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Damjon wrote:
5 crews lost of 8 so far. A black day indeed.


This is worse than the U-Boat missions...


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Report coming in...

153rd Squadron "Here We Go Again"

Following a fighter attack Here We Go Again started going around again when flak struck the plane and it was seen going down. Only two chutes spotted.


Crew/Status/Actions: Status of crew unknown at this time
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Tom Harris (0)

Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Robert Humprhies (8)

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Barney Walker (0)
Aircraft Claimed -

Navigator: 2nd Lt Johnson Holland (5)
Aircraft Claimed - 2

Flt Engineer: T Sgt Curt Trotter (11)
Aircraft claimed - 11

R/O: Sgt. Kerry Barrett (11)

Ball Gnr: Sgt. Hogan Sharpe (11)
Aircraft claimed - 4

Port Wst: Sgt. Samuel Jones (6)
Aircraft claimed - 1

Strb Wst: Sgt. Ricardo Gonzalez (10)
Aircraft claimed - 2

Tail Gnr: Sgt. Barry Hester (6)
Aircraft claimed – 4

() – Number of missions completed inclusive
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Later we were notified that T Sgt Curt Trotter and Sgt. Barry Hester were being held as POWs after their plane went down. They were the only survivors.





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gamer72 wrote:
Damjon wrote:
5 crews lost of 8 so far. A black day indeed.


This is worse than the U-Boat missions...




I lost both planes (my original one from the 153rd and the new one in the 152nd) to flak hits. That going around again proved murderous to me.
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pvi99th wrote:
gamer72 wrote:
Damjon wrote:
5 crews lost of 8 so far. A black day indeed.


This is worse than the U-Boat missions...




I lost both planes (my original one from the 153rd and the new one in the 152nd) to flak hits. That going around again proved murderous to me.


Nine planes reporting in with six lost and one abort.

On my entry to the target zone I was jumped by another 4 Me109's. They hit the bomb bay four times. Third bomb hit was the killer. At this time I was down three gunners and one crew moving to a spot with working oxygen. Of the four attacking planes I was only able to bring one gun to bear on a Me109 from 4:30 High. As it would be, I rolled a "1". Two of the four enemy pilots were "Ace's." This result was enviable. Oh, I had two more waves after this one…

I think this is the worst mission for the 281st BG since the start.

Good luck to the remaining crews!
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Damjon wrote:
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B-17: B-17F-30-VE-42-5858 The Great Karzy; Call sign: Greenhorn Dog
Pilot: 1st Lt. Roger Daley
Squadron: 154th BS
Mission: 85 This bomber (4)
Date: August 19 1943
Target: Schweinfurt Ball Bearing factory
Position: low low tail end



It's lucky you returned to base early.

It would have been very lonely all by yourself in the skies over Schweinfurt


That darned copy and paste (to keep the format right) catches you out every time blush
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jasta6 wrote:
As the 154th entered the target zone a swarm of Me109s continued their attacks upon the squadron, picking out a bomber that seemed to be loosely tucked into the formation. As a particularly skilled Me109 racked the Fortress there was a deafening sound...

all that was left was a few bits tumbling towards the earth. One of the crews report seeing a smoldering tail bit fluttering aimlessly to the ground.

The plane in question here is believed to be Capt. Zabalaoui’s plane 230741.

Edit! OH Darn it, I had a rabbits foot I forgot about... Oh well.


That's a Rashen, Snashen, Mutley, moment if ever I have seen one.

My sympathies
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jasta6 wrote:


I think this is the worst mission for the 281st BG since the start.

Good luck to the remaining crews!
Jim P cool


cant wait to fly this one ninja
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Santanico Pandemonium from the 151st ready for landing. We've harldy got a scratch so we'll circle a bit while you get the rest of the squadron down. Over.
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After Action Report (AAR) #85

Pilot: Capt. Seth Gecko
B17: Santanico Pandemonium

Sqdn.: 151st
Mission : 21
Target: Gilze-Rijen
Position: High

Crew Status:
Pilot: Capt. Seth Gecko (21)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Kelly Kelly (9)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bing “Bingo” Gomez (3)^
Navigator: 1st Lt. Ted Raimi (22)*** Me-109
Engineer: FO Razor Charlie(21)##***^ Me-109
Radio Operator: SSgt. Ian Ambercrombie (22)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Kay Sloughter (18)##*** Me-109
Port Waist: Sgt. Sam Raimi (6)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Danny Trejo (5)* Me-109
Tail Gunner: SSgt. Fred Williamson “Frost” (21)##^

(Mission Number)
* = fighters shot down
^= ½ fighter shot down
# = 5 Fighters shot down (ACE)

Bomb Drop : 60%

Fighters Encountered: 14
Fighters Driven off: 5

Enemy Confirmed Shot down: 4x Me-109
Enemy Probable: 1
Enemy Damaged: 1

B-17s damage: Minimal – Tailplane hit by flak – no effect.

Total hits: 1

Peckham Points: 5.

Mission Description:

Over to Holland today. We saw minimal fighter resistance as our boys kept them at bay. We took a hit by flak that rocked our tailplane, but left no significant damage. On our “second pass” Bingo nailed the target again! He’s now 3 for 3, pretty impressive.

Leaving the target zone we were swamped by enemy fighters but our boys went wild downing 4 ME-109s! Danny scored his first and Ted up front scored his third (in his 22nd mission).

We saw a lot of bombers going down around us and it was very hectic, but somehow we got away without a single fighter scratching us.

And that was about it and we were back over England! By the way, I even found that lucky rabbit’s foot I thought I lost last mission. So this trip was even better for us.

To those that didn’t return, we lift our glass.

Capt. Seth Gecko
Santanico Pandemonium
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After Action Report (AAR) Filed by Co-Pilot B. Petso
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Schoens
Mission: 85 (8)
B-17: Silver Dollar
Squadron:151st Rapture Time
Target: Gilze-Rijen (A/D - Storehouses)

Crew Assigned:
Bombardier 2nd Lt Andrew Bainbridge (0)
Navigator 2nd Lt Raymond Hanson (6) **
Pilot 1st Lt Robert "Bob" Schoens (7)
Co-Pilot 2nd Bill Petso (7)
Engineer Msgt Edison Cain (5) ****
Radio Operator Tsgt Jason Briggs (4) *
Ball Gunner Sgt Edward Silverstone (8) **
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Buddy Giancomo (4)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Ron Goodwin (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt Donald Blair (7) ***


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions


Claims: Engineer E. Cain (1) FW190, Tail Gunner D. Bair (1) ME109

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Bombardier A. Bainbridge (KIA), Navigator R. Hanson (KIA), Pilot R. Schoens (KIA), Engineer E. Cain (DOW)

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

B-17's Disposition: Port Waist Gunners heat out, Bombardier's heat out, (6) superficial hits.

Mission Description:

The action started in zone 4 when (4) FW190's surround us. Fortunately we suffered only superficial hits before they broke off their attack. Ed in the top claimed one.

We moved over the target and were hit by three waves of all types of A/C. Our newly assigned bombardier was killed instantly when he was getting the bomb sight set up. Raymond, our navigator, took a shot but was OK to continue. It wasn't long before we realized the nose of our ship must have had a big target on it. Six separate shells blasted us over the course of the day and eventually claimed Raymond as well. The shells just came ripping in each pass. The bombardier's heat went out, but no was was alive to need it by then. Back in the tail, Don made sure one bogey wouldn't be back by downing a 109 on a passing shot.

Flak caught us twice. Once in the waist, cutting off the port gunner's heat and another through the starboard wing that carried no effect. The target was nowhere to be seen. Not sure if it was ground glare or a formation miscalculation, but we weren't gonna hit it anyway so we swung around and tried again. Flak on the backside never was close. Three more waves jumped us as we prepared for a second run and Bob was killed on the first pass they made.

Now that we had little protection from head on attacks, Buddy in the waist made his way to the nose and took over there where there was still heat from Ray's outlet.

Flak was again distant, but we caught 2 more waves of fighters. One ME 109 came in and shattered the top turret. I heard Ed drop from his mount and saw his flying days would end, even if he made it back to base in time for help. Buddy dropped the bombs and we tried to make a hasty retreat for home. WAY too long over this hive of fighter activity! I asked Jason in the radio compartment to join me on the flight deck in case I was next.

In zone 4, our 151st squad drove off a wave of fighters and I started to assess the situation: Dead pilot, bombardier, navigator and engineer. I knew the crew was aware that, if I go, they go too. Thankfully, we never saw another fighter. Little friends did well driving off (7) attackers, but those that got through did enough damage.

We got the OK to hit the deck as soon as we could after firing flares, but as suspected Ed was dead when the ambulance crews arrived.

I'm pretty sure I'll be seated in the right seat of the Silver Dollar next mission, but the ground crews are going to need to visit the hanger queens for an entire new nose section for her.
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pvi99th wrote:

I lost both planes (my original one from the 153rd and the new one in the 152nd) to flak hits. That going around again proved murderous to me.


Same for me. Pretty good up to the second pass (even shot down a couple of fighters) and then 4 flak hits, first roll is snake eyes.
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For First LT. Roger Daley, they were to experience life in what we call......THE TWILIGHT ZONE !
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Kozzackkelt wrote:
For First LT. Roger Daley, they were to experience life in what we call......THE TWILIGHT ZONE !


Doodee doodoo, doodee doodoo (repeat infinitum)

It's getting awfully lonely in the 154ths mess I hope the boys in the Havana Dancer make it back OK.
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After Action Report #C3M85
August 19th 1943



A/C name (number): "Belle of Baltimore II" (B-17F-20-DL 42-3061)
Pilot: 1st Lt. Laurie LaPorte
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Dog
Mission #: 85/1/30
Primary Target: Aerodrome, Gilze-Rijen, Occupied Holland
Secondary Target: None
Position P/S: Middle/Low


Crew/Status/Actions:
Pilot: Maj. Edward Acton/OK
-Home: Baltimore, MD
-Serial Number: AO-266610 (MDNG)
-Legion of Merit
-Distinguished Service Cross
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-Purple Heart w/ thirteen clusters
-Missions Completed: 30
Co-Pilot: 1Lt. Laurie LaPorte/OK
-Home: Zap, North Dakota
-Serial Number: O-7974083 (DC)
-Soldier's Medal
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-Missions Completed: 15
Bombardier: 1Lt. Melvin Sullivan/OK
-Home: Campton, New Hampshire
-Serial Number: O-2315381 (AC)
-Purple Heart w/ three clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 5.5
-Missions Completed: 16
Navigator: 2Lt. Samuel Binder/LW
-Home: Nyack, New York
-Serial Number: O-759917 (USAR)
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): .5
-Missions Completed: 8
Flt Engineer: T-4 Greg Litten/OK
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 2.5
-Missions Completed: 1
R/O: T-3 Norman Hall/OK
-Home: Frederick, Maryland
-Serial Number: 13199771 (RA)
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Air Medal w/ two clusters
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 9.5
-Missions Completed: 18
Ball Gnr: SSgt. Lionel Riederer/OK
-Serial Number: 20893468 (NMNG)
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ cluster
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 26.5
-Missions Completed: 11
Port Wst: Sgt. Sam Gladson/OK
-AC Total (mission inclusive): .5
-Missions Completed: 1
Strb Wst: Sgt. Clyde Smithers/SW-14
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 1
Tail Gnr: Sgt. Lester Pons/OK
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 1
-Missions Completed: 1


Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
2nd Lieutenant Samuel Binder: Purple Heart
Sergeant Clyde Smithers: Purple Heart

Enemy Aircraft Claimed:
1st Lieutenant Melvin Sullivan: 1 x Fw-190 probable
Technician 3rd Grade Norman Hall: 1 x Me-410 probable
Technician 4th Grade Greg Litten: 1 x Me-410, 1 x Fw-190 probable, 2 x Me-109 probable
Sergeant Lester Pons: 1 x Me-410
Sergeant Sam Gladson: 1 x Me-109 probable

Enemy Aircraft Encountered:
Single Engine: 14
Twin Engine: 5

Bomb Drop: ON
Bombing Accuracy: 30%
Bomb Load: 24 x 100 lb. HE M30 G.P. Bombs
Bombing Altitude: 19,700 ft.

B-17 Status:
Pilot compartment window, Starboard wing damaged, starboard root damaged, ball turret out, #2 oil tank self sealed, superficial damage to the nose


Mission Description:

All in all not too rough a mission for us, though I know the 152nd and 154th suffered badly and we at least lost Capt. Willard's crew. The fighters did a decent job keeping them off of us but more importantly the Germans shot terribly. Must be they didn't want to spoil the fresh paint on the nose. We ran into five Fw-190s about mid-channel and the escorts only managed to pick off one of the attackers. Mel Sullivan damaged one other, T-4 Litten another, and the rest just fled in front of such a concentration of fire I suppose. One perforated the starboard wing and chipped the pilot compartment glass though.

Flak once again did more damage then the Luftwaffe's air forces did. They hit our starboard wing again, holed the #2 engine, and nearly killed the starboard waist gunner. An Me-109 and Me-110 bounced us just after the target, only to have the 110 driven off by our escorts before they turned back. The 109 was driven off by T-4 Litten. Not so much flak but we did take a few stray .50 rounds that knocked out SSgt. Riederer's ball turret and wounded Lt. Binder. It didn't shake Sullivan's aim, and he put about 30% of the bombs on target despite the flying shells. Four Me-410s came at us from high and behind at 6-4:30, only to all be shot down or overshoot us.

We were in almost contact the entire return trip to Elveden, those 410s were joined by five Me-109s as we recrossed the Dutch coast. No sign of our little friends, or the vaunted Luftwaffe pilot skills. Or my gunner's skills for that matter. We encountered two more Me-109s about mid-channel once again but their attacks were ineffective. Other then that, it was a safe landing for the Belle in England.

Maj. Ed Acton
Belle of Baltimore II
153rd BS, 218th BG(H)

Replacements:
Starboard waist gunner
Temporary Navigator

Notes:
I rolled extremely well for the Germans, by which I of course mean they failed to hit the broadside of a B-17 most of the time. Also, I'd like to thank my girlfriend for the sketch of the Belle of Baltimore's nose art.
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Memo

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Lt. Col Pfalzstaff, Commanding

From: MSgt. Michael Hargrove, Crew Chief for Strike One

I regret to inform you that Strike One will not be flying this mission due to two malfunctioning superchargers. We should have her ready for the next mission.

MSgt. Hargrove


Note: Due to a three day trip out of town earlier this week and events this weekend I will not be able to get to the game for this mission. I hope to be back in the air next week, though.
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After Action Report (AAR) #85

Pilot: 1st Lt. George Gidos
B17: Creeping Death B-17F-100-B0 42-30397 (BG-C)
Sqdn.: 151st
Target: A/D (Airdrome & Storehouses), Gilze-Rijen, occupied Holland
Position: High
Bomb Load: 24 x 100 lb HE M-30 G.P. Bombs
# Missions: ¡
A/C Claims: ++

Crew Status

Pilot: 1st Lt. George Gidos, (1)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Nick Canabos, (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Costas Stilvis, (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Thodore Copas,(1), 1xMe110
Engineer: SSgt. John Angelus, (1)
Radio Operator: Sgt. David Comnenus, (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Unknown, (-), SW, I.H
Port Waist: Sgt. Basil Magafos, (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Stelios Apokaukos, (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Michael Charitopoulos, (1), 1xMe110

() : missions completed
: personal rabbit foot
½: half fighter previously claimed
*: 1 fighter previously claimed
#: 5 fighters previously claimed = ACE


Bomb Drop : -/- dropped at sea

Fighters Encountered: 24 (0 Experts / 4 Aces / 1 Greens)
Fighters Driven off: 2
Claims: Damaged: 2 - Propable: 5 - Kills: 2
Flak Hits: NIL

B-17's Disposition: Landed flying with fumes, will be ready for the next mission
Total Superficial Damages: 10/16 Hits
Peckham Damage Points: 95
PORT SIDE: No1 engine off, inboard fuel tank leak (4 turns), port flap
STBD SIDE: NIL
MAIN BODY: radio off
HEAT OUT: NIL
O2 OUT: engineer's 1/2 damaged

Recommendations:
NIL

Promotions
NIL

Mission Description:

first mission for me and my rookie crew, i 'll report some details propably later, but i think we were pretty lucky.
Sincerely,

1st Lt. George Gidos
Pilot of B17F "Creeping Death"
151st Squadron, 281st Bomb Group (V)

Game notes:
that went well! I will remember the FW190 that attacked me at 6 o clock high suffering -3 damage (-2 from the tail and -1 from the radio operator) and Charilaos rolled a 6 and then two 1's scoring 6+3=9 hits before leaving the battle!!!
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Damjon wrote:
pvi99th wrote:

I lost both planes (my original one from the 153rd and the new one in the 152nd) to flak hits. That going around again proved murderous to me.


Same for me. Pretty good up to the second pass (even shot down a couple of fighters) and then 4 flak hits, first roll is snake eyes.
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It's a great game though.



I never even got as far as the flak : a light wound for the gunner, and one shell into the fuel tank, and down I went. Quite galling, when I've flown B-17s home which have suffered multiple hits time after time. Oh well, my luck couldn't last forever.



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Gentlemen. In light of the latest mission I think the following link will make you feel as humble and thankfull to those that served, as I felt when I watched it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBNw4kfwNM


respectfully

Jamie
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MISSION Eighty-Five:
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 1943 (2 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Gilze-Rijen, Holland. A/D (Airdrome & Storehouses)
Pilot: 1st Lt. Jack Armstrong
Plane: Nasty Boys (B-17F-50-VE 42-6121
Mission: 85 (4)
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low

Bomb run: Destroyed prior to bomb run

Crew:
Pilot – 1st Lt. Jack Armstrong (4) - KIA
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Tom Browning (4) – KIA
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Joe Oliver (4) - Rescued
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Todd Benzinger (4) – Rescued
Engineer - MSgt. Marty Duncan (4) *** ½ – ½ Me410 KIA
Radio Op.- Sgt. Barry Larkin (4) **½ – ½ Me410 Rescued
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Chris Sabo * (4) – Rescued
Port Waist – Sgt. Robert Dibble (1) – KIA
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Eric Davis (4) - KIA
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Norman Charlton (1)- KIA

* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
(4) missions – 7 kills

Peckham Points – 1,000,000

Aircraft Status – Sunk in the Channel

Mission Report – submitted by Lt. Oliver (bombardier)

Just off the coast of England we were surprised by a Fw-190 and a Me-410 that took a go at us. The P-47s drove off the 190, but the 410 came at us from below at 4:30. He hit us a passing shot mostly in the bomb bay doors and was coming around when Larkin and Duncan let him have it. The 410 exploded in excellent style.

Right about the middle of the channel, we had a swarm of 109s around us. The P-47s drove several off but one got lucky and destroyed the #1 engine. There was a strange sound coming from #1 and then the prop let go and took a chunk of the wing with it. Armstrong came over the mic and said to get out now and he’d hold her steady as long as he could.

I was out quickly and I counted all crew with parachutes deployed. By the time the Royal Navy found us there were only myself, Benz, Larkin and Sabo left. The others had been taken by the Channel.

Didn’t get the chance to learn much about our two relief crew before they perished. Another rough day for the 153rd.

Total for the mission 1-0-0 (killed-probable-damaged)

P-47s = 0-0-0 (killed-probable-damaged)

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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Lester Husby
B-17: Maid'n America (3)
151st Squadron
Mission: 85
Date: August 19, 1943
Target: Gilze-Rijen, Holland. A/D
Position: High Squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1LT Lester Husby (3)
Copilot 2LT Sam Lohr (3)
Bombardier 2LT Neil Gosser (2) **
Navigator 2LT Tim Stenzel (3) **
Engineer Sgt. Wesley Havener (3) ***
Radio Op Sgt. Greg Sidney (3)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Karl Harshmann (3) **
Port Waist Sgt. Clyde Everton (3)
Starboard Waist Sgt.Max Junkins (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Tim Shoulders (3) Serious Wound, long-term recovery, no more missions

* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Fighters Claimed (Dmg/Prob/Kill): 1/2/5

Bomb Run: Missed target, 0%

B-17 Status:
superficial damage to bomb bay, port wing
tail gunner suit heater out

replacement: Sgt. Dave Welk, tail gunner

Debrief:
Jumped by five 109s over the channel outbound, no little friends nearby. One of the bastards did a crazy vertical dive on us. Never seen that before. He came at us so fast no one had time to put a bead on him. Luckily he and two of his pals outright missed. The 109 on our tail got shot up by Tim and broke off. His friend at our 3 o'clock gave Tim a bad gut wound and he was out for the rest of the flight. Lieutenant Neil got revenge on the last 109 though, and nailed him as he came around for a second pass. The waist gunners pulled Tim out and tried to make him as comfortable as possible.

Curiously enemy fighter defense was light over the target. Some knucklehead in an Me110 decided to do a vertical climb on us. Made a nice fat target for Sgt, Harshmann, who notched another kill.

Clouds obscured the first pass so we had to go around. Flak still hasn't gotten our number, even with the multiple chances it had. Neil must have been a bit disoriented by the go-around because he couldn't find any target reference points at all. He dropped on what he thought was the target but missed completely.

Coming back out was a bit more hectic. Although I don't know what got into our gunners. They managed to score 3 out of 5 kills and all our probables and damaged claims coming back home. I guess they just wanted to make sure Tim got back okay.

Speaking of which, of all the luck the heater on his suit went out. Lucky hit by a Fw190 as we made the turn to go back home. I made the decision to stay in formation, figuring that the cold would help the blood clot more and stop him from bleeding out on the way home. I guess it worked. Doc says Tim will be okay in a few months. We won't see him again before our tour is out though. I hope he makes it.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF WAR
HEADQUARTERS 281ST BOMB GROUP (H) VIII BOMBER COMMAND EIGHTH AIR FORCE
EIGHTH AIR FORCE STATION 200 ELVEDEN HALL ENGLAND APO 667




Pilot: Capt. Walter Zabalaoui
B-17: Tru Bella III (B-17F-120-B0 42-30741) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 85 (Bomber 4)
Date: August 19, 1943
Target: Gilze-Rijen, Holland. A/D (Airdrome & Storehouses)
Position: Low

Crew Status:
Pilot: Capt. Walter Zabalaoui (12) KIA
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Graham D. Faircloth (7) ½ KIA
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. John N. Mahood (7) KIA
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Hunter H. Flores (4) * KIA
Engineer: MSgt. Christopher M. Ritter (6) ****½ KIA
Radio Operator: TSgt. Tyler R. Savino (7) ** ½ KIA
Ball Gunner: SSgt. John Krieger (12) ##* ½ KIA
Port Waist: Sgt. Glenn M. Thayer (1) KIA
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Thomas O. Thomas (4) KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. John C. Revis (5) *** KIA

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

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; DNB
---- Accuracy; DNB

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (1=KIA / 2=Prob / 0=Damg)
---- Me109: 1-KIA / 2-Prob / 0-Damg (8 Attacked)
---- Me110: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 0-Damg (3 Attacked)
---- Driven-off by P-47s: 2

Claims:
2nd Lt. Hunter H. Flores : 2x Me109

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s disposition:
Msgt. Cory Berkely “Tru Bella III” Lost in battle. Damage report as follows: fighter attack detonated bombs. One hits causing wounds, ten fatal, none were serious and none of a light nature. Ten of Twenty-nine hits were of a superficial nature (168pts Peckham Points Prior to Explosion)

Replacements:
TBD

Mission Description:
Subject: Gilze-Rijen, Holland. A/D
19-August-43 Mission Report C4M85-741A

Mission Debriefing:
MACR 85741A of Capt. Zabalaoui,s Crew in B-17F-120-B0 42-30741 “Tru Bella III”

Crews of the 281st BG (H) report seeing ship 230741 explode over the initial point as she was being ravaged by four Bf 109s. During one pass it was observed that at minimum three planes concentrates their shots amid ship which proved to be the decisive hits.

Lt. Col. C. Pfalzstaff
Deputy Commander
281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Mission Note: OK I knew Schweinfurt was too easy. This mission was a comedy of errors on my part. The one bright spot is, I thought about flying the Lieutenant Colonel in this one, but decided to wait till the 154th BS was in the lead again. The first omen was when I rolled a Random Event in Zone one that turned out to be a “Loose Formation” result. Adding a +1 to the GAF rolls. Then came my first mistake, not aborting in Zone three as a Me110 walked a 6:00 o’clock low hit from Tail to Nose. This is where we lost our Ace ball gunner to a serious wound as well as our intercom too. Now the lost intercom would allow me to abort the mission, but this crew (well only two of them) had aborted three missions early on so they didn’t want another one on their mission list. We push on.

In Zone 4 we were attacked by four Bf109’s. Our gunners all missed these four giving the Krauts an open run. Of course they all were on the mark, scoring seven hits accumulative. This attack sealed our fate for the next zone as the Jerry’s killed the Port waist gunner and seriously wounded the Starboard waist gunner and lightly wounded the bombardier and Navigator. Other damage included the destruction of our Radio. During their successive attacks we finally damaged two fighters (FBOA-2) which made them plus one other fighter miss their shots. This last fighter of four was able to take out our Autopilot and damage the Rudder, but we carried on. During the lone Bf109’s last attack my Navigator rolled a 6 & a 5 to take him out. In a hope of giving us more guns I moved the Radio Operator to the Ball. But he would be out of action for one wave as we were still under attack.

Well with four gun positions unmanned, two crew lightly wounded, our autopilot rendered useless and no interphone (only hit enemy fighters on a 6, except the tail, 5 & 6) we pushed on to the I/P. Our roll for enemy fighters in the target zone was the worst it could be, a “6.” Three waves of adversary fighters. Those dang Bf109s were back for blood and they struck us first. Some how knowing we were short certain gun stations they positioned their attacks limiting us to only one possible attack on them. Our Engineer was the only one with an attack and he was wide of his mark, leaving the four Bf109’s free to swarm our ship looking for revenge. Again all four managed to hit us and of the ten hits three of them were in the bomb bay section. The first two hits, the waist and the bomb bay, did superficial damage. But on the third hit, again the bomb bay, exacted their vengeance, igniting the third bomb from the top in the port rack. In the chaos that ensued one of the Krauts, the one that hit the bombs, was destroyed by the blast and two others were observed heading for home trailing heavy smoke. This was the end of Captain Zabalaoui’s crew run for Twenty-Five missions…

Now for my second mistake, I HAD A RABBITS FOOT AND FORGOT TO USE IT!! I can be such an idiot. I even remembered it during the first attack of four Bf109s, but though I would wait to use it. Also, the Ball gunner had a “Lucky Charm” and I was saving that for his recovery roll, as I forgot to use it on the wounding roll. Guess I blew that one too. No pun intended. So the moral of this sad, sad story, ABORT while you can! I would be at the Dog and Duck instead of all over Holland right now. Good news, I get to start a new crew with all the expectations of making it to the coveted 25 missions…
Jim P cool

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5 crews lost of 8 so far. A black day indeed.


This is worse than the U-Boat missions...




We lost seven planes ?! No-one here is getting out alive...


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Pilot: 2Lt Joe Saugus
B17: Havana Dancer


Sqdn: 154th
Mission: 85 (this bomber 6)
Target: Gilze-Rijen, Holland. A/D (Airdrome & Storehouses)
Position: Low - Low


Crew Status:

Pilot: 2Lt Joe Saugus (1)
Copilot: 2Lt Neville Hope (8)
Bombardier: 2Lt Kenny Ames (5)
Navigator: 2Lt Barry Taylor (8)
Engineer: Mst Sgt Clive Russell (2)
Radio Operator: Wayne Norris (8)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Albert Moxey (8)
Port Waist: Sgt Arthur Pringle (7)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Malcolm Hallwood (4)
Tail Gunner: Sgt Ally Fraser (8)

All KIA or lost at sea.


Report from US pilot patrolling over the channel.

" I was returning to base with the rest of my squadron when I saw a lone B-17 being attacked by German fighters. We engaged the enemy and forced them away from the bomber. However, the B-17 appeared to be flying on three engines and was leaking fuel. I watched as it got lower and lower landing on the surface of the water before I lost sight of it.
I circled the area where the bomber had come down but I saw no sight of any of the crew."

Game Notes.

Fairly uneventful 'till we reached zone 5 when three waves of German fighters were encountered. The bombardier was killed with the navigator & starboard waist gunner suffering serious wounds.
The radio and bomb release were damaged; then the bomb bay doors were hit and I lost an engine followed by a fuel leak.
I decided to abort and headed for home, eventually having to ditch in the sea. The -6 on the landing roll due to lack of a radio was instrumental in the the loss of the crew.

Yet another new plane and crew required for the 154th!

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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Joe Friday
Plane: JUST THE FLAK MA'AM

Mission: 85(5)
Target: Gilze-Rijen - Air Field/Storehouse
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low
Bomb run: 0%

Crew:
Pilot - 2nd Lt. Joe Friday (5)
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Larry Champion (1)
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Russell Maynor (1)
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Steve McGarrett (5) - claims Bf110
|▐██▌|
Engineer - SSgt. Harold Iglesias (4) *
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Radio Op.- TSgt. Edward Rogers (1)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Jim Rockford (5) **
Port Waist - Sgt. Mark Albanese (1)
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Manuel Sealey (1)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Joe Mannix (5) **** - LW
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½ shared credit
* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Aircraft Status - Aircraft returned with minor damage to #1 engine, rudder, bomb bay doors and the tailplane. Five other superficial hits to the fuselage and wings. Claims of 1 Bf110 destroyed, no reports of any further damage to enemy aircraft. Crew Casualties: 1 crew lightly wounded. (37 Peckham Points)

Mission Report

A pretty bad mission for the group as the crew reported many of our fellow crews falling out of formation. However, Lady Luck was with us today as the enemy only targeted my plane over the target, otherwise we were left alone as the enemy pilots went after any plane that started lagging behind. There's nothing the group can do once a plane begins to fall out of formation but pray that the escorts can get to the stragglers before the Germans pounce on them.

We had to go around twice as our initial run in was off course. The flak gunners had lots of time to bracket the group in and several planes appeared to suffer damage as a result. We lost contact with Sgt. Mannix in the tail position during this time.

Our bombing results were not good today, the flak was jostling us pretty good. Our new Bombardier Lt. Maynor dropped on the second pass, but isn't confident that he hit anything of importance.

Lt. McGarrett is claiming a Bf110 and I will corroborate his claim as I had a ringside seat watching that bus zoom toward us on fire and smoking heavily. As the enemy aircraft rolled over and started its fall to earth he chirped over the com "Splash one bandit 10 o'oclock. That one's for Dano."

The flight home was largely uneventful. A group of 109s made a tentative pass at the squadron over the water coming home, but the squadron lit up the sky with tracers so they peeled off and dove after the low squadron. They were probably low on fuel and were just making a final pass before heading back to their base.

Landing was standard. I had Larry fire off a red flare on approach to get the medics out to the hardstand for Sgt. Mannix. No one had been able to raise him on the intercom since over the target and the port gunners had seen no movement through the braces. Turns out he had been hit in the head during the flak barrage and had been knocked out and has a concussion. A little sleep and he should be ready for duty.

2nd Lt. Joe Friday, 153rd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group (H)

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gamer72 wrote:
gamer72 wrote:
Damjon wrote:
5 crews lost of 8 so far. A black day indeed.


This is worse than the U-Boat missions...




We lost seven planes ?! No-one here is getting out alive...

buffmeister wrote:
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Pilot: 2Lt Joe Saugus
B17: Havana Dancer
All KIA or lost at sea.


Make that; 8, Eight, 44, d10-8, EIGHT,
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