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No. 188 Squadron, Royal Air Force - 'The Lucky Dogs'


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On the 20th December, 1917, with the Great War at its height, a training unit designated 188 Squadron was formed at Throwley Aerodrome. Its purpose was to train pilots in night-fighting on the Avro 504 K. By July 1918 this had been expanded to include training pilots to fly the Sopwith Camel & Sopwith Pup at night. It was disbanded on 1st March 1919.

No. 188 Squadron was reformed on the 5th April, 1939, and equipped with the Hawker Hurricane Mk. I. They were based at Shoreham Airfield, West Sussex on the South Coast of England. When war broke out two flights were dispatched to France to serve alongside the British Expeditionary Force. They fought through the Battle of France until they were withdrawn to their homebase of Shoreham in late May 1940. Here they were reequipped recieved replacement pilots after their losses in France - interestingly the replcaement pilots were drawn from Norweigian & Swedish aviators; the former exiles from their home country, the latter volunteers who had come to Britain to fight.

From 10th July 1940 to 31st October 1940 they fought steadfastly through what was to become known as the Battle of Britain. The squadron accounted for no less than 44 victories during the battle, most of which were Heinkel He-111's, but they also suffered themselves. During the entire Battle they lost eight aircraft destroyed and five pilots killed, three of those planes and two of the pilots were lost on 'The Hardest Day', 18th August 1940.

From 1941-1943 the squadron fought in North Africa, having been equipped with the Mk. IIB (Trop). During the invasion of Italy they were reequipped with the Spitfire Mk. IXB until they returned to England in May 1944. They were part of the Allied air support for the Normandy Landings and from July 1944 - May 1945 they often flew escort for Allied bombers.

No. 188 Squadron was disbanded in March 1946.

 

 

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Of the above 'history', only a few parts are true. 188 Squadron did exist from 1917-1919, it was given the Squadron Code XD in 1939 but was never reformed. Shoreham airfield, now Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport, did have aircraft stationed during the second World War but for the early part of the war these were mostly Westland Lysander aircraft, which were replaced by Spitfires, Hurricanes & Defiants, as well as a pair of Beaufighters. Shoreham operated as an Air-Sea-Rescue base, with Supermarine Walrus' operating from the airfield & nearby harbour.

By using the designation of 188 Squadron we were able to use a real squadron but create a fictional background for them, rather than emulate one of the squadrons that actually fought from 1939-1945.

 

 

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The members of 188 Squadron, Royal Air Force, come from a small group of friends who have been playing games together for several years. The closest we have to a name would be 'The Lucky Dogs', named so after our clan in a modification called The Deluge, for Mount&Blade: Warband. The dogs head in the badge has become synonymous with us as our emblem.

As a group we encompass many games; from Mount&Blade: Warband to Crusader Kings II, Red Orchestra to ArmA2, Men of War to Left 4 Dead 2 and others in between. We love to play games together and, as a number of us have quite an interest in the planes & battles of the 1940s, this game is great fun for a number of us.

 

 

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As said above, 188 Squadron is drawn from a gaming community of friends. We don't recruit openly, nor do we seek to recruit new members - our newest members tend to come to the group through existing members. "What is the point of this post then?" you might say. Well it covers three things; 1. It shows who we are, 2. It gives our group a solid identity ("In this game we are such-and-such") and 3. I like making these sorts of posts. As far as identity goes, as a lot of us are keen historians in different periods, we prefer to emulate historical units, hence why we chose a squadron number.

With regards to training, we don't. As a group we tend to be quite competent gamers and prefer to 'train' by playing the game, rather than have some private training - we find we learn more from facing random opponents as a group than we would do just against ourselves.
 

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I am also playing this game with a group of friends from other games over the years , Your squadron sounds like what we are looking for . 

 

I can not see any information about applying to join. So maybe you could contact me & we could have a chat on your comms ?

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Ah I should probably highlight this part of the post;

 

"We don't recruit openly, nor do we seek to recruit new members" - I'm afraid we don't recruit at all.

 

This thread exists solely to sate my, and my groups members, desire to have an identity within the game and to shout it out loud on the forums.

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