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    RAF 209 Squadrons History Page Part 2

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    Squadron History


    January 2006

    RAF_Bkdraft is appointed Operations Officer
    RAF_Fethi Bey joins the 209
    RAF_Bigdaddynate joins the 209
    RAF_Volkov joins the 209
    RAF_Slicer is assigned Group Leader for the 209 Scout Group
    RAF_Beerthirty is assigned as 209 Squadron History Officer


    The 209 RAF fielded a Team known as the RAF_Hot Dogs in the Monkey Island Fighter Fest Tourney. They finished third place and were awarded a Campaign Ribbon. The Team members were as follows:

    RAF_Beerthirty
    RAF_Bishop
    RAF_Doughboy
    RAF_Neobaron
    RAF_Viperx


    The WOP1920 War (War over Poland) began this month. The following 209 Pilots are participating in the battles:

    RAF_Bandy Fighter
    RAF_Beerthirty Recon
    RAF_Bomberman Recon
    RAF_Doughboy Fighter
    RAF_Louvert Recon
    RAF_Murunga Recon
    RAF_Slicer Recon

    This war is a little different in that there is no little red plane to guide pilots on the maps. Rather, pilots must orient themselves using 'pilotage' and compass. Another feature is the addition of ground troops to the scenario. This type of sim is a first for 209 participation.



    February 2006

    RAF Rebell joins the 209

    The 209 Squadron and JGS4 squared off in a one-nighter battle called Domination. The 209 is declared the victor. The following Pilots participated in the battle:

    RAF_Bandy
    RAF_Bkdraft
    RAF_Bomberman
    RAF_Cadbury
    RAF_Doughboy
    RAF_Neobaron
    RAF_Peacemaker
    RAF_Rebec
    RAF_Redrum
    RAF_Rhino
    RAF_Stefano
    RAF_Viperx


    The 209 Squadron Polish Volunteer Force concluded Operations in the second WOP1920 War. Although the Polish Forces were defeated in this campaign, the 209 contingent was a major contributing factor in the total score and earned itself some Awards.

    War Forces V formally commences on 24 Feb. The 209 Squadron is fighting as Team 3 on the Allied side.



    March 2006

    RAF_Rhino is appointed Assistant Recruiting Officer

    RAF_Neobaron is appointed Squadron Training Officer

    The first Cold War Campaign comes to an end. The Cold War is a different FM from the regular NFM we are used to flying. Combining the best of NFM and AFM with the large bombers of WW1 being utilized. RAF_Louvert, RAF_Neobaron, and RAF_Rebell represented the 209 Squadron in a successful 5 week campaign and all 3 came away with Awards.



    April 2006

    RAF_Slicer is appointed Squadron Operations Officer

    RAF_Beerthirty is appointed Squadron Recruiting Officer

    RAF_Bandy is awarded Knighthood. After long and faithful service as the 209 Squadron Recruiting Officer, Lt. Colonel Bandy was elevated to Knight Commander of the British Empire, upon his retirement from that position, and entitled to wear the letters KBE after his name.



    May 2006

    RAF_Python joins the 209

    RAF_kuNiva joins the 209

    RAF_Flea is appointed Assistant Recruiting Officer.

    RAF_Fethi Bey is appointed Assistant Recruiting Officer.

    War Forces 5 drew to a close with a victory for the Allied Forces. The 209 RAF fought well and bravely on the Allied side.

    The 209 Squadron RAF active roster looks like this:

    Headquarters
    Capt. Viperx CO
    Lt. Doughboy XO
    Capt. Venom ADJ
    Maj. Slicer OpsO

    Scout Group
    Maj. Shmngy
    Lt. Peacemaker

    Fighter Group
    Lt. TIG
    Lt. Bkdraft
    Lt. Stefano
    Lt. Neobaron
    2nd Lt. Fethi Bey
    2nd Lt. Volkov
    2nd Lt. Rebell
    2nd Lt. Flea
    2nd Lt. Python
    2nd Lt. kuNiva

    Bomber Elite
    Maj. Re'bec
    Col. Sir Murunga
    Lt. Col. Sir Beerthirty
    Maj. CobaltBlue
    Capt. Louvert
    Capt. Bomberman

    Cadet Cadre
    RAF_Cadet_Brian



    June 2006

    RAF_Murunga earned his third Victoria Cross during the 10th battle of War Forces 5 by achieving the highest bombing score ever by an RAF member, for a single game total of 75 points. In addition, during the same battle he destroyed 2 enemy aircraft and 11 targets with no aircraft loss of his own.

    RAF_Neobaron earned a Victoria Cross during the 10th battle of War Forces 5, by downing 42 enemy aircraft for a total of 54 points in a single game, with a loss of only 1 aircraft, (which was due to mechanical failure).

    RAF_Night Stalker joins the 209

    RAF_C.K. Benge joins the 209



    July 2006

    A new command and operational structure was incorporated into the Squadron this month. It consists of four Flights, designated Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Pilots are assigned, permanently, to each Flight to engender Esprit de Corps and to weld each Flight into a strong fighting unit. Each Flight is assigned a symbol for identification and unit pride.

    The War Over Poland 1920 III came to an end this month with victory going to the Polish Forces. The 209 Squadron participated again, but split their Pilots between the Polish and Russian forces as follows:

    Polish Pilots:
    RAF_Beerthirty
    RAF_Cobalt Blue
    RAF_Louvert
    RAF_Peacemaker
    RAF_Stefano
    RAF_Murunga

    Russian Pilots:
    RAF_Neobaron
    RAF_Python
    RAF_Slicer
    RAF_Fethi Bey
    RAF_Voss joins the 209

    RAF_Le Morte Homme joins the 209

    RAF_Midnight joins the 209

    RAF_Wolfie joins the 209

    The Squadron Trophy Room is remodeled and expanded, a fireplace is added, and the Victrola is moved into it.


    August 2006

    This month saw the opening shots fired in the seventh season of the Red Baron World League. RBWL 7 commenced on the weekend of August 12-13, 2006. The 209 again took to the field as a single Squadron, versus joining a Team.

    Lt. Colonel Beerthirty is presented with the Order of Merit for six outstanding years of service and dedication to the Squadron and the RB3D community.

    Colonel Murunga is appointed the 209's new Executive Officer.

    2nd Lt. CK Benge is appointed Squadron Chaplain. He has his work cut out for him.



    September 2006

    The annual Rhinebeck Air Show and Red Baron Get-together was held the 4th thru the 7th, over the Labor Day weekend this month. The following 209 Pilots were in attendance:

    RAF_Bkdraft
    RAF_Louvert with his son Andy
    RAF_Neobaron
    RAF_Wolfie
    RAF_Audie joins the 209

    Major Louvert is presented with the Imperial Service Order for outstanding performance as the Squadron's Clerk of Commendations, Webmaster, Forum Administrator, and Treasurer. This is only the fourth time the ISO has been presented since the inception of the 209.


    October 2006

    The term of the present Commanding Officer, RAF_Viperx, came to a close at the end of this month. Captain Viperx did an excellent job as CO, serving from 1 November 2005 through 31 Oct, 2006.
    Captain Viperx opened nominations for the next CO. RAF_Beerthirty and RAF_ Neobaron were nominated. Elections were held and Lt. Col. Beerthirty was elected the new CO, by a close margin.

    The regular season of RBWL 7 drew to a close, with play-offs beginning next month. The Pilots of the Might and Main gave a brave accounting of themselves, but in the end missed the play-off slot.

    Website and forums were relocated to 'www.raf209squadron.net' (when the previous domain name expired), thanks to the expedient work of Major Louvert, and the much-appreciated assistance of Tiger.



    November 2006

    Lt. Colonel Beerthirty returned as our Commanding Officer and appointed his staff as follows:

    Lt. Neobaron, Executive Officer
    Major Louvert, Adjutant
    2nd Lt. C.K. Benge, Operations Officer
    2nd Lt. Voss, Squadron Training Officer
    2nd Lt. Python, Squadron Recruiting Officer
    Captain Peacemaker, Disputes and Resolutions Committee Officer
    2nd Lt. Wolfie, Squadron History and Records Officer, and ACoC

    The Red Baron World League 7 Campaign Ribbons were given for dedicated participation in the event to:
    Colonel Murunga
    Lt. Colonel Beerthirty
    Majors; Bishop, Cobalt Blue, Louvert, Rebec, Shmngy and ViperX
    Captains; Bkdraft, Neobaron, Peacemaker, Stefano, and Venom
    Lts; Flea, Rebell, RedRum, TIG, and Volkov
    2nd Lts; C.K. Benge, Le Morte Homme, NightStalker, Python, Voss, and Wolfie
    The RAF welcomed two new members: RAF_Funki and RAF_Slick


    December 2006

    An "Allstar" RBWL team was chosen from the 209, and participants performed admirably as expected.

    Major Louvert along with his trustworthy assistants, designed and fabricated a new award for non-RAF personnel...The Order of the Star came into being.

    WO Slick was recruited as a new pilot. Welcome to the RAF!

    RAF_Doughboy returned from duties, to again grace the skies with his presence. Your seat has been saved at the Pub!

    A new set of Historic paints were fabricated for the RAF. RAF_Benge and RAF_Wolfie received AFCs for their efforts.

    The coveted VSLM was awarded to Major Rebec. Salute, Sir!

    The RAF 209 participated in the Brats vs Teabags mini-war. Favourable results achieved as always.

    The RAF 209's website was updated by Major Louvert, and added more "eye candy" for prospective recruits.





    January 2007

    January brought the beginning of Cold War III to the RAF. After a somewhat "rough" start, first match was replayed. All RAF pilots involved are performing admirably and setting a fine example for the other squads.

    RAF_Viperx resumed his place as Squadron Training Officer, and has conducted numerous well-structured practice/training sessions since.

    RAF_Bkdraft was assigned to the position of Fighter Training Officer.

    Major Louvert finished his epic "A Different Sort of Mission". It is now in its entirety in the Squadron Literary section, ("RAF Stories").

    Lt. Voss returned to full Active Duty.

    Lt. Benge was accepted into the Order of the Ring and Bead for bombing proficiency.

    RAF_Spud was accepted into the 209 and has been a dedicated member since his indoctrination.

    RAF_Volkov is promoted to Captain.

    RAF_Le Morte Homme is promoted to Lieutenant.

    RAF_Voss is promoted to Lieutenant.

    RAF_Wolfie is promoted to Lieutenant.

    RAF_Slick is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

    The 209 Squadron RAF active roster looks like this:


    Headquarters
    Col. Sir Beerthirty CO
    Capt. Neobaron XO
    Maj. Louvert ADJ
    Lt. C.K. Benge OpsO

    Scout Group
    Capt. Peacemaker
    2nd Lt. Night Stalker
    2nd Lt. Slick
    2nd Lt. Spud

    Fighter Group
    Maj. Viperx
    Capt. Stefano
    Capt. TIG
    Capt. Bkdraft
    Capt. Neobaron
    Capt. Volkov
    Lt. Rebell
    Lt. Flea
    Lt. Python
    Lt. Voss
    2nd Lt. Funki

    Bomber Elite
    Col. Sir Murunga
    Col. Sir Beerthirty
    Maj. Sir Re'bec
    Maj. Louvert
    Lt. C.K. Benge
    Lt. Le Morte Homme
    Lt. Wolfie


    February 2007

    The RAF procured its very own TeamSpeak server. All comms should prove up to par from now on.

    Members of the 209 enrolled in and entered the "Oh What A Lovely War 2" mini tournament. Test runs went well.

    A grand Squadron *SALUTE* to RAF_Murunga for being promoted to Brigadier General. Truly an RAF 209 milestone ! Congratulations, Sir !

    The Cold War 3 Tournament, now well under way, has shown the Red Baron Community exactly what the phrase "Might and Main" means by our outstanding performance there. Teamwork is our mantra.

    The 209 welcomed WO Zero-G into its ranks.

    RAF_TIG is promoted to Captain.

    RAF_Spud is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.



    March 2007

    Awards of the Crown were presented to several RAF pilots for their outstanding actions in the Cold War 3 Campaign thus far.

    RAF_Wolf rejoins the Might and Main after a year-and-a-half hiatus.

    WO Treybird is welcomed into the ranks of the 209.

    RAF_Rebell is promoted to Captain.



    April 2007

    RAF_Maverick Joins the RAF, good job! Welcome to the best darned squadron ever!

    RAF_ViperX and RAF_Python switch positions, Python is the new Squadron Training Officer and ViperX is the new Recruiting Officer.

    RAF_Peacemaker is appointed the new Fighter Training Officer.

    RAF_Wolf is reinstated to Major with full status and privilages.

    RAF_Spud is appointed the History and Records Officer.

    The Cold War 3 Campaign concludes after 15 weeks of battle, with a glorious victory for the Allies. The following RAF pilots participated in the event:

    Col. Beerthirty, CO
    Maj. Louvert
    Maj. Viperx
    Capt. Doughboy
    Capt. Neobaron
    Capt. Peacemaker
    Capt. Rebell
    Lt. C.K. Benge
    Lt. Python
    Lt. Voss
    2nd Lt. Night Stalker


    May 2007

    RAF_Spanky returns to the Squadron after a lengthy retirement. Welcome back Sir!

    Major Louvert and Captain Neobaron were each elevated to "Knight Commander of the British Empire" for their exceptional service to the Crown.

    War Forces 6 begins, and the 209 kicks off the campaign with outstanding team performances.

    RAF_Flea is promoted to Captain.

    RAF_Maverick is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.



    June 2007

    RAF_Crusader has joined the RAF this month. Wear the uniform proudly Sir!

    RAF_Python receives the Order of the British Empire. Wow! Good Job!

    RAF_Python is also promoted to Captain.

    RAF_Gromet returns to the active roster to help rid the skies of Huns. Thanks, we really needed it.

    RAF_Night Stalker promoted to Lieutenant! Good Job!

    RAF_C.K.Benge is promoted to Captain. Excellent! Might and Main!

    RAF_Slick is assigned the job of Assistant Recruiting Officer. Go reel in some noobs!

    RAF_Slick is also promoted to Lieutenant! Great work Slick, Keep it up!



    July 2007

    Major Sir Cobalt Blue is appointed Bomber Training Officer. We hope to see the new recruits dropping dromes soon!

    RAF_Crusader is appointed Fighter Training Officer. 2nd Lt. Crusader is also appointed the ARO!

    RAF_Ghost joins the Might and Main. Salute!

    RAF_Neobaron is promoted to Major. Excellent!

    RAF_Le Morte Homme is promoted to Captain. Well done!

    RAF_Spud is promoted to Lieutenant. Yay!

    RAF_Crusader is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Good job!

    Captain Python and Major Louvert work together to build the new RAF Forums! They really look awesome Sirs!



    August 2007

    RAF_Cobalt Blue is installed as Bomber Training Officer. Congrats Sir!

    RAF_Ghost joins the RAF! Good on you Sir!

    RAF_Volkov is appointed ACoC. Good work Sir!

    War Forces VI comes to an end and the RAF scores an amazing 10-and-2 record! Surely a moment to be remembered! Well done all RAF pilots who flew in the event!



    Septemper 2007

    Flanders Air War 1 finishes, a close campaign with the Huns beating out the Allies in the last two battles. A valiant effort RAF flyers!

    Colonel Sir Beerthirty and Major Sir ViperX are each elevated to Knight Commander of the British Empire! Good job both of you!

    Major Sir Neobaron elevated to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. Outstanding Sir!

    Major Sir Louvert becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Well done Sir!

    RAF_Peacemaker is promoted to Major! Good job Sir!

    RAF_Maverick is promoted to Lieutenant! Excellent work Sir!

    RAF_Ghost is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant! Congrats on earning your wings Sir!



    October 2007

    RAF_Louvert elected as the new Commanding Officer of the 209 and names his HQ Staff for the upcoming year. Many thanks to Colonel Sir Beerthirty for his excellent service as CO. Major Sir Louvert is sure to continue the legacy of the RAF!

    Major Neobaron continues another season as Operations Officer. Excellent Sir!

    Captain C.K. Benge is appointed Adjutant. Good luck in office sir!

    Lt. Slick is appointed Operations Officer. Good luck in your new station!

    2Lt. Crusader is appointed Squadron Training Officer. Good job!

    Major Slicer is appointed Fighter Training officer. Hurrah!

    Captain Volkov is appointed Clerk of Commendations. Ill be expecting my medal promptly.

    Captain C.K. Benge becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Salute!

    Warrant Officers Reefer, Osprey, and JL~Grube join the RAF! Welcome!



    November 2007

    RAF_Slick is promoted to Captain. Well deserved Sir.

    RAF_Crusader is promoted to Lieutenant. Way to go Sir.

    RAF_Reefer is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Congratulations on earning your wings Sir.

    Warrant Officer Palla joins the RAF. Welcome to the Might and Main!



    December 2007

    RAF 209 Squadron was very active right up to the holiday truce in the areas of promotions, honours, postings, and activities.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Major Louvert to Lieutenant Colonel
    Major Slicer to Lieutenant Colonel
    Captain Rebell to Major


    Postings

    Lieutenant Spud posted to reserve status
    Warrant Officer Willi von Luft posted to the Bomber Cadre as a replacement pilot


    Happenings and Events

    St. Mihiel Offensive - A one day event on December 8 that pitted American Forces augmented with RAF 209 pilots on temporary attachment orders against several of the top Jastas of the Imperial German Air Service. The Allied forces won a decisive victory over the opposition. Another "first" for the 209 Squadron was the award of the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross by General Pershing to Major Slick and Captain Rebell for their outstanding performances while temporarily attached to the 1st Aero Squadron, American Expeditionary Forces.

    Cold War Fun Days - RAF 209 pilots continued to individually participate in the weekly Cold War fun days hosted by KOA von Deutschmark. These non-scored events simulated the complete World War I aviation experience. Squadron members used this event to maintain fighter and bombing proficiency and to familiarize themselves with friendly and enemy aircraft and their capabilities.

    Terra Nova - Captain Python continued to work on new terrain renderings for the squadron and Red Baron Community as a whole for the enjoyment of all flyers and to provide alternative terrain challenges for bomber and fighter missions.





    January 2008

    RAF 209 Squadron started the New Year with several activities ranging from a war chest campaign to tournament competition.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Warrant Officer J.L Grube promoted to 2nd Lieutenant
    Warrant Officer Willi von Luft promoted to 2nd Lieutenant


    Happenings and Events

    Annual War Chest Fund Raising Campaign - In order to meet experiences incurred by the war effort (such as communications via Teamspeak and the internet web site) the Squadron initiated its annual fund raising campaign. $180 was collected to add to the $145 already in the chest. The War Chest contained $325 by the end of the month. New Bombing Manual Premiers - Through the efforts of Major Cobalt Blue, the in-depth bombing manual was finalized and presented for the squadron bomber training and information.

    Training Office Change - The unit Training Office underwent an administrative re-organization which included the addition of a Scout Training Officer and the duty title of the Squadron Training Officer changed to that of Administrative Training Officer.

    Red Baron World League Preparations - Major Viperx began soliciting squadron participation within the Red Baron community for the annual "Red Baron Olympics."

    Cold War IV Tournament Begins - January 20 saw the beginning of the annual Cold War IV tournament, overseen by von Deutschmark. This event pits the Allied Forces against the Central Coalition for a 15-week World War I flying experience ranging from the early years of the conflict to the cessation of hostilities. RAF 209 formed an alliance with Jastas 5 and 99 for this event. Major Neobaron is acting as Central Tactical Officer and RAF Liaison Officer. The Central Alliance began the conflict by achieving total air superiority and dominating the battlefield for the first two matches held during this month. RAF 209 achieved high scores in bombing and in fighter kills.



    February 2008

    The RAF 209 continued to hold true to the "Might and Main" unit tradition via tournament participation and flight model and terrain modeling for enhanced gaming experiences for the entire Red Baron community.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Major Cobalt Blue to Lieutenant Colonel
    Captain Python to Major
    Warrant Officer Osprey to 2nd Lieutenant

    Special Leap Year Promotion
    In recognition that 2008 is a Leap Year Lieutenant Crusader was selected by the Headquarters element to receive the February 29 (24 hour duration) rank of "Grand Puh Pah Brevet Kernel Extraordinaire" for his eternal quest for fame and glory.


    Appointments

    2nd Lieutenant Willi von Luft was appointed to the duty of Squadron History and Records Officer.


    Happenings and Events

    Annual War Chest Campaign Continued - Additional funds were collected bringing the total of available funds to $375.

    World War I - Flight Model Development - Major Python, Captain Le Morte Homme, and Captain C.K Benge initiated the development of a new war scenario utilizing a Flight Model created by Wolfgang. The intent of this project is to present the Red Baron community with a historically accurate war scenario. Lieutenant Colonel Louvert and Captain Benge worked on historical research while Captain Python created terrain and maps. Squadron members participated in the testing of various components of the project in test servers.

    Terra Nova - Captain Python continued to refine and enhance terrains for Terra Nova.

    Cold War IV. - The Coalition Forces of J5/J99/RAF 209 alliance continued to dominate Cold War IV by winning three matches and losing one match by a slim margin. Lieutenant Colonel Louvert and Major Neobaron led Coalition Forces in highest number of bombing points and fighter kills for the month respectively.



    March 2008

    RAF 209 continued to participate in a variety of Red Baron 3D activities ranging from tournament participation and training to initiating an enhanced media format for the squadron library and ongoing flight model/terrain development.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Captain Volkov to Major


    Postings

    Warrant Officers Dogz and Smolders joined the unit as replacement pilots.
    Second Lieutenant J. L. Grube was transferred out to the replacement depot.


    Appointments

    Lieutenant Colonel Slicer appointed to the position of Webmaster.


    Happenings and Events

    Wiki established - Lieutenant Colonel Slicer established a squadron Wiki. Wiki software permits users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize reference material on a website for knowledge management. Initial squadron Wiki use will be to house the squadron library and Cold War IV history, information and battle data.

    Terra Nova/World War I - Flight Model Development - Major Python, Captain Le Morte Homme, and Captain C.K Benge continued to refine and enhance this project. Aircraft such as the DRI and Snipe were flown and their characteristics critiqued and modified within the parameters of the Flight Model. Major Pylon designed additional terrains and target sets for future campaigns in areas not previously seen in the Red Baron gaming experience.

    Cold War IV. - The Coalition Forces of the J5/J99/RAF 209 alliance continued to dominate Cold War IV by winning all five scheduled matches under the skillful strategic planning of Majors Neobaron and Viperx. Lieutenant Colonel Louvert and Major Neobaron continued to maintain the lead in the highest number of bombing points and fighter kills scored respectively for the meet. RAF 209 exhibited teamwork, coordination, and the "will to win" to enable the coalition forces to maintain a healthy point lead over the Allied forces.

    Flanders Air War II - Captain C.K Benge began training sessions on Tuesday nights for pilots wanting to participate in the upcoming Flanders Air War II (FAWII) tournament. FAWII seeks to re-create the Summer/Winter 1916 Air War. Flying Allied, pilots trained in Morans-Saulnier N, Nieuport 10/11/ 12/16, Farman F40, Caudron G4, Airco DH2, BE2c, Bristol Scout, Vickers FB5 Gunbus, and FE2b aircraft. FAWII is a unique experience in that all navigation is accomplished by dead reckoning with no map plane icon reference and a one-life per match rule.

    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - Lieutenant Crusader began initial and refresher training for pilots wanting to participate in the Red Baron World League championship tournament. Major Wolf was appointed Team Representative with Lieutenant Crusader selected as Alternate Team Representative and Second Lieutenant Willi von Luft as Assistant Team Representative for the event.



    April 2008

    This month was a very active month for RAF 209 with activities ranging from a hard earned victory in Cold War IV to preparations for Red Baron World League and a change of command.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Captain C.K. Benge to Major
    Lieutenant Maverick to Captain


    Postings

    Major Python retired.
    Lieutenant Colonel Louvert relieved as Squadron Commander and placed in reserve status.


    Appointments

    Lieutenant Colonel Slicer appointed to the position of Assistant Adjutant.
    Major Neobaron appointed and confirmed as Squadron Commander.


    Happenings and Events

    Change of Command - Lieutenant Colonel Louvert requested and was granted permission from Allied Headquarters to be relieved of duty as Squadron Commander and placed in reserve status due to pressing family concerns at the home front. Major Neobaron, Executive Officer assumed command of the unit and was subsequently confirmed as Squadron Commander by Allied Headquarters.

    Cold War IV - The Coalition Forces of the J5/J99/RAF 209 alliance won a sweeping victory in Cold War IV by winning 14 out of 15 matches with a final score of 5010 to 2831. Lieutenant Colonels Slick and Louvert took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in bomber scores while Lieutenant Colonel Slicer ranked third in rear gun kills. Major Neobaron and Lieutenant Crusader claimed 2nd and 3rd place in the fighter category. This victory was achieved through the extensive planning of Majors Neobaron and Viperx and the successful execution of those plans by the participating pilots (Capt. Slick, Col. Beerthirty, Maj. C.K. Benge, Lt. Col. Cobalt Blue, Lt. Crusader, 2nd. Lt Grube, Capt. Le MorteHomme, Lt. Col. Louvert, Capt. Maverick, Maj. Peacemaker, Maj. Python, Maj. Rebell, Lt. Col. Slicer, Maj. Volkov, and 2nd Lt. Willi von Luft).

    Flanders Air War II - Practice continued for the Flanders Air War II upcoming campaign. Pilots began acquainting themselves with recon and artillery spotting missions and fighter sweeps.

    Red Baron World League VIII (RBWL Cool - Preparations continued for RBWL 8 with pilots homing in their skills in bomber pre-positioning, fighter escort, and scout duties during open server and scheduled practices. The event is scheduled to begin in May.



    May 2008

    After taking a short rest RAF 209 started the summer with headquarters and squadron appointments, well deserved promotions, and initial participation in the Red Baron World League (RBWL) campaign.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Major Viperx to Lieutenant Colonel
    Second Lieutenant Reefer to Lieutenant
    Warrant Officer Dogz to Second Lieutenant
    Warrant Officer Smolders to Second Lieutenant


    Appointments

    Lieutenant Colonel Slicer appointed Adjutant
    Lieutenant Colonel Viperx appointed Executive Officer
    Major C.K. Benge appointed Administrative Training Officer
    Major Wolf appointed Operations Officer
    Captain Gromet appointed Assistant Recruiting Officer
    Lieutenant Crusader appointed Recruiting Officer


    Happenings and Events

    Flanders Air War II - Practice continued for the Flanders Air War II upcoming campaign. Pilots continued to practice dog fighting tactics, artillery spotting and trench mapping and bombing.

    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - Pilots of RAF 2009 began the Red Baron World League Tournament (RBWL) by winning their first match in their quest for the victory cup. Lieutenant Colonel Viperx led planning efforts to obtain this victory.

    Wiki Work Continues - Lieutenant Colonel Slicer continued to work on the squadron Wiki. In time the complete squadron library will be moved to this format which will enable easier access and updating of the growing collection of squadron tactical, training, and historical information.



    June 2008

    Red Baron World League was the priority project for RAF 209 this month.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Lieutenant Crusader to Captain
    Lieutenant Spud to Captain
    Second Lieutenant Willi von Luft to Lieutenant


    Postings

    Major Rebell retired.
    Captain Le Morte Homme posted to replacement depot.
    Cadet Trent posted to squadron for military and flying training.


    Happenings and Events

    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - RAF 209 continued to lead the RBWL tournament with a 5-0 win record. As of week four Colonel Beerthirty is leading in the bomber category with nine targets destroyed and 41 target points and Major Neobaron is ranked third in the fighter category with 32 kills for 29 net points.
    At the very end of May Lieutenant Colonel Vipex resigned as RBWL 8 Field Marshal due to medical reasons. Colonel Beerthirty became a Field Marshal in his place but resigned later in the month due to family health concerns. Lieutenant Willi von Luft volunteered to become a Field Marshal and became Senior Field Marshal for the event. Major Neobaron continued to perform scorekeeper duties.

    Flanders Air War II - Practice continued on Tuesday nights for the upcoming Flanders Air War Meet. Pilots are practicing flying 1915-16 Allied bombers and fighters by using dead reckoning techniques.



    July 2008

    There is no summer vacation for RAF 209 Squadron this month with RBWL participation, FAW preparation, and Headquarters reorganization.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the Squadron and the war effort:
    Captain Bomberman to Major
    Cadet Trent to Warrant Officer


    Postings

    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Slicer relieved as Adjutant.
    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Viperx relieved as Executive Officer.
    Major Neobaron relieved as Squadron Commander and retired with much honor.
    Major Volkov relieved as Clerk of Commendations and placed in reserve status.
    Warrant Officer Luckye posted to Squadron for military and flying training.


    Appointments

    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Cobalt Blue appointed Squadron Adjutant.
    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Viperx appointed Squadron Commander.
    Major Sir Wolf appointed Executive Officer.
    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Louvert appointed Clerk of Commendations (interim).


    Happenings and Events

    Red Baron World League (RBWL) – RAF 209 continued to be a strong contender for the cup with RBWL with a 6 wins -1 loss record.

    Flanders Air War II – Practice continued on Tuesday nights for the upcoming Flanders Air War Meet to be held in late August. Pilots are practicing flying 1915-16 Allied bombers and fighters by using dead reckoning techniques. Missions being practiced include pursuit flying and combat techniques, two-seater deep recon, artillery spotting, trench mapping, and bombing missions.

    St. Mihiel Reenactment – Major C.K Benge worked on event planning for the Battle of St. Mihiel reenactment due to be flown in late September. He has coordinated server availability, Red Baron 3D community support and then began securing RAF 209 participants who will fly Allied for the event. During the Great War the German held St. Mihiel salient was chosen for the U.S. Army’s first offensive under the command of General Pershing. Over 1400 aircraft under the command of General William Mitchell supported the advancing US and French troops. RAF 209 wishes to duplicate this important American victory.

    Aces of Aces Retires – RAF 209 was saddened to process the retirement of Major Neobaron. Major Neobaron was one of the pillars of the Red Baron community. He was an outstanding war planner, community leader, and about all a great pursuit pilot. To some he was another Mannock and to others Richthofen but to the squadron he was a comrade-in-arms. He infused RAF 209 with the will to win but to practice good sportsmanship and uphold the honour code while doing it. Neobaron was the very embodiment of “Might and Main.” He will be missed but never forgotten.



    August 2008
    RAF 209 continues to be very active by participating in RBWL 8, training for FAW II and signing up and preparing for the St. Mihiel Re-enactment.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for the combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Second Lieutenant Osprey to Lieutenant
    Warrant Officer Luckye to Second Lieutenant
    Warrant Officer Trent to Second Lieutenant
    Postings
    Warrant Officer Snowfox posted to squadron for military and flying training.


    Appointments
    Major Sir C. K. Benge appointed Operations Officer
    Events and Happenings
    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - RAF 209 continued to be a strong contender for the cup in RBWL 8 with a 9 wins 2 losses record. Colonel Sir Beer and Captain Slick rank 4th and 5th respectively in the top bombers while Lieutenant Colonel Viperx and Major Wolf are 7th and 8th in the top fighter category.

    Flanders Air War II - Practice continued with Tuesday night sessions in preparation for the upcoming Flanders Air War Meet to be held in September. The meet has had to be pushed back due to problems with server/FM plane modification problems. Pilots continue to perfect their dead reckoning, deep reconnaissance, bombing, artillery spotting, dog fighting and trench mapping skills while flying 1915-16 Allied bombers and fighters.

    St. Mihiel Reenactment - Major Sir C.K Benge opened sign-ups for the annual Battle of St. Mihiel re-enactment due to be flown in late September. RAF 209 will be flying Allied as the 93rd and 103rd Aero Squadrons. Historically these squadrons were part of the United States Third Pursuit Group. The 103rd Aero Squadron was formerly N.124 and then Spa 124, better known as the Escadrille Lafayette when it was part of the Armee de l'Air Francais (French Air Force). They flew SPAD XIIIs.



    September 2008
    RAF 209 concluded an active month by participating in three campaigns: RBWL 8, FAW II, and the St. Mihiel Re-enactment.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officer was promoted for the combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:
    Major Wolf to Lieutenant Colonel.

    Postings
    Warrant Officer Destroyer posted to squadron for military and flying training.

    Appointments
    Lieutenant Reefer appointed Fighter Training Officer.

    Events and Happenings
    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - RAF 209 continued to be a strong contender for the cup in RBWL 8 with a 9 win 5 loss record. Colonel Sir Beer, Captain Slick , Major C. K. Benge and Captain Re'bec rank 2nd and 4th, 6th, and 9th place respectively in the top bombers while Major Wolf ranked 7th in the top fighter category. RAF 209 now advances to the play-off round.

    Flanders Air War II - The Flanders Air War (FAW II) began with the RAF 209 being pitted against J30 . Using evasive tactics coupled with daring and fortitude bomber pilots were able to accomplish two penetration reconnaissance and bombing missions deep into the enemy heartland while scouts and fighters were able to restrain enemy efforts to destroy bombers and ground targets. Even while flying heavily outnumbered RAF 209 pilots continued to make their presence known to the enemy with positive outcomes.

    St. Mihiel Reenactment - On September 27th and 28th RAF 209 squadron participated in the Battle of St. Mihiel reenactment flying Allied as the 93rd and 103rd Aero Squadrons. Colonel Beerthirty played the part of Colonel Billy Mitchell in this intensive two day, two battles per day meet which included both day and night operations. Squadron bombers and fighters routinely neutralized enemy opposition. Unfortunately the scores were lost and the final outcome of the meet could not be determined. Scores or not RAF 209 was an Allied force to be reckoned with.



    October 2008
    RAF 209 concluded an active month by having the annual Commanding Officer's election and concluding participation in two campaigns: Red Baron World League 9 and Flanders Air War II (FAW II).


    Postings
    Lieutenant Colonel Viperx relieved as Commanding Officer and retired from the squadron after a tour of dedicated service to the squadron.


    Appointments
    Major Peacemaker appointed Commanding Officer.
    Major Rebell appointed Fighter Training Officer.


    Events and Happenings
    Red Baron World League (RBWL) - RAF 209 concluded RBWL 8 in 4th place with a 9 win 5 loss record. The squadron dominated the bombing category by placing four squadron members (Colonel Sir Beer, Captain Slick , Major C. K. Benge and Captain Re'bec who ranked 2nd and 4th, 6th, and 9th place respectively in the top ten bombers while Major Wolf ranked 7th in the top fighter category. This meet demonstrated that RAF 209 Squadron has become a bomber force that can get the job done when it comes to destroying targets.

    Flanders Air War II (FAWII) - The Flanders Air War (FAW II) campaign began with RAF 209 Squadron being outnumbered by the enemy. However, the squadron continued to fly and complete challenging missions in spite of superior numbers.



    November 2008
    RAF 209 concluded an active month by concluding participation in the Flanders Air War II (FAW II) campaign.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officer was promoted for the combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Major Re'bec promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
    Lieutenant Reefer promoted to Captain.
    Second Lieutenant Dogz promoted to Lieutenant.
    Postings
    Warrant Officer Tango posted to squadron for military and flying training.


    Appointments

    Captain Reefer appointed Squadron Recruiting Officer.
    Captain Slick appointed Executive Officer.
    Lieutenant Willi von Luft appointed Clerk of Commendations.
    Second Lieutenant Trent appointed Webmaster.
    Events and Happenings
    Flanders Air War II (FAWII) - The Flanders Air War (FAW II) campaign concluded with a nebulous outcome because of scoring difficulties during the final week of play. However RAF 209 Squadron pilots distinguished themselves in this challenging campaign. Based upon the 7th week tallies Major Rebell led the squadron with 4 aircraft kills, Major Benge with 2 balloon kills, and Colonel Beerthirty with 3 bombing reconnaissance/missions completed. FAWII is one of the more difficult campaigns to fly because of the use of both dead reckoning navigation and1915 -16 aeroplanes which are more difficult to fly and maneuver because of their fragile flying characteristics. Again the RAF 209 Squadron's pilots demonstrated a willingness to fly anywhere, under any conditions, with any machine and still give an excellent account of themselves for King and country.



    December 2008
    RAF 209 concluded the year with the award of the Victoria Cross, preparation for the Cold War V Campaign, and received new aircraft paints for the Cold War 3 set of the Cold War campaign series.


    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for
    combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Captain Slick promoted to Major.
    Lieutenant Willi von Luft promoted to Captain.
    Warrant Officer Tango promoted to Second Lieutenant.
    Events and Happenings
    Major Sir C.K. Benge Awarded the Victoria Cross - Major Sir C. Benge joined an elite group of squadron members by becoming the sixth member in the history of the RAF 209 Squadron to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration bestowed by the Crown. He earned this highest of honours by displaying his extraordinary skill and courage in successfully bombing 5 targets in two separate RBWL 8 matches, a feat unmatched in the history of the RBWL competitions.

    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Louvert Presents New Squadron Aircraft Paints to the Squadron and to the Allied forces - Lieutenant Colonel Sir Louvert designed and executed new Cold War series 3 paint skins for all Allied forces aeroplanes and in particular RAF 209 Squadron machines for use in the competition. He had designed paints for use by RAF 209 Squadron flights during the meet. The project took much time and effort to render a historical feel to Allied aircraft. The squadron will wear them proudly in the upcoming meet.

    Cold War V Preparations - RAF 209 Squadron members began practicing flying in preparation for the upcoming Cold War V Campaign. The twelve week campaign is divided into 5 phases - early years, middle years, and late years of the year. Major Rebell operated a test/practice server for game testing and practice. RAF 209 Squadron will be flying with the Allied forces during the campaign and will become one of the pillars of the Allied combing effort.





    January 2009
    RAF 209 started out the new year by welcoming back a deployed military member and by making substantial contributions to the Allied effort during Cold War V campaign.

    Postings
    Lieutenant Colonel Sir Louvert relieved as Assistant Clerk of Commendations after many years of performing this very important squadron function and has set the standard for those to follow.

    Appointments
    Second Lieutenant Tango appointed Assistant Clerk of Commendations.

    Events and Happenings
    Major Bomberman Returns - Major Bomberman returned to the Squadron after a tour of duty to the Middle East and assumed his duties as within the Bomber elite Cadre. Major Bomberman was glad to return to Western Front flying after a ground assignment. The Major is looking forward to flying in the upcoming Cold War V campaign.

    Cold War V Campaign - RAF 209 Squadron began offensive operations as a member of the Allied forces during the first three weeks of the Cold War V 12 week campaign. RAF 209 Squadron bombing expertise and fighter prowess contributed heavily to the 2 win 1 loss record achieved by the Allied forces while flying early aeroplanes across the Verdun area. At the end of week 3 of the campaign 3 RAF 209 Squadron are ranked in the top 10 bombers. Major Slick is in third place, Major Rebell in 5th place, and Captain Willi von Luft is in 7th place.



    February 2009

    RAF 209 Squadron has continued to contribute heavily to to the Allied bombing efforts in Cold War V under the leadership of Major Slick. The squadron also started to venture into the other flight Sims. Squadron member promoted to flag rank.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officer was promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Colonel Sir Beerthirty to Brigadier General.

    Postings

    Lt. Colonel Slicer retires after many dedicated years to the squadron.
    Major Bomberman retires after many dedicated years to the squadron.
    Captain Flea posted to replacement unit awaiting reassignment.

    Events and Happenings

    Colonel Sir Beerthirty promoted to Brigadier General - RAF 209 Squadron has a flag officer within its ranks for the second time in its distinguished history. General Sir Beerthirty is a former Commanding Officer and lead bomber and has dedicated many years of service to the squadron via leadership, campaign participation and administrative duties.

    RAF 209 Squadron Broadened Horizons with Other Flight Games - Squadron members began exploring other flight sims such as Over Flanders Fields and Rise of Flight to prepare themselves for the World War I flight game that would would supplement/replace Red Baron.in the near future. Other members have explored IL-2 and are considering expanding RAF's appeal by entering the World War II combat flight game area.

    Strong Bomber Presence in Cold War V - RAF 209 Squadron continued to rack up target destroyed points for the Allied side in Cold War V. RAF continued to dominate in bombing Central targets. RAF_Slick ranks third with 18 destroyed targets and 11 kills. RAF_Rebell ranks fourth in bombing with 18 targets destroyed and 8 kills while RAF_Willi von Luft is in tenth with 14 downed targets and 1 kill. RAF_Rebell ranked 6th in Rear Gunner kills with 6 destroyed machines while RAF_Slick ranked 8th with 5 kills.



    March 2009

    The 209th continued to contribute heavily to Cold War V in gaining bombing points for the Allied side. More members explored other Flight Sims such as Over Flanders Fields and IL-2.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officer was promoted for combat
    and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Second Lieutenant Trent to Lieutenant.

    Events and Happenings

    Cold War V - The meet continued with RAF_Slick ranking first among bomber pilots with 34 targets destroyed and 15 kills. RAF_Beerthirty ranked eighth with 27 destroyed targets and nine kills. RAF_Rebell was in third place for rear-gunner kills with 10, RAF_Slick was ranked sixth with 9 kills and RAF_Beerthirty ranked seventh with 9 kills. RAF 209 squadron was fast becoming the mainstay of the Allied bombing efforts during the meet.

    Other Flight Sims Explored - Squadron members continued to explore other flight sims. Members have been flying Over Flanders Fields and familiarizing themselves with Il-2. The IL-2 game which is a World War II sim is slated to have a WWI modification called "Canvas Knights" in the near future. The squadron has begun to familiarize itself with the way the game is played and has been training with assistance from the American Volunteer Group (AVG) another Allied IL-2 World War II squad which is composed of RB3D players.



    April 2009

    RAF 209 Squadron entered the World War II era by playing in an IL-2 campaign and forming an alliance with the AVG squadron. Squadron members take top honors in Cold War V bombing and rear gunner kills.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Major Peacemaker to Lieutenant Colonel.
    Second Lieutenant Tango to Lieutenant.

    Events and Happenings

    First IL-2 Campaign - RAF 209 Squadron 2009 completed in the World War II Il-2 campaign "North African Campaign/Swap War" by flying allied with the AVG. The squadron distinguished itself by winning the second half of the swap war by flying Allied bomber aircraft against Axis targets.

    Cold War V - RAF 209 Squadron took honors in bombing and rear gunner kills at the conclusion of Cold War V. RAF_Slick was top bomber by destroying 48 targets and getting 15 kills. The feat was accomplished while being the squadron battle commander and primary battle planner. RAF_Beerthirty ranked seventh with 34 targets destroyed and 11 kills. RAF_Willi von Luft was tenth with 30 targets destroyed and 1 kill. Squadron members also took high honors in bomber rear gunner kills. RAF_Slick secured second place with 12 kills, RAF_Beerthirty claimed third place with 11 kills, and RAF-Rebell clinched sixth place with 10 kills. RAF 209 Squadron contributed heavily to the Allied cause by scoring over half of the Allied bombing points.



    May 2009

    RAF 209 Squadron became a diversified squadron by participating in World War I and World War II sims. Squadron web site updated to reflect the new direction of the squadron. The squadron allied with Jasta 5 to participate in Flying Coffins II.

    Postings

    Lt. Colonel Sir CobaltBlue retired from the squadron after many years as a bomber pilot, trainer, and headquarters members.
    Lt. Colonel Sir Louvert returned to active duty status with the Bomber Elite Cadre.
    Major Volkov retired. from the squadron after many years of dedicated service.
    Captain Doughboy comes out of retirement to server King and country with the Fighter Elite Cadre.
    Captain TIG posted to the replacement unit for reassignment.
    Warrant Officer Knight joins the squadron and is assigned to the Scout Elite Cadre.

    Appointments

    Lt. Colonel Sir CobaltBlue relieved as Adjutant upon retirement.
    Major Sir C.K. Benge appointed Adjutant.

    Events and Happenings

    Squadron Diversifies - RAF 209 Squadron diversified and became a multi-sim, multi-era squadron. The squadron continued to participate in IL-2 training in the World War II arena and members also played sims such as Over Flanders Fields and Red Baron 3D in the World War I era. It is hoped that this diversification will attract more members to the squadron and give members more playing options. To support this new direction the squadron web site welcome page and forums were updated to reflect this new direction.

    Flying Coffins II - The RAF 209 Squadron entered into an alliance with Jasta 5 to provide pursuit and bomber support during the Jasta-30 sponsored Flying Coffins II tournament. Flying as both Allied and Central, Captains Reefer and Willi von Luft and Lieutenant Tango were challenged to fly a variety of aircraft. Lieutenant Tango downed her first bridge while flying a bomber during game three of the meet.

    June 2009

    RAF 209 Squadron continued to train in World War II Il-2 with other IL-2 squadrons and began hosting a dedicated server. Practice began for the WWI Battle of Somme and the JGS4 Speed Cup Race. Flying Coffins concluded with participants gaining valuable multi-machine and war planning experience.

    Promotions

    Major Rebell to Lieutenant Colonel.

    Postings

    Lieutenant Dogz returns to active duty with the Fighter Elite Cadre.
    Lieutenant Trent returns to active duty with the Fighter Elite Cadre.
    Warrant Officer Falcon posted to the squadron and assigned to the Scout Elite Cadre.
    Warrant Officer Marco Conrad posted to the squadron and assigned to the Scout Elite Cadre.

    Appointments

    Captain Willi von Luft becomes Assistant Clerk of Commendations.
    Lieutenant Tango becomes Clerk of Commendations.
    Lieutenant Trent becomes Operations Officer.

    Events and Happenings

    Il-2 1946 Training: - Squadron members are practicing with Axis II/JG1 for the upcoming "Battle for France." Practice is centered around Spitfire vs ME-109s and bomber training. To support the IL-2 training efforts the squadron set up an IL-2 dedicated server.

    Battle of Somme Practice - Squadron members mounted 1916 WWI machines to practice for next month's WW I Battle of Somme in Red Baron 3D. The Battle of the Somme in July 1916 was one of the bloodiest battles in World War I and human history. The battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead—the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. The Allied forces, including troops from England, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, took on the German lines in the northern part of France. The front stretched for about twelve miles in a vertical line that ran to the north and south of the River Somme, hence the battle's name. Prior to the battle, the British Royal Flying Corps had established air superiority in the area, allowing them to use planes and observation balloons to spot for artillery. They fielded a total of 185 aircraft, with the Germans having only 129 aircraft. The British had many causalities. The RAF will be flying Allied with other Red Baron 3D units to re-create the air war portion of the battle. Practice included way point navigation, bombing, fighter escorts, pure pursuit and recon missions.

    JGS4 Speed Cup Practice - Squadron members began individual practice for the upcoming JGS4 sponsored Speed Cup Race. Utilizing SPAD XIII and Alpine terrain, participants will race a predetermined course which includes flying under bridges and around mountains.

    Flying Coffins II Concludes - RAF Squadron members finished participating in the J-30 hosted Flying Coffins II tournament. Lieutenant Tango down her first bridge as a bomber during the meet and Captain Willi von Luft gained experience in war planning and being a flight lead. This combined operation with Jasta 5 provided excellent training for the participants in flying different types of Allied and Central aeroplanes.

    July 2009

    RAF 209 had an active month in both IL2 and Red Baron 3D by participating in events.

    Postings

    RAF_Python returns to active duty in the Fighter Elite Cadre.

    Events and Happenings

    Battle of Somme (July 11 and 12) - RAF 209 participated in the re-creation of the Air Battle of Somme as RFC20. Pilots flew recon, bombing, and home airdrome defense missions. Major Slick used his expertise in war planning and leadership of RFC20 which was highly instrumental in the Allies gaining and maintaining air superiority and dominating the battlefield during the two-day war.

    IL-2 Early War Dog fighting Event - The squadron participated on July 16 in the IL-2 Early Warplanes Dogfight Event (Biplanes). RAF squadron members got to practice in aircraft that have simi liar handling characteristics to those that will be found in the forthcoming IL-2 1946 mod - Canvas Knights.

    August 2009

    RAF 209 stood down in August in anticipation of a busy fall and winter campaign season in both Red Baron 3D and IL-2. Squadron pilots enjoyed well earned leaves while the mechanics worked on repairing and upgrading the war weary squadron flying machines.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for
    combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Captain Doughboy to Major.
    Lieutenant Trent to Captain.
    Warrant Officer Falcon to Second Lieutenant.
    RAF_Foxeye to Warrant Officer.
    RAF_Gizzards to Warrant Officer.

    September 2009

    RAF 209 Squadron participated in two campaigns this month: JGS Speed Cup and Wings of War, Midway 1942 Campaign.

    Postings

    RAF_Osprey resumed flying duties with Fighter Elite Cadre.
    Lieutenant Colonel Louvert Retired.

    Events and Happenings

    JGS 4 Speed Cup Race - RAF 209 squadron members participated in Speed Cup IV in Red Baron 3D. This event was hosted by JGS IV. This was a different type of event in that pilots flew a closed circuit race course on an island map. Pilots could select what Allied machine they wanted to fly in. Most chose SPAD XIIIs. Lt. Col Sir C.K. Benge placed 5th in the race. RAF_Rebell hosted the event on his server.

    Wings of War, Midway 1942 Campaign - The squadron participated in the Wing of War Campaign Series which is a continuous 24 hour campaign for IL-2. The Campaign re-created the 1942 Battle of Midway. RAF 209 pilots flew torpedo bombers and were able to destroy some sea borne targets.

    Lt. Colonel Louvert Retires - A long veteran of many campaigns, designer, artist, and Great War historian retired from the squadron. Lt. Col. Louvert was highly instrumental in the design, layout, and update of the squadron web site. He also managed the Squadron War Chest. In addition he served many years as the Chief of Commendations and is responsible for the highly successful squadron awards and recognition program for squadron members and the Red Baron 3D community. He also served the RB community by providing awards for the many events. He was also an outstanding bomber pilot. He will be missed by the squadron.

    October 2009

    This month was a very active month for the squadron with the annual squadron change-of-command and installation of the new Headquarters Staff and participation in several campaigns.

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for
    combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Major Sir C.K. Benge to Lieutenant Colonel.
    Captain Reefer to Major.
    Lieutenant Osprey to Captain.
    Lieutenant Tango to Captain.

    Appointments

    Lt. Col. Sir C.K. Benge appointed Commanding Officer.
    Maj. Python appointed Executive Officer.
    Maj.Sir Slick appointed to Recruiting Officer.
    Lt. Col. Rebell appointed to Administrative Training Officer.
    2nd. Lt. Falcon to Assistant Clerk of Communications.
    Capt. Willi von Luft appointed Squadron Treasurer.

    Events and Happenings

    War Forces VII - RAF 209 formed an alliance with the Kamel Kinds Squadron to fly Allied in the Red Baron WF7 Tournament. while flying early period aircraft the squadron bombed targets and provides scout and escort support of the Allied cause. Maj Sir Slick and General Beer were instrumental in destroying Central Powers' ground targets while RAF_Python, Reefer, and Tango provided pursuit support.

    Wings of War - Mediterranean - RAF 209 participated in the World War II IL-2 campaign: Wing of War - Mediterranean. Flying bombers RAF 209 was able to destroy ground targets. RAF_Rebell distinguished himself by devising new bombing techniques for the campaign. RAF 209 continues to make an impression upon the IL-2 community by fair play and adeptness to campaign scenarios.

    November 2009

    Promotions

    Ben Horill to Warrant Officer.

    Appointments

    Maj. Reefer appointed Adjutant.

    Events and Happenings

    War Forces VII - The RAF 209/KK Alliance continued to fly in support of the allied cause in WF 7. The Alliance had a successful week 7 match .A total of 45 ground targets were destroyed. Lt. Col. Sir C.K. Benge led the way by scoring 29 targets points, followed by Capt. Willi von Luft with 27, and Lt. Col. Rebell with 21 points. Because of RAF_Python's war outstanding war planning this was the best operation for the alliance to date in the tournament.

    Wings of War - Singapore - 1941. RAF_209 squadron flew in this IL-2 24/7 campaign and successfully bombed targets in support of the Allies in the South-East Asian Theater. They were able to harass Japanese forces when these forces tried to besiege the British stronghold of Singapore.

    December 2009

    Promotions

    By order of the RAF Headquarters the following officers were promoted for combat and non-combat contributions to the squadron and the war effort:

    Major Python to Lieutenant Colonel.
    Captain Willi von Luft to Major.

    Postings

    Lt. Col. Sir Cobalt Blue resumed flying duties with the Bomber Elite Cadre.

    Events and Happenings

    War Forces VII - War Forces VII concluded. RAF209/KK Alliance assisted the Allied forces in holding the line against rapid Central Powers advances. Noteworthy were bomber sorties flown by RAF_Slick and RAF_Beer. RAF_Python, Osprey, and Reefer increased their kill scores. When the final scores are released it is is expected that RAF_209 pilots will be covered with glory and honors.

    Bloody April: The Battle for Arras - RAF_Benge with AVG Meder and Coleslaw are working on an IL-2 practice with a World War I flavor. IL-2 unique biplanes would be skinned to resemble world war I Allied/Hun machines. This practice is another tool in pilot preparation for the transition to the IL-2 Canvas Knights mod.to be released in 2010.

    Special Order 10 - RAF 209 Headquarters mandated that all pilots were to begin transitioning into IL3 1946 Forgotten Skies.in preparation for the Canvas Knights. pilots would familiarize themselves with the controls and flight characteristics of their machines.













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