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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Today we return to the Ruhr valley to impede the Nazi’s ability to manufacture the war effort… ” 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, 13/11/03 ), 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Forty-eight:
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1944 (13 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Zukunft, Germany. P/S ( Power Station., PFF bombing )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
High and Lead Squadrons bomb load:
------ B-17F’s: 10 x 500lbs M-17 cluster incendiary bombs.
------ B-17G’s: 10 x 500lbs M-17 cluster incendiary bombs.

Bombing Altitude: 25,000 ft (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ High Squadron 25,250 ft (154th BS)
------ Lead Squadron 25,000 ft (151st BS) Lead
------ Low Squadron 24,750 ft (152nd BS)
------ Low-Low Squadron 24,500 ft (153rd BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL All weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound and InBound: Zone 2: -2 W / Zone 3: -2 B / Zone 4: -2 B / Zone 5: -2 B / Zone 6: -1 B/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 (No modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound & Inbound to Target: Z2-G / Z3-B / Z4- B / Z5-B (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Bad 9/10 Clear (-1 modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & -2 modifiers to, O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B (Z2-Z6) & 20th Fighter Group P-38’s I/B (Z6-Z2))
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: good
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: poor (roll on poor column with a +1 modifier)
Zone 6 inbound: good
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: fair
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 Moderate (2D6= # &#) # (-1 Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) Even thought this mission was led by a Pathfinder A/Cs, due to some navigation mistakes, their presence had no positive effect on the bomb drop. Due to this historical fact we will have no bonus on this mission due to the PPFs.


Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
(From “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Our Mission 148 was The Mighty Eighth’s mission 191. The 1BD & 3BD went to Zukunft . 563 Fortresses, sortie to Germany with 58 B-17 making it to the target. 2BD was recalled. Two planes were lost, Five planes were damaged and Two classified as Category-E. Five crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, no crewmen were wounded with Twenty-one reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 678 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 19 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of 9 of their own.

(Eighth Air Force): 857 B-17's and B-24's are put into the air with intentions of bombing transportation and industrial targets at Frankfurt-Heddernheim, Frankfurt/Main and Russelsheim. Most bombers had trouble forming up in bad weather and only 563 of the 857 airborne were dispatched; all of the B-24's were recalled. Because of worsening weather all groups were recalled at 1020 hours but 58 B-17's bombed the Zukunft Power Station near Eschweiler; they claimed 1-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's were lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 5 damaged; casualties were 5 KIA and 21 MIA. Escorting were 101 P-38's, 535 P-47's and 42 Ninth Air Force P-51's; the fighters were assigned area patrol, protecting all bombers as they passed through their designated area but this was abandoned when the bombers were recalled; they claim 19-4-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 P-38's, 3 P-47's and 2 P-51's were lost and 6 P-47's were damaged; casualties are 9 MIA. The RAF and USAAF in the United Kingdom, agree to place most of the available P-51's in the Eighth Air Force for long range escort of heavy bomber's. Eventually the Eighth is to be equipped almost exclusively with P-51's, with the P-38's and P-47's to be transferred to the Ninth Air Force.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission report: mission 101,
January 24th mission mentioned the use PFF but due to a miscalculations the PFF missed its mark. Thus we will gain NO positive modifier this mission

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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 148 [Zukunft P/S]

- 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. Montegue Willard's Crew in "Buggaboo" (B-17G 15-B0 42-31386)
---- Tail: TBD


151st BS - BG:
Pending AAR Submissions from 151st BS HQ

152nd BS - BB:
Pending AAR Submissions from 152nd BS HQ

153rd BS - GB:
Pending AAR Submissions from 153rd BS HQ

154th BS - GG:
Pending AAR Submissions from 154th BS HQ


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

(edits; Crews added)

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1st Lt. Montegue Willard and crew in "Buggaboo" volunteer to lead this mission.
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8th Air Force Support Command (Historical Note: The B-26 units were transferred to the 9th Air Force on Oct 16.)
January 24, 1944
670th Bomb Group

Expect heavy fighter activity today. We are going into JG 1 and JG 26 hunting grounds. Our target is the airfield at Chievres, Belgium. We will fly ahead of the main strike force to draw fighters and bomb the airfield there.

Bad weather is reported over the target so today our secondary is airfield B587, 25 miles SW of Chievres. Poor weather is reported over B587. If the aim point cannot be identified on the first run over Chievres, go around for a second. If the aimpoint still is unidentified continue to B587. Make one run on B587, then abort if aimpoint is unidentified. Jettison bombs in the Channel.

After Action Report
514th Squadron, 670th Bomb Group
B-26B-4 Crew Chief: Msgt Nick Hammond/+2

MYSTERIOUS MADAM MILLICENT (25 missions)

Crew
Pilot: Cpt Gabriel Cahill (38)
Co-Pilot: 1Lt Sheldon Wilkes (25) (will now be promoted to Captain.)
Bombardier/Navigator: 1Lt Keith Winthrop (19)
Bombardier:
Navigator:
Radio Operator: Sgt Warren Rand (14)
Engineer: SSgt Leon Gibson (31) - 1x 190 FBOA
Armorer: SSgt Edgar Feuer (31)
Tail Gunner/Observer:


Position in Flight: Lead wing #2, Low, Box 1, Tail Group
Fighter Cover: Fair close escort
Fighters:
Secondary Target: Airfield, Code name B587 (Medium Size, 2 Turns)
Flak: Heavy. First run, ingress: very strong, inaccurate.
Bomb Run: DNB.
External Damage:
Internal Damage: Instrument panel; Nose wheel punctured; Main bomb door manual closing operation destroyed; Tail Intercom; Right waist gun ammo box destroyed; Tail guns' left ammo track destroyed.
Superficial Damage: Cock-pit; Tail; Waist; Tailplane.
Mechanical Failure: None on this mission.

Weather at take-off was good, but evenso our group had problems during formation assembly, problems which would affect our formation this entire mission. Navigation was off before we reached the RV for our little friends, but our lead navigator got us back on course and we were on time at the RV.

As we left England behind us my low flight was spread all over the sky, noone seemed to be able to fly close to the lead or deputy. Fortunatley, no enemy fighters found us and took advantage of this poor defense.

We continued on over the sea with out any enemy activity in our area, we did not even see any fighters over the target. The weather was bad, so that might have affected the fighter activity.

The box became tight when we reched the target. Good! No fighter activity was in the area. The bad weather still over the target might have had an effect on the defending fighters.

Flak fired. We had a short bomb run today. Flak was radar guided but our short bomb run made it harder for them to hit us. It was very strong in intensity, but inaccurate. Mysterious Madam Millicent was hit in the cock-pit.

The aim point was not identified so we went around for a second bomb run. Our box was still tight during the turn. Flak was now weak and inaccurate, but I was hit again in the main bomb bay and tail.

The box was still tight into our second bomb run. Still no defending fighters. Flak increased in intensity to very strong, but was again inaccurate.

The aimpoint could not be identified this time either so we now set course for B587.

Flak was strong, inaccurate. My ship was hit again. No fighters were seen. One B-26 in the low flight left the formation at this point.

When we left the target area we came off course and found ourselves in another flak zone. Medium guns, fair intensity and accuracy damged my ship. No fighters, but still off course after this flak zone.

After zig-zagging for another 20 minutes our lead navigator could not get back on course, we were lost, so the Mission Commander aborted this mission.

This zig-zagging must have exhausted the pilots. We went from a tight box to a loose. Fortunately still no fighters, bad weather helping us more than the Germans would like it too.

The formation closed up somewhat when we reached France. Enemy fighters appeared for the first time on this mission. We believe they were 190s from JG26. One attacked the low flight from 6 high. I think he was going for the lead or had already attcked our #6. He got through the fighter cover and was driven off by my gunners. SSgt Gibson seriously damaged this bandit.

We saw no more fighter activity on this mission.

There was good weather over the station and I landed with a punctured nose wheel.

Signed,

Captain Gabriel Cahill

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PLAY-TEST NOTE: Forgot to check fuel in Zone 2 return for being off course earlier in this mission. I might rewind to Zone 2... but the weather is good over my station and even is I should run out of fuel I still have time to land.
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1st Lt. Montegue Willard and crew in "Buggaboo" volunteer to lead this mission.


Approved!
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B-17: B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 148/1, Lead Squadron, 25,000 Ft
MISSION DATE: 24 Jan 1944
Primary TARGET: Zukunft, GE, Power Station. Off Target: 0%
Secondary Target:
Tertiary Target:
Enemy Fighters: 7 (Kill=2, Probable=0, Damaged=0, 56th=2, 20th=2)

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield (15) [0] RF
Co-Pilot: 2LT Henry (Hank) Colfax (6) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (18) [3] RF #
Navigator: FO Bradley Neuman (17) [1 1/2] RF #
Engineer: TSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (4) [4 1/2] *
Radio Operator: Cpl Louis (LB) Carson (0) [0]
Ball Gunner: Sgt Alan Underwood (17) [8 1/2] RF
Port Waist: Cpl Paul (Tex) Johnson (2) [0] KIA (Upper Head)
Starboard Waist: Cpl Herbert (Herb) Elliott (4) [0] LW (Lt Foot) RTD 25 Jan 44
Tail Gunner: Cpl Adam Liebowitz (8) [4]

* = Kill
#= Shared Kill

Enemy Fighters: 7 (Kill=2, Probable=0, Damaged=0, 56th=2, 20th=2)
Bf 109 5=2 Destroyed, 2 Driven off by 56th, 1 Undamaged (1 Green)
Fw 190 0
Me 110 2=2 Driven off by 20th
Me 410 0
Ju 88 0
Total 7

Bomb Run: Off Target: 0%

B-17 Damage: Superficial x1 (1), KIA x 1 (10), LW x 1 (2).

Peckham Points: 13: AC ready next day (25 Jan 44)

Landing: AC & crew safe at Elveden Hall

Claims:
TSgt Allen Emerson: Bf 109
2LT Thomas Washburn: ½ Bf 109
FO Bradley Neuman: ½ Bf 109

Award/Promotion Requests:
Cpl Paul Johnson: Purple Heart. 1st Oak Leaf, Posthumous
Cpl Herbert Elliot: Purple Heart

In Hospital:
Cpl Herbert Elliot: RTD 25 Jan 44

Spare Crewmen:
Engineer: SSgt Samuel Newton (1) [0]
Port Waist: Cpl Curtis (Curt) Drew (2) [0]

After Action Report:

Takeoff and assembly went well with Natty Nan taking up our assigned position in the lead squadron. We linked up with the 56th over the English coast. As we headed out over the North Sea the clouds thickened. While it made station keeping difficult it also made meant the GAF had a harder time finding us.

Somewhere south of Antwerp we ran into a flight of Bf 109s. P-47s of the 56th chased two off while Tom (2LT Washburn) and Brad (FO Neuman) made short work of the third, catching him in a crossfire that sent Jerry into the frigid waters below.

As we neared the target a pair of Bf 109s came out of the clouds. Al (TSgt Emerson) became an ace as he riddled the cockpit of one 109, the now pilotless aircraft rolling over and spiraling down. The other Jerry, a seeming rookie, avenged his mate, killing Cpl Johnson outright and taking a piece out of Cpl Elliot’s left foot. Jerry came around for a second pass but was unable to get a good firing position and moved on to other targets. Herb reported he was capable of continuing to fight. The flak on target ingress was moderate but the clouds were interfering with Fritz’s gunnery, no bursts coming near Natty Nan. Unfortunately, the same clouds kept 2LT Washburn from locating the target, following aircraft reported our bombs fell wide of the target.

Flak on target egress was lighter and equally ineffective. A pair of Me 110 tried to attack but fell victim to P-38s from the 20th FG which had arrived on scene in the proverbial nick of time.

The heavy cloud cover kept the GAF form locating us on the rip home and we reached Elveden Hall without further incident. Natty Nan set down perfectly, though the boys were subdued as Tex’s (Cpl Johnson) body was removed. Doc says that Herb (Cpl Elliot) will be returned to duty by tomorrow and TSgt MacAllister will have the minor damage to Natty Nan fixed up by tomorrow as well. Cpl Drew will be offered a permanent position as Port Waist Gunner to replace Cpl Johnson.

Submitted by Michael Garfield, 1LT USAAF, commanding
B-17: B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F

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jasta6 wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
1st Lt. Montegue Willard and crew in "Buggaboo" volunteer to lead this mission.


Approved!


Major Vetinari and the Fifth Elephant will take tail position for his 50th mission, after which he will be flying a desk in the States. Has he shown you pictures of his children yet ?

Also, has Strasbourg declared allegiance to Belgium now ?!!

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gamer72 wrote:
Also, has Strasbourg declared allegiance to Belgium now ?!!

This map isn't very precise. It must be "Namur".

In France "Dovai" must be replaced by "Douai" and "Le Harve" by "Le Havre".
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FrUnit7 wrote:
gamer72 wrote:
Also, has Strasbourg declared allegiance to Belgium now ?!!

This map isn't very precise. It must be "Namur".

In France "Dovai" must be replaced by "Douai" and "Le Harve" by "Le Havre".


Come on now, they didn't have Google Earth in 1944...
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Infomanohio wrote:
FrUnit7 wrote:
gamer72 wrote:
Also, has Strasbourg declared allegiance to Belgium now ?!!

This map isn't very precise. It must be "Namur".

In France "Dovai" must be replaced by "Douai" and "Le Harve" by "Le Havre".


Come on now, they didn't have Google Earth in 1944...


So that's why I can't seem to hit the target, it must be the maps! cool
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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 148 (Bomber 10)
Position: Low-Low Formation
Date: January 24, 1944
Primary Target: Zukunft, Germany Power Station

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot – 1st Lieutenant Dan Blackwell (9) [0]
Co-Pilot – 2nd Lieutenant Kevin Hollander (4) [0]
Navigator – 2nd Lieutenant Adam Newgate (9) [1] *
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant Noel Franks (9) [3]
Engineer – MSG John Adder (9) [11.5]
Radio Operator – SGT James Piehl (3) [0]
Ball Turret Gunner – SGT Justin Cox (0) [0]
Port Waist Gunner – SGT Francis Crocker (3) [1]
Starboard Waist Gunner - SGT Jeff Phieffer (8) [0]
Tail Gunner - SGT Hank Costas (4) [5] *

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

Fighters Encountered: 10 (2 Killed, 1 Probable, 0 Damaged, 4 to air cover)
ME-109: 3 (1 Probable, 2 to air cover)
FW-190: 1 (1 to air cover)
ME-110: 6 (2 Killed, 1 to air cover)

Bomb Run:
Off Target
0%

B-17 Damage:
SWG Oxygen – NE, Port Landing Gear – Brake out, Multiple Superficial Damages

Peckham Points:
17

Landing:
Safely Landed in England

Claims:
2nd Lieutenant Adam Newgate – 1 x ME110
SGT Hank Costas – 1 x ME110

Award/Promotion Requests:


After Action Report:
We took off and quickly formed up with our squadron. We were almost immediately approached by a single ME109 but it was chased off by a P-47. Things were quiet as we crossed into Belgium but eventually a ME109 and ME110 came in at us from low on the starboard side. LT Newgate shot down the ME110 with his cheek gun and SGT Phieffer our starboard waist gunner heavily damaged the other so it missed and broke off. Farther along another ME110 attacked us but we and he both missed and he left. Then as we entered Germany two more ME110’s made a pass at us. SGT Costas in the tail destroyed the one attacking from 6 o’clock while we missed the other one. But this ME110 must have been nervous for he too missed and left. We next flew through some moderate flak which was accurate enough to hit the port landing gear and do some minor damage to the SGT Phieffer’s oxygen system. Between the flak hit and the pathfinder being off we ended up completely missing the target again. Turning for home we encountered some light and ineffective flak. As we cleared the flak two more ME110’s attacked from below again. One of them was intercepted by a P-38 while the other one missed and broke off. Then a FW190 came in but it too was intercepted by another P-38. We were then left alone until we neared the English coast. Here a single ME109 tried to jump us but it was quickly engaged by a friendly P-38. Shortly after that, despite the port brake being out we were able to land safely 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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Pilot: 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens
B-17: Peacock (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) BB-B
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 148 (this bomber 1)
Date: January 24, 1944
Target: Zukunft, power station
Position: Low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens (5)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Daniel Defoe (1)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1) SW-IH
Navigator 2nd Lt. Henry James (1) LW
Engineer MSgt. Jules Verne ** (5)
Radio Operator Sgt. Guy du Maupassant (1)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Alfred Tennyson **** (5) LW
Port Waist Sgt. Victor Hugo ** (5)
Starboard Waist Sgt. George Orwell * (5)
Tail Gunner Sgt. William Faulkner * (1)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: Off Target
Accuracy: 5%

Fighters claimed: KIA-1 Prob-0 Damg-0
Tail Gunner Sgt. Faulkner: 1 Me-110

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
Bombardier heat out
Port wing root-1 hit
Starboard waist gun jammed and broken
Starboard brake out
60 Peckham points

Replacements:
Bombardier 1st Lt. Alexander Pope

Debrief:
Neither side accomplished much today. We hit only the edge of the the
target plant, we shot down one fighter, and we took only minor damage
but Lt. Hawthorne won't be dropping any more bombs.

Bad weather today kept the Luftwaffe mostly grounded. We didn't see a
fighter until we reached the target area, and a P-47 shot down one of
the three that were defending the power plant. One fighter put a shell
into the nose, cutting power to Lt. Hawthorne's heater, but his suit
stayed warm enough for him to continue setting up for the bomb run,
hoping to get a break in the clouds large enough to acquire a target.

But before he could do that, a flak burst spread shrapnel over the nose,
hitting Lt. Hawthorne in the chest and Lt. James in the foot.
Lt. Hawthorne could no longer operate the sight, so Lt. James took over;
while he was untrained, he did spot the plant through a gap in the
clouds, and we saw one bomb land well short of the main pattern but on
the edge of the target.

We didn't want to move Lt. Hawthorne, and we needed to keep him warm, so
we dropped to 10,000 feet after leaving Germany. We were alone, but we
still had the benefit of bad weather and good fighter cover to keep most
of the fighters away. Three fighters came at us over Antwerp, but one
was damaged by our fighter cover and fled, one turned away in a hail of
spray fire, and Sgt. Orwell, Lt. James, and Sgt. Faulkner all hit the
third one, with Sgt. Faulkner finally shooting it out of the sky as it
passed us after missing on a frontal attack.

I thought that flak near our wing on the way home had caused only
superficial damage, but discovered I was wrong when the brakes didn't
work. We almost ran off the runway [editor's note: roll 3-1=2], but we
did land safely, and the Peacock will need only minor repairs.
Lt. Hawthorne is still in the hospital but the doctors say that he
should survive.

1st Lt. Samuel Clemens
Command Pilot, Peacock (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) BB-B
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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B-17: "FLAK HAPPY" (B-17F-85-BO 42-30057)
Squadron: 153th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 148 (Bomber 3)
Date: January 24th, 1944
Target: Zukunft Germany (Power Station)
Position: Low Low

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Max Swagger (3)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Harvey Rogers (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Patrick Hunt (3) *
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Albert Wolf (3) *
Engineer: First Sgt. Eugene Cobb (3) #½
Radio Operator: TSgt. Jack Burton (1)*
Ball Gunner: Sgt. C. Victor Ortiz (3)*
Port Waist: Sgt. Frank Fisher (3) ***
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Benjamin Hatcher (3)*
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Leonard Wehmeier (2)*

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

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; OFF
---- Accuracy; 5%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 20 fighters, 7 driven off by little friends
Claims: (KIA – 7 / Prob – 3 / Damg – 0)
(Z-4-O) 190/GN/ Vertical dive shot down by Radio Room gunner
(Z-6-B) ME 110/AV/ 1030/LEV shot down by Navigator
(Z-6-B) FW190/AV/9/LEV destroyed by ball turret
(Z-6-B) FW190/AV/6/HI destroyed by top turret
(Z-4-B) ME109/AV/3/HI destroyed by top turret
(Z-4-B)ME109/GN/12/HI destroyed by tail gunner after his pass.
(Z-3-B) FW190/AV/3/HI destroyed by starboard waist gunner.
Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s disposition: occurred 45 points damage, notable hits received: 1 waist oxygen supply hit, 1tail plane no effect hit, starboard tail plan elevator inoperable.
Replacements: NONE

24-January -44 Mission Report

Mission Debriefing:
1 Lt. Max Swagger ” Now that is more like it!” I guess sending half the crew to the hospital after the last mission got those boys thinking about trying a little harder at shooting down Jerry instead of helping them get medals on our dime. Those fighter jocks showed up today too that really paid off in that we could put more fire on fewer enemy aircraft. Engineer First Sgt. Eugene Cobb became “Flak Happy” first gunner ace, with two kills this last mission. Cobb and the other guys did a bang up job up there today only letting one fighter score a hit in the tail plane during a second wave attack on (Z-6-B). The rest of the damage came from flak over the target, which we were off target but still managed to have some effect on target. For once, I didn’t have to wake up Rogers to help me with the controls, he has been putting in some long hours with our distillery. It’s like drinking aviation fuel, but without dying. We need all we can get for the Colonel’s retirement party down at the Dog & Duck here pretty soon. “Hey, scratch that last part from the record.”

Pilot: 1st Lt. Max Swagger
Command pilot, "FLACK HAPPY" (B-17F-85-BO 42-30057)
153rd BS, 281st BG(H)
Elveden Hall, UK
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The 151st squadron had started its bomb run and moderate flak was bursting around the aircraft which were screened somewhat by the murk over the city. Suddenly a black cloud appeared around the chin turret and nose of “Don’t Tread On Me”; the big bomber staggered and fell out of formation, was seen to recover somewhat and then turn to head in a westerly direction - its nose canopy had disappeared and jagged metal formed the front of the big bomber. As the aircraft completed this manoeuvre, its bomb-bay doors opened and the bombs dropped out. No sooner had the bombs fallen through the clouds than another flak shell was seen to burst between the starboard wing and waist. A mist of fuel then a steam of flame appeared behind the wing. A frantic radio message “We’re bailing out” and eight parachutes appeared drifting into the clouds below.

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: 148 (Bomber 6)
Date: 24th January, 1944
Target: Zukunft, Germany, P/S (Power Station, PFF Bombing (ineffective))
Position: Middle; Middle squadron

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

Pilot: 1st Lt. Edgar B Forbes, PH* (8) [BO-POW]
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Travis S. Jackson, PH (8) [BO-POW]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Malcolm A. Lutz, AM (9); 3 [KIA] 1-0-0
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Arnold J. Canyon, PH** (5); 4 [KIA]
Engineer: M.Sgt. Vernon C. Debney (5); 2 [BO-POW]
Radio Operator: Sgt. Thomas T. Tosca, PH (8); 1 [BO-POW]
Ball Turret: Sgt. Alphonse O. Trebec (9); ACE 6½ [BO-POW]
Port Waist: Sgt. Enzio Taurus (3); 1 [BO-POW]
Starboard Waist: Sgt. John L. Lewishom (8); 1 [BO-POW]
Tail Gunner: Sgt. John O. Hindman (6); 1 [BO-POW]

AM = Air Medal; PH = Purple Heart; * = cluster [BO-POW] = Bailed Out, Prisoner of War

Medals and Promotions:
Posthumous Purple Heart for Bombardier 2nd Lt. Malcolm A. Lutz and Navigator 2nd Lt. Arnold J. Canyon

Individual Claims: Bombardier 2nd Lt. Malcolm A. Lutz 1xBf109 KIA

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 7 (1xFw190, 4xBf109, 2xMe110) (xMe110 Ace, xBf109 Green)
4 Driven off by Fighter Cover (1xFw190, 1xBf109, 2xMe110)

Bomber Claims: KIA: 1; Probable: 0; Damaged: 0
1xKIA (1xBf109)

Damage: BIP + 3 hits (BIP + 3 from Flak)


Bomb Run: Did not bomb

B-17s disposition: Bomber lost to Fuel tank fire

Mission 148 Description:

The following description was compiled from other crews’ mission debriefings, Intelligence and Red Cross reports.

“…’Don’t Tread On Me’ took off fine and joined the squadron as it circled and gained altitude...”

“…I saw two Me110 fly towards her just after we crossed the English coast (I thought they’d all been withdrawn to Germany for night fighter operations ages ago); but they never reached her - they were picked off by two Thunderbolts escorting us…”

“…We were halfway across Belgium when I thought I saw an Fw190 come at ‘Don’t Tread On Me’; but then I saw she was being chased by a ‘Brick’ and it veered away and they disappeared…”

“…We were lining up for our run to the target when we saw four Bf109 ignoring us and attacking “Don’t Tread On Me”. One was intercepted by a P-47 escorting the Group; Ted said he saw another stall and fall away after heavy bursts from the chin turret of “Don’t Tread On Me”; the remaining two were shooting ineffectively and the boys said they disappeared into the murk (the weather was lousy over the target)...”

“…We were being jostled by the flak over Zukunft (what a name!) and I saw, off to our left, a shell explode right on the chin turret of “Don’t Tread On Me”. Boy did she jerk up. Right after, she fell out of the formation and I thought she was a goner with the flight crew killed as well, but she steadied and made a slow turn for home. “Good luck boys”, I breathed as she flew out of my sight…”

“…Our squadron was just behind the 151st and I saw a bomber with a smashed nose flying for home below us; she dropped her bombs, but of course we were nowhere near the target. Then as I watched a flak shell burst between her starboard wing and waist; then I saw a stream of fuel burst into flame. I thought “There’s no way they’ll be able to put that out”. Then my attention was taken by our own battle with the flak…”

“…I picked up Tom Tosca’s excited last message ‘On fire, two dead. We’re bailing out’…”

“…I recognised the markings of “Don’t Tread On Me” below us with flames streaming from her starboard wing. One by one the crew appeared and chutes opened, but only eight as I counted…”

Excerpt from Red Cross report: “…Eight members of a B-17 called “Don’t Tread On Me” were captured west of Zukunft after bailing-out from their burning B-17. They were interrogated locally then transferred to a POW camp. Two crew members were killed by an anti-aircraft shell prior to the bail-out. The eight we interviewed were well, if a bit underweight. A list of the airmen interviewed is appended…”

Report above in lieu of AAR from:
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

Replacements: New bomber and full crew
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gamer72 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
1st Lt. Montegue Willard and crew in "Buggaboo" volunteer to lead this mission.


Approved!


Major Vetinari and the Fifth Elephant will take tail position for his 50th mission, after which he will be flying a desk in the States. Has he shown you pictures of his children yet ?

Also, has Strasbourg declared allegiance to Belgium now ?!!



Despite tempting fate by talking about his family back in the States, Major Vetinari and the Fifth Elephant successfully completed the mission, and his second tour. All flight personnel are invited to the Dog and Duck to join Major Vetinari and First Sergeants Cohen and Malich for a celebratory drink, prior to their reassignments.



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Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker
B-17: "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 148 (this bomber 14)
Date: January 24th, 1944
Primary Target: Zukunft, Germany. P/S (Power Station, PFF bombing)
Position: Low-low Squadron

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker (13) LC
Copilot: 1st Lt. Arte Watson, PH (16)
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joe Burke, AM, DFC #****(16) LC
Navigator: 2nd Lt. James Peters (1)
Engineer: TSgt. Joseph Grant ***(11) LC
Radio Operator: TSgt. Donald Lewis, AM **(15) LC
Ball Gunner: TSgt. Evan Mayer ***(13) LC
Port Waist: Sgt. James "Spraylord" Traylor (3)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Randal Britt (3)
Tail Gunner: TSgt. Donald Tanner, PH, AM #(15) LC

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

Bomb Run: ON / 30%

11 Enemy Fighters Encountered: 10 FW-190, 1 Me-410
Destroyed: 0
Probable: 1 (1 FW-190)
Damaged: 0
F. Cover: 7 (6 FW-190, 1 Me-410)

Claims:
TSgt. Tanner (TLG): 1 probable FW-190

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s Disposition: Returned and repairable over night.
5 Hits (4 by Flak)
Port Wing Root hit, Tail Suit Heater out.
Superficial: 3

Damage Points: 38

Replacements needed:
Tail Gunner if next mission is January 25th, 1944

Reserve and Recuperation:
(ROP) Sgt. Fred Overall (1)
(TLG) Sgt. Edward Turner (1)
(TLG) TSgt. Donald Tanner, PH, AM #(15) recover from frostbite: rest for one day, available on January 26th.
(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-low squadron. The weather was fine at the assembly point but soon deteriorated until we get back over England.

Zone 2 Outbound: Engaged by 4 FW-190's. Two were driven away by 56th FG P-47’s. Spray fire made another break off without firing. The last one came too fast in vertical dive: he couldn't be intercepted and couldn't be fired at but couldn't hit us either.

Zone 3 Outbound: Engaged by 3 FW-190's. All driven away by 56th FG P-47’s.

Target Zone 6 Outbound: Engaged by 1 FW-190 coming in our six level. Badly damaged by Tsgt. Tanner, he missed us.

Bomb Run: Flak ingress was moderate with two bursts exploded near. One damaged the port wing, the other disabled the tail Suit Heater. Despite bad weather and Flak, Lt. Burke spotted the power station and successfully delivered about 30% of our bombs on it. Light Flak egress was light and ineffective.

Target Zone 6 Inbound: Engaged by 2 FW-190's. One was driven away 20th FG P-38’s. The other one made two frontal passes, hitting us very superficially on the first.

Zone 4 Inbound: Engaged by 1 Me-410. Driven away by 20th FG P-38’s. TSgt. Tanner reported frostbite.

We weren't engaged afterwards and landed safely at Elevenden Hall. Though the first 2 engagements made us fear for worst, the mission was finally quite easy. A lot of butcherbirds were out today but friendly cover was imperial.

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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: 148 (this bomber 9)
Date: January 24, 1944
Target: Zukunft: Power Station
Position: low

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Murray Fells (6)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Manuel Vea (9)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Zachary Golding (9) ****
Navigator 2nd Lt. Jacob Adderly (1)
Engineer MSgt. Karl Dohrer (9) *½
Radio Operator Sgt. Casey Abraham (9)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Lionel Charnas (9) *½
Port Waist Sgt. Ronald Lerud (9)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Antonio Berta (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Dennis Delaney (2)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: Off target
Accuracy: 0%

Fighters claimed: KIA-0 Probable-0 Damaged-0

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
5 superficial, 3 starboard wing root hits
80 Peckham points


Debrief:
There isn’t too much to report from today’s mission. The weather finally broke so we were able to get up in the air but over the target the weather was bad. We saw Germans about and attacking the formation but the little friends were on the job and kept them away from us at least.

We approached the target and saw our only action for the day: flak. Miss B. Haven was peppered all over the back half and we had a major scare as a near miss tore up our starboard wing. It was a scary moment as the plane heaved and we saw large holes near the fuselage as the smoke cleared away. I was amazed to see the engines and control surfaces still worked with all the damage. The wing shuddered all the way back to England, but it held; these Fortresses are tough, and good thing.

With the disruption caused by the flak and the bad weather, Golding had no chance of hitting of anything. I hope the weather types do a better job of finding us a clear target next time. Well, if nothing else, we had no casualties, and the armorers don’t have to worry about our guns as we didn’t fire a shot. I’ll have to make sure to secure a bottle or two of the good stuff from the Colonel’s party for our ground crew to make sure that wing gets put back together right; after I enjoy some of it myself, of course.

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. J Hooker
B-17: Chancellorsville (B-17G-20-BO 42-31609) (Mission 1)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 148, January 24, 1944
Target: Zukunft, Germany (Power Station)

Bomb Run: Off Target, 0%
Over Target: Yes
Plane Status: Repairable for next mission
Casualties: KIA: 0 WIA: 1 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 1 Probable: 0 Damaged: 1

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. JS Wadsworth (1) {0}
Navigator: 2nd Lt. J Robinson (6) {1}
Pilot: 1st Lt. J Hooker (1) {0}
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. E Sumner (8) {0}
Engineer: MSgt. TJ Strong (1) {1} K: 1-190, D: 1-110
Radio Oper.: SSgt. AH Terry (19) {1}
Ball Gunner: Sgt. S Beardsley (1) {0} [FB]
Pt Waist G: Sgt. L Dillman (8) {1}
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. W Searing (1) {0}
Tail Gunner: Sgt. EB Fowler (1) {0}

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 2, Average: 2 , Green: 0

B-17 Damage: Autopilot, Rubber Rafts, Radio, Ball heat, superficial damage to wings and fuselage

Peckham Points: 47

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: Sgt. S Beardsley recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross


In Hospital: Sgt. S Beardsley, frostbite 10 days


Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. J Hooker

Today was the first time out for the Chancellorsville and my first mission. Luckily for me the crew is anchored by four veterans including my co-pilot.

The outbound flight was quiet. We saw no enemy fighters until the target zone. In the target zone plane was hit by moderate flak that knocked out the autopilot. Without the autopilot, Sumner and I tried to hold her steady, but Wadsworth’s drop was off target.

As we turned for home a single 190 dove on us from above and lit us up with walking hits. Shells ripped through the plane including the ball turret. Dillman saw the bullets rip into the ball and called down to Beardsley:
“Hey Beard, you ok down there”
“No problems down here” Beardsley replied.

The 190 came around for a second pass and Strong shot him out of the sky.

We saw no more fighters the rest of the way home.

As we came in over the English coast, I told the gunners to stand down and Beardsley came up from the ball. Dillman and Searing looked at Beardsley in horror; the young ball gunner was blue. Dillman called up to the cockpit and asked us to drop formation and get us into some warmer air while they stripped off their heated suits to wrap up Beardsley. It turns out that those bullets from that 190 had hit Beardsley’s heater. Wanting to stay at his post and protect the plane, he didn’t say anything. Beardsley’s frostbite will keep in the hospital for 10 days.

I went to visit Sgt. Beardsley in the hospital award him the Distinguished Flying Cross and a stern lecture on the importance of reporting damage to the engineer.
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Pilot: 1LT. K. William Hester
B-17G: [not yet named]( # ?) (Mission 1)
Squadron: 154th Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 148, January 24, 1944
Target: Zukunft, Germany (Power Station)

Bomb Run: Off Target, 0%
Over Target: Yes
Plane Status: Went down in flames over Belgium
B-17 Crew Casualties: KIA: 2 WIA: 2 POW: 6 MIA: 0
Enemy Fighters: Destroyed: 2 Probable: 0 Damaged: 1

B-17G CREW
Pilot: 1LT K. William Hester (1) POW
CoPilot: 2LT. Dallas Hughes (1) POW
Bomb: 2LT Tony Doughtry (1) Wounded, POW
Nav: 2LT Robert Salazar (2) Wounded, POW

Engineer: Sgt. Sam Pumphrey (3 )Evaded capture, returned to England
RO: Sgt. Myron Heim (3)
BTG: Sgt. Steven Hilliard(3)
WG: Sgt. John Hillman (1) ++ KIA

TG: Sgt. David Western (1) KIA


Enemy Fighters Encountered: 14 12xBf109, 1xFw190, 1xBf110
Enemy Fighters: Destroyed: 2 Probable: 0 Damaged: 1


B-17 Status: DESTROYED

Mission Statement:

We were attacked most of the way to target. We were losing fuel and our guys in the nose were hit and the bombardier was unable to drop on target with his probable broken arm. We were not hit by any flak and were heading home, but again, enemy fighters were abundant. One Jerry, in a Messerschmitt 110 hit us hard, setting the port wing fuel tank on fire. The pilot tried to put out the fire by diving, but it kept burning, so he hit the bail out buzzer. Everyone got out except the waist gunner and tail gunner, who were dead.

I landed right next to a line of trees about a half mile from a village. Our group intelligence officer ordered me not to say anything else, except that I have returned.

Respectfully Reported,

Sam Pumphrey, Sgt., UAAAF 154th BS, 281 BG, 8th AF




Subsequent report from the International Red Cross Bern, Switzerland, reports the following US Air crewmen are currently interned in German Luftwaffe Internment Camps:

HESTER, K. William - LT., USAAF
HUGHES, Dallas - LT., USAAF
DOUGHTRY, Anthony - LT., USAAF
SALAZAR, Robert - LT., USAAF

HEIM, Myron - Sgt., USAAF
HILLIARD,Steven - Sgt. USAAF

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"This is Buggaboo to lead squadron 151st. We've been hit by flak and have lost tail oxygen. We will make the bomb run then will drop from formation".

Anyone from the 151st wishing to fill the lead spot may do so beginning in zone 6 leading back to base.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Montegue Willard
Mission: 148 (2)
B-17: B-17G 15-B0 42-31386 "Buggaboo"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Low - LEAD SHIP
Target: Zukunft (Power Station)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Patrick Stevens (3) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Floyd Cole (9)
Pilot 1st Lt Montegue Willard (3)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Percy Samson (2)
Engineer Msgt Wilbur Murdock (9) *
Radio Operator Sgt Albert Ihling (2)
Ball Gunner Sgt Alvor Rand (8) #*
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Kyle Tillman (6)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Andrew Navarro (6)
Tail Gunner Sgt Ritchie Smout (6) **


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Crew Injuries: None

Claims: None

Probables: (1) ME109

Damaged: None

Bomb Drop: On Target - 50%

B-17's Disposition: Tail Oxygen out with resulting fire, Rudder damaged 33%, (3) hits of a superficial nature. (48 Peckham Points)

Mission Description:

Drew lead ship for a trip to a power station today. Not sure why since we haven't been able to hit a thing for several missions.

Smooth sailing all the way into Zukunft. Over the target, a P-47 Jug appeared and drove off the only fighter badgering us. Flak was moderate and accurate and we took four hits. The waist and port wing shots were superficial, but the tail exploded into fire when the oxygen system was ignited. The last shell hit the rudder, but I doubt Ritchie even felt it. He grabbed an extinguisher and managed to put out the flames. He put on a walk around tank and told me he'd have only a couple of minutes to use it. It was just enough to get the ship back in alignment with the target.

Even with the bad weather, we sent home 50% of the bombs onto the power station main building. Once clear, we avoided light flak and dove down to 10,000 feet. We picked up a few bandits but again, out of nowhere, another little friend showed up. This one, a Lighting.

Just before clearing the coast for home, a random flak shell put a hole in the Port Wing, but nothing critical. No fighters appeared and we brought the ship in feeling like we'd struck gold after so many missed attempts before.

Submitted by 1st. Lt. Montegue Willard, Pilot - "Buggaboo"
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. John Fowler
B-17: Six Shooter (B-17G-30-B0 42-31854 )
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 148 (this bomber 13)
Date: January 24, 1944
Target: Zukunft, Germany - Power Station
Secondary Target: None
Position: Low squadron, Middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. J. Fowler (13) PH
Copilot: 2nd Lt. V. Browning (13) PH LC
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. A. Morrow (13)****^ LC PH
Navigator: 2nd Lt. F. Garafalo (13)^ PH(1 OLC) DFC LC
Engineer: MSgt. J. Brockwell (13)#** PH LC
Radio Operator: Sgt. J. Hughes (13)* LC PH
Ball Gunner: Sgt. A. Udell (13) PH (1 OLC) LC
Port Waist: Sgt. C. Burris (12) LC PH KIA
Starboard Waist: Sgt. S. McGee (13)* LC PH
Tail Gunner: Sgt. W. Barnes (9) PH
^ = 1/2 kill
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills
(x) = Total missions
OLC - Oak Leaf Cluster
LC - Lucky Charm

Bomb drop: On target
Accuracy: 30%

Fighters Encountered: 1 x Me-109 / 8 x FW-190 / 1 x Me-110
Driven off by escort: 1 x FW-190
Claims: Confirmed-1 Prob-3 Damg-2
2nd Lt. A. Morrow (Bomb): 1 x FW-190

Awards and Promotions:
Sgt. A. Udell (Ball Gunner): Purple Heart (1st oak leaf cluster)
Sgt. C. Burris (Starboard Waist): Purple Heart (Posthumous)

B-17 Status: 141 Peckham points, needs 1 day for repairs, ready on 26 Jan.
12 superficial, heat out in nose and pilot compartments, right aileron destroyed, left flap destroyed, radio out, moderate damage to rudder, and tail wheel damaged.

Crew Status & Replacements:
Sgt. M. Nixon (Port Waist): Replacement

Debrief:
Quiet mission until almost back over the Channel. Only encountered one fighter on the way to the target due to the bad weather. No damage to flak and our bombs appeared to land on-target.

Just before we crossed back over the channel, we were jumped by 2 x FW-190s. One ace pilot dove out of the sun, but our RO, Sgt. Hughes, saw it and drove it off with a long burst of spray fire. Another attacked from 10 o'clock level, scoring some hits on us, but receiving fatal damage from Lt. Morrow using the -G models' chin turret. The German's left wing was seen to separate from the aircraft and we lost sight of it spiraling to the ground behind the formation. We took stock of the hits, most of which seemed superficial in nature, but after 20 minutes, noticed it was getting cold in the cockpit. We had missed the fact that several rounds destroyed the compartment heat. I held Six Shooter in formation as long as I and Lt. Browning could bear, then slowly dropped from formation and descended to 10,000' and warmer air over the Channel. I would have preferred to stay at altitude, but didn't want to risk trying to land with frozen feet or hands.

As soon as we dropped from formation, the Germans set upon us like vultures. We were attacked over the Channel by no less than 6 Luftwaffe aircraft, 4 x -190s, a -110 that had been trailing the formation and charged us from 6 o'clock, and an Me-109 that attacked from head on. It's hard to say exactly what happened during the attack except that my ball turret gunner was lightly wounded in the calf and Sgt. Burris in the waist compartment was killed when he was hit in the lower torso by a cannon round. We slowly managed to drive off the attackers, but they left Six Shooter thoroughly holed. These Germans seemed quite good at their marksmanship, several times walking their hits either along the entire length of our aircraft or across both wings. Either way, we eventually escaped and made a safe landing, although Sgt. Burris had bleed out by then and passed away shortly before we crossed back over England.

1Lt. John Fowler, Pilot
152nd BS
Elveden Hall, UK

Milk run until zone 2 inbound... During that last couple of rounds of German attacks, my ball turret gunner would have been killed had he not had a lucky charm that allowed him to re-roll his wound as an LW. When my port waist gunner was initially hit, wounded, and a "6" rolled for KIA, I used his lucky charm to re-roll as well, but the result was another "6". I'm just lucky the damage wasn't worse because hits to the right outboard fuel tank self-sealed and the #3 engine sustained a No Effect hit; either of which if rolled differently could have left us in flames and scrambling to bailout over the Channel without a working radio to notify SAR boats...
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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: 148 (Bomber 3)
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1944 (13 day from last mission)
Target: Zukunft, Germany. P/S (Power Station., PFF bombing)
Position: High (+0)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun (4)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Kirk Wolf (4)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt (2) ***
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Spencer Dodson (1) *
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin (5) *
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Danial Hanson (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Corey Hicks (4) *
Port Waist: Sgt. Oscar Jacobs (4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Ronny Henderson (3)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Warren Bailey (3)

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:
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Troy Hanson (1) *


Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; Off Target
---- Accuracy; 0%

9 Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 1 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0 / DOF - 2
Claims:
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Spencer Dodson: KIA - 110(1)



B-17 Damage Report:



Crew Report



Peckham Points: 0


Mission Debriefing:
Zone 2-3 Out:
Nothing to Report


Zone 4 Out:
Engaged by one 190
190(1) [10:30 High]: Driven off by Fighter Escort


Zone 5 Out:
Engaged by one 190
Defensive Fire:
190(2) [Vertical Dive]: Not Damaged
German Offensive Fire:
190(2) [Vertical Dive]: No Damage


Zone 6 Out: Target Zone:
Engaged by two 110s
110(3) [12 Low]: Driven Off by Fighter Escort
Defensive Fire:
110(4) [10:30 Low]: Shot down by 2nd Lt. Spencer Dodson on the Port Cheek Gun (1st Confirmed Kill)
Moderate Flak: No Damage
Bombing: Off Target, 0% Accuracy


Zone 6 Back: Target Zone:
Light Flak: No Damage
Engaged by one 109
Defensive Fire:
109(5) [Vertical Dive]: Not Damaged
German Offensive Fire:
109(5) [Vertical Dive]: No Damage


Zone 5 Back:
Nothing to report


Zone 4 Back:
Engaged by four 190s
Defensive Fire:
109(6) [12 Low]: Not Damaged
109(7) [12 Level]: Not Damaged
109(8) [12 High]: Not Damaged
109(9) [9 High]: Not Damaged
German Offensive Fire:
109(6) [12 Low]: No Damage
109(7) [12 Level]: No Damage
109(8) [12 High]: No Damage
109(9) [9 High]: No Damage


Zone 3-2 Back:
Nothing to report


Notes/Comments: Another game of very low rolls. I'll accept it. While I hardly shot down anything, I never got damaged. Very easy flight. It was almost a disaster till I realized I made an error. For the the target zone, I had generated a "4" for 2 waves. A 190 messed me up bad. Pilot seriously wounded, co-pilot KIA, tail turret out, engine #4 out, and some superficial damage. As I was sitting there thinking, since I had to move my engineer to pilot the ship, my tail gunner could move to the top turret since his gun was knocked out. Then my eyes passed over the target zone weather on my sheet and I was reminded that it was bad weather. I completely forgot the -1 penalty to my roll! So it was a "3", not a "4" (the zone -1 was already factored in, I rolled a "5" on the die). So there was only 1 wave! That 2nd wave never happened! I'll pass it off as my green navigator freaking out and imagining the worst, but then snapped back into focus.
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I believe the briefing notes state that weather mods have already been applied so the -1 in target zone includes the bad weather mod already. Either that, or I've been doing it wrong all along.
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