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151st BS ......... 152nd BS ......... 153rd BS ......... 154th BS

BG...................BB...................GB..................GG


“Gentlemen at ease. Good Luck men, curtain please…” Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…”

We are always accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a seventh tour. For those of you just joining us, here is a summary of the "campaign rules," as they are:
* I will research the historical mission to determine our parameters for each mission. If information is absent then I’ll be rolling up the parameters, fighter support, flak cover, weather and date for all missions.
* Please see the following post for reporting your results. It outlines how I would like to see your AAR structured. Remember the more info you present the more entertaining it is for everyone. If you track who gets injured, how many fighter kills, etc., then I can summarize that info at the end of the mission period for all bombers.
* All flights must be flown, with AAR submitted, by the Second Sunday End of the Month (in this case, 16/11/06 16/11/30 ), and “jasta6” will prepare an End of Mission Report by the following Sunday / Monday. If it happens that you miss a mission or two, no big deal, just join back in when you can.
* All planes are assigned to a squadron. If you are new, just post a response in the thread giving your plane name and you will be assigned a squadron, here. Squadrons are being given a position (High, Middle, Low or Low- Low.) by jasta6, as recorded here.
* Lead and Tail positions are still being assigned to volunteers. Please note that only bombers in MIDDLE position can be lead, and only bombers in LOW-LOW position can be tail. So if you are in one of those squadrons, and nobody has yet volunteered for a position, roll 1d6. If you get a 6, you are the lucky winner.
* Our optional house rules can be found here. * Replacement B-17 Flying Fortress's can be found here.


”... Frankfurt, Germany… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and sixty-third:
Date: Thursday, March 2, 1944 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Frankfurt, Germany. B/I ( V.K.F. Ball Bearing Works )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
High and Lead Squadrons bomb load:
B-17F’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
B-17G’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs.

Bombing Altitude: 26,000 ft (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 26,250 ft (153rd BS)
Lead Squadron 26,000 ft (154th BS) Lead
Low Squadron 25,750 ft (151st BS)
Low-Low Squadron 25,500 ft (152nd BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL All weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound / InBound: Zone 2: -3 W / Zone 3: -2 F / Zone 4: -2 B / Zone 5: -1 B / Zone 6: -1 B/G / Zone 7: -0 G

Target Flak O/B: 2x Medium (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: 1x Light (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Sporadic Flak: 1x Light (in Zones 2, 6-7 O/B and I/B only (see rule below))
* Note that the 2x/1x means you only roll two/one pair of dice, not three, as the flak was extremely Light and inaccurate on this mission.

Weather Modifiers: (PFF bombing see Note (A) below)
Base Upon Return: Good 1/10 Clear (No modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound & Inbound to Target: Z3-P / Z4- B / Z5- G / Z6- P (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
Over Target: Poor 8/10 Cloud Cover (-1 modifier to the B-2, O-2 & M-4 table & -1 modifier to the O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(78th Fighter Group P47’s O/B zones 2-6 & 354th Fighter Group P51’s O/B zone 7 & I/B zones 7-2)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: poor
Zone 5 outbound: good
Zone 6 outbound: fair
Zone 7 outbound: fair
Zone 7 inbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: fair
Zone 5 inbound: good
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: fair
Zone 2 inbound: poor

Notes:
- Don’t forget to add your Squadron Positions modifiers to the above Gazetteer values.
- B-17G Rules are here
- Those using the GAF Placement Variant as well as anyone who wants this option: Resistant is Moderate to Light (2D6= Historical) (-1 Enemy A/C removed per wave)

– If you’re using the JG26 variant you will encounter JG26 Both to and from the target by rolling for their appearance in Zone 3. Your die roll, to encounter Bf109s or FW190s of JG26, is the normal 1-3.

Mission Special Rules:
A) Pathfinder Rule:

Pathfinder Rule.
This mission is led by a Pathfinder (PPF) so you will add +1* to your bomb drop die roll on Table O-6 unless you are out of formation.

* Mission damage results from Table-P Nose 2d6 of 2 Norden Sight Out and Table-P Tail 2d6 of 3 roll of 4-6 Autopilot out have NO negative effect to your bomb run as your Bombardier will drop on the PPF ship.


B) B-17:QotS - Sporadic Flak Rules: (all the way to and from)

Crews of the Eighth Air Force were not just exposed to Flak over the target area but also along the way. Many times I have read or heard of the Bombardment Groups coming under these Sporadic Flak Attacks. Sometimes they were very intense. During the mission to Berlin, March 6th 1944, the lead bomber wing, second bombardment division, turned off the briefed coarse heading south into a heavy flak area. This left the first bombardment division, with the 100th bomber group in the lead, to face the brunt of the Luftwaffe over Haseluenne Germany. Many ships were lost to the Germans that day. Both the Luftwaffe and the Flak batteries, Berlin was bombed that day alas at a high cost.

281st BG (H) Mission Rule:
To determine if you are the target of Sporadic Flak, whenever rolling for enemy fighters on Table B-3, except in the Target Zone, if a “6” comes up on either of the two dice, excluding a “66” result which will be played out as a normal Random Event roll, your aircraft will be exposed to “Sporadic Flak.” When you are in a zone outside of Germany you will roll once on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Light Column. If this zone is in Germany roll a single attack on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Medium Column. Alternatively, if you roll up Sporadic Flak in Zone 6 Outbound roll on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Heavy Column as you are over “Flak Alley,” the Ruhr. These “Flak” attacks will take effect prior to any fighter attacks that may occur.

If your aircraft is out of formation and below ten thousand feet, you will use the normal flak over land rules. If your bomber is out of formation but above ten thousand feet follow the Sporadic Flak rule as normal. There is no flak in any Zone that is entirely over water as noted in the Gazetteer note.

C) Fighter Resistance Special Rules;
As the European continent was socked in with a thick, but low, cloud cover the Luftwaffe was unable to amass an effective counter attack. Though there were two German air bases with clear conditions. Luftflotte 3’s airfields were open for business with JG2 and JG26 being operational for this mission.

As the above mentioned Jagdgeschwader flew certain fighter types we will use the following rules for all encounters with the German Luftwaffe on this mission.

Attacks in all zones will be against standard German fighters. No JU88, Me110/210/410s or Smashers. If you are using the GAF Placement variant, or Base rules in case of Bf110’s, apply the following Fighter conversions.
– All Bf110s will be changed to Bf109s. (base rules or variants)
– All JU88s will be changed to Bf109s.
– All Me410s will be changed to FW190s.
– Smashers are not used, refer to originally rolled fighter.

All attacks, Outbound and Inbound in Zone 3 and Zone 4, will be against Jagdgeschwader 26. (JG26)
– Above fighter conversions plus,
– All FW190s will be piloted by JG26 pilots. (use the variant as is only with FW190s)
– Rockets and Aerial Bombs will not be deployed by JG26.

All attacks, Outbound and Inbound Zone 5 through Zone 7, will be against Jagdgeschwader 2 (JG2) and will be as normal rules with the following exceptions.
– Above fighter conversions (excluding JG26 rule) plus,
– Rockets and Aerial Bombs will be deployed by JG2.

D) Extreme Cold:
This mission was extremely brutal for the crews as the temperature at altitude was around -50f. This resulted in a few discomforts that we will simulated by the following rules.
Every zone before firing a weapon make the following roll;
- Extreme cold. Roll for each gun position: 1-5 = No effect; 6 = Gun jammed.*
See the notes to Table M-5 for repairing jammed guns. If you are out of formation and at 10,000 feet, ignore this roll.

As well if a crewman loses his heated suit for any reason he will immediately roll on Table Bl.5 for frostbite in the zone the heat went out. You do not get the free one zone as per normal rules. This roll is made per normal frostbite rules. If your bomber does not drop to 10,000 ft. in subsequent zones, then on the second and future frostbite rolls this crewman will suffer a -1 modifier to his frostbite check. There are no modifiers added to the recovery roll after the mission.



Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
Mission Break Down:
Our Mission 163 was The Mighty Eighth’s Mission 244. The 1BD & 2BD were dispatched to Frankfurt AM, various other targets with the 3BD going to Chartres. 587 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to their respective targets with 459 B-17 and B-24 making it to the target. Ten B-17’s & B-24’s bombers were lost, one hundred and eighty-seven planes were damaged and three planes were classified as Category-E. Seventeen crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, nine crewmen were wounded with ninety-four reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 870 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51s. This mission’s escorts were credited with ninteen enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of four of their own. (Source: “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A. Freeman, page191)

The 303rd operation notes, from their mission report: mission 115,
March 2nd mission: Information from the 303rd states that flak was light to moderate yet very inaccurate. The target was covered under low clouds making it necessary to bomb via PDF.

Note of interest:
Four B-17 were downed by JG26. Yellow tails losses were two pilots wounded and four killed. Most notably was JG26/6 commanding officer Lt. Friedrich Lange in FW 190A-6 Black. (Source: JG26 Luftwaffe Fighter Wing War Diary Volume Two: 1943-45, by Donald Caldwell, pages 224-225)


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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 163 [Frankfurt B/I]

- Player's Squadron Assignment can be found at this thread: Squadron Assignment

- Squadron Positions for this mission can be found at this thread: Squadron Positions

- Replacement Aircraft can be found at this Geek List: Replacement Aircraft

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: 2Lt. William Gorman’s Crew in ”Alien Nation” (B-17G-15-BO 4231381)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Gibbon's Crew in "Cemetery Ridge" (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937)


151st BS - BG:
1st Lt H Colfax's Crew in "Natty Nan" (B-17G-25-B0 42-31682) [AAR]
1st Lt. A. Martin's Crew in "Music Box" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31064) [AAR]
2nd Lt. N. Barber's Crew in "Stacked Deck" (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Z. Layne's Crew in ”Hit and Run” (B-17F-75-B0 42-29887) [AAR]
2nd Lt. R. Ventura's Crew in "Sitting Duck" (B-17G-95-VE 44-85558) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
1st Lt. H. Abel's Crew in "Symphony" (B-17G-110-B0 43-39398) [AAR] Crashed
1st Lt. R. Acosta's Crew in "Maryland May" (B-17F-95-B0 42-30277) [AAR]
1st Lt. J. Gibbon's Crew in "Cemetery Ridge" (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937) [AAR] (Tail End Charley)
1st Lt. S. Kelly's Crew in "Up a Creek" (B-17F-115-B0 42-30633) [AAR] Cat-E
1st Lt. J. Medrano's Crew in "Shamrock Sarah" (B-17G-40-DL 42-31546) [AAR]
2nd Lt J. Scott's Crew in "Unnamed" (B-17G-110-VE 44-85816) [AAR] Aborted

153rd BS - GB:
Cpt. R. Tucker's Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) [AAR] A/C Completed 25th Missions
1st Lt. J. Peterson's Crew in "Yankee Bragg" (B-17G-90-VE-44-8988) [AAR]
2nd Lt K. Gavini's Crew in "Glacier Pilot" (B-17G-45-BO 42-97207) [AAR]

154th BS - GG:
1st Lt. T. Calhoun's Crew in "The Squirrel's Nut" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31344) [AAR]
1st Lt M. Trillo's "Windy City" (B-17G-45-DL 44-6213) [AAR]
2nd Lt. W.H. Gorman's Crew in "Alien Nation" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31381) [AAR] Cat-E (Lead A/C)
2nd lt L. Mitchell's Crew in "Wheeling Princess" (B-17G-35-DL-42 107157) [AAR]



Col. Ronald Donnelly
Commander
281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ

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Attention!


After mission 151 there will no longer be a separate Replacement Aircraft thread. Instead I have created a "GEEK LIST" to cover all replacements and Spare bombers. This list can be found HERE and will be referenced in the 7th tour news thread as well as all future briefings. You may also want to bookmark it here at the Geek.

You will also be making all of your request for replacement bombers to the last item of this Geek List found HERE. Spare Fortress, till your original bomber is repaired, are also made to this last Geek List Item too.

All Request must include the following information:
- Players Squadron Assignment
- Mission Aircraft is required
- If a Replacement or Spare
- If a spare is required, what time frame you need the spare.



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Elveden Hall, UK
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2Lt. William Gorman’s Crew in ”Alien Nation” (B-17G-15-BO 4231381) will be taking the lead in the 154th BS
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jasta6 wrote:
2Lt. William Gorman’s Crew in ”Alien Nation” (B-17G-15-BO 4231381) will be taking the lead in the 154th BS


Granted
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Cemetery Ridge volunteers to fly tail.

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wolverinetoddy wrote:
Sir,

Cemetery Ridge volunteers to fly tail.

1st Lt J Gibbon
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Granted. I'll have to update threads late because we lost power today and just lost Internet about an hour age after the power came back.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. J Gibbon
B-17: Cemetery Ridge (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
MISSION: 163 (Bomber 2)
Date: March 2, 1944
Target: Frankfurt, Ball Bearing Works
Position: Tail

Crew Status: KIA= 3 / SW= 1 / LW= 0 MIA= 0


Pilot - 1st Lt. J Gibbon (2) {0}
Copilot - 2nd Lt. W Harrow (2) {0}
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. AS Webb (2) {1} KIA
Navigator - 2nd Lt. NJ Hall (2) {0}
Engineer - MSgt. FE Heath (2) {0}
Radio Op. - Sgt. H Cunningham (2) {0} SW
Ball Gunner - Sgt. G Ward (2) {0}
Port Waist - SSgt. L Dillman (12) {0} KIA
Strbd Waist - Sgt. W Colvill (1) {1} KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. NS Messick (1) {0}

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run:
Bomb Drop: OFF
Accuracy: 5%

Enemy Fighters Encountered:
(KIA: 2 / Prob: 6 / Damg: 4)

Claims: W Covill: 109, AS Webb: 109


Medals and Promotions: AS Webb, L Dillman, W Colvill, H Cunningham: Purple Heart

2nd Lt. NJ Hill: Recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross

B-17 disposition: Engine #1, Radio, Tail Wheel, Flaps, Control Cables, Chin Turret, Port Cheek Gun, superficial damage to fuselage

Peckham Points:
125, three days to repair plane

Mission Debriefing:

At the briefing this morning the Colonel told us that there would be heavy cloud cover most of the way to Frankfurt and back which would make it hard for the German fighters to find us. Some of the veteran pilots laughed. Some of us younger guys smiled because we didn’t know any better. This “confidence” led me to volunteer to fly tail position.

On the outbound journey the Germans immediately jumped us over the Channel. We exchanged a great deal of lead and no one hit anyone. In Zone 3 the fighter cover drove the Germans off. As we flew into Zone 4, I felt a chill down my spine. I turned to Harrow: “Is it colder than usual Bill?” I asked him pulling the scarf tighter around my neck. I had my answer when the Germans started their attack run. Hall took his shot at a 190 and then announced into the intercom “&%#%^ gun is frozen stiff.” Then Webb made a slightly less colorful announcement about the chin turret. It was quiet in Zone 5 and Hall was able to fix his gun. The Germans hit us again as we crossed the German border and again as we entered the target zone.

Webb was just beginning out bomb run when a flak explosion rocked the plane. Hall yelled into the intercom “Webb is hit.” Hall pushed the severely wounded bombardier out of the way and managed to make the drop. Through some miracle he was able to tend to Webb’s wounds and get some of the bombs on target.

We turned for home and were attacked by half a squadron of 190s. One of them came in from the rear and unloaded on us. A barrage of shells rattled the plane from behind. The shells killed Dillman, wounded Covill, knocked out Engine #1, the radio, the tail wheel, and the flaps. He came around at us a second time from the nose. This time he killed Webb and Covill, and wounded Cunningham. It was quiet in Zone 6. Hall, with two jammed guns sprang into action. He tended to Cunningham’s wound which the doctors tell me is the only reason he survived. Then Hall moved up to the bombardier seat and tried to fix the chin turret, but only succeeding in breaking it. He then hauled chin turret ammo around the plane to help the other twin turrets. Returning to his own seat, he managed to get one of the cheek guns working. For actions above and beyond the call of duty, I am recommending 2nd Lt. Hall for the Distinguished Flying Medal.

The rest of the flight home was fairly quiet and we landed our wounded bomber at base. Our mechanic (and plane owner) MSgt. Lee met the plane, gave her one look over, and shook his head at me. Cemetery Ridge will need three days of repairs. Thanks, to Hall, Sgt. Cunningham is recovering nicely in the hospital and should be back on the flight line in a week.


Special Note:
N/A

In Hospital:
H Cunningham: seven days to recover from wounds

Pilot: 1st Lt. J Gibbon
Command pilot, Cemetery Ridge (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK


Player Note: A typical Jim mission: a whole lot of fun to fly, very hard on my crew. Thanks for one more mission Jim!
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After Action Report:

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) (5th Mission)

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

MISSION: One Hundred and Sixty-Three:

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 1944 (2 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Frankfurt, Germany (VKF Ball Bearing Werks)

Position: Low

Crew Status: KIA=0/ SW=1 / LW=2 / Frostbite=2

Pilot: Neil Barber (5)
Co-Pilot - Ben Coates (5)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Mitchell Bailey (1) - (LW), (FB-IH)
Navigator – 2nd Lt. Stanley Wallings (1) (FB-REC)
Engineer - MSgt. Ernie Galloway (5) (SW-IH)
Radio Operator - TSgt. Joseph Fink (11)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Harold Stone (11) #*
Port Waist – Sgt. Wilbur Givens (1)
Starboard Waist - Sgt. Lloyd Holbrook (11) **(LW)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Angelo Cannon (11) #**

Key:
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop: Off Target
---- Accuracy: 10%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA – 1 / Prob – 1 / Damaged – 0)

Claims: H. Stone (1) ME109

B-17s Disposition: Tail Guns inoperable, Starboard Flap Inoperable, Flap Controls Damaged, Nose Compartment Heat Out, (12) Hits of a superficial nature.

Peckham Points: 91 (Repairable Overnight)

Mission Debriefing:
Not much action until over Zone 6. A couple of 190's were spotted, but our escort drove them off leaving us set for entry into the target zone. Two 109's were occupied with little friends while we set up for the bomb run. Flak was moderate, and we avoided any strikes. Made a slight drift error and the bomb run was off, although an estimated 10% strike will be recorded.

Leaving the target are we picked up some sporadic flak and drew three hits. The flap controls were hit but the others caused only minor damage. A pair of 109's formed up and, due to the extreme cold, the top turret guns froze up. The ball guns remained operational and Harold knocked one of the bandits out. The other missed his mark and disappeared.

Zone 6 brought a four finger stream of FW190's and they let us have it. They knocked out the starboard flap, the tail guns and the heat in the nose compartment. In addition, two crew members took light wounds and our engineer was seriously wounded. A pair of them kept at us for two more passes, but just made the radio room and waist a sieve of holes. No appreciable damage.

After that our radio operator moved the engineer into the radio room and attempted to unfreeze the twin fifties. They finally cleared in zone 4 inbound. The radio guns were still frozen, but were unmanned anyway. The port waist guns jammed during a spray fire attempt but the gunner cleared them soon after, but not before watching several bandits come in close without being able to fire a shot.

The remainder of the flight in was uneventful and we will have the ship ready for use next mission.

Our engineer will recover but will be sent home after he recovers enough to travel. Our rookie bombardier lost two fingers and he will make the trip sooner. Our green navigator was frostbitten as well, but not to any extent as to be released from duty. He should be ready for the next go around. Assuming we are lucky enough to finish the "around" portion of the trip.

Pilot 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887)
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It was observed by the other crews in the 154th BS that their lead bomber pulled aside to let thee deputy lead take over as they approached the IP. 2Lt. William Gorman’s Crew, in ”Alien Nation,” seemed to be unable to get their bomb bay doors open as the door never came down.

After bombs away 2Lt. William Gorman’s ship continued to fell back until just East of Aachen when they could not be seen by any of the other crews.

The Deputy lead was given the lead spot after bombs away by Lt. Gorman.
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Damjon wrote:
I'm away from civilisation (internet, good coffee) for a couple of weeks. I'd like to fly the mission, but it'll have to be when I get back.


That is fine Damo when you get time that will work.
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This is it!

Mission Belle (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) just takes off for her 25th mission.


The crew includes 4 crewmen who already completed their first tour of duty, but only two of them (Bombardier and Radio Op.) are from Mission Belle original crew.


note: Starting mission now and getting the feeling to relive Memphis Belle movie
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FrUnit7 wrote:
This is it!

Mission Belle (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) just takes off for her 25th mission.


The crew includes 4 crewmen who already completed their first tour of duty, but only two of them (Bombardier and Radio Op.) are from Mission Belle original crew.


note: Starting mission now and getting the feeling to relive Memphis Belle movie


Best wishes Frank!thumbsup
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Thanks all. She made it!

A red flare was fired from Mission Belle while she made her final approach with one engine feathered. The landing was a bit rough but safe.

25 missions guys! Never thought I'll achieve this one day. Thanks again Jim to have allowed this to happen. AAR to follow...
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...off to the East a lone four engine bomber can be seen trying to line up for a landing. Everyone in attendance could see that the bomb bay doors were hanging lifeless from the belly of the plane. whomever was flying this bird looked to be having issues keeping the tail under control. As it came closer someone recognized her as Lt. Gorman's Bird... it was the "Alien Nation," she was an hour overdue. RED flares were fired from the radio room hatch. Wounded!

Inside the plane, just as the wheels made contact it was discovered that the port brakes had failed. with a bounce the bomb bay doors were wrenched from the plane. How anything else didn't fall off was a mystery. But then...
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(Onboard, over the intercom of Symphony): This is Lt. DiFelice. Sgt. Emerson, I order you not to try to land this plane; our best chance to save the wounded crew is to buddy jump. I will take Lt. Carlson here in the nose. Sgt. Huntsman, move up to the radio room and take Sgt. Fellini. Sgt. Emerson, engage the autopilot to go out to sea, then take Lt. Abel in the pilot compartment.

Nothing was heard on the radio, but the plane dropped flares, turned away from the airfield, and then dropped three single chutes and three doubles. All nine made it down safely (and all nine survived).
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Herman Abel
B-17: Symphony (B-17G-110-B0-43-39398)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 163 (this bomber 2)
Date: March 2, 1944
Target: Frankfurt, ball bearing factory
Position: Low-low squadron, middle

Crew Status: KIA=1 / SW=3 / LW=1 / MIA=0 (FB=0)
Pilot 1st Lt. Herman Abel (2) SW-IH
Copilot 2nd Lt. Conrad Baker (2) KIA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Victor Carlson (2) SW-IH
Navigator 2nd Lt. Leonard DiFelice (2) LW
Engineer M/Sgt. Walter Emerson * (2)
Radio Operator T/Sgt. Johannes Fellini (2) SW-IH
Ball Gunner Sgt. William Grant (2)
Port Waist Sgt. Peter Huntsman (2)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Dmitri Ivanov (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt. David Jorgenson (2)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb Run:
--- Bomb Drop: On Target
--- Accuracy: 30%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 7 (KIA-0/ Prob-0/ Damg-1)

Medals and Promotions:
Distinguished Flying Cross to M/Sgt. Emerson, for taking over as pilot
after both pilots were unconscious, carrying on to a successful bombing
run, and bringing the plane home to base where all nine remaining crew
could bail out safely.
Air Medals to Lt. DiFelice and Sgt. Huntsman for saving severely
injured comrades with buddy jumps.

B-17s disposition:
Crew bailed out over England
Tail gun jammed and broken
Starboard cheek gun jammed, fixed, jammed again, broken
Port waist gun jammed and broken
Starboard waist gun jammed and fixed
Radio room gun jammed
Port wing root-1 hit
Radio out
Rudder-1 hit
82 Peckham points before plane abandoned

Replacements:
To be determined; 281st BG may be disbanded

Debrief:
I have my crew to thank for my opportunity to write this. I am no
longer cleared to fly, but what could have been a major disaster ended
with several German factories up in flames and nine of our ten crew home
alive.

The frigid winter weather made the mission difficult for both sides.
Resistance and flak were light despite our travel over well-defended
areas, but the cold also froze up our guns. The tail and radio room
guns both iced up over the Channel. Sgt. Jorgenson broke the tail gun
trying to fix it, and Sgt. Fellini still hadn't fixed the radio room gun
when a shell broke his arm.

The damaged guns were a major problem once the Luftwaffe finally found
us in Belgium, as they sent a lot of fighters in at 6:00 high.
Normally, that's a very vulnerable position, but we had only one gun to
fire there, and our gunnery was ineffective. The very first fighter
raked the plane badly, hitting me in the head and Lt. Baker in the
chest. Sgt. Emerson, who had damaged that fighter, had to take over as
pilot.

Despite the lack of a proper pilot, we stayed with the formation.
Lt. Carlson couldn't find the target himself in the clouds, but he
dropped on the Pathfinder's signal. After we downloaded, we saw the
target factory through a break in the clouds, confirming an on-target
drop.

The return was a similar story. Resistance was light and flak almost
non-existent, but we couldn't fire effectively at the three fighters
which did come through. We took a lot more shell hits. Lt. Baker had
been moved to the tail, and bled to death there after another shell hit
him. Lt. Carlson and Sgt. Fellini were also seriously wounded.

Navigator Lt. DiFelice was the senior officer not seriously wounded, so
he gave the final order for the Symphony: rather than asking
Sgt. Emerson to try to land the plane with three seriously wounded crew
(and likely kill himself as well as the three crew), we would buddy
jump. Lt. DiFelice was the first assigned buddy, as he took
Lt. Carlson, who was with him in the nose. Sgt. Emerson himself took
me, and in a perfect buddy jump, he cushioned my landing. The other two
buddy jumps also succeeded, with all nine of us landing safely.

(Debrief written in consultation with 2nd Lt. Leonard DiFelice, who took
command after both pilots were incapacitated.)

Pilot: 1st Lt. Herman Abel
Command pilot, Symphony (B-17G-110-B0-43-39398) BB-A
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly
B-17: "Up a Creek" (B-17F-115-B0 42-30633)

Squadron: 152nd 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 163 (Bomber 3)

Date: March 2, 1944
Target: Frankfurt, Ball Bearing Works
Position: Tail

Crew Status: (LW-2 / SW-1 / KIA-0 / FB-2)

Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly (3) [FB]
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Travis Fields (3) [FB/Invalided Home]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Pete Wilson (3) [LW]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Richard Weston (3) * [SW/DoW]
Engineer: Sgt. Kay Evans (3) *
Radio Operator: Sgt. Bruce Jones (3)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Ed French (3) *
Port Waist: Sgt. George Abrams (3) *
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Curtis Marsh (2) [LW]
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Buck Moulder (3) *

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Personal Lucky Charms:
None

Replacements:
None

Recovering Crew Roster:
None

Previous Crew Roster:
None

Bomb Run: Aborted
Bomb Drop: n/a
Accuracy: n/a

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA-2 / PROB-3 / DAMG-2)
2 x Me-110
8 * Me-109

Claims:
Sgt. Buck Moulder 1 X Me-109
Sgt. Ed French 1 x Me-110
Sgt. Kay Evans 1/2 x Me-109, 1/2 x Me-110
2nd Lt. Pete Wilson, 1/2 x Me-109

Medals and Promotions:
1st Lt. Sam Kelly: DFC
2nd Lt. Richard Weston: Purple Heart
2nd Lt. Pete Wilson: Purple Heart
Sgt. Curtis Marsh: Purple Heart

B-17 disposition: Crash Landed at Elveden Hall
Irreparable Damage

Damage Report:
Superficial Damage: Radio Room, Tail Section

Medical Report:
1st Lt. Sam Kelly, Frost Bite, expected to recover
2nd Lt. Travis Fields, Frost Bite, Invalided home
2nd Lt. Pete Wilson, Light Wounds, returned to active duty
2nd Lt. Richard Weston, Seriously wounded, died of wounds
Sgt. Curtis Marsh, Light Wounds, returned to active duty

Mission Debrief:

We didn't even make it half way to the target. As soon as we crossed the coast into France we encountered light, inaccurate flak. We were then set upon by a pair of Me-110s and a FW-190. We managed to smoke a 110, and survived several attacks with only superficial damage, but then the other 110 scored a walking hit on the aircraft. The nose and pilot compartment were badly damage, and an Oxygen fire erupted in the cockpit. Lt Fields, the Co-Pilot was able to extinguish the fire quickly, but the O2 was knocked out. The pilots switched to the emergency oxygen, but took a second round of fire that then knocked out their heaters. Another round of fire from the remaining aircraft score more hits, damaging the starboard elevators and wounding the Navigator and damaging the intercom. With no O2 or heat in the pilot compartment, a seriously wounded navigator, and no intercom, we had no choice but the abort the mission and leave formation. We descended to 10,000 feet, but it's a long way down from 50,000. The descent, plus the additional time fighting the bandits caused frost bite in both pilots, though the co-pilot got the worst of it.

We turned to home, but were now easy prey. A trio of FW109s knocked out the #1 engine and caused other minor damage before we could shoo them away. By the time we made it to base, we were struggling to maintain control of the aircraft, and realized we'd forgotten to dump the bombs. I was able to set the plane down, but with both myself and the co-pilot suffering from frost bite, lost control of the aircraft at touch down, and she's a total wreck. Luckily the bombs didn't go off. Our navigator later died of his wounds, and the co-pilot was sent home due to severe frost bite damage.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly
Command pilot, "Up a Creek" (B-17F-115-B0 42-30633)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)
Elveden Hall, UK

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Im afraid "Hit and Run" will be sitting this one out, moving house in the next 2 weeks and I have a pair of university assignments due in around the same time....shake
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jon7167 wrote:
Im afraid "Hit and Run" will be sitting this one out, moving house in the next 2 weeks and I have a pair of university assignments due in around the same time....shake


TO:
All 281st Bombardment Group (H) personnel

SUBJECT:
Mission Due Date (AAR Submission)

MEMO:
Gentlemen,
As we wait our brethren's return to base, High Commanded has extend the two week mission time frame to the end of the month, 30th November 2016. This will give those who are busy this time of the year a fair chance to get in their mission and formulate a Pulitzer Prize Winning After Action Report (AAR) for the 281st BG(H).



Colonel Ronald Donnelly
Commander
281st Bombardment Group (H)
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ
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David Grabiner wrote:
Medals and Promotions:
Distinguished Flying Cross to M/Sgt. Emerson, for taking over as pilot
after both pilots were unconscious, carrying on to a successful bombing
run, and bringing the plane home to base where all nine remaining crew
could bail out safely.
Air Medals to Lt. DiFelice and Sgt. Huntsman for saving severely
injured comrades with buddy jumps.



Both have been submitted and are granted.


Col. Ronald Donnelly
Commander
281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ
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The reprieve is greatly appreciated as I was going to have to rush a mission in tonight and could not give the write-up the care it rightly deserved!

"Sitting Duck" will be sure to give this a decent show and see if we can bring glory to the 281st!
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Pilot: 2nd Lt Joseph Scott
B-17: "Unnamed" B-17G-110-VE 44-85816
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
MISSION 163 (Bomber 1):


Date: Thursday, March 2, 1944 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Frankfurt, Germany. B/I ( V.K.F. Ball Bearing Works )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None


Crew Status: (LW-0 / SW-0 / KIA-1 / FB-0)

Pilot: 2nd Lt Joseph Scott (0)
Copilot: 2nd Lt Christopher Ponds (0)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Collin Worth (0) -KIA
Navigator: 2nd Lt Mitchell Grant (0)
Engineer: MSG Ralph Vandermeer (0)
Radio Operator: SGT Nick Harris (0)
Ball Gunner: SGT James Johnson (0)
Port Waist: SGT Marco Parisi (0)
Starboard Waist: SGT David Blake (0)
Tail Gunner: SGT Alexander Faltyn (0)

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run:

---- Bomb Drop: Did not Bomb
---- Accuracy: DNB ABORT

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0)
Encounterd 2 ME 109

Claims:
None

Medals and Promotions:

None


B-17s disposition:
(this can be incorporated in the damage report)

We were jumped by 2 109s in Zone 5. They made a pass at us and killed the bombardier, 2nd Lt Worth. Subsequent passes were ineffectual for them.
We aborted and returned to base.


Replacements:

Bombardier
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