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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. We will be venturing further into Germany hitting a aircraft factory in… ” 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, 13/11/17 ), 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.


”... Braunschweig (Brunswick,), Germany… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and Fifty:
Date: Sunday, January 30, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Braunschweig, Germany. A/I ( Area Industry-Twin Engine Fighter Production Center )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
High and Lead Squadrons bomb load:
------ B-17F’s: 21 x 65 lb M47A1 Incendiaries. (bomb bay fuel tank, see below)
------ B-17G’s: 42 x 65 lb M47A1 Incendiaries.

Bombing Altitude: 24,400 ft (Low Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ High Squadron 24,650 ft (152nd BS)
------ Lead Squadron 24,400 ft (153rd BS) Lead
------ Low Squadron 24,150 ft (154th BS)
------ Low-Low Squadron 23,900 ft (151st 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 W / Zone 4: -2 W/N / Zone 5: -1 N / Zone 6: 0 N/G / Zone 7: -1 G / Zone 8: -1 G

Target Flak O/B: Light (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Sporadic Flak: (see rule below)

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- P / Z5- G / Z6- G / Z7- B (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Poor 7/10 Clear (-1 modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & -1 modifiers to, O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B (Z2-Z5) & 354th Fighter Group P-51’s O/B (Z6-Z8) & I/B (Z6-Z2))
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: poor
Zone 4 outbound: poor
Zone 5 outbound: good
Zone 6 outbound: good
Zone 7 outbound: poor
Zone 8 outbound: good
Zone 8 inbound: good
Zone 7 inbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: good
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: fair
Zone 3 inbound: poor
Zone 2 inbound: poor

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 Heavy (2D6= 5 & 2) 7 (No Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) Pathfinder Rule:

Pathfinder Rule.
This mission is led by a Pathfinder (PPF) so you will add +1* to your bomb drop die roll on Table O-6.

* Mission damage results from Table-P Nose 2d6 of 2 Norden Sight Out and Table-P Tail 2d6 of 3 roll of 4-6 Autopilot out have NO negative effect to you bomb run as your Bombardier will drop on the PPF ship.


B) For extra-long range missions, (to Zone 8 or beyond) one or two fuel tanks were occasionally carried in the bomb bay. Helpful as this was, these tanks were not self-sealing. And the close proximity of aviation fuel and high explosives had many crews wondering about the benefits of fuel in the bomb bay.

Due to the length of our mission today, plus the heavy bomb load, all players flying B-17F model Fortresses will carry a Bomb Bay Fuel Tank, hence the reason for less bombs. Oh, and one of your bombs is mounted to an external rack. Ya I know this stinks. See the rules below;


B-17F - BOMB BAY FUEL TANK RULES:
Should a “3”, “9” or “11” be rolled on the P-3 Bomb Bay Damage Table during the outbound leg of this mission (there is “No Effect” if plane is homeward bound) roll one die: “1-3” = check bombs normally; “4-6” = Bomb Bay Fuel Tank hit, roll one die. If this subsequent roll is greater than or equal to the current zone number occupied by the B-17F your Bomb Bay Fuel Tank has been hit with fuel remaining. Roll again. A roll, on this second check, of “1-4” means “Fuel leakage”, a “5-6” means fuel fire and the crew must immediately bail out of the plane*. Should the Bomb Bay Fuel Tank receive a second hit after an initial leak occurs, with fuel remaining, prior to the bomb run, roll one die: “1” = You’re a Luck Duck, No Effect” “2-5” = fuel fire and the crew must immediately bailout*; “6” = bombs explode with loss of plane and crew. *= Please note that you Can Not use Optional House Rule #2 as this will be an internal fuel fire and no amount of diving will put it out.

If a leak occurs without a subsequent hit, your plane may be gasping for fuel upon returning to base. Just prior to rolling for landing (Table G-9), roll one die and halve the result (rounding down, unless your Fuel Transfer Pump has been damaged then round up), and subtract this number on the landing roll (cumulative with any other modifiers). Also, if you had a successive hit to the bomb bay fuel tank and rolled a “Lucky Duck” result, add a further -1 to this landing roll. You may elect to reduce the negative die roll to your landing by +2 if you choose to land at an emergency airfield instead. If you land at the emergency airfield successfully your plan will not fly the next mission and your crew will be assigned a replacement aircraft for that mission. Furthermore, do not apply these modifiers if your plane aborted before reaching designated target zone.

All wing fuel hits, Table Bl-1: 10, are played as per the normal rules and these rules do not effect each other in anyway.

Good Luck and Gods speed!

C) B-17:QotS - Sporadic Flak Rules:

Crews of the Eighth Air Force were not just exposed to Flak over the target area but also along the way. Many times I have read or heard of the Bombardment Groups coming under these Sporadic Flak Attacks. Sometimes they were very intense. During the mission to Berlin, March 6th 1944, the lead bomber wing, second bombardment division, turned off the briefed coarse heading south into a heavy flak area. This left the first bombardment division, with the 100th bomber group in the lead, to face the brunt of the Luftwaffe over Haseluenne Germany. Many ships were lost to the Germans that day. Both the Luftwaffe and the Flak batteries, Berlin was bombed that day alas at a high cost.


281st BG (H) Mission Rule:
To determine if you are the target of Sporadic Flak, whenever rolling for enemy fighters on Table B-3, except in the Target Zone, if a “6” comes up on either of the two dice, excluding a “66” result which will be played out as a normal Random Event roll, your aircraft will be exposed to “Sporadic Flak.” When you are in a zone outside of Germany you will roll once on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Light Column. If this zone is in Germany roll a single attack on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Medium Column. These attacks will take effect prior to any fighter attacks that may occur.

If your aircraft is out of formation and below ten thousand feet, you will use the normal flak over land rules. There is no flak in Zone two or three as this is entirely over water.

Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
(From “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Our Mission 150 was The Mighty Eighth’s mission 200. The 1BD, 3BD & 2BD went to Braunschweig and Hannover respectively. 777 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to Germany with 742 B-17 and B-24 making it to the target. Twenty planes were lost, One hundred-fifteen planes were damaged and three planes classified as Category-E. Four crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, Fourteen crewmen were wounded with Two Hundred and six reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 635 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 45 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of 4 of their own.

(Eighth Air Force): Mission 200: 623 B-17's and 154 B-24's are dispatched to hit aviation industry plants in Brunswick, Germany but cloud cover prevents visual bombing; 597 B-17's hit the secondary target, the city of Brunswick and 2 others hit targets of opportunity; the B-24's find dense smoke and contrails over the secondary and 104 bomb Hannover and 39 hit other targets of opportunity; the bombers claim 51-7-27 Luftwaffe aircraft; 18 B-17's and 2 B-24's are lost, 3 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 104 B-17's and 11 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 4 KIA, 14 WIA and 206 MIA. Escort includes 635 P-38's, P-47's and Ninth Air Force P-51's; they claim 45-15-31 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38's and 2 P-47's are lost, 2 P-38's, 3 P-47's and 2 P-51's are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 4 MIA. Mission 201: During the evening, 5 of 5 B-17's drop 1.2 million leaflets on Chateauroux, Brest, Chartres, Le Mans and Caen, France without loss. Mission 202: In a night Oboe Mk II test, 1 B-17 drops 2 bombs on Duren, Germany.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission report: mission 102,
January 30th mission. Information from the 303rd states that there fighter cover was very good and they had light enemy activity, though the group behind them took it on the chin. Flap was reported as very inaccurate and light. As I was unable to determine what fighter cover was in or out I rolled it up and rolled for resistant’s level as we could be that group behind the 303rd.

Note of interest: The Fortress Knockout Dropper completed its 64th mission and The Duchess returned safely from its 52nd 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 150 [Braunschweig A/I]

- 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: Captain Richard Tucker's Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
---- Tail: 1LT Michael Garfield's Crew in "Natty Nan" (B-17G-25-BO 42-31682)


151st BS - BG:
1LT Michael Garfield's Crew in "Natty Nan" (B-17G-25-B0 42-31682) AAR
1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel's Crew in “Warrior’s Roost” (B-17G-1-B0 42-31083) AAR

152nd BS - BB:
1st Lt. Samuel Clemens's Crew in "Peacock" (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) AAR
Pilot: 1st Lt. Murray Fells Crew in "Miss B. Haven" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) AAR
1st Lt. John Fowler's Crew in "Six Shooter" (B-17G-30-B0 42-31854 ) AAR

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

154th BS - GG:
1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun's Crew in "The Squirrel's Nut" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31344) AAR
1LT. Darren Schuster's Crew in "Smuggler" (B-17G) AAR Crashed


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

(edits; Crews added)

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jasta6 wrote:
Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Col Donnelly & B/Gen LaRose’s Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)
---- Tail: TBD

I guess the board wasn't correctly erased.

If Major Vetinari has no problem with it, Captain Richard Tucker'Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, volunteer to fly Lead.
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Is the mission date 30 Jan or 4 Feb (5 days after Mission 149, 29 Jan)?
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1LT Michael Garfield and the crew of Natty Nan of the 151st volunteer to fly Tail.

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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: 150 (this bomber 15)
Date: January 30, 1944
Target: Braunschweig, Germany - Aircraft Factory
Secondary Target: None
Position: High squadron, Middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. J. Fowler (15) PH
Copilot: 2nd Lt. V. Browning (15) PH LC
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. A. Morrow (15)#^ LC PH
Navigator: 2nd Lt. F. Garafalo (15)^ PH(1 OLC) DFC LC
Engineer: MSgt. J. Brockwell (15)#** PH LC
Radio Operator: Sgt. J. Hughes (15)* LC PH
Ball Gunner: Sgt. A. Udell (15) PH (1 OLC)
Port Waist: Sgt. M. Nixon (2) PH
Starboard Waist: Sgt. S. McGee (15)* LC PH
Tail Gunner: Sgt. W. Barnes (11) PH
^ = 1/2 kill
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills
(x) = Total missions
OLC - Oak Leaf Cluster
LC - Lucky Charm

Bomb drop: On target
Accuracy: 40%

Fighters Encountered: 11 x Me-109 / 9 x FW-190 / 2 x Me-110
Driven off by escort: 5 x Me-109 / 5 x FW-190 / 2 x Me-110
Claims: Confirmed-1 Prob-3 Damg-0
2nd Lt. A. Morrow (Bomb): 1 x Me-109

Awards and Promotions:
2nd Lt. A. Morrow (Bomb): Ace gunner!
Sgt. M. Nixon (Port Waist Gunner): Purple Heart.

B-17 Status: 11 Peckham points, ready tomorrow.

Crew Status & Replacements:
Sgt. M. Nixon (Port Waist Gunner): Light wound to right arm, ready tomorrow.

Debrief:
Our first encounter with the Luftwaffe took place over the Channel just after we'd tested our guns. A wave of Me-109s attacked, mostly missing the mark, but one hit our waist gunner Sgt. Nixon in the arm, lightly wounding him. We didn't see any more German fighters until over Germany itself, although we saw sporadic flak over Holland, both to and from target. We believe our left inboard fuel tank was holed by a -190 that made a quick pass just before we reached the IP. Luckily, our lightweight after the bomb drop and MSgt. Brockwell's expert mixture leaning and engine management meant we had no problem making it home.

While the P-47s provided good fighter cover, the P-51s that escorted us on the way home were amazing (random event: aggressive little friends) and drove off most of the Germans that approached the formation. A mass attack by a squadron of -109s just southeast of Amsterdam tested our gunnery and Lt. Morrow, our expert bombardier, notched his 5th kill! Otherwise, we saw some more sporadic flak on the way home and made an uneventful landing. The crew really seems to be coming together and is performing great.

1Lt. John Fowler, Pilot
152nd BS
Elveden Hall, UK
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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 30, 1944
670th Bomb Group

Our target today is the airfield at Venlo. There are night fighters based here and our objective is to destroy as many as we can and put the airfield out of action for today so that it won't be used as either a primary or emergency airfield for the enemy fighters attacking the main strike force going to Braunschweig. We are again in JG 1 and JG 26 hunting grounds and we also have intel about a new unit operating in this area too. They fly heavily armored FW-190s.

Keep your eyes open and your head on a swivel. Exactly like you do when you are on the beach.

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

MYSTERIOUS MADAM MILLICENT (26 missions)

Crew
Pilot: Cpt Gabriel Cahill (39)
Co-Pilot: Cpt Sheldon Wilkes (26)
Bombardier/Navigator:
Bombardier: HQ 1LT (+1) - Scr
Navigator: 1Lt Keith Winthrop (20)
Radio Operator: Sgt Warren Rand (15)
Engineer: SSgt Leon Gibson (32) - 1x 109 FBOA
Armorer: SSgt Edgar Feuer (32) - 1x 109 KIA
Tail Gunner/Observer:


Position in Flight: Deputy Lead, High Flight, Box 2, Tail Group
Altitude: 6500ft
Initial Point: 2
Fighter Cover: Poor Close Escort
Fighters: Moderate enemy resistance
Secondary Target: none.
Flak: Medium guns, strong & accurate (2 hits, 3 area hits; Return - Very strong & accurate (3 hits, 6 area hits).
Bomb Run: Box 1: Superior;Box 2: Off, 0%
External Damage: Nose Greenhouse.
Internal Damage: Tail suit heat; Top Turret damaged; Tail Guns' left Ammo Track destroyed; Left Wing Main Tank, self-seal; Pilot control column; Right Beam gun Ammo box.
Superficial Damage:
Mechanical Failure: The oxygen bottle under the navigator's seat malfunctioned.

I can't remember when a mission saw so many fighters. I think we have never been attacked by so many before.

Although it was poor weather over the base formation assembly went well and we managed to fly a good formation all the way to the target and back.

(Zone 2) One 109G-6 came in from 12 high. He was damaged (FBOA) by the Spitfires, on smoke. He was too high for an attack on us (Kazcmarek). Top Turret missed, but the nose gunner's defensive fire was effective (FBO) and may have caused the bandit to break away.

(Zone 3) The enemy pressed on his attacks, determined to stop us. First there was a 109G-6 at 10 high, a veteran, damaged (FBOA) by the Spitfires. SSGT Gibson in the top turret missed him. The veteran fired but his aim was off. Shortly there after another 109 (G-1, Green) came in from the same direction but slightly lower (level). He got through the fighter cover and fired at us. He was out of our field of fire. Fortunately his aim was also off.

(Zone 4) A tight flight. We believe that it was a FW 190A-6 from JG 1 which attacked us from 7 high as we neared the landfall in the Netherlands. He also escaped the Spitfires, but was not attacking my ship (Kazcmarek). Top turret missed and the tail guns chased him away (FBO).

(Zone 5) The weather over the target was fair as briefed. No fighter attacked. Perhaps they tried to co-ordinate something with the flak batteries because we flew into strong and accurate fire from medium guns and took hits in the waist which knocked out the power for the top turret. SSGT Gibson had to manually operate it from now on.

Box 1 was on target. My box was off with no bombs falling within 500ft.

Flak was stronger and as accurate when we headed for the rally point and I was hit again. My control column became inoperable so LT Wilkes took over.

If there was co-operation between fighters and flak batteries it worked perfectly well. Three waves attacked now when the flak ceased, all from behind. There was a 109G-6 in the first at 6 high. He was shot down by SSGT Feuer in the tail. That bandit had already fired at #4 and was passing high above us (Kazcmarek).

In the second wave a 109G-1 at 5 level was shot down by a Spitfire.

Another 109G-6 was hit and slightly damaged (FCA) by the little friends at 7 low. He was already breaking away (Kazcmarek) when SSGT Gibson fired at him from the left beam gun. He missed.

(Zone 4 Return) We had manged to fly a tight flight through the bomb run and into the rally point, but now it losed up a bit (normal). We had left the target and was just north of Belgium when a lone 109G-6 had us in his sights from 6 high. His flying was erratic (Green) and he was either a very good pilot trying to evade the little friends or a nervous new rookie. He got away from the Spits and attacked Mysterious Madam Millicent. SSGT Gibson hit him and large pieces flew off his fuselage (FBOA) and SSGT Feuer's defensive fire chased him off. He never got a chance to fire at us (FBO). This was the last attacker we saw on this mission.

Zone 2 We flew through very bad weather. Lead navigator was on course.


Signed,

Captain Gabriel Cahill

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FrUnit7 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Col Donnelly & B/Gen LaRose’s Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)
---- Tail: TBD

I guess the board wasn't correctly erased.

If Major Vetinari has no problem with it, Captain Richard Tucker'Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, volunteer to fly Lead.


Ya know! I keep meaning to fix the source document for this but this time it got past me...shake

Thank you Frank!!! It is fixed, in both places. thumbsup

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Zychik wrote:
Is the mission date 30 Jan or 4 Feb (5 days after Mission 149, 29 Jan)?


1 day!
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Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield
B-17: B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F (RF)
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 150/3, Low-Low Squadron, Tail, 23,900 Ft, PPF
MISSION DATE: 30 Jan 1944
Primary TARGET: Braunschweig, GE, (Twin Engine Fighter Production Facility). On Target: 50%
Secondary Target:
Tertiary Target:
Enemy Fighters: 47 (Kill=11, Probable=7, Damaged=3, 56th=1, 354th=13)

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield (17) [0] RF
Co-Pilot: 2LT Henry (Hank) Colfax (8) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (20) [3 1/2] RF, RF
Navigator: FO Bradley Neuman (19) [2] RF
Engineer: TSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (6) [5 1/2] ***#
Radio Operator: Cpl Louis (LB) Carson (2) [0] *
Ball Gunner: Sgt Alan Underwood (19) [9 1/2] ***
Port Waist: Cpl Curtis (Curt) Drew (3) [0]
Starboard Waist: Cpl Herbert (Herb) Elliott (6) [0] *#
Tail Gunner: Cpl Adam Liebowitz (10) [5] RF ***

* = Kill
#= Shared Kill

Enemy Fighters: 47 (Kill=11, Probable=7, Damaged=3, 56th=1, 354th=13)
Bf 109 27=8 Destroyed, 1 Probable, 1 Damaged, 10 by 354th, 7 Undamaged (1 Green, 2 Ace)
Fw 190 12=1 Destroyed, 3 Probable, 2 Damaged, 1 by 56th, 2 by 354th, 3 Undamaged (1 Ace)
Me 110 2=1 by 354th, I Undamaged (1 Green)
Me 410 2=1 Destroyed, 1 Probable (1 Ace, 1 Smasher)
Ju 88 4=1 Destroyed, 2 Probable, 1 Undamaged (1 Ace/Smasher)
Total 47

Bomb Run: On Target: 50%.

B-17 Damage: Superficial x14 (14), Port Flap Inoperable (10), Port Flap 2nd hit (5), Rudder x2 (20), Radio Out (10), Tailplane: NE x1 (10), Port Inboard Fuel Tank Self Seal (5), Cockpit window x1 (10).

Peckham Points: 84: AC ready next day (31 Jan 44)

Landing: AC & crew safe at Elveden Hall


Claims:
TSgt Allen Emerson: 1 ½x Bf 109, Fw 190, Ju 88
Sgt Alan Underwood:2x Bf 109, Me 410
Cpl Adam Liebowitz:3x Bf 109
Cpl Louis Carson: Bf 109
Cpl Herbert Elliott: Fw 190, ½ Bf 109

Award/Promotion Requests: None

In Hospital:

Spare Crewmen:
Engineer: SSgt Samuel Newton (1) [0]

After Action Report:

I discussed the situation with the crew before the mission and everyone was in agreement that with three ace gunners onboard Natty Nan stood a better chance of surviving as Tail-End-Charlie than a less experienced crew. Therefore, once we lifted off the tarmac at Elveden Hall we assumed our position at the rear of the formation. It didn’t take long for Jerry to put our theory to the test.

We barely hit the Channel when the GAF was upon us while the 56th was still trying to link up, leaving Natty Nan to deal with the bandits on our own. A pair of Bf 109s accompanied by a pair of Ju 88s attacked. Adam (Cpl Liebowitz) sent one of the 109s spiraling into the icy water below while the other fell to the combined fire of Al (TSgt Emerson) and Herb (Cpl Elliott), the enemy pilot hitting the silk after losing a wing. The configuration of one of the 88s marked him as a smasher, and by the tail markings an ace as well. Fritz may have been an ace, so is Alan (Sgt Underwood), who sent the bomber turned fighter limping away on one engine. The other 88 hit Natty Nan, though only superficially, though CPl Liebowitz got a scare as a 20mm round burned a furrow in the pants across his thighs (used a personal rabbit’s foot to reroll gunner injured obtaining a superficial instead). The 88 fell to TSgt Emerson’s guns when he came around for a second pass.

Further over the Channel we ran into a spell of bad weather, and more bandits. This time the attackers consisted of a lone 109 and a quintet of Fw 190s. The boys from the 56th were still nowhere to be seen. Lead filled the air and by the time it was over Natty Nan tallied up one more 190 downed, another probable, and a third damaged. Jerry scored multiple superficial hits as well as taking out the port flaps.

As we hit the Dutch coast the weather eased up and Tom (2LT Washburn) pointed out a rainbow, claiming it was a good omen (rolled a Rabbit’s Foot). The rest of the flight over the Netherlands was quiet until we neared the German border.

The GAF was waiting to welcome us with a Bf 109, an Fw 190 (another ace), and a pair of Me 410 , one of which was another smasher. In addition, standoff aircraft were firing rockets into the formation. The 56th finally put in an appearance, a P-47 engaging the 190. Cpl Liebowitz filled the cockpit of the 109, the stricken fighter doing a wingover and diving into the ground below. Sgt Underwood filled the port wing of the smasher, igniting his fuel in a spectacular explosion while 2LT Washburn shot off the right tailplane of the other 410, ruining his aim if not his entire day. Despite the damage Jerry’s rear gunner took a parting shot, to no effect. While the rockets made station keeping difficult they did little actual damage.

North of Osnabruck no less than six Bf 109s attacked Natty Nan. Once again our Little Friends left us to deal with the bandits on our own. Natty Nan claimed three bandits. There was a tense moment when Al (TSgt Emerson) thought he saw smoke coming from the area of the port inboard fuel tank, but it turned out to be nothing (used the Rabbit’s Foot acquired earlier to reroll a fuel fire, obtaining a self seal instead).

The Little Friends finally put in a meaningful appearance on target ingress with P-51s chasing off two bandits while the combined fire of the radio room, tail and top turret mgs dissuaded the remaining 109 from making another try. Once more rockets were fired into the formation to little effect. Flak was light and ineffective. We dropped upon seeing the others do likewise, though being at the end of the line there was some delay causing only about half our bombs to hit the target.

Flak on target egress was the same though the GAF was out for revenge, two waves hitting Natty Nan. The 354th dealt with the first wave, engaging three of the four bandits. The fourth, an Me 110 missed with both main and rear guns, as did we. Again rockets were fired, one exploding near Natty Nan’s tail and damaging the rudder. The second wav consisted of three Bf 109s and an Fw 190. P-51s chased off the 190 and one of the 109s. LB (Cpl Carson) claimed his first kill and the third 109 missed, flying off in search of easier prey.

South of Hamm we ran into some unexpected ground fire, a pair of 109s, and a trio of 190s. Once more we were left to deal with the GAF on our own. When all was done our rudder took more damage, the radio was out, and the windscreen was cracked. We were no more effective, claiming only one probable. Tom (2LT Washburn) had a momentary scare. A stray round punctured his thermos and he at first thought the warm liquid soaking his pants was blood, reinforcing everyone’s opinion that he drinks so much coffee it flows though his veins (used a personal rabbit’s foot to reroll a Bombardier injured result obtaining a superficial).

Near the Dutch-German border three Bf 109s and an Fw 190 attacked. P-51s of the 354th took out the 109s and TSgt Emerson shot down the 190. Two more waves, the first a trio of 109s and the second consisting of a 109, a 190, and a pair of 88s attacked. The net outcome a cost to the GAF of three 109s – one ours and two claimed by the 354th – as well as probables on the 190 and one of the 88s. The Krauts employed both rockets and bomb during these attacks to no effect. This was our last encounter with the GAF, the rest of the flight home proving uneventful.

We had good weather at Elveden Hall and Natty Nan set down without any problems. TSgt MacAllister says he’ll have her up and ready by tomorrow. As for me, I’m going to stop by the chapel and offer up a special prayer of thanks. I never thought we’d come through this one with so little damage to person and plane.

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

(A surprising number of no-hit and superficial rolls as well as the use of three rabbits’ feet resulted in a far cheaper mission than I had anticipated at the outset.)

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jasta6 wrote:
FrUnit7 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Col Donnelly & B/Gen LaRose’s Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)
---- Tail: TBD

I guess the board wasn't correctly erased.

If Major Vetinari has no problem with it, Captain Richard Tucker'Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, volunteer to fly Lead.


Ya know! I keep meaning to fix the source document for this but this time it got past me...shake

Thank you Frank!!! It is fixed, in both places. thumbsup

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The gazetteer also has zone 7 listed twice?
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[/q wrote:


The gazetteer also has zone 7 listed twice?


Should read Zone 8
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shacky22 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
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jasta6 wrote:
Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Col Donnelly & B/Gen LaRose’s Crew in "Precious Penny" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30169)
---- Tail: TBD

I guess the board wasn't correctly erased.

If Major Vetinari has no problem with it, Captain Richard Tucker'Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, volunteer to fly Lead.


Ya know! I keep meaning to fix the source document for this but this time it got past me...shake

Thank you Frank!!! It is fixed, in both places. thumbsup

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The gazetteer also has zone 7 listed twice?


Thanks! it is fixed.
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After Action Report

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: 150 (this bomber 3)
Date: January 30, 1944
Target: Braunschweig, aircraft industry
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Samuel Clemens (7)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Daniel Defoe (3)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Alexander Pope * (2) KIA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Henry James * (3)
Engineer MSgt. Jules Verne # (7)
Radio Operator Sgt. Guy du Maupassant (3)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Alfred Tennyson #* (7)
Port Waist Sgt. Victor Hugo ** (7) LW
Starboard Waist Sgt. George Orwell * (7)
Tail Gunner Sgt. William Faulkner * (3) KIA
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: On Target
Accuracy: 20%

Fighters claimed: KIA-6 Prob-0 Damg-0
Bombardier Lt. Pope: 1 FW-190
Navigator Lt. James: 1 Me-109
Engineer MSgt. Verne: 2 Me-109s, now an ace
Ball Gunner Sgt. Tennyson: 2 Me-110s, now an ace

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
Starboard wing root-1 hit
Bomb bay doors out after bomb drop
Radio out
75 Peckham points

Replacements:
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Aldous Huxley
Tail Gunner Sgt. Percy Shelley

Debrief:
We did a lot of damage to the Luftwaffe today, with both outstanding
gunnery and an on-target drop. But outstanding gunnery wasn't quite
enough for a complete victory, as Lt. Pope scored one kill in the air
and several on the ground but didn't make it home, and Sgt. Faulkner
died before ever getting to fire the tail guns.

The highlight of this mission was our gunnery. Seven fighters came
within firing range of us, and only one left, with four gunners
combining for six claimed kills. Only two even fired on us. And with
two ace gunners, we should be even better at gunnery for the next
mission.

We were undamaged at IP; MSgt. Verne and Sgt. Tennyson shot down the two
fighters which came within range, and while we did see some sporadic
flak over the Netherlands and light flak over the target, nothing hit
us. We had trouble finding the target in the clouds, but dropped on the
Pathfinder's signal, and got a view of the target from a break in the
clouds. Our bombs destroyed a hangar and damaged several planes
inside.

Our perfect gunnery record was partially broken over Amsterdam. A P-51
shot down one of two Me-110s approaching us, but a second fighter made
it through a hail of spray fire and well-aimed shots from the ball
turret to come at us from 9:00 low. He didn't do any operational
damage, but a post-mission inspection showed damaged supports on the
starboard wing. He came back for another pass, this time straight off
the port wing, but MSgt. Verne got a bead on him and became an ace as he
set one of the fighter's engines on fire.

But 6 for 6 became a much less successful 6 for 7 over the North Sea.
An FW-190 came at us in a vertical dive, out of range of our Little
Friends. We missed him, and he raked the Peacock with walking hits from
nose to tail. The worst damage was done at both ends, as Lt. Pope was
immediately killed by a shot to the head, and Sgt. Faulkner bled to
death with multiple cuts from shrapnel. Sgt. Hugo was also hit from
above, but the shell just nicked his ear and he was able to stay at his
post.

I have now flown seven missions, and while I have earned some medals,
the credit for our success really belongs to the whole crew. We have
five successful bomb runs and one near miss, and have devastated the
Luftwaffe in the air, with three ace gunners (one unfortunately still in
the hospital).

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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Pilot: 1LT. Darren Schuster
B-17G: SMUGGLER (B-17G))
Squadron: 154th BS, 281st BG (Heavy)
Mission: 150 (this bomber 1)
Date: 30 January 1944
Target: Braunschweig, Germany - Aircraft Factory
Secondary Target: None
Position: LOW (middle)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1LT Darren Schuster (1) DOW
Copilot: 2LT. Richard Knox (1) DOW
Bombardier: 2LT. Wilson Bennement (1) LW - medically cleared for next mission (++)
Navigator: 2LT. Xavier daBrea (1) (+)
Engineer: Sgt. Jack Carlton (1) DOW
R.O.- Sgt. Harry Nielsen (1) DOW
BTG: Sgt. Travis Harrison (1) (++)
PWG: Sgt. Alonzo Garces (1)
SWGSgt. Sean MacCandless (1)
TG: Sgt. John Moostbridge (1) (+)


Bomb drop: ON 20%

Fighters Encountered: 11xBf109 / 22xFw190 / 2xBf110
Driven off by escort fighters: 9
Claims: Confirmed- 7 Prob-2 Damg- 4

B-17 Status: Destroyed in crash

Mission Debriefing: We were harassed and hit by enemy fighters just about all the way to and from target. As we departed the target zone, Lt. Schuster and Lt. Knox were both hit. Lt. Schuster was able to continue piloting the aircraft, but Knox was unconscious. Several other crewmen were seriously hit and later, Lt. Schuster was hit again and rendered unconscious. At this point, I took over as pilot and managed, with help from autopilot, to get us back to base. However, with the radio out, I decided to order the crew to exit the aircraft as I circled the field. The crew who were unconscious were assisted out of the aircraft. I was sorry to hear none of them survived. The rest of the crew bailed out, I put the aircraft into a shallow dive toward a nearby field and bailed out myself.

I did the best I could.

Respectfully Submitted,

Xavier daBrea, 2LT., USAAF
B-17 Navigator


[ This makes losing three bombers in the last three missions! Seems like I've done that before.... :-P ]
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Jim Hutton stood by his B-17 that had just returned from its second mission. ”How could two missions be so different?” mused the co-pilot of “Warrior’s Roost” as the medics carried a stretcher with the pilot, Fred Riedesel, to the waiting ambulance. “Off target, no enemy ko’ed for sure, and a seriously injured pilot. Now I know what the other crews were talking about”.

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Pilot: 1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel
B-17: “Warrior’s Roost” B-17G-1-B0 42-31083
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Mission: 150 (Bomber 2)
Date:Sunday 30th January, 1944
Target: Braunschweig, Germany, A/I (Area Industry – Twin engine fighter production center)
Position: Middle; Low-low squadron

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

Pilot: 1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel (1) [SW-RtD 7 days]
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. James R. Hutton (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Thomas O. Bentley (1); 0 ;
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Henry A. Dundas (1); 1 ;
Engineer: M.Sgt. Adam A. Gillray (1); 1½ ; 0-1-1
Radio Operator: Sgt. Mason L. Weems (1); 0 ;
Ball Turret: Sgt. Edward R. Rutledge (1); 0 ;
Port Waist: Sgt. Horace S. Mann (1); ½ ; 0-1-0
Starboard Waist: Sgt. John N. Rall (1); 0 ;
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Lockhart C. Ross (1); 0 ;

RtD = Return to Duty; AM = Air Medal; PH = Purple Heart; * = cluster

Medals and Promotions: Purple Heart for Pilot, 1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel

Individual Claims:
Engineer M.Sgt. Adam A. Gillray 1xBf109 Probable, 1xFw190 Damaged
Port-waist Sgt. Horace S. Mann 1xBf109 Probable

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 20 (4xFw190, 12xBf109, 4xMe110) (1xFw190 Ace)
10 Driven off by Fighter Cover (3xFw190,3 xBf109, 4xMe110)

Bomber Claims: KIA: 0; Probable: 2; Damaged: 1
2xProbable (2xBf109)
1xDamaged (1xFw190)

Damage: 7 hits (0 from Flak)
Starboard wing root hit, Port wing root hit, Rudder hit, Bombardier heat out, Pilot SW, 2 superficial

Bomb Run: Off; 0%

B-17s disposition: 77 points Damage; Repairable by tomorrow

Mission 147 Description:

I am dictating this report from hospital as my right arm is in a sling. We thought everything was going great as we took off and formed-up without incident and made it all the way to the Belgian-German border without an enemy fighter appearing near “Warrior’s Roost”. Even then an Fw190 and Me110 that attacked us were jumped by escorting Lightnings that had just taken over from the 56th Thunderbolts.

When we reached the target two Bf109 took us on but only one attacked as the other was shot down in flames by a P-51. The enemy fighter that passed through our fire hit our rudder; he then was severely damaged by Adam Gillray, the top-gunner, on a second pass. That didn’t stop the Jerry from hitting us again and taking out Tom Bentley’s (the bombardier) heat. Tom said he’d hang on in his position as the target was coming up. Flak was light and didn’t bother us, but maybe the hit in the nose that put out Tom’s heat may also jarred the sight out of precision as our drop was way off in spite of Pathfinder assistance.

There was no flak on the way in but three enemy waves were waiting for us. The first did not reach us as they were distracted by the rest of the formation. The second of two Me110 were quickly downed by P-51 escorts. The third wave of three Fw190 also had two of their number driven off by fighter cover and the third was damaged by Adam. But this boy was an Ace and he was the one that was my undoing; a bullet hit me in the right shoulder and caused me to fall unconscious. The rest of the flight was related to me after I came out of my operation in hospital. This Ace failed to hit on his second pass and flew off to base with fuel streaming from a punctured tank.

After this wave had cleared, Jim Hutton, the co-pilot, ordered the bombardier to get me out of my seat into a clear space in the pilot compartment then relieve Adam in the top turret while Adam took over the pilot’s control to assist him in the flight; as Tom’s heat was out this worked well.

As we left the target area the squadron CO was admonishing everyone to tuck in better and Adam and I made sure we flew tight (Random Event). We crossed the border and there seemed to be more Little Friends activity than ever (Random Event) and an Me110 disintegrated under the fire of another P-51.

We were over the Netherlands now and another wave of three Bf109 came at us with a P-51 hot on their tails shooting down one and causing the others to miss and break off. But the enemy weren’t finished with us yet as another four Bf109 attacked us as we crossed the Dutch coast. Once again the boys of the 354th were in attendance taking out one and causing the others to miss (Horrie Mann, the port-waist gunner badly damaged one of them as well).

We were well over the Channel when the enemy had one last crack at us as another three Bf109 appeared. This time the Fighter Boys were engaged elsewhere but only one of the enemy fighters hit us coming in from 12:00-level. Incredibly, two 20mm shells came each side of the cockpit and slammed into the starboard and port wing roots. He tried another pass but missed and flew off.

The rest of the flight was uneventful, I’m told, and Jim’s landing was excellent. “Warrior’s Roost” will be patched up by tomorrow but I’ll be confined to hospital and base duties for 7 days.

1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel, Command pilot, “Warrior’s Roost” B-17G-1-B0 42-31083
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Hospital: Pilot 1st Lt. Frederick L. Riedesel, 7 day recuperation

Replacements: Temporary pilot for up to 7 days – to be advised
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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: 150 (this bomber 11)
Date: January 30, 1944
Target: Braunschweig, fighter aircraft plant
Position: high

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Murray Fells (8)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Manuel Vea (11) RF SW-IH
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Zachary Golding (11) RF #+*
Navigator 2nd Lt. Jacob Adderly (3)
Engineer MSgt. Karl Dohrer (11) RF *½
Radio Operator Sgt. Casey Abraham (11) RF
Ball Gunner Sgt. Lionel Charnas (11) RF *½
Port Waist Sgt. Ronald Lerud (11) RF
Starboard Waist Sgt. Antonio Berta (3)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Charles Dillinger (1)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: Off
Accuracy: 5%

Fighters claimed: KIA-1 (nose: Me-109) Probable- 2 (nose: Me-109, tail: Me-109) Damaged- 1 (nose: Fw-190)

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
2 superficial, port aileron inoperable
17 Peckham points

Replacements:
Copilot: Josef Kristoff

Debrief:
We took off and formed up with no problem. As we made our way to the target we saw fighters from time to time but the little friends kept them away from us. We also saw occasional flak bursts but none of it made it up to where we were. In fact, we didn’t face any opposition until Braunschweig.

The flak over target was light and we didn’t take any hits. Golding admits now that he wasn’t paying attention because he missed the pathfinder’s signal and dropped late. Most of our bombs missed, but he says a couple dropped among the aircraft parked outside the plant. Other Forts got the target, thankfully; the less GAF planes in the air, the better.

Once the bomb run was done, the Luftwaffe finally seemed to take notice of us. Two made it past our fighter cover. Golding hit one just enough to discourage him; the other shot off the port aileron and wounded Vea. He was reaching down for his lucky flask hidden away below the instrument panel, otherwise the shell probably would have decapitated him (rabbit’s foot). As it was, it shattered his left arm just below the elbow. Dohrer saw to him as best he could and took his place. With his rudimentary training and some profanity-laced tips from Vea, he did pretty well.

The Germans came after our formation multiple times; twice they reached Miss B. Haven. We only took superficial damage though. Golding seemed to be making up for the bomb run as he shot down one fighter and damaged two others. Our new gunner, Dillinger almost got his first kill but the 109 managed to limp off.

We got back to England and landed safely. Vea had lost a lot of blood and had fallen into a coma. The doctor says his hand was too badly damaged to save, so he will be heading home. I’ll miss him a lot; he really helped me grow into a the role of a bomber commander. The good news is he’ll get to see his wife and daughter sooner than any of the rest of us.

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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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: 150 (Bomber 5)
Date: Sunday, January 30, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Braunschweig, Germany. A/I (Area Industry-Twin Engine Fighter Production Center)
Position: Low (-1)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Trenton Calhoun (6)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Kirk Wolf (6)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt (4) #***
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Spencer Dodson (3) *
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin (7) ***
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Danial Hanson (6)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Corey Hicks (6)
Port Waist: Sgt. Oscar Jacobs (6) *
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Ronny Henderson (5) ½
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Warren Bailey (5) *

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; On Target
---- Accuracy; 40%

11 Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 2 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 1 / DOF - 4
Claims:
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt: KIA - 109(1) Damg - 109(1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Warren Bailey: KIA 110(1)



B-17 Damage Report:



Crew Report



Peckham Points: 0


Mission Debriefing:
Zone 2-5 Out:
Nothing to report


Mission Debriefing:[c]
Zone 6 Out:
Engaged by two 190s, a 109, and a 110
Defensive Fire:
190(1) [12 High]: Driven off by fighter escort
190(2) [12 Low]: Driven off by fighter escort
109(3) [1:30 Level]: Driven off by fighter escort
110(4) [6 Low]: shot down by 2nd Lt. Warren Bailey on the Tail Turret


Mission Debriefing:[c]
Zone 7 Out:
Nothing to report


Zone 8 Out: Target Zone:
Engaged by four 109s
Defensive Fire:
109(5) [Level]: shot down by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret (8th Confirmed)
109(6) [Level]: driven off by fighter escort
109(7) [Level]: undamaged
109(8) [Level]: undamaged
German Offensive Fire:
109(7) [Level]: no damage reported
109(8) [Level]: no damage reported
Flak: No damage reported
Bombing: On target - 40%


Zone 8 Back: Target Zone:
Flak: None
Nothing to report


Zone 7 Back:
Nothing to report


Zone 6 Back:
Sporadic Flak: No damage reported


Zone 5-4 Back:
Nothing to report


Zone 3 Back:
Engaged by three 109s
Defensive Fire:
109(9) [12 Level]: damaged by 2nd Lt. Bobby Pratt on the Chin Turret
109(10) [12 High]: undamaged
109(11) [1:30 Level]: undamaged
German Offensive Fire:
109(9) [12 Level]: no damage reported
109(10) [12 High]: no damage reported
109(11) [1:30 Level]: no damage reported


Zone 2 Back:
Nothing to report


Notes/Comments: Another Milk Run. Nice ending to a great campaign. I was glad I was able to fly all 25 missions. Got quite a few memories from this game, and I'm still amazed at the picture this game can paint in your mind. This Mission has marked my 50th play for this game, and is one of my top 5 played games.
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Captain Tucker and his crew in "Princess of Paris", 153rd BS, have succesfully led the formation all the way to the target and back to Elvenden Hall.
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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 150 (Bomber 12)
Position: Middle Formation
Date: January 30, 1944
Primary Target: Braunschweig, Germany Twin engine fighter production area

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Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot – 1st Lieutenant Dan Blackwell (11) [0]
Co-Pilot – 2nd Lieutenant Kevin Hollander (6) [0]
Navigator – 2nd Lieutenant Adam Newgate (11) [2]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant Noel Franks (11) [3]
Engineer – MSG John Adder (11) [11.5] *
Radio Operator – SGT James Piehl (5) [0]
Ball Turret Gunner – SGT Justin Cox (2) [1]
Port Waist Gunner – SGT Francis Crocker (5) [1]
Starboard Waist Gunner - SGT Jeff Phieffer (10) [0]
Tail Gunner - SGT Hank Costas (6) [6]

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

Fighters Encountered: 21 (1 Killed, 2 Probable, 0 Damaged, 11 to air cover)
ME-109: 10 (1 Probable, 2 to air cover)
FW-190: 8 (1 Killed, 1 Probable, 6 to air cover)
ME-110: 3 (3 to air cover)

Bomb Run:
On Target
75%

B-17 Damage:
Port Wing Root hit, Port Aileron out, Multiple Superficial Damages

Peckham Points:
38

Landing:
Safely Landed in England

Claims:
MSG John Adder – 1 x FW190

Award/Promotion Requests:


After Action Report:
We took off and formed up with the lead formation. Our first encounter with the enemy was when we crossed the Dutch coast. A single FW190 dove on us doing some superficial damage. On his second pass MSG Adder in the top turret hit the enemy fighter but not hard enough to keep it from hitting us and coming around for a third pass. This time MSG Adder was ready and finished off this fighter. Nearing the German border another FW190 approached but it was driven off by a friendly P-47. The next encounter with the enemy was over Germany as we neared the target. Here we were attacked by two waves, one of two ME110’s and one of three FW190’s but again all five aircraft were chased off by friendly fighters. There was some light and ineffective flak and then LT Franks was able to report about 75% of our load landed on the target. There was no flak on target egress but a wave of five ME109’s attacked from all directions. One was intercepted by a P-51 and three others missed us and left. The last one, attacking from behind, was heavily damaged by SGT Costas in the tail but before he broke off he hit us damaging our port wing root and aileron. Later as we were leaving Germany behind a ME109 and ME110 came at us but the boys of the 354th were on their toes and kept them away. Then while over the Netherlands three more FW190’s attacked. Two were intercepted by P51’s while the last one was severely damaged by MSG Adder so it missed and broke off. Things were quiet then until we neared the English coast where four ME109’s jumped us. We missed them and they missed us and left. 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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Pilot: 1st Lt. Montegue Willard
Mission: 150 (4)
B-17: B-17G 15-B0 42-31386 "Buggaboo"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Low
Target: Braunschweig (A/I)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Patrick Stevens (5) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Floyd Cole (11)
Pilot 1st Lt Montegue Willard (5)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Percy Samson (4)
Engineer Msgt Wilbur Murdock (11) **
Radio Operator Sgt Albert Ihling (4) *
Ball Gunner Sgt Alvor Rand (10) #*
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Kyle Tillman (8)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Andrew Navarro (8)
Tail Gunner Sgt Ritchie Smout (8)#*


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Crew Injuries: None

Claims: Engineer W. Murdock (1) FW190, Radio Operator A. Ihling (1) ME109, Tail Gunner R. Smount (3) ME109's, (1) ME410

Probables: (1) FW190

Damaged: (1) ME109

Bomb Drop: On Target - 30%

B-17's Disposition: Port Wing Aileron inoperable, Control Cables Hit (Flight Deck), (3) Hits of a superficial Nature. (23) Peckham Points.

Mission Description:

Low squadron today, but not as bad as we had anticipated. Didn't see any opposition until zone 6 outbound. Two waves of 2 fighters but the escort took care of them.

More action in zone 7, but again the Little Friends engaged and really scattered their attacks. We did lose the Port Wing Ailerons, but over the course of the day, our escorts drove off at least thirteen attackers.

Over the target, we run into a flight of four FW190's and we managed to down one of them. Flak was moderate but we avoided it and made another clean bomb run with an estimated 30% of the load striking the assembly plant.

Backside flak was far off to our starboard side and we headed home. In zone 6 flak bursts began to appear right ahead of us and one explosion put a few holes in the tail and the pilot compartment.

We faced a few more fighters before we were all clear and landed at the base without further incident.

Feeling like the crew is coming around nicely. We now have two ACE gunners and we are putting bombs on target.

Submitted by 1st Lt. Montegue Willard, Pilot "Buggaboo"

Notes: To all of you around the world in the 281st BG: It has been my pleasure flying with you for the past few months and years! I look forward to seeing you when we form up again. Special thanks to Jim Pink for his incredible effort in making this such a success!! May you all have a truly wonderful next few months and best wishes to you and your families.

Jim Rose
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Pilot: 1st Lt. E Sumner
B-17: Chancellorsville (B-17G-20-BO 42-31609) (Mission 3)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 150, January 30, 1944
Target: Braunschweig (Industry)

Bomb Run: On Target, 30%
Over Target: Yes
Plane Status: Repairable for next mission
Casualties: KIA: 0 WIA: 0 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 1 Probable: 2 Damaged: 0

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. JS Wadsworth (2) {1} K: 1-110
Navigator: 2nd Lt. A Doubleday (1) {0}
Pilot: 1st Lt. E Sumner (10) {0}
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. JF Reynolds (1) {0}
Engineer: MSgt. TJ Strong (2) {1}
Radio Oper.: MSgt. AH Terry (20) {1}
Ball Gunner: Sgt. IG Grover (1) {0}
Pt Waist G: Sgt. W Wainwright (1) {0}
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. W Searing (2) {0}
Tail Gunner: Sgt. EB Fowler (2) {0} P: 2-110

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 0, Average: 12, Green: 1

B-17 Damage: Superficial damage to port wing

Peckham Points: 1

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A

In Hospital: See previous reports


Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. E Sumner

Today was my first mission in the left side of the cockpit. It is the same plane and the same long mission to Germany, just a view of the port wing instead, right?

The outbound flight was quiet until Zone 6 when were hit by two waves of fighters. Most of them were driven off my excellent fighter cover. Fowler may have knocked down a 110 and they put a couple holes in the port wing. In Zone 7 the squadron kept the Luftwaffe away, but the flak guns took a shot at us. As we approached the target, the squadron again kept the Luftwaffe away, during a quiet moment Reynolds was fishing around in the pockets of his flight suit and found the four leaf clover that his fiancé had sent hum (rabbit’s foot).

Wadsworth’s bomb run was right on target and we turned for home. In Zone 8 we saw another wave of fighters. Wadsworth knocked one down and Fowler got a piece of a second one. Flak guns opened up on us again without effect. We saw another wave of fighters in Zone 7 and took random flak fire in Zones 6 and 4, but were not damaged.

We landed safely at base.
I have no casualties to report, almost no damage, and we hit the target. After the mission I took my crew down to the Dog and Duck where the first round was on the pilot.

Player’s Note: I would just like to take a minute to thank Jim for running yet another successful campaign and I would like to thank all of you for making this a great gaming experience.
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From Jim Rose --- Notes: To all of you around the world in the 281st BG: It has been my pleasure flying with you for the past few months and years! I look forward to seeing you when we form up again. Special thanks to Jim Pink for his incredible effort in making this such a success!! May you all have a truly wonderful next few months and best wishes to you and your families.

DITTO! Well said Jim! Thanks JP!

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Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker
B-17: "Princess of Paris" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) [SPARE]
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 150 (this bomber 3) [/b]
Date: January 30th, 1944
Primary Target: Braunschweig, Germany. A/I (Area Industry-Twin Engine Fighter Production Center)
Position: Lead Squadron, Lead Bomber

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker (15) LC
Copilot: 1st Lt. Arte Watson, PH (18)
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joe Burke, AM, DFC #****(18) LC ** [LW]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. James Peters (3) [LW]
Engineer: TSgt. Joseph Grant ***(13) LC
Radio Operator: TSgt. Donald Lewis, AM **(17) LC
Ball Gunner: TSgt. Evan Mayer ***(15) LC [KIA]
Port Waist: Sgt. Bobby Stephens (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Ralph Carlson (1)
Tail Gunner: TSgt. Donald Tanner, PH, AM #(17) LC *

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

Bomb Run: ON / 20%

25 Enemy Fighters Encountered: 10 FW-190, 15 Bf-109 (2 aces, 1 green)
Destroyed: 3 (1 FW-190, 2 Bf-109)
Probable: 2 (2 Bf-109)
Damaged: 3 (1 FW-190, 2 Bf-109)
F. Cover: 10 (6 FW-190, 4 Bf-109)

Claims:
1st Lt. Burke (BMB): 2 Bf-109 + 1 probable bf-109
TSgt. Tanner (TLG): 1 FW-190
2nd Lt. Peters (NAV): 1 probable Bf-109

Medals and Promotions:
Purple Heart: TSgt. Evan Mayer (posthumous)

B-17s Disposition: Returned and repairable over night.
9 Hits (2 from Aerial Rockets, none by Flak)
Pilot Oxygen System hit, Bombardier LW + Navigator LW, Top Turret guns inoperable, Starboard Landing Gear Brake out, Ball Gunner KIA.
Superficial: 4

Damage Points: 73

Replacements needed:
New Ball Gunner

Reserve and Recuperation:
(ROP) Sgt. Fred Overall (1)
(TLG) Sgt. Edward Turner (1)
(SWG) Sgt. Randal Britt (4) seriously wounded: recuperation til February 12th, then rotated home.

Mission Debriefing:
Mission Belle was still under repair so we were using the spare aircraft Princess of Paris for this mission. She wasn't an unknown plane to most of us because we have already flown her in mission #143. Take off went smoothly and we assumed the lead position for the formation.

Zone 3 Outbound: Engaged by 2 BF-109's and 3 FW-190's. Radio gun spray fire scared one FW-190 off and chin turret fire heavily damaged one of the Bf-109. Despite some favorable attack angles, none of them has been able to hit us.

Zone 4 Outbound: Engaged by 2 Bf-109's firing aerial rockets. One rocket exploded close but did only superficial damage to the starboard wing. Lt. Burke shot down the frontal attacking 109 (his 10th kill). The second 109 came in vertical dive but missed us.

Zone 5 Outbound: Engaged by 1 BF-109's and 3 FW-190's. The 3 butcherbirds were driven away by 56th FG P-47’s. The 109 hit us but did no serious damage. He was then chased away by other P-47's.

Target Zone 8 Outbound: Engaged by 4 Bf-109's. Three were intercepted by 354th FG P-51’s. The fourth was hit in the engine by our navigator Lt. Peters. He missed us and dive away trailing heavy smoke.

Bomb Run: Flak ingress was light and inefficient. Thanks to the Pathfinder, Lt. Burke was on target and we estimate that about 20% of our bombs hit the targeted factories. There was no flak egress.

Target Zone 8 Inbound: Engaged by 5 Bf-109's. Our P-51's escort was unable to intercept any of them. Three attacked from the front and two from the rear. Lt. Burke shot down one in the front but we missed the others. Curiously, the two rear-attacking 109s (including an ace) failed to hit us while the two in front (including a green) did. We lost the top turret and Lts. Burke and Peters were lightly wounded in this first attack. It didn't prevent both of them to successively damage the two german fighters during their following frontal passes. One of them still hit us in return, damaging the starboard landing gear (brake out) and most unfortunately killing TSgt. Mayer our ball turret gunner despite his lucky charm (rolled two 6's in a row).

Zone 6 Inbound: Engaged by 1 BF-109's and 4 FW-190's. Three FW-190's were driven away by our escort. The two remaining enemies missed us but TSgt. Tanner downed the FW-190 with some well placed passing shots.

We met no more enemy fighters after that but went twice through some sporadic Flak attacks over Netherlands which did no damage. We landed safely at Elvenden Hall. The mission was a success but sadly we lost our 15 missions veteran ball gunner. TSgt. Evan Mayer will miss us all.

Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker
Command Pilot, "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), flying "Princess of Paris" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) for this mission
153rd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Comments:
This last AAR close the 6th (and my first complete) tour of this great campaign. I want to thanks Jim one more time for his dedication and all of you for the pleasure I took reading all your reports. While waiting for a 7th tour, I will explore new horizons with other soon-to-be-released B17-like games: US Destroyer Commander with "Picket Duty" from Legion Wargames and German U-Boat Kaptain with "The Hunters" from Consim Press (published by GMT). See you soon on BGG.
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