|Wings of War: Dogfight Booster Pack
by Andrea Angiolino
|Wings of War | Published 28 October 2008|
While the Wings of War: Immelmann boster pack focuses on airplanes of the earliest portion of World War I, the Dogfight booster features some of the biggest fan-favorites from the later portion of the war.
The introduction of the S.E.5a in Wings of War has been asked for a long time by players all over the world, and the Canadian Billy Bishop — airplane card #1 of the set — is one of the most requested pilot since the game appeared on the market. He is not the only famous pilot in the new booster. The Australian Dallas, the South African balloon buster Beauchamp-Proctor, the English McCudden and Mannock are good company on his side of the front.
Both British and Australian planes used to have unimaginative paint schemes, so we tried to add a few unusual ones in this booster. Dallas' plane has a unique camouflage that's quite distinctive. There is also a grey S.E.5a from 143 Night Squadron with darkened roundels. There are also a number more colorful planes including two planes from 61 Night Squadron, one which has been covered entirely with small blue and green squares and the other with red and green squares.
For the American players who wish to fly in their own national colors, two cards are dedicated to planes from the USA's 25th Aero Squadron. This unit received the S.E.5a only in the very last days of W.W.I. One of these two planes belongs to Joseph E. "Child Yank" Boudwin, who testified that they only had a single machine gun. The second weapon, which should have been fitted to the upper wing, arrived only after the end of the war.
We also included a couple of planes that saw action in war after World War I. Fans will find both a Soviet and a Polish S.E.5a from the post-1918 conflicts in Eastern Europe. These planes could well be mixed with the D.VIIs and Snipes from the same area and period included in the Top Fighter booster. The Soviet S.E.5a belongs to the Central air group of South-West Front and was used in summer 1920 by the unit commander Ivan Pavlov.
The Polish plane is one of the two S.E.5a offered to Poland by Handley Page. This plane reached Danzig by ship the first of December 1919. One was destroyed by accident the second of February 1920 while piloted by lieutenant Antoni Mroczkowski. He was severely injured in the accident, so the wreck has been used as spare parts for the plane depicted in our card.
The SS D.III and D.IV are not as much important as the S.E.5a from a historical point of view, but they are fine machines. We provided a few of these very agile planes: among them one flown by Ernst Udet, now maybe the most represented pilot in our game with four plane cards (Fokker E.III, Albatros D.Va, Siemens-Schuckert D.III and Fokker D.VII) and two miniatures.