This new book by Osprey offers a great reference for the 1914 air campaign. These three raids conducted by the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) make for interested reading about these the earliest strategic air strikes against the German Zeppelin Sheds.
While the first against Dusseldorf and Cologne is fairly well know, the further raids Friedrichshafen and Cuxhaven are more obscure. These raids were conducted in 1914, the same distance in time to the first crossing of the English Channel by an aircraft as that to the invention of the Wright Flyer. (It was an Ah-Ha moment for me).
The original nine aircraft for RNAS were of eight different makes and models, which made for a logistic nightmare. Often these aircraft were in need of repairs and maintenance. These issues and the lack of flight intelligence, unsecure airfields and the newness of the missions made these attacks an adventure for the pilots.
Without going into the details of the raids, they will make an interesting campaign setting for these unmanned squadrons.
Think of the toys;
- Bleriot (type of aircraft that crossed the English Channel)
- Zeppelins (and their sheds)
- Squadrons with only two aircraft
- Armoured Cars and Touring Cars patrolling the Flanders and Belgium countryside
- Revolving Zeppelin shed at Nordholz
- Early seaplane/aircraft carriers (OK converted Channel ferries)
- Raids crossing neutral territory
- Seaplanes (unarmed) against Zeppelins in air-to-air combat
- Air Raid coming from the sea
Now just think of the campaign (and the models).