By Bixyl Shuftan
"big band" music from the 1940s in the background, the ceremony was not
all seriousness. There were a few jokes about an opposing aircraft
buzzing overhead, "We'll kick their (tail) later." Of one pilot's long
display name Adjutant-Gonzalo de Montalvo y Montignac, Jessica
lightheartedly quiped, "I am so not writing out his full name all the
time. Hee-hee." And of one pilot's preference for the Me 262 jet fighter, there were wisecracks about her being a "speed freak."
JessicaBelle was the pilot who told SL Newser about New Bastogne's WW2 Combat RP
over two years ago. Since then, she developed a reputation for being a
crack dive bomber and quality aircraft builder, helping to train pilots
and help organize details. Vickster Khun
got her start in the old RCAF air group, eventually creating the New
Bastogne sim as part of the WW2 area that's become to be identified by
Earlier, there was some friction between the
Luftwaffe and SS groups, when one of the stormtroopers abused his
authority and ignored the orders of an officer from JG-52 to back down.
The offender was later disciplined, and a reminder given to everyone
they were supposed to be fighting as a team and have fun while doing so.
Since then, the troubles have been largely forgotten, and the band of
pilots flying on as before.
Lately there have been
some special events with other combat groups which normally fight in
other areas. On Thursday January 17th, the US Navy group set up an
aircraft carrier in Bay Area next to New Bastogne and launched an arieal
assault. Despite being outnumbered, JG-52 continued to fly into the
furball. The Navy group claimed victory after a couple hours, though
smaller skirmishes continued to be reported in group chatter.