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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. With the level of damage done yesterday, or as HQ put it "lack of damage", HQ has seen fit for us to return to… ” Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…”

We are always accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a sixth tour. For those of you just joining us, here is a summary of the "rules," as they are:
* I will be rolling up the mission parameters, fighter support, flak cover, weather and date for all missions.
* There is no required format for reporting your results, but 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 by the following Sunday (in this case, 13/10/06 ), and “jasta6” will prepare an End of Mission Report the following Monday. If you happen to miss a week 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Forty-five:
Date: Wednesday, January 05, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Kiel, Germany. C/A ( City Area )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
Squadrons bomb load:
------ B-17F’s: 9 x 500lbs M-43 G.P.
------ B-17G’s: 9 x 500lbs M-43 G.P.
------ Tail B-17: 42 x M17A1 65-lb. Incendiary Bombs

Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft (Low Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ High Squadron 24,250 ft (151st BS)
------ Lead Squadron 24,000 ft (152nd BS) Lead
------ Low Squadron 23,750 ft (153rd BS)
------ Low-Low Squadron 23,500 ft (154th BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL All weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound: Zone 2: None E / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W / Zone 5: -1 W / Zone 6: -1 W / Zone 7: -1 W / Zone 8: 0 G
InBound: Zone 2: None E / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W / Zone 5: -1 W / Zone 6: -1 W / Zone 7: -1 G / Zone 8: 0 G

Target Flak O/B: Moderate (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: Light (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)

Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (0 modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound & Inbound to Target: Z2-G / Z3-G / Z4- G / Z5-G / Z6- G / Z7-G (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Good 3/10 Cloud (0 modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & 0 modifiers to, O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(20th Fighter Group P-38’s O/B (Z2-Z8) & 354th Fighter Group P-51’s I/B (Z9-Z2))
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: fair
Zone 7 outbound: fair
Zone 8 outbound: fair
Zone 8 inbound: fair
Zone 7 inbound: good
Zone 6 inbound: poor
Zone 5 inbound: good
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: fair

Note:
---- - Gents, 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 Light once again (2D6= # &#) # (Two Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) None

Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
(From “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Our Mission 145 was The Mighty Eighth’s mission 176. The 1BD & 2BD went to Kiel. 131 Fortresses, 114 Liberators’ for a total of 245 planes to Germany with 119 B-17 and 96 B-24s making it to the target. 3BD sent 117 planes to multiple targets with the most planes going to Bordeaux, a total of 195 B-17s were sortied with the 1AD sending 79 B-17s to Tours. Thirty-six planes were lost, 160 planes were damaged and 9 classified as Category-E. Forty-seven crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, twenty-eight crewmen were wounded with two-fifty-two reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 690 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 29 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of 12 of their own.

(Eighth Air Force): An Eighth Air Force report concludes that the US daylight strategic bombing program against Germany will be threatened unless steps are taken to reduce the enemy's fighter force, which has increased in strength in the W as a result of step-up in production, strengthening of firepower, and transfer of a larger percentage of fighters to the Western Front.

Mission 176: Four targets are hit costing 24 bombers and 12 fighters. 1. 119 of 131 B-17's and 96 of 114 B-24's hit the shipyard and industrial area at Kiel, Germany plus 10 aircraft hit targets of opportunity; they claim 41-6-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17's and 5 B-24's are lost, 3 B-17's and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 61 B-17's and 15 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 36 KIA, 5 WIA and 100 MIA. This mission is escorted by 70 P-38's and 41 Ninth Air Force P-51's; they claim 22-1-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-38's are lost; casualties are 7 MIA. 2. 112 of 117 B-17's hit the Bordeaux/Merignac Airfield in France; they claim 50-10-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 11 B-17's are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 49 damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 21 WIA and 110 MIA. This mission is escorted by 76 P-47's; they claim 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 P-47's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; casualties are 5 MIA. 3. 78 of 79 B-17's hit the Tours Airfield in France; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 10 damaged; casualties are 10 MIA. This mission is escorted by 149 P-47's; they claim 3-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; no casualties. 4. 73 of 78 hit targets of opportunity at Neuss, Geilenkirchen, Dusseldorf and Wassenburg, Germany; they claim 2-5-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 22 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 20 MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission report: mission 96,
January 5th mission was the second in two days to Kiel. Their report states that enemy activity was again light and flak was moderate and accurate. Unlike last mission though, the weather was good, thus our mission parameters are set to reflect this.

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**Please read and follow as it will help us collate the information for Mission statistics and the roster thread** Thank You!

For a more detailed report please proceed to the memo


Again, please remember I would like players to, at a minimum, list the Crew (pilots name with rank and Planes name of their Fortress at the beginning of all AAR post to help me facilitate updating the Roster List? Please use the format below as this will help me create the list in a timely manor.

If this format is not followed I may have to pass over your record as it takes more time to compile than it should have to. Adding this information will make it much easier to assemble this extra fluff for our campaign. Please remember to also add your pilot’s rank.

Thank You!

EXAMPLE wrote:
Pilot: 1st Lt.. Andy Anybody
B-17: "Bombs Alot/Miss Alot" (B-17F-1-BO 41-1001)


Also please add your Bombardment Squadron somewhere at the top too. This will help me in data entry. i.e. 154th BS

P.S. As I am keeping stats of the campaign for mission reports could you list your enemy aircraft probable and damage information as well as your kills in one short entry. Example: (KIA = 5, Prob = 2 & Damg = 5)

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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 145 [Kiel C/A]

- 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

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: 1st Lt. Murray Fells Crew in "Miss B. Haven" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Dennis Munn's Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)


151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Edgar B. Forbes Crew in “Don’t Tread On Me” (B-17G-30-BO 42-31734) [AAR]
1st Lt. Michael Garfield's Crew in "Inside Straight"(B-17F-60-B0 42-29549) [AAR]
1st Lt. Clarence Platt's Crew in "Hap's Harpy II" (B-17G-25-B0 42-31724) [AAR] Pilot KIA

152nd BS - BB:
1st Lt. Samuel Clemens Crew in "Connection" (B17F-100-BO-42-130421) [AAR] Cat-E
1st Lt. Murray Fells Crew in "Miss B. Haven" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) [AAR] Lead
1st Lt. Ernest Hemingway's Crew in "Writer's Block" (B-17F-130-BO 42-30959) [AAR]
1st Lt. GW Morell's Crew in "Wayward Wendy" (B-17F-115-BO 42-30620) [AAR] Pilot KIA

153rd BS - GB:
1st Lt. Dan Blackwell's Crew in "Taco Belle" (B-17F-40-VE 42-6003) [AAR] Aborted
1st Lt. Richard Tucker's Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) [AAR]

154th BS - GG:
1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun's Crew in "The Squirrel's Nut" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31344) [AAR] 3-Days repair
1st Lt. Isaac Colabello's Crew in "Ranger's Lady" (B-17F-120-BO 42-30753) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Dennis Munn's Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169) [AAR] Tail


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

(edits; Crews added)

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Radio transmission over the German coast on the way home:

This is Connection. Two engines out, cannot keep up with the formation. We'll all see you late tonight in the Dog and Duck.

(Yes, all ten made it back alive, but the plane was Cat-E; AAR to follow.)
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens
B-17: Connection (B-17F-100-BO-42-130421) BB-B
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (this bomber 6)
Date: January 5, 1944
Target: Kiel, city area
Position: Middle squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens (2) LW
Copilot 2nd Lt. William Wordsworth (2)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Robert Stevenson * (2) LW
Navigator 2nd Lt. Jonathan Swift * (2) LW
Engineer MSgt. Jules Verne (2)
Radio Operator Sgt. Miguel de Cervantes (2)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Alfred Tennyson ** (2)
Port Waist Sgt. Victor Hugo * (2)
Starboard Waist Sgt. George Orwell (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt. William Blake ** (2)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: On Target
Accuracy: 50%

Fighters claimed: KIA-5 Prob-2 Damg-0
Bombardier Lt. Stevenson: 1 Me-109
Navigator Lt. Swift: 1 FW-190
Ball Gunner Sgt. Hugo: 1 Me-110
Tail Gunner Sgt. Blake: 1 Me-109, 1 FW-190

Awards and Promotions:
Air Medals to 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens and 2nd Lt. William Wordsworth for
bringing home a badly damaged plane with two engines out all the way
from Germany, and returning with the entire crew alive and fit for duty.

B-17 Status:
Category E
Landed safely at Elveden Hall but too badly damaged to be worth fixing
Rabbit's foot unused
Port waist gun jammed and fixed
Starboard elevator out
Port tailplane root-1 hit
Port elevator out
#4 engine out and feathered
Radio room gun jammed and fixed
Bomb bay doors jammed after bomb drop
Rubber rafts out
Radio room oxygen-1 hit
Rudder-1 hit
#2 engine runaway and feathered
Norden sight out after bomb drop
Port waist gun out
Top turret guns out
Radio room heat out
Tail oxygen-1 hit
Bombardier heat out
Radio out
Port wing root-1 hit
Starboard waist gun jammed and fixed
Window-1 hit
277 Peckham points

Replacements:
New plane: Bouquet (B-17G-1-DL-43-130929)

Debrief:
The contrast from yesterday's run was night and day, or at least snow
and sun. Yesterday, the weather kept the Germans away, and we returned
with a barely-damaged plane. Today was clear with much more resistance,
and while we did make it home, the Connection will be cannibalized for
spare parts. But the two most important things for both missions were
the same: we dropped our bombs on target, and the full crew of ten
returned fit for duty.

Despite the clear skies, resistance was very light on the way out to the
target. We only saw a single wave of four fighters; we couldn't hit
them but took only minor damage. A flak burst destroyed the #4 engine,
but the Norden sight adjusted in time for an excellent bomb run. We saw
explosions on several ships in the shipyard.

It all changed when we were surrounded by five Butcher Birds as we
crossed back over Germany. Sgt. Blake damaged one which fired on us
before aborting, and it sent the #2 engine into a runaway. Three others
also hit us; I couldn't keep track of all the damage reports, although I
know that Lt. Stevenson and Lt. Swift both took cuts from shrapnel but
stayed at their posts (and both claimed kills later). One of the
fighters came back around and destroyed the Norden sight.

With only two engines, we had to drop out of formation and return home
at half speed, for a lonely four-hour trip back to England. We had
fighter cover all the way, which helped, but it helped even more that
our gunnery was effective, with five claimed kills. I took a shell hit
to the foot, but the fighter which did that flew back right into
Sgt. Blake's sights and exploded for his second claimed kill of the
mission.

Still, we took damage all over the plane; there just weren't enough
gunners to shoot everything down, and with only two engines running, we
were easier to hit.

The English coast, covered with snow from yesterday's storms, was a
welcome sight. A clear sky made it easy to approach the runway with
only two engines and jammed elevators, controlling our lift by speed
alone. The ground crew was surprised to see all ten of us walk out of
the plane, given how badly damaged she was.

Only then could we do a full
inspection of the Connection, and decide that she wasn't worth saving.
Two engines and the tail would need major repairs, and the top turret
would have to be removed to replace the turret mechanism. So she will
become spare parts for the rest of the 281st, and one important part,
the four-leaf clover I found yesterday, will be moved to the flight deck
of the Bouquet.

1st Lt. Samuel Clemens
Command Pilot, Connection (B-17F-100-BO-42-130421) BB-B
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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Sir,

The ground crew informs me that "Fredericksburg" will not be available to fly Mission 145. Request permission to use "Wayward Wendy" today.

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wolverinetoddy wrote:
Sir,

The ground crew informs me that "Fredericksburg" will not be available to fly Mission 145. Request permission to use "Wayward Wendy" today.

1st Lt. GW Morell
152nd Squadron


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"I don't know what got into me. My hands just started shakin' an' I couldn't get the damned bombsight ta focus," 2LT Thomas Washburn admits, his face turning red with embarrassment."

"It's OK, Tom," FO Bradley Neuman, the navigator tries to reassure Inside Straight's bombardier. "It happens to all of us at some point. A hot shower, a stiff drink, and then off to town and that ready made family you've been courting should set everything to rights."

"I hope so. I don't like letting the fellas down."

"You don't." Brad slaps his crewmate on the back as they prepare to climb into the jeep and report for their debriefing.


Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield
B-17: B-17F-60-B0 42-29549, Inside Straight, BG-F
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 145/4, High Squadron, 24,250 Ft
MISSION DATE: 5 Jan 1944
Primary TARGET: Kiel, GE, City Area Off Target: 0%
Secondary Target:
Tertiary Target:
Enemy Fighters: 2 (Kill=0, Probable=0, Damaged=0, 354th=0, 20th=1)

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield (12) [0] RF
Co-Pilot: 2LT Henry (Hank) Colfax (3) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (15) [3] RF
Navigator: FO Bradley Neuman (14) [1/2] RF
Engineer: SSgt Samuel Newton (0) [0]
Radio Operator: Sgt Hubert Latimer (14) [1/2] RF
Ball Gunner: Sgt Alan Underwood (14) [8] RF
Port Waist: Cpl Curtis (Curt) Drew (0) [0]
Starboard Waist: Cpl Herbert (Herb) Elliott (1) [0]
Tail Gunner: Cpl Adam Liebowitz (5) [4]

* = Kill
#= Shared Kill

Enemy Fighters: 2 (Kill=0, Probable=0, Damaged=0, 354th=0, 20th=1)
Bf 109 1=1 Driven off by 20th
Fw 190 0
Me 110 1=1 Undamaged
Me 410 0
Ju 88 0
Total 2

Bomb Run: Off Target: 0%

B-17 Damage: None

Peckham Points: 0: AC ready next day.

Landing: AC and crew safe

Claims: None

Award/Promotion Requests: None

In Hospital:
Engineer: TSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (2) [3] RTD 7 Jan 44
Port Waist: Cpl Paul (Tex) Johnson (0) [0] RTD – 8 Jan 44

Spare Crewmen:

After Action Report:

Takeoff and assembly went without a hitch. The clear skies over England made rendezvous with the 20th a piece of cake.

Part way across the North Sea (Zone 4) we encountered the GAF. While there were too few bandits for any to bother Inside Straight, rockets fired by standoff AC did explode nearby. Fortunately Inside Straight suffered no damage. The rocket attack did succeed in dispersing the formation, but everybody tightened back up as we grew nearer the target.

A little further on (Zone 6) Jerry made another attempt, this time a lone Bf 109 managed to get on our tail. However, before the bandit came within range of our guns he fell to a P-38 from the 20th.

Our next encounter with the GAF was over the target where once again there were fewer EA than expected. While no bandits made it to Inside Straight we did undergo another rocket barrage, equally as ineffective as before, at least as far as damaging Inside Straight. The Flak was moderate, but inaccurate, coming through unscathed. However, the combination of rockets and flak must have shaken Tom (2LT Washburn) as our bombs fell wide of the designated target area.

Flak on target egress was lighter and the fact that the formation was once more dispersed due to the rocket attack on target ingress resulted in no hits to Inside Straight. A lone Me 110 slipped through while the 20th was handing off to the 354th. Sgt Underwood and Cpl Drew both missed, as did Jerry, his rear gunner, and yet another rocket barrage.

Turning for home, we encountered the GAF twice over the North Sea. Once at the midway point (Zone 5) and again just before reaching the English coast (Zone 3). In both cases, fire from the rest of the formation drove the attackers off before they could reach Inside Straight.

Sunny skies and dry tarmac made for an easy landing at Elveden Hall. While we didn’t do much damage to the Nazis today, at least they didn’t do any to us either, crew and AC untouched by enemy fire. Of course, we’re going to have to salve Tom’s ego over the missed drop. I don’t know if it’s nerves or if he’s spending too much time thinking about the widow he’s been seeing and her little girl.

Submitted by Michael Garfield, 1LT USAAF, commanding
B-17: B-17F-60-B0 42-29549, Inside Straight, BG-F

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Lt. Fells would like to volunteer to take the lead position with Miss B. Haven.
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Lt. Fells would like to volunteer to take the lead position with Miss B. Haven.

Granted!
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Murray Fells
B-17: Miss B. Haven (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (this bomber 6)
Date: January 5, 1944
Target: Kiel, City area
Position: middle, lead

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Murray Fells (3)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Manuel Vea (6)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Zachary Golding (6) *
Navigator 2nd Lt. Joseph Ridall (6)
Engineer MSgt. Karl Dohrer (6) *
Radio Operator Sgt. Casey Abraham (6)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Lionel Charnas (6)
Port Waist Sgt. Ronald Lerud (6)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Llewellyn Powe (6)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Bernard Haralson (6) *
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: On target
Accuracy: 20%

Fighters claimed: KIA-1 (Tail: Me-109), Prob-1 (Nose: Me-109), Damg-2 (Tail: Me-110, Nose: Me-109)


Awards and Promotions:
none

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
3 superficial, 1 port wing root hit
28 Peckham points

Debrief:
After talking things over with Lt. Golding, we decided to volunteer to lead, and having nothing but clear sky in front of us was amazing and unnerving at the same time.

We took off with no trouble. I guess it took the Germans a bit to get organized because the only GAF fighters we saw until reaching Kiel were focused on bombers farther back in the group. Someone on the ground must have finally figured out we were returning to finish what we started yesterday, because there were plenty of them waiting for us at Kiel. Three came after us; a P-38 intercepted a 110 climbing up to hit our belly, leaving a 110 moving up from the rear and a 109 barreling in at us from 12 high. Golding chewed up the 109 but he managed to get away. Haraldson hit the 110, causing one of its engines to give off smoke.

Once again the flak managed to catch us and did the only damage to us all day. It blew a hole about a foot wide in the port wing and a chunk hit the #1 engine but it kept functioning. We took some other damage that was superficial. Golding seems to be getting used to flak hits because he still hit the target and left some warehouses and ships burning real good. Flak on the way out wasn’t as bad and we took no more hits.

The Luftwaffe tried for us again as the flak stopped, but the 38s were there to blunt their efforts. Two 109s made it through; Golding put some holes in the wing of one, and Haraldson killed the other one as it flew past.

109s made attacks on us twice after that but the 38s harried them and they were unable to hit us. We arrived back at Elveden and were glad to see a runway free of any form of precipitation, which made for a textbook landing.

I think the lovely lady on our plane’s nose must be dazzling the Kraut pilots because they avoid hitting her a lot. I wish she could do the same to the flak.

1st Lt. Murray Fells
Command Pilot, Miss B. Haven (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1st Lt. GW Morell
B-17: Wayward Wendy (spare aircraft) (B-17F-115-BO 42-30620)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 145, January 5, 1944
Target: Kiel (City Area)

Bomb Run: Off Target: 0%
Over Target: Yes
Plane Status: Repairable next day
Casualties: KIA: 1 WIA: 2 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 1 Probable: 3 Damaged: 7

Crew Assigned: Position: Rank & Name (mission #) {Fighters after}[Casualties], Kills, Probable, Damaged

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. O Poe (7) {1} K: 1-110, P: 1-190, D: 3-190
Navigator: 2nd Lt. D Leasure (5) {1} D: 1-190
Pilot: 1st Lt. GW Morell (7) {0} [LW]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. J Nagle (5) {0} [KIA]
Engineer: MSgt. CW Roberts (9) {3} D: 1-190
Radio Oper.: Sgt. R Ely (1) {0}
Ball Gunner: Sgt. J Hayes (9) {2} P: 1-190, D: 1-190
Pt Waist G: Sgt. L Dillman (7) {1} [LW]
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. JH Barnes (2) {0}
Tail Gunner: Sgt. D Morrison (6) {3} P: 1-109, D: 1-190

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 1, Average: 18 , Green: 1

B-17 Damage: Pilot & Copilot heat, Pilot, Copilot, and Radio O2, Control Cables, Norden Bombsight, Port Aileron, Navigation Equipment, Superficial damage to fuselage and wings

Peckham Points: 104

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note:
MSgt CW Roberts promoted to First Sergeant
Sgt J Hayes promoted to Staff Sergeant

In Hospital:
GW Morell, LW, available next day
L Dillman, LW, 2 days in hospital
Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. GW Morell

Command decided to turn us around and fly back to Kiel the next day. The Fredericksburg had been too badly damaged yesterday to be ready to we pulled the Wayward Wendy from the spare plane pool. I heard a couple of the boys complaining that the spare plane “stunk.” I told them that maybe next time they would take better care of their own plane and we wouldn’t have to borrow one.

The outbound flight was quiet. We saw very few enemy fighters and sustained no damage. The flak guns missed us coming and going. Poe’s drop was off target, but we certainly got the Luftwaffe’s attention. Two waves of 190s totaling 9 planes descended on us. On the first pass shells came ripping through the windshield. I was wounded and Nagle was killed. A second pass hit our O2 system and knocked out the heat in the cockpit.

Moving into Zone 7, I signaled the group that we were dropping out of formation and descended to 10,000 feet. I moved Roberts up to help fly the plane and Barnes up to man the top turret. More fighters came at us and shells ripped into the nose. Leasure called up on the intercom.
“Bad news, sir, the nav equipment is all shot up”
“Do you know where we are?”
“Umm, I think so” Leasure replied nervously.
After a few quick measurements Leasure got us “pointed towards England.”
After a couple of nervous hours flying over open water, the coast came into view.
“English coast ahead” I called down, “nice work boys”
We landed safely at base.
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wolverinetoddy wrote:

Moving into Zone 7, I signaled the group that we were dropping out of formation and descended to 10,000 feet. I moved Roberts up to help fly the plane and Barnes up to man the top turret. More fighters came at us and shells ripped into the nose. Leasure called up on the intercom.
“Bad news, sir, the nav equipment is all shot up”
“Do you know where we are?”
“Umm, I think so” Leasure replied nervously.
After a few quick measurements Leasure got us “pointed towards England.”
After a couple of nervous hours flying over open water, the coast came into view.
English coast ahead” I called down, “nice work boys”
We landed safely at base.


This game NEVER fails to be exciting!!! We have had some real eventful missions lately. Good to see you made it home safely.
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After Action Report (AAR) As filed by 2nd Lt. James Benly, Co-Pilot

Pilot: 1st Lt. Clarence Platt
Mission: 145 (2)
B-17: B-17G 25-B0 42-31724 "Hap's Harpy II"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: High
Target: Kiel (City Center)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Bernard Olson (6)
Navigator 2nd Lt Floyd Cole (6)
Pilot 1st Lt Clarence Platt (6)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt James Benly (5)
Engineer Msgt Wilbur Murdock (6) *
Radio Operator Sgt Ronald Gill (3)
Ball Gunner Sgt Alvor Rand (6) *
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Kyle Tillman (3)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Andrew Navarro (3)
Tail Gunner Sgt Ritchie Smout (3)


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Crew Injuries: Pilot C. Platt (KIA)

Claims: Ball Gunner, A. Rand (1) ME109

Probables: (1) ME109

Damaged: None

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 5%

B-17's Disposition: (1) Superficial Hit. (11) Peckham Points

Mission Description:

Skip's number came up today and he never saw it coming. We had excellent fighter protection today as the Little Friends drove off six attackers. But over the target, flak was moderate and semi-accurate and a shell pierced the cockpit and Lt. Platt simply slumped forward. I grabbed the stick and tried to keep us in line, but it must have been just enough to take us off the bomb run before turning on the autopilot for Bernie.

I pushed Skip back into his seat and noticed blood coming from his right ear. I called Wilbur and told him I'd need him for landing. Fortunately with the fighters being so few and far between, he'd have time.

Bernie missed the drop again, although we managed about a 5% strike. Flak inbound struck and a shell hit the bomb doors, but they closed up without an issue.

As much as I hate to do it, I'm asking command for a replacement bombardier. The last six missions we've been off every time and one of those we brought the bombs back with us. Can't win a war or friends in the Group with that kind of performance.

Submitted by 2nd Lt. James Benly - Co-Pilot "Hap's Harpy II"
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1st Lt. Dennis Munn's Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169) will take the tail position for this mission.

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Have flown the mission and made it to target and back OK.
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jasta6 wrote:
wolverinetoddy wrote:

Moving into Zone 7, I signaled the group that we were dropping out of formation and descended to 10,000 feet. I moved Roberts up to help fly the plane and Barnes up to man the top turret. More fighters came at us and shells ripped into the nose. Leasure called up on the intercom.
“Bad news, sir, the nav equipment is all shot up”
“Do you know where we are?”
“Umm, I think so” Leasure replied nervously.
After a few quick measurements Leasure got us “pointed towards England.”
After a couple of nervous hours flying over open water, the coast came into view.
English coast ahead” I called down, “nice work boys”
We landed safely at base.


This game NEVER fails to be exciting!!! We have had some real eventful missions lately. Good to see you made it home safely.


Thanks Jim,

I have a question about this. When the navigation equipment was destroyed the rules told me I had to spend two turns in the odd numbered zones. So I rolled for fighters twice in Zones 5 and 3 then flew the rest of the way home.
But, if I am spending extra turns in Zones 5, 3, and 1; I am wondering about the fuel situation. The only rules I have ever seen regarding running out of fuel relate to leaking fuel tanks. Did the B-17 carry fuel reserves to allow it to fly further than the planned mission route?
Or should I have run out of fuel and either ditched in Zone 2 or emergency landed in Zone 1? whistle
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wolverinetoddy wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
wolverinetoddy wrote:

Moving into Zone 7, I signaled the group that we were dropping out of formation and descended to 10,000 feet. I moved Roberts up to help fly the plane and Barnes up to man the top turret. More fighters came at us and shells ripped into the nose. Leasure called up on the intercom.
“Bad news, sir, the nav equipment is all shot up”
“Do you know where we are?”
“Umm, I think so” Leasure replied nervously.
After a few quick measurements Leasure got us “pointed towards England.”
After a couple of nervous hours flying over open water, the coast came into view.
English coast ahead” I called down, “nice work boys”
We landed safely at base.


This game NEVER fails to be exciting!!! We have had some real eventful missions lately. Good to see you made it home safely.


Thanks Jim,

I have a question about this. When the navigation equipment was destroyed the rules told me I had to spend two turns in the odd numbered zones. So I rolled for fighters twice in Zones 5 and 3 then flew the rest of the way home.
But, if I am spending extra turns in Zones 5, 3, and 1; I am wondering about the fuel situation. The only rules I have ever seen regarding running out of fuel relate to leaking fuel tanks. Did the B-17 carry fuel reserves to allow it to fly further than the planned mission route?
Or should I have run out of fuel and either ditched in Zone 2 or emergency landed in Zone 1? whistle


This is a vague area of the rules. We probably should come up with a fuel usage modifier in this case. For now we will go with the rules as written.

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”Sorry, Guys”, Mal Lutz, the Bombardier, said as the crew of “Don’t Tread On Me” moved away from their bomber. “That burst near the tail was enough to throw me off. It’s bad enough to be the centre of so much attention without making a mess of the drop” John Hindman, the Tail-gunner, laughed shortly. “That burst didn’t leave a scratch on me, so I ain’t complainin’”.

After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Edgar B. Forbes
B-17: “Don’t Tread On Me” B-17G-30-BO 42-31734
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Mission: 145 (Bomber 3)
Date: Wednesday, 5 January, 1944
Target: Kiel, Germany, C/A (City Area)
Position: Middle; High squadron

Crew Status:
(Position: Rank. Name, Awards (Previous missions); Enemy KIA’s [Casualty]; Claims)

Pilot: 1st Lt. Edgar B Forbes, PH (5)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Travis S. Jackson (5)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Malcolm A. Lutz, AM (6) ; 2 ; 1-0-0
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Arnold J. Canyon, PH (2) ; 1 ; 1-1-0
Engineer: M. Sgt. Vernon C. Debney (2) ; 0 ; 1-0-0
Radio Operator: Sgt. Thomas T. Tosca, PH (5); 1
Ball Turret: Sgt. Alphonse O. Trebec (6) ; 3½ ; ½-0-0
Port Waist: Sgt. Michael P. Wellesley, AM, PH (4); 3½
Starboard Waist: Sgt. John L. Lewishom (5) ; 0 ; 1-0-0
Tail Gunner: Sgt. John O. Hindman (3); 0 ; ½-1-0

AM = Air Medal; PH = Purple Heart; * = cluster

Individual Claims:
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Malcolm A. Lutz 1xBf109 KIA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Arnold J. Canyon 1xBf109 KIA, 1xMe110 Probable
Engineer M. Sgt. Vernon C. Debney 1xBf109 KIA
Ball-gunner Sgt. Alphonse O. Trebec ½xMe110 KIA
Starboard waist-gunner Sgt. John L. Lewishom 1xBf109 KIA
Tail-gunner Sgt. John O. Hindman ½ xMe110 KIA, 1xBf109 Probable

Bomb Run: OFF; 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 27; 2xFw190 (1x Ace), 19xBf109, 6xMe110
Driven off first round: 2xFw190, 4xBf109, 3xMe110

Claims:
KIA: 5; Probable: 2; Damaged: 0
4xBf109, 1xMe110 KIA; 1xBf109, 1xMe110 Probable

Damage: 8 hits (1 from flak)
Top guns inoperable, 7 superficial hits

B-17s disposition: 26 damage points ; repairable by tomorrow

Mission 145 Description:

This second visit to Kiel was a lot different from yesterday’s. We were seeing enemy fighters all over the place including three waves coming away from the target; but luckily they weren’t all that great as shots and we managed to bring down five of them. The escorts did a great job as well, driving off 9 of the 27 fighters that attacked us in 10 waves.

Only two hits caused us worries; one when our top turret guns were knocked out (all the others were superficial); a second from a flak burst at the tail that was superficial, but contributed to our poor bomb run.

The flight back was just as busy and would have been busier except two waves in the last hundred miles before the English coast were driven off by the rest of the formation. No casualties and 5 enemy fighters claimed made this a good mission in our book despite the lack of hits on the target.

1st Lt. Edgar B. Forbes, Command pilot, “Don’t Tread On Me” B-17G-30-BO 42-31734
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Sorry chaps, I'm not going to be able to make the mission this week ; too many other demands on my time.

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Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Tucker
B-17: "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (this bomber 11)
Date: January 5th, 1944
Primary Target: Kiel, Germany. C/A (City Area)
Position: Low Squadron

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Tucker (10)
Copilot: 1st Lt. Arte Watson (13) LC
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joe Burke ****(13) LC
Navigator: 2nd Lt. James Mathis (11) LC [LW]
Engineer: TSgt. Joseph Grant *(8) *
Radio Operator: TSgt. Donald Lewis *(12) LC
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Evan Mayer **(10)
Port Waist: Sgt. Arnold Corrigan (3) [SW-IH]
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Paul Youst *(3) [SW-IH]
Tail Gunner: TSgt. Donald Tanner ***(12) LC

* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA
LC= Lucky Charm

Bomb Run: ON / 30%

9 Enemy Fighters Encountered: 6 FW-190 (1 green), 3 Bf-109
Destroyed: 1 (1 green FW-190)
Probable: 0
Damaged: 0
F. Cover: 5 (4 FW-190, 1 Bf-109)

Claims:
1st Lt. Grant (ENG): 1 green FW-190

Medals and Promotions:
Purple Heart: 2nd Lt. James Mathis, Sgt. Arnold Corrigan, Sgt. Paul Youst

B-17s Disposition: Returned but needs a full day to repair.
15 Hit (none by Flak)
Rudder 2 hits, Navigator LW, Starboard aileron (no effect), Autopilot Mechanism inoperable, Port Waist Gunner SW, Port tailplane root hit, Port Aileron inoperable, Starboard Waist Gunner SW, Tail guns out
Superficial: 5; No effect: 1

Damage Points: 107

Replacements needed:
Spare Aircraft if next mission is January 6th, 1944
Navigator if next mission is January 6th, 1944
New Port Waist Gunner
New Starboard Waist Gunner

Reserve and Recuperation:
(ROP) Sgt. Fred Overall (1)
(TLG) Sgt. Edward Turner (1)
(NAV) 2nd Lt. James Mathis (11) lightly wounded: recuperation for one day, available on January 7th.
(PWG) Sgt. Frank Richards (1) seriously wounded: recuperation til January 9th, then rotated home.
(SWG) Sgt. Wallace Garner (1) seriously wounded: recuperation til January 9th, then rotated home.
(SWG) Sgt. Jerry Lassen (4) seriously wounded: recuperation til January 14th, then rotated home.
(PWG) Sgt. Arnold Corrigan (3) seriously wounded: recuperation til January 15th, then rotated home.
(SWG) Sgt. Paul Youst *(3) seriously wounded: recuperation til January 26th, then rotated home.

Mission Debriefing:
Mission Belle took off and assumed its position in the low squadron as expected.

Zone 5 Outbound: Engaged by 2 FW-190. One was driven away by 20th FG P-38’s. The other seemed to not fully control his machine and TSgt. Grant didn't give him the opportunity to learn as he shot him down outrightly.

Zone 6 Outbound: Engaged by 1 FW-190. We failed to hit him three times. He did not... once! Fortunately, most damage was superficial but we took two shells in the rudder, another one disabled the autopilot mechanism and 2nd Lt. Mathis was lightly wounded.

Target Zone 8: No enemy fighters engaged us in the target zone, either before or after the bomb run. Flak was moderate at start then lighter but in both cases ineffective. Despite the lack of autopilot controls, 1st Lt. Burke led us right over the target and successfully dropped about 30% of our bombs load near it. It helps to have a veteran bomber.

Zone 6 Inbound: Engaged by 3 Bf-109. One was driven away by friendly cover. A second one got scared by starboard waist defensive fire and break off. The last one was able to hit us on its first pass before being forced to break away. That single attack severely wounded both waist gunners, took out the tail guns and the port aileron, and damaged the port tailplane.

Zone 5 Inbound: Engaged by 3 FW-190, all driven away by 354th FG P-51’s.

The rest of the return flight was uneventful and we landed safely at Elvenden Hall. The mission was successful and the job done, but it again costs us both waist gunners (3rd time it happens during a single attack in the last 5 missions).
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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: 1 Lt. Dennis Munn
B-17: Precious Penny (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (Bomber 5)
Date: January 5th, 1944
Target: Kiel, Germany. C/C (Industrial Area in City Center)
Position: Low-Low Squadron Tail

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1 Lt. Dennis Munn (14) LC
Copilot: 2 Lt. Ralph A. Lewis (6) *
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Wayne I. Pugh (6)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. William I. Burmbaugh (10) LC SW-Rec
Engineer: MSgt. Carl J. Thurmond (9) ****½ **
Radio Operator: TSgt. Paul H. Warren (8) *½
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Donald D. Murray (10) LC [3] #**
Port Waist:Sgt. Harold C. Watkins (6) *½
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Mark S. Dickerson (6) ***
Tail Gunner: Sgt Greg K. Cappernik (4) LW

Key:
---- (#) = Missions
---- [#] = Previous kills
---- ½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
---- * = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
---- # = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

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

Enemy Fighters Activity: Encountered – 8; (KIA – 2 / Prob – 2 / Damg – 0)
---- Bf109: 1-KIA / 1-Prob / 0-Damg (6 Attacked)
---- FW190: 1-KIA / 1-Prob / 0-Damg (2 Attacked)
---- Driven-off: Total: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 0-Damg / 6-Driven-off (by P-38’s & P-47’s & P-51’s)

Claims:
2nd Lt. W. Pugh
2nd Lt. W. Burmbaugh
MSgt. C. Thurmond 1x FW190 Destroyed, 1x Bf109 Destroyed & 1x Bf109 Probable
Sgt. D. Murray 1x FW190 Probable

B-17s disposition:
Msgt. Cory Berkely Precious Penny 42-30169 Moderate Damage, ready for duty on January 6th 1944, Port wing root damaged 40%, Port flap damaged, number two engine destroyed. Two hits causing wounds, 0 fatality, 1 serious and 1 light wounds. Twelve of the eighteen hits were of a superficial nature (139pts Peckham Points)

In Hospital:
Returning to duty:
2nd Lt. William I. Burmbaugh (10) Returns on the 13th of January 1944
Sgt Greg K. Cappernik (4) Returns on the 8th of January 1944

Replacements:
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Boddy C. Braker
Tail Gunner: Sgt Samuel Story


Mission Debriefing
By 1Lt Dennis D. Munn, 154th BS Pilot
MISSION #5 (Groups 145)
Date: January 05, 1944
Target: Kiel, Germany
Plane: A-169 "Precious Penny"
Position: No. 6, High Squadron
Altitude: 23,500 feet
Mission Report C6M145-169


The 154th bomber group Assembled at 0832 hours, altitude was 8,000 feet. We climbed to 18,000 feet to join the first air division at 0848 hours over splasher six. From her we joined the bomber stream attaining mission altitude and position at 0905 hours,

Again we were attacked over the North Sea but our fighter cover was there to chase them off. Things were clear till we were fifty miles off the enemy coast. A single Bf109 launched aerial rockets before a P-38 chased him off. The rocket riddled the starboard wing. On approach to the target two waves attacked with minor damage to “Precious Penny” and the loss of one Foke-Wulf to MSgt Thurmond. We also damaged two others. Being last in line the flak gunners had us dialed in and we took a shot near the port wing taking out number two engine. Even with the buffeting and distraction Lt Pugh was able to put 30% of our load on target.

Coming off the bomb run we were attacked again with MSgt Thurmond taking out a Bf109. There was erratic enemy activity on the way home but our P-51s kept most at bay and many just shadowed the formation never attacking.

Back at base we had a good landing and “Precious Penny” will be ready tomorrow for further duty.

First Lieutenant Dennis D. Munn
Command Pilot of, “Precious Penny” (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)
154th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK


Mission Note: A good mission with reasonable results.
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MISSION 145 - KIEL, GERMANY - 5 JANUARY 1944

Pilot: 1st Lt. Ernest Hemingway
B-17: Writer's Block (B-17F-130-BO 42-30959)
Squadron: 152nd BS, 281st BG (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (Bomber 4, Crew 4)
Date: January 5, 1944
Target: Kiel, Germany (City Area)
Squadron Position: Middle (24,000 feet)
Bomber Position: Middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Ernest Hemingway (4)
Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. Clive Cussler (4)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. James Patterson (4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Charles Dickens (2)
Engineer: MSgt. John Steinbeck (4)*
Radio Operator: TSgt. Arthur C. Doyle (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Ted Bell (4)*
Port Waist: Sgt. Kurt Vonnegut (4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Jack London (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Martin Caidin (2)

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

Bomb Drop: On Target
Accuracy: 30%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 4

Bf-109: 1 Veteran/1 Ace/1 Green
Bf-110: 0 Veteran/0 Ace/0 Green
FW-190: 1 Veteran/0 Ace/0 Green
Me-410: 0 Veteran/0 Ace/0 Green

Total: 2 Veteran/1 Ace/1 Green

E/A Claims:
2nd Lt. James Patterson: 1 x Bf-109 damaged

Bf-109: 1/0/0
Bf-110: 0/0/0
FW-190: 0/0/0
Me-410: 0/0/0

Totals: 1/0/0 (Damaged/Probable/Destroyed)

Medals and Promotions:
N/A

Aircraft Disposition/Damage Estimates:
Damage Points, Total: 23
Superficial Damage Points: 3
Repairable: Yes
Time For Repairs: Overnight

Replacements:
N/A

Mission Description:

Target: Kiel, Germany (City Area)
Date: 5-January-1944

Mission Debriefing:

A repeat mission to Kiel, Germany this time with (hopefully) better weather and better results. Writer's Block and her crew are 100% ready.

Zone 2 Outbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 3 Outbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 4 Outbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 5 Outbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 6 Outbound:
2 x Bf-109(G/A) encountered.
Escort P-38s drive 1 x Bf-109(A) away.
2nd Lt. Patterson damages 1 x Bf-109(G) at 12:00 level.

Zone 7 Outbound:
Unknown number of enemy fighters encountered.
Squadron gunners drive all enemy fighters away.

Zone 8 Outbound (Target):
Unknown number of enemy fighters encountered in first wave.
Squadron gunners drive all enemy fighters away.
1 x FW-190(V) and 1 x Bf-109(V) encountered in second wave.
Escort P-38s drive 1 x FW-190(V) and 1 x Bf-109(V) away.
Medium intensity flak observed over target entrance area.
MSgt. Steinbeck reports starboard waist gun destroyed, navigator's oxygen line damaged, and superficial damage from the flak.
Weather was good with 70% visibility over target area.
Bomb drop was on target - accuracy estimate is 30%.

Zone 8 Inbound (Target):
Light intensity flak observed over target exit area.
MSgt. Steinbeck reports no damage due to flak.

Zone 7 Inbound:
Unknown number of enemy fighters encountered.
Squadron gunners drive all enemy fighters away.

Zone 6 Inbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 5 Inbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 4 Inbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 3 Inbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 2 Inbound:
No enemy fighters encountered.

Zone 1 Landing:
Writer's Block returns safely to home airfield. Weather conditions were good.

Ground crew chief reports that Writer's Block was only lightly damaged. She will be repaired overnight and will be available for the next mission.

There were no crew injuries reported again. Not sure how long our luck will hold out but we'll take the good luck we've had so far. The plane was again only lightly damaged from flak but everything will be repaired overnight. We owe the squadron a few rounds for keeping so many enemy fighters off of us.

Sincerely,

1st Lt. Ernest Hemingway
Command pilot: Writer's Block (B-17F-130-BO 42-30959)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

NOTES: Another long mission with only light flak damage to the plane. The crew managed a good bomb run this time and a couple of them actually got to fire their guns, damaging 1 x Bf-109. Three times the squadron gunners drove the enemy fighters away, and the escort fighters did their jobs as well. A good mission with good results.
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Pilot: 1LT Stillman V. LINKER
B-17F-130-80 42-30952: Baroness of Bremen
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (this bomber 2)
Date: 05 January 1943
Target: Kiel - C/A

Squadron Position: High

BOMB RUN: Abort!

Crew (Mission) [Kills] Medals:
Pilot: 1LT Stillman V. LINKER (7)
Copilot: 2LT Rube C. KINSLEY (7)
Bombardier: 2LT Clement C. DUNN (7) [1] PH
Navigator: 2LT Son D. ROSSO (6) [1] PH
Engineer: TSgt Mark O. MCMALI (7) [2 1/2] PH
R.O.: Sgt. Sean R. HOLCOMB (7) PH
BTG: Sgt. Gian G. CALDERON (7) [1]
PWG: Sgt. Caspar R. FITZGERALD (1) [1/2] PH
SWG: Sgt. Jake S. WESTON (1)
TG: Sgt. Tiler E. FORTNER (1)


Fighters Encountered: 110's - 1; 190's - 9; 109's - 9
Chased off by our supporting fighters - 5
Ace Enemy Fighters: 4

Destroyed: 1
Probable: 3
Damaged: 1

HOSPITAL:
Sgt. Percival U. SHOWMAN - returns to duty January, 8th
Sgt. Sergeant H. JUEL - invalided home after January, 26th
TSgt Mark O. MCMALI - invalided home after January, 16th
Sgt. Sean R. HOLCOMB - returns to duty January, 7th

SPARE CREW:
2LT Jean-Paul P. DREW - Navigator (1)

ALUMNI BOARD:
Sgt. Terencio H. CATHEY - SWG - Mission 6 - R.I.P.

DAMAGE TO BOMBER:Supp hits: ||||||; Navigation instruments destroyed; Pilot compartment oxygen out and fire - out - caused abort; Top Turret guns inoperable; Ball turret mechanism inoperable; Rudder hits: |; Port elevator inoperable. Damage points: 135
"Baroness of Bremen" available again - January, 7th
"Scary bomb" available again - January, 10th

MISSION REPORT:
First contact with enemy somewhere over the north sea was deadly one. Flock of Messerschmidts flew from all around us and made cheese out of our plane. I've lost oxygen in cockpit and had to go below 10.000 ft . . . Our only option was to turn back, so we did. We've had many more encounters with GAF, but Friendlies took good care of us. All damage this plane received came in that one deadly encounter. Mark was unconscious all the way back, and I'm happy that he will survive. I'm even happier for him, for returning home to States in one piece. His back will hurt often, and badly, but, he'll be home, alive . . .
I'm afraid that we'll need another bird again, since crew chief claims at least two days repairs for this plane. I'm also afraid that my last six missions have been utter failure, and I request some assistance because morale in my squad is at it's lowest. Half the squad is getting dead drunk and other half is in bunks, lying face down, not talking to anyone. I managed to steer them through loss of Terencio, but they are breaking down after today's fiasco.

1LT Stillman V. LINKER
Pilot, B-17F-130-80 42-30952: Baroness of Bremen
151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group (Heavy) US 8th AirForce
Elevden Hall, England
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the
author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead,
is entirely coincidental.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun
B-17: "The Squirrel's Nut" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31344)
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 145 (Bomber 1)
Date: Wednesday, January 05, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Kiel, Germany. C/A (City Area)
Position: Low-Low (+1)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun (1)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Kirk Wolf (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt (1) *** [LW]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Tanner Blake (1) [KIA]
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin (2)
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Danial Hanson (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Corey Hicks (1) *
Port Waist: Sgt. Oscar Jacobs (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Earnest Craig (2) [SW]
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson (1) * [LW]

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA
[LW] = Light Wound
[SW] = Serious Wound

Reserves:



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

27 Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 5 / Prob – 4 / Damg – 2 / DOF - 4
Claims:
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Corey Hicks: KIA - 110(1) / Prob - 110(1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt: KIA - 109(1),110(1),190(1) / Prob - 109(1)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin: / Prob - 109(1) / Damg - 109(1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson: KIA - 110(1) / Prob - 109(1) / Damg - 110(1)


B-17 Damage Report:
Superficial (5)
Bomb Bay: Sup. (2), Bombs [No Effect] (5)
Pilot Comp.: Engineer Oxygen [1/2] (10), Window [1/2] (5)
Port Wing: Aileron [No Effect] (5), Root [1/5] (25)
Radio Room: Sup. (1)
Starboard Wing: Sup. (4), Wing Flap [No Effect] (5)
Tail: Sup. (1), Oxygen Supply [2/2] (20), Port Elevator inoperable (10), Stbd Tailplane Root [1/3] (25),
Tail Turret [x2] (30)



Crew Report
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt: Light Wound (2) Two Days Recuperation
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Tanner Blake: KIA (10)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Earnest Craig: Serious Wound (5) 6 Days Recovery, but may not fly any more mission
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson: Light Wound (20 Three Days Recuperation



Peckham Points: 172 Three Days to Repair


Mission Debriefing:
New to this report: I've added in the number in parentheticals, which represents the numerical encounter. So (12)
would be the 12th plane encountered this mission. Also added position in brackets. Also added in the steps to make
it a little more detailed and easier to follow. (ex. Defensive fire: )

Zone 2 Out:
Nothing to report


Zone 3 Out:
Engaged by two ME110s. (Wave 1)
[i]Defensive Fire:

ME110(1) [12 Low]: missed
ME110(2) [10:30 Low]: shot down by Sgt. Corey Hicks on the Ball Turret (1st confirmed kill)
German Offensive Fire:
ME110(1) [12 Low]: no damage reported

Engaged by lone FW190 (Wave 2)
FW190(3) [10:30 High]: driven off by fighter escort


Zone 4 Out:
Nothing to report


Zone 5 Out:
Nothing to report


Zone 6 Out:
Engaged by three ME110s
Defensive Fire:
ME110(4) [12 Low]: hit by Sgt. Corey Hicks on the Ball Turret
ME110(5) [10:30 Level]: missed
ME110(6) [6 Low]: driven off by fighter escort
German Offensive Fire:
ME110(4) [12 Low]: superficial damage to port wing aileron, superficial damage to the bomb bay
ME110(5) [10:30 Level]: superficial damage to fuselage, superficial damage to starboard wing, and superficial
damage to starboard wing flap.
2nd Lt. Troy Hanson finished off ME110(4) on the tail turret as it passed under the plane (1st confirmed kill)
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
ME110(4) [12 level]: shot down by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret (1st confirmed kill)


Zone 7 Out:
Nothing to report


Zone 8 Out - Target Zone:
Engaged by three FW190s (Wave 1)
Defensive Fire:
FW190(7) [12 High]: missed
FW190(8) [1:30 High]: missed
FW190(9) [3 Level]: probable kill by Sgt. Corey Hicks on the Ball Turret
German Offensive Fire:
FW190(7) [12 High]: Superficial damage to the bombs, fuselage, and tail
FW190(8) [1:30 High]: no damage reported
FW190(9) [3 Level]: no damage reported
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
FW190(7) [12 Level]: shot down by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret (2nd confirmed kill)

Engaged by two ME109s and an ME110 (Wave 2)
Defensive Fire:
ME109(10) [10:30 Level]: probable by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret
ME109(11) [12 Level]: probable by M.Sgt. Jordon Austin on the Top Turret
ME110(12) [10:30 Low]: missed
German Offensive Fire:
ME109(10) [10:30 Level]: no damage reported
ME109(11) [12 Level]: no damage reported
ME110(12) [10:30 Low]: no damage reported
Flak:
No flak damage
Bombing:
30% on target


Zone 8 Back: Target Zone:
Flak:
No flak damage
Engaged by One FW190
Defensive Fire:
FW190(13) [Vertical Dive]: Missed
German Offensive Fire:
FW190(13) [Vertical Dive]: Walking Hits - Bombardier 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt Lightly Wounded, Navigator: 2nd Lt.
Tanner Blake KIA, Pilot Compartment window hit (1 of 2), superficial damage to bomb bay and radio room,
Starboard Waist Sgt. Earnest Craig seriously wounded, and Port elevator inoperable.
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
FW190(13) [12 Level]: Missed
2nd Pass German Offensive Fire:
FW190(13) [12 Level]: No damage reported

Zone 7 Back:
Engaged by four ME109s (Wave 1)
Defensive Fire:
ME109(14) [12 High]: driven off by fighter escort
ME109(15) [10:30 High]: missed
ME109(16) [1:30 High]: missed
ME109(17) [12 Level]: missed
German Offensive Fire:
ME109(15) [10:30 High]: no damage reported
ME109(16) [1:30 High]: damage to engineer oxygen supply (1 of 2)
ME109(17) [12 Level]: no damage reported
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
ME109(16) [10:30 Level]: Miss
2nd Pass German Offensive Fire:
ME109(16) [10:30 Level]: No damage reported

Engaged by an ME109
Defensive Fire:
ME109(18) [6 High]: driven off by fighter escort


Zone 6 Back:
Engaged by two ME110s (Wave 1)
Defensive Fire:
ME110(19) [6 Level]: damaged by 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson on Tail Turret
ME110(20) [9 Low]: probable kill by Sgt. Corey Hicks on Ball Turret
German Offensive Fire:
ME110(19) [6 Level]: Superficial damage to Starboard Wing (x3), Starboard tailplane root (1 of 3), 2nd Lt.
Troy Hanson lightly wounded, superficial damage to fuselage, tail oxygen supply hit (1 of 2), Tail
Turret inoperable.
ME110(20) [9 Low]: Miss
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
ME110(19) [12 Level]: Missed
2nd Pass German Offensive Fire:
ME110(19) [12 Level]: no damage reported

Engaged by one FW190 (Wave 2)
Defensive Fire:
FW190(21) [Vertical Dive]: Missed
German Offensive Fire:
FW190(21) [Vertical Dive]: no damage reported


Zone 5 Back:
Engaged by three ME109s
Defensive Fire:
ME109(22) [10:30 High]: Missed
ME109(23) [12 High]: Missed
ME109(24) [1:30 High]: Driven off by fighter escort
German Offensive Fire:
ME109(22) [10:30 High]: no damage reported
ME109(23) [12 High]: Port Wing Root (1 of 5)
2nd Pass Defensive Fire:
ME109(23) [12 Level]: Missed
2nd Pass German Offensive Fire:
ME109(23) [12 Level]: Superficial damage to fuselage
3rd Pass Defensive Fire:
ME109(23) [6 Level]: Can't shoot at
3rd Pass German Offensive Fire:
ME109(23) [12 Level]: Superficial damage to fuselage, Tail oxygen supply hit (2nd of 2), Tail Turret (2nd hit)


Zone 4 Back:
Tail Gunner 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson, moves to Navigator position to take over cheek guns (also since oxygen is
out so we don't have to go out of formation)
Engaged by Nothing (wave 1) False alarm

Engaged by Three ME109s
Defensive Fire:
ME109(25) [12 Level]: shot down by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret (3rd confirmed kill)
ME109(26) [12 High]: damaged by M.Sgt. Jordon Austin on the Top Turret
ME109(27) [1:30 Level]: probable kill by 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson on the Starboard Cheek Gun
German Offensive Fire:
ME109(26) [12 High]: no damage reported
ME109(27) [1:30 Level]: no damage reported


Zone 3 Back:
Nothing to report


Zone 2 Back:
Nothing to report


Notes/Comments: Not much help from the fighter escort this time around. Pretty shaky mission. I feared I
wouldn't make it. Overall, it was fun. Sad to lose one person though.

EDIT: 10/07 Some of my formatting disappeared for some reason...
Sorry for the edits... apparently certain coding I used in my AAR no longer work like they used to.
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Pilot: 1st LT Dan Blackwell
B-17: Taco Belle B-17F-40-VE 42-6003
Squadron: 153th Bomber Squadron, 281th Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 145 (Bomber 7)
Position: Low Formation
Date: January 5, 1944
Primary Target: Kiel, Germany City Area

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot – 1st Lieutenant Dan Blackwell (6) [0]
Co-Pilot – 2nd Lieutenant Kevin Hollander (1) [0]
Navigator – 2nd Lieutenant Adam Newgate (6) [1]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant Noel Franks (6) [1]
Engineer – MSG John Adder (6) [7.5] *
Radio Operator – SGT James Piehl (0) [0]
Ball Gunner – SGT Karl Swenson (6) [0.5]
Port Waist Gunner – SGT Francis Crocker (0) [0]
Starboard Waist Gunner – SGT Jeff Phieffer (6) [0]
Tail Gunner - SGT Hank Costas (1) [1.5]

½ = Half Kill This Misson
* = 1 Kill This Mission
# = 5 Kills This Mission

Fighters Encountered: 4 (1 Killed, 1 Probable, 0 Damaged, 2 to air cover)
ME-109: 0
FW-190: 3 (1 Killed, 1 Probable, 1 to air cover)
ME-110: 1 (1 to air cover)

Bomb Run:
Did Not Bomb

B-17 Damage:
Cockpit window hit, Starboard Waist Gun out, Ball Turret Heat out

Peckham Points:
25

Landing:
Safely Landed in England

Claims:
MSG John Adder – 1 x FW190

Award/Promotion Requests:

After Action Report:
We took off and joined the low squadron. We no sooner had left the English coast behind when we were jumped by three FW190’s. A friendly fighter took care of one of them and MSG Adder took out a second one. The last one managed to hit us taking out our starboard waist gun and the heater system in the ball turret as well as some minor damage to a cockpit window. As the enemy shot past the tail our tail gunner was ready and filled his plane with holes so he broke off and headed for home. I don’t think he will make it. With the ball turret heat out I decided to abort and dropped out of formation as I turned for home. As we again neared the English coast a single ME110 attacked from below but he was chased off by another friendly fighter. Shortly after that we landed safely back at Elveden Hall.

Submitted by 1st LT Dan Blackwell
Pilot, Commander, B-17: Taco Belle B-17F-40-VE 42-6003


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