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Jeff Kelsheimer
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After a summer break, I'm back on P&P, today I did:

- B-17: Queen of the Skies



- Snooker Solitaire



- Artisans



- Dynamice



- Pod-X



Made some more smaller projects:

- Akua
- Cation
- Feathers & Wax
- Lassos & Longhorns
- Portia Forthwright's Celebrated Steam Driven Velocipede
- Rhode
- Solo Dungeon Crawl
- Spiral
- Star Cargo
- Unterseeboot: U-Boat Solitaire

I've updated my geeklist:

MY PRINT&PLAY COLLECTION
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Christopher Ebert
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September 04
• Mission 161 for PBF Tour 7. 16th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped off target with 0% accuracy.
My tail gunner became seriously wounded by a flak hit at the target zone. He will make it, but will no longer be able to fly any more missions. He flew 15 missions and shot down 8 enemy planes.
   Click here to see the full AAR for details.

• Mission 162 for PBF Tour 7. 17th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 20% accuracy.
This was a short mission with only 2 Zones. I saw no action till the Target Zone and things got scary. I encountered 3 190s, and 2 of them were driven off by fighters. The last one took out my #3 engine (prop feathered) and hit my Aileron but with no effect. The rest was superficial. I was also hit by Heavy Flak with did some superficial damage and knocked out the brake on the port wing landing gear.
Heading away from the Target Zone, I was hit by a lot of medium flak, which took out my tail turret. Then was engaged by 3 more 190s. On of them my Engineer in the top turret and Bombardier in the Chin turret took out together, one was driven away by fighters, and the other missed and flew away.
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I also feel it's the best weather. I love the crisp cool air that announces the coming winter. It's harvest time, which, even though I'm not a harvester, for some reason I like it. I shall pay tribute by playing some Farm Simulator this month.
I do live in Florida so everything here pretty much stays green anyway, but I have visited up north during the Autumn and love the changing of the leaves. My favorite color is orange and I like other earthy tones, so seeing all the reds, browns, oranges, and yellows is just so much more beautiful than the common Florida green and brown. Not to mention the humidity here that makes you feel like you are sticky.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Matt Little
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Bonner Springs
Kansas
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Complete, punched. Box has Moderate shelf wear and One cracked corner.
 
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Benny Grootjans
Belgium
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I would love to see this reprinted...but maybe I am alone in this.
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Eric Brosius
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Needham Heights
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For several years my son Sam has been participating in the B-17: Queen of the Skies tournament. It's a solitaire game, so it's quite remarkable that dozens of gamers show up to spend a whole day playing it together. My wife and I played it at TotalCon here in Massachusetts in February, and my son ran a 4-player game at our house con at the start of July.

Claire decided she'd play if she didn't make the Empire Builder semis, and with encouragement from Kaarin Engelmann, she was seated at a 6-player table. With 78 entrants (a new record for B-17: Queen of the Skies after 25 years of play, even though a few regulars couldn't make it this year,) there were 13 full six-plane squadrons. Each squadron has a lead plane and a tail plane, which are more susceptible to German fighter attacks, but there are three missions flown in the tournament, and each plane gets to be in one of those positions in one of the missions.

The GM Dave Terry and his Assistant GM Mark Yoshikawa designed the three missions based on actual missions flown in the war, starting in August 1942. They have been working their way through the war years, and after this year they have completed 1943; in 2017 the missions will presumably be from the start of 1944. This adds flavor to the game as players are exposed to different threats in each mission (in one of this year's missions, the Me-110's were armed with highly dangerous missiles that they shot from beyond defensive fire range.)

After the tournament on Thursday, the GM's organize an After Action Meeting on Saturday evening to go over the results. There is a great mix of age groups and quite a few women in this tournament. A number of the contestants dressed up in period costumes, including one woman who wore a dress in olive drab with B-17's appliqued on the front of the skirt (think "poodle skirt" with B-17's replacing the poodle!)

Claire had a great time and is planning to add B-17: Queen of the Skies to her "must play" list in the future.

While I'm on the topic of this game, I can't resist linking in the song that Ambie recorded for me:

ONJ parody (now with video!)
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Matt Little
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Kansas
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Condition: Complete, punched. Contents excellent. Box shows moderate shelf wear. One cracked corner.

Includes B-17 Defensive Fire Chart insert from The General.
 
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Royce Reiss
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Brookeville
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Got a few games of this in flying 4 A/C on each mission


Msn CITY & TARGET TYPE Wx @ tgt On TGT BOMB RUN AVG%
5 St. Omer--airfiled G 4 4 32.5
6 Abbeville--Airfield B 3 0 0
7 Rouen--Rail Yard G 4 1 7.5
8 Lille--Industry G 4 2 17.5
9 Abbeville--Airfield G 4 1 18.75
10 Rotterdam Ship Yard B 4 0 0

5. St. Omer—airfield: milk run

6. Abbeville—Airfield: A/C Lost: Bad Clown flak inbound - crew POW except for Nav and Bombardier who successfully evaded capture.
Crew losses: Busted Flush (BF) LT Phillips (Bomb) KIA, LT Chulack (Nav) KIA

7. Rouen--Rail Yard: 1st mission for Carolina Queen replacing BC
1 Kill: Carolina Queen (CQ) 1-ME110 Sgt Rodriguez (Tail)

8. Lille—Industry: CQ takes near fatal damage - 2 KIA, 2 LW
Crew losses: CQ Cpt Davis (Pilot), Sgt Vance (Radio)
2 Kills: CQ :1-ME109 & 1-FW190 Sgt Rodriguez

9. Abbeville—Airfield: CQ takes major damage
2 Kills: BF: 1-ME109 MSgt Bruno; Bama Tiger (BT) 1-ME109 Sgt Russell


10. Rotterdam Ship Yard: BT msn aborted -jumped over the channel heat in cockpit knocked out, 1x 109 kill MSgt Bikel (Eng), Sgt Russell SW-IH
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Robert Sielaff
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Calgary
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Playing a Campaign using the Lancaster Variant as published in The General (AH).

Bomber Command missions over the Reich with Wild Boars, Tame Boars,
Searchlights, and - of course - lots of Flak. Too much bleeding Flak!



Dirty Gertie and Crew are 11 missions in of a required 30 mission tour.

This is usually where things tend to go pear-shaped.

IF they make it through number 30, they will be - ahem - "encouraged"
to make a go of it for another 30 missions.





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Christopher Ebert
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August 08
• Mission 160 for PBF Tour 7. 15th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 30% accuracy.
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Adam Gastonguay
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Pottstown
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6 flights in and had my first problems. Have to say, that's my best run. Must be because I'm finally using a physical copy that I got from our very own Chain of Generosity.

But what problems they were! One pass from a Me109 at my 12:00 took out my Pilot AND Co-Pilot with Serious Wounds! My Bombardier and Engineer quickly took over flying the plane, but that seemed like the ringing of my death knell, especially with poor fighter cover on my last turn. I got lucky and no waves and I was able to land safely and get my pilots to the hospital. They both have recovered and are on trains to return to their families.

6 flights and only 2 crew members changed and still in the same plane? I feel like I've pushed my luck too far already, especially with my 93% bomb hit on my 5th flight.
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Royce Reiss
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Got a few games in earlier this month playing 4 A/C per mission.

Msn CITY & TARGET TYPE Wx @ tgt On TGT BOMB RUN AVG%
5 St. Omer--airfiled G 4 4 32.5
6 Abbeville--Airfield B 3 0 0
7 Rouen--Rail Yard G 4 1 7.5
8 Lille--Industry G 4 2 17.5
9 Abbeville--Airfield G 4 1 18.75
10 Rotterdam Ship Yard B 4 0 0

5. St. Omer—airfield: milk run

6. Abbeville—Airfield: A/C Lost: Bad Clown flak inbound - crew POW except for Nav and Bombardier who successfully evaded capture.
Crew losses: Busted Flush (BF) LT Phillips (Bomb) KIA, LT Chulack (Nav) KIA

7. Rouen--Rail Yard: 1st mission for Carolina Queen replacing BC
1 Kill: Carolina Queen (CQ) 1-ME110 Sgt Rodriguez (Tail)

8. Lille—Industry: CQ takes near fatal damage - 2 KIA, 2 LW
Crew losses: CQ Cpt Davis (Pilot), Sgt Vance (Radio)
2 Kills: CQ :1-ME109 & 1-FW190 Sgt Rodriguez

9. Abbeville—Airfield: CQ takes major damage
2 Kills: BF: 1-ME109 MSgt Bruno; Bama Tiger (BT) 1-ME109 Sgt Russell


10. Rotterdam Ship Yard: BT msn aborted -jumped over the channel heat in cockpit knocked out, 1x 109 kill MSgt Bikel (Eng), Sgt Russell SW-IH
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Christopher Ebert
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July 09
• Mission 159 for the PBF Tour 7. 14th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 30% accuracy. Four planes shot down and some superficial damage to the B-17.
   Click here to see the full AAR for details.


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Andrew N
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Still one of the best solitaire games I've ever played, even if it's just rolling a bunch of dice and checking charts.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
John Hinkle
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Shawnee
Kansas
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Condition: This is in very good condition see below
Language: English -
Edition/Publisher: Avalon Hill edition (1983)
Attending: Full Weekend Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Missing 3 counters. The cover has some blistering I do not know if it is from humidity or age. Otherwise the game is in very good shape.

Edit: When I compare the counters to the illustration

the three missing counters are the three blanks in the bottom right corner.
 
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ian morris
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It's been a while, but at long last the 281st Heavy Bombardment Group flies again ! Mission 158 sees us flying into Germany to bomb an airfield, and the usual bloody carnage has ensued. Not for my boys in "Winterfell", however : they had a milk run and claimed four kills on enemy fighters. For anyone interested, we can be found in the Play By Forum section of the B-17 game entry here on BGG.

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As mentioned above the play by forum, the 158th bomber group has restarted after being on hold for a year. It's been rough on the planes, out of the sessions reported so far 5 planes have been shot down.

Fortunately for me it was a milk run. Poor weather helped limit visibility and fighter escorts took care of what little German resistance showed up. My plane "Nobody's business" made it out and back without a scratch. The downside is that even with a pathfinder leading the group, I still managed to drop my bombs off target.
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Christopher Ebert
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June 17
B-17 Play By Forum is back on after a little over a year break. Glad to be back in the skies

• Mission 158 for the PBF Tour 7. 13th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 75% accuracy. Five planes shot down and some minimal damage to the B-17.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Kevin Whitmore
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After a 3 month hiatus, I resumed my first-ever campaign. I completed my fifth mission, with some aplomb, scoring 40% on the bomb run over the Amiens Rail Yard, and avoiding any meaningful damage.

The next mission will be the sixth mission. This represents a swap to tougher and further afield targets, and the possibility of a less favorable squadron position.

Onward!
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Erik Anderson Sundén
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Type: Session Report
Title: B-17 Crew Presentation
Posted: 1/28/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Short Video on Optional Rules & Components
Posted: 2/5/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 1: "Maiden Mission"
Posted: 2/14/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 2: "First Blood"
Posted: 2/17/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 3: "Angels on our Shoulders"
Posted: 2/20/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 4: "Living on the Edge"
Posted: 2/23/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 5: "So Close, So Far"
Posted: 2/27/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 6: "Highwire"
Posted: 3/2/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 7: "Checkmate"
Posted: 3/7/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Crew Presentation 2
Posted: 3/11/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 9: "Tailbomber"
Posted: 3/31/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 10: "Green Graves of Rouen"
Posted: 4/12/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 11: "The Long Way Home"
Posted: 5/10/2014
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
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BIP in the bomb bay!!
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Andrew Borgelin
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I have some games that have made their twenty five anniversary year in my collection this year and as a way to recognise this milestone I like to give them some special attention in that year. One of the games from this years batch is B-17 Queen of The Skies. My goal for this special year was:


First I will try and fly a 'twenty five' mission where I will see just how many B17's and crew are required to meet a campaign of twenty five missions. Ideally one plane, one crew but we all know that just isn't going to happen!

Second I will attempt to play a single special mission where I will use twenty five B17's all independently controlled to fly the mission. How many will survive this special mission?

Twenty Five Anniversary Campaign 2016

Mission #1 Silver Lady: Rennes Railyards France
Mission #2 Silver Lady: St Nazaire U-boat Pens France
Mission #3 Silver Lady: Paris Industrial Target France
Mission #4 Silver Lady: Bremen Aircraft Production Germany
Mission #5 Silver Lady: Meaulte Airfield France
Mission #6 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany
Mission #7 Silver Lady: Brest U-boat Pens France
Mission #8 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany

Well that was my goal. I aimed to play a couple of times each month throughout the year. It didn't pan out that way and so in May I picked the game up and got back into the cockpit and off we went once more.

Last night The Silver Lady was on another long mission to Wilhelmshaven....she had only recently flown out on a raid there and barely made it back with 50% casualties both KIA or Medically discharged due to wounds. It was sheer good fortune that she had made it back at all, having to fly out of formation and below 10k feet due to oxygen issues in a couple of places. She made it though and I started to believe that this could be the one plane that might just get me into a full campaign twenty five result!

Tonight the boys were heading back to Wilhelmshaven. I settled down for a long flight this target took multiple play sessions last time I did it and chances were it would do the same today.

On the outbound section we entered zone 2 the channel, were jumped by a group and engine #1 took damage and had to be feathered. Due to this I had a decision to make...continue on with the mission with only three engines...Wilhelmshaven is in zone 7 so a long, long way off and a long way back. Also with only three engines I have to jettison the bomb load to stay in formation. It is often said that this game is a game of few decisions and people bemoan this aspect of the game...but sometimes that one key decision will make all the difference. I decided to turn for home, I was only just in the channel and didn't relish the thought of a long haul with no chance of bombing the target so I took the decision to abort and head back. The next decision was jettison the bombs or not..well I only had a troublesome engine so why would I want to ditch the bombs...can't imagine the war office congratualating me for coming back early and chucking our munitions away! So we decided to keep the bombs on board and return to base.

Zone 2 hadn't finished with the Silver Lady though. In the channel homebound and The silver Lady was jumped by a mixed Schwarm of Me109's and Fw190's. We had no fighter cover available but the boys put up some resistance and shot down an Me109. The rest of the Schwarm broke off following poor attack angles on the B-17 all except two an Me109 and an Fw190. Second attack came in and we did no damage to the attackers. The Me109 missed his shot and the Fw190 who was at 3 o'clock low dodged our response to his attack. The Fw190 got in one lucky shot which ended up as being walking hits fuselage...all areas took some damage but when I got to the bomb bay result the unlucky 3 was rolled which meant the bombs had been hit. I sweated this one but thought it's ok only a 5 or 6 would be bad...I might just get through this. I haven't had a plane lost to detonating bombs for quite a long while so let's just go with the roll.....I duly rolled a 6 and KABOOM! The Silver Lady and all crew lost in an instant!

Epic if short game but it just goes to show those few decisions can and do really come home to roost sometimes!

Best bit was as it was such a short play I thought I would kit up a new B-17 and get the next mission started with a new plane and crew. This time we were off to Bremen zone 5, bomb bay hit, bombs blew again! This time though I had gained a rabbit's foot in zone 3 when a random result had happened. Expended it to re-roll this result...still a chance I might be blown out of the sky for the second time this night....rolled a 1 and so dodged that fate this time. If only we had, had that rabbit's foot for the poor old Silver Lady and her crew!
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1048]
Andrew Borgelin
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I have some games that have made their twenty five anniversary year in my collection this year and as a way to recognise this milestone I like to give them some special attention in that year. One of the games from this years batch is B-17 Queen of The Sky's. My goal for this special year was:


First I will try and fly a 'twenty five' mission where I will see just how many B17's and crew are required to meet a campaign of twenty five missions. Ideally one plane, one crew but we all know that just isn't going to happen!

Second I will attempt to play a single special mission where I will use twenty five B17's all independently controlled to fly the mission. How many will survive this special mission?

Twenty Five Anniversary Campaign 2016

Mission #1 Silver Lady: Rennes Railyards France
Mission #2 Silver Lady: St Nazaire U-boat Pens France
Mission #3 Silver Lady: Paris Industrial Target France
Mission #4 Silver Lady: Bremen Aircraft Production Germany
Mission #5 Silver Lady: Meaulte Airfield France
Mission #6 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany
Mission #7 Silver Lady: Brest U-boat Pens France
Mission #8 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany

Well that was my goal. I aimed to play a couple of times each month throughout the year. It didn't pan out that way and so in May I picked the game up and got back into the cockpit and off we went once more.

Last night The Silver Lady was on another long mission to Wilhelmshaven....she had only recently flown out on a raid there and barely made it back with 50% casualties both KIA or Medically discharged due to wounds. It was sheer good fortune that she had made it back at all, having to fly out of formation and below 10k feet due to oxygen issues in a couple of places. She made it though and I started to believe that this could be the one plane that might just get me into a full campaign twenty five result!

Tonight the boys were heading back to Wilhelmshaven. I settled down for a long flight this target took multiple play sessions last time I did it and chances were it would do the same today.

On the outbound section we entered zone 2 the channel, were jumped by a group and engine #1 took damage and had to be feathered. Due to this I had a decision to make...continue on with the mission with only three engines...Wilhelmshaven is in zone 7 so a long, long way off and a long way back. Also with only three engines I have to jettison the bomb load to stay in formation. It is often said that this game is a game of few decisions and people bemoan this aspect of the game...but sometimes that one key decision will make all the difference. I decided to turn for home, I was only just in the channel and didn't relish the thought of a long haul with no chance of bombing the target so I took the decision to abort and head back. The next decision was jettison the bombs or not..well I only had a troublesome engine so why would I want to ditch the bombs...can't imagine the war office congratualating me for coming back early and chucking our munitions away! So we decided to keep the bombs on board and return to base.

Zone 2 hadn't finished with the Silver Lady though. In the channel homebound and The silver Lady was jumped by a mixed Schwarm of Me109's and Fw190's. We had no fighter cover available but the boys put up some resistance and shot down an Me109. The rest of the Schwarm broke off following poor attack angles on the B-17 all except two an Me109 and an Fw190. Second attack came in and we did no damage to the attackers. The Me109 missed his shot and the Fw190 who was at 3 o'clock low dodged our response to his attack. The Fw190 got in one lucky shot which ended up as being walking hits fuselage...all areas took some damage but when I got to the bomb bay result the unlucky 3 was rolled which meant the bombs had been hit. I sweated this one but thought it's ok only a 5 or 6 would be bad...I might just get through this. I haven't had a plane lost to detonating bombs for quite a long while so let's just go with the roll.....I duly rolled a 6 and KABOOM! The Silver Lady and all crew lost in an instant!

Epic if short game but it just goes to show those few decisions can and do really come home to roost sometimes!

Best bit was as it was such a short play I thought I would kit up a new B-17 and get the next mission started with a new plane and crew. This time we were off to Bremen zone 5, bomb bay hit, bombs blew again! This time though I had gained a rabbit's foot in zone 3 when a random result had happened. Expended it to re-roll this result...still a chance I might be blown out of the sky for the second time this night....rolled a 1 and so dodged that fate this time. If only we had, had that rabbit's foot for the poor old Silver Lady and her crew!
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