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Subject: Burning Blue second AAR of two - scenario 2 rss

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Simon Hornby
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Scenario 2 started with good weather almost throughout, patchy cloud at angels 22 over the channel, some haze and broken cloud in some areas that nobody went into during the scenarion. Raids DD and GG were drawn by Steve. The scenario started at 11:00 am, with 2 20+ and 1 10+ form ups in the Pas de Calais and 1 20+ in Cherbourg. This meant no RAF units started in the air. In the first three turns 32 sqn and 54 sqn from Biggin Hill and Hornchurch took off and started towards the south coast, and a flight from 152 at Warmwell started towards the Isle of Wight, but landed immediately as the form up vanished in the form up phase just after it scrambled. 2 more squadrons, 610 from Biggin Hill and 64 from Kenley took off. All the form ups vanished as dummies.

A while later More dummies appeared, but this brought no more squadrons into the air, until a form up of 150+ appeared in Cherbourg.

This had to be the real thing and the Middle Wallop sector planes took off to head towards the Isle of Wight, while the Kenley squadrons moved towards the edge of their HF range around Portsmouth and Tangmere. 32 sqn got attacked by the channel patrol before this happened and pancaked, and later the channel patrol attacked 54 sqn around Dover with yet another impromptu fighter sweep, pancaking them also. Both of these sorties cost a 109 though.

Meanwhile, the 150+ form up had turned into a 200+ raid and another hostile had appeared in Caen at 40+. The big hostile was making a beeline for the Isle of wight when it suddenly got lost, but all was well when they crossed the coast and recognised it. By now a couple of RAF sqns had attacked and been pancaked, but one got through with a late reaction and shot down 3 JU87s. The first 2 had pancaked one 109 gruppen and sent the second to 2 disrupt. The disrupted 109s were chosen for the late reaction and they pancaked along with the RAF sqn.

The raid reached Portsmouth, and one gruppe dive bombed it for 15 VPs, whilst the rest made a 90 degree turn along the coast reaching Thorney Island where another gruppe dive bombed for 15 VPs. Tangmere squadrons were now in the air and one of those was the 4th squadron to attack the big raid, shooting down a 109 and ending up in a dogfight.

The retreating JU87s, stripped of escort from the first two bombings were savaged by the fighters, 152 squadron chasing one gruppe for 3 turns and making 2 attacks. It could have been worse for the stukas, but several sqns on +3 cohesion rolls just failed to avoid disruption.

The raid reached 1219 and bombed Ford and Poling for another 2 15 VP runs. By now the 40+ raid had reached the coast and 64 sqn valiantly intercepted it, only to find it was a freie jagd of 2 gruppe 109s. It had been late forming up and due to some navigational errors was 2 turns behind the bombers. 64 pancaked, but the freie jagd attacked them again in the luftwaffe combat phase, downing a second spitfire and meaning they were going to be late recovering since they had fought twice. They made it home safely.

By now, 6 RAF fighters, 4 109s and 8 Stukas had been knocked down, The last action was the raid on North Weald, which was intercepted by 74 sqn, as 610 had had to return to base with dry fuel tanks. 74 got past the late escort and knocked down a Do17, the escort caught them and one spitfire and one 109 went into the sea between Suffolk and Kent. The RAF had already launched 10.5 sqns against a raid limit of 8 (at the end when I saw the chits this turned out to be 9.5) so elected not to launch anything from North Weald at this raid, even when it was obvious this was where it was going, as it had been raid matched.

This was a difficult decision, as the escort was at disruption 1 and could potentially have been stripped off allowing the sqn at Rochford to catch the bombers egressing, and 74 sqn might have been turned round at Manston in time to get back up also.

The final result: Raid chits DD and GG for 59 VP target. All targets bombed with 1 gruppe, the 4 by JU87s were dive bombed, no bombers were disrupted, even after they had units shot down, so total 70. RAF over reacted to the tune of 1 sqn for +3. 6 RAF fighters shot down over England and 1 over the sea for 7.5 more, Total 80.5. 5 109s and 3 JU87s shot down over England for -13.5 and 5 more JU87s and 1 Do17 shot down over the sea for -9 making a total of 58 vs a target of 59 for a draw, albeit a bloody one.
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