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Subject: Kanalkampf rss

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Timothy Smith
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Well another AAR for Scenario 1. Once again I was the Luftwaffe and Mike the RAF. Scenario start was 11am and my chit draw was EE so the target was a convoy off the Isle of Wight (0713) with 1g Ju87s, 1g Me110s and 1g Me109s. Planningwise I decided to go straight for the doctor and no mucking around, 0713 is not far from "Sausage-side" so I combined all elements into 1 raid (coming from Cherbourg) and thought I´d just bash my way through to the convoy and then clear off quick smart. Stukas and 110s were at 14,000 and the 109s providing top cover at 18. Form up was meant to be at 11:05 but due to some Luftwaffe stuffing around the raid was 10 minutes late which obviously meant that Mike was able to get some squadrons into the air sooner than what I wanted.

As I chugged my way over the Channel, Mike scrambled 2 squadrons from 10 Group (152 and 238), and 601 and 145 from Tangmere. A dummy form up in the Baie de Seine caused him some worry and the Tangmere lads were caught between going towards the convoy and what might happen with the dummy form up. In the end 238 tallied my raid just one hex from the convoy and combat ensued. 238 went for the bombers but my 109 escort reacted and ended up shooting down 2 Hurricanes for the loss of 1 109. 238 went to maximum disruption from the Cohesion roll and got the pancake order, but III JG2 was unfazed. But low and behold on the Random Events roll next turn, Mike got the navigation check on my raid which I bloody failed, the raid as a result was lost and the bombing on the convoy suffered. The patchy cloud was playing havoc with Mike tallying the raid though and I quickly shoved off back to France. End result was a draw by 1 VP! That damn navigation check stuffed up the bombing and cost me the game. A moral victory for The Few.

This game absolutely flew by, both Mike and I had the rules pretty much down pat and very little flicking through the rules was needed. Bags of fun! Next game Mike´s playing the Luftwaffe and I get a chance to turn my hand to the RAF. Looking forward to it!

Tim.
 
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Timothy Smith
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I actually botched this up a tad. In Scenario 1, raids cannot be lost so technically the Stukas should have bombed without the lost column shift. Thanks to Lee for picking this up over at Consim.

Either way though it was a hoot!
 
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