a game that lasted only four turns.
The Turks were caught napping at 3,000 feet over the Arabian desert but the SE's couldn't capitalize, missing one shot and scoring minimal damage on the other. Ethan's LVG missed a head-on shot at Rick's SE, which jammed its deck gun while attempting to return fire. Stephen's captured, single-gun Nieuport fired a bottom shot at Rick and scored five hits. Rick was forced to fly the rest of the game with only his upper wing Lewis gun still functioning.
Stephen Dale's SE 5a (LT James Wright, 9/2) lined up for a bottom shot on Stephen's Turkish Nieuport and squeezed the triggers. Seven bullets ripped into the captured airplane and it exploded in a flash with critical damage to the engine. Stephen's Turkish pilot fell 1,900 feet into a pile of soft sand, miraculously surviving the fall and making a cross country trip through the desert to rejoin his outfit.
Stephen Dale's SE pilot collected his 2nd kill in 9 missions. Rick escaped soon after due to gun jams and Ethan's LVG crew escaped unscathed from the Indy Squadron's first foray over the Palestinian Front.