New Venue for Indy Gaming, October 10 Gaming Report
The Indy Squadron has a wonderful new venue for gaming at a private residence in Lewisville, Indiana. The town represents a nice halfway point between the players in the Indianapolis area and those in the eastern part of the state. The venue is an open, double garage with climate control, refrigerator and a table that can easily accommodate 10 or more players. There is also a secondary room attached with recliners and a pool table nearby for those who inadvertently exit the game early.
The Indy Squadron held five games on October 10, 2020 in Lewisville with five players present (Stephen, Rick, Ethan, Dory, Michael). Nearly every player scored a victory at some point in the day. Missions included North Sea assignments as well as SE 5a's, SPAD VII's, Fokker Triplanes, a rare balloon victory by a SPAD XI crew, another balloon victory to Ethan's SPAD pilot and an appearance by Italian ace Sgt. Melchoire Giovanni (Stephen, 20/12).
It was great to see Michael return to the gaming table, and for Dory to be able to spend an entire gaming day with the squadron. A photo journal of the day is below courtesy of Nelson Skinner photography.
Date Set for Armistice Day
The Indy Squadron's 32nd annual Armistice Day Fits Tournament is slated for Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:00 am. The venue is yet to be determined, but will likely be held in Lewisville again. Bob Meister is the reigning champion and is expected to return to defend his title.
This year we hope to use the first medal from the historic 1940's and 50's Becker medal collection as our Victory Medal. For the full story behind this collection of rare shooting medals, see this special story in Volume 31, Number 3 of the Dispatch from November 2019. The suggestion to use these medals as our Victory Medals for the next few years was favorably received.
Ernst Udet's autobiography, "Ace of the Black Cross," is required reading for any Dawn Patrol player or World War I aviation enthusiast. Udet ranked as Germany's 2nd leading ace with 62 confirmed victories in World War I. He wrote his autobiography in the mid-1930s but the book has been in and out of print for some time.
"Ace of the Black Cross" has now been reprinted by Frontline Books of London and can be ordered by American readers directly from Casemate Publishers of Virginia. This book is well reproduced with a center section of qualify photographs on acid-free stock. It comes in softcover format and is available for the surprisingly affordable price of $22.95.
This book is a "must have" for any aviation library and is highly recommended by ISD. Secure your copy of this World War I aviation classic while it is still available.