Professor Schadel.....Or in English,
Professor Schadel first appeared to the world in 1935, immediately
after Stalin's re-assertion of power in the
USSR. His initial "Appearance" was after his
"Super bomber" and squadron destroyed a Red Army military base that was
based outside of Federal Georgia.
His history is unknown, his name suggests German, although he is not
known to be sympathetic to either the Kaiser or Hitler. His
"Stomping grounds" range from northern Europe, to Eastern Asia, to the
tip of Africa to the Eastern Seaboard of North America, although he has
not been in the Americas except rarely. A few people have
reported seeing him, although none know if they were really him.
All reports pointed to a tall, thin, red hair and bearded man.
Some rumor him to be a Professor Schroedinger, a weapons
developer that worked with Doctor Fassenbinder early in the Great War,
and developed a breakthrough "Pulse communications transmitter", which
was not developed, as the war ended and the research lost.
No one really knows his agenda, goals, or true military
power. His planes have been seen doing many jobs,
everything, from protectig civilian liners from attacking pirate craft,
to attacking military bases, to escorting un-identified zeppelins, and
even piracy of their own. A queer mix from a relatively
The unit strikes from seemingly nowhere. Numerous attempts to
tail his forces, or find his base of operations with convential
searches has led to nothing. Only gutted
wreckage of aircraft attempting to do so.
What little is known, it is suspected that his base is somewhere in a
triangle extending from Turkey, east to the Himalayas and northward
into middle Russia. This being drawn from the density of
sightings of his forces. Bolshevik Russia and
Britain have put considerable rewards upon his head due to his often
inconveniant appearances, with Britain offering nearly 4,000 pounds
(Roughly $20,000 Empire State Gold), and the Russians an equivalent
His forces (With no official unit designations, individual planes
simply marked as Skulls, and the Squadrons as Skull One, Skull
Two,etc.) generally fly a mix of aircraft, with a number of more modern
designs in service, such as a pair of Hughes Firebrands, a Mcdonnel
Kestral to name a couple. The aircraft seem to be
fitted with nitro boosters, allowing them slight speed advantages, and
a number seem to be fitted with rapid-fire cannons.
Likewise, his units seem to be formed with unknown pilots, as no known
squaron has flown his colors. This suggests recruitment of
amateur pilots and then reinforced with a training program, a plan
which requires much space and time.
The Professor himself is often airborne in his "Super bomber" as it has
been coined. Easily triple (or larger) the size of any
comparable bomber, it ios rumored to have a dozen engines, several of
them doubles (two engines hooked together, powering a shaft with both a
tractor and pusher propeller). Able to stay airborne for
extended periods, only brief glimpses have been seen by the worlds air
forces. One report mentioned bristling emplacements of a
dozen machine guns, while another reported 10 five hundred pound bombs
on external racks. The large fuselage is supposed
to carry his "lair" as some pulp writers have coined it, with his
workshop and sleeping quarters.
A powerful machine, it IS known to carry four parasite fighters, I-18
Polikarpovs. This, combined with the seemingly always
present escort fighters and a (Note: likely) high ceiling, makes it a
very tough target to attack.
As his escapades continue, many wonder what his plans or ambitions
are. As he has no formal pattern of behaviour, and he has
shown no direct hostility to any nation in
particular. Some say he is gathering resoures,
and is attempting to manipulate world affairs, while others speculate
that he is nothing but a asylum escapee.
Skull One. First Deaths.
Skull one is Schadel's personal squadron, and is always assigned the
most important tasks. It consits of 12 of among the best aviators
the world has to offer. The preferred tactics
are for the 10 fighters to engage the enemy and keep them tied up,
allowing the unit's two heavy fighters (Mckinley Phalanxes) give fire
support and hinder the opponents movement.
Being exemplary pilots, the unit believes that it is never
reasonable to use flash or sonic rockets, as their own gunnery and
piloting skills outweigh the need, seeing them as amateurs weapons.
Unit Rules: All pilots are created 650 and 550 points for wing
and lead pilots. Natural Touch must be at least 5, and Deadeye
must be at least 6. The unit cannot carry
flash, or sonic rockets.
known. A list of deceased pilots, pulled from wreckage have
ranged form unknowns, to several Great War and Russian Civil War pilots.