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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Our second day of “Operation Argument” was bitter sweet as we lost six crews and two other planes were rendered useless. Yet we were able to get Thirty-One planes over the target placing 19.2% of our 114 tones of bombs on target. Well today we get another chance to bring this war to an end as we are going to …” Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…”

We are always accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a seventh tour. For those of you just joining us, here is a summary of the "campaign rules," as they are:
* I will research the historical mission to determine our parameters for each mission. If information is absent then I’ll be rolling up the parameters, fighter support, flak cover, weather and date for all missions.
* Please see the following post for reporting your results. It outlines how I would like to see your AAR structured. Remember 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, with AAR submitted, by the Second Saturday (in this case, 16/07/09 16/07/16
), and “jasta6” will prepare an End of Mission Report by the following Sunday / Monday. If it happens that you miss a mission 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. * Replacement B-17 Flying Fortress's can be found here.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Fifty-nine:
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
High and Lead Squadrons bomb load:
B-17F’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
B-17G’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs.

Bombing Altitude: 20,000 ft. (Low Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 20,250 ft. (153rd BS)
Lead Squadron 20,000 ft. (154th BS) Lead
Low Squadron 19,750 ft. (151st BS)
Low-Low Squadron 19,500 ft. (152nd BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL All weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound: Zone 2: -2 W / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W/N / Zone 5: -1 N / Zone 6: -2 N / Zone 7: -1 G / Zone 8: 0 G / Zone 9: 0 G
InBound: Zone 2: -2 W / Zone 3: -1B/W / Zone 4: -1 B / Zone 5: -1 B / Zone 6: 0 G/B / Zone 7: -1 G / Zone 8: -1 G / Zone 9: 0 G

Target Flak O/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Sporadic Flak: 1 Light* and 2x Medium** (in zone 6 Only) (see rule below)
* Note that the 1x means you only roll one pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Extremely Light.
** Note that the 2x means you only roll Two pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Medium and Accurate in the Ruhr Valley.

Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Good 1/10 Clear (No modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound to Target: Z2-G / Z3-G / Z4- G / Z5- G / Z6- B / Z7- G / Z8- P (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
Inbound from Target: Z2-G / Z3-G / Z4- B / Z5- B / Z6- G Z7- P / Z8- P (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
At Target: Clear 1/10 Cloud Cover (+1 modifier to the B-2, O-2 & M-4 table & +1 modifier to the O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(78th Fighter Group P47’s O/B to Zone 4 & 354th Fighter Group P52’s O/B Zone 5 to Zone 9 & I/B all Zones)
Zone 2 outbound: good
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: fair
Zone 7 outbound: good
Zone 8 outbound: poor
Zone 9 outbound: good
Zone 9 inbound: fair
Zone 8 inbound: fair
Zone 7 inbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: poor
Zone 5 inbound: good
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: fair
Zone 2 inbound: fair

Notes:
- 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= Historical) (No Enemy A/C removed per wave)
– If you’re using the JG26 variant you will only encounter JG26 on the return trip, I/B, by rolling for their appearance in Zone 3 and Zone 4. Modify your die roll, to encounter Bf109s of JG26, to a 1D6 roll 1-2, instead of the normal 1-3.

Mission Special Rules:
A) 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. Alternatively, if you roll up Sporadic Flak in Zone 6 Outbound roll on the Flak to Hit Table O-3 Heavy Column* as you are over “Flak Alley,” the Ruhr. These “Flak” attacks will take effect prior to any fighter attacks that may occur. (*this mission only egnore the Ruhr 1x Heavy flack and use the mission specific 2x Medium Flak)

If your aircraft is out of formation and below ten thousand feet, you will use the normal flak over land rules. If your bomber is out of formation but above ten thousand feet follow the Sporadic Flak rule as normal. There is no flak in any Zone that is entirely over water as noted in the Gazetteer note.


Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
Mission Break Down:
Our Mission 159 was The Mighty Eighth’s Mission 228. The 3BD was dispatched to Schweinfurt. The 1BD went to Aschersleben, Bernburg, Halberstadt Bunde, Weenegerode, Magdeburg and Marburg. The 2BD went to Enschede, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Denventer. 799 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to their respective targets with 181 B-17 and 74 B-24 making it to the target. Fourty-one B-17’s & B-24’s bombers were lost, One hundred and forty-six planes were damaged and four planes were classified as Category-E. Thirty-five crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, thirty crewmen were wounded with three hundred and ninety-seven reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 659 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 59 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of 11 of their own. (Source: “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A. Freeman, page185-186)

The 303rd operation notes, from their mission report: mission 111,
February 22nd mission: Information from the 303rd states that the escort fighter cover was inadequate. Weather over the target was reported to have been clear so the 303rd bombed visually with great results. Flak was nonexistence at the target but over the Ruhr it was reported as moderate and accurate. Enemy fighter cover was heavier this mission with straggler’s having to find what cloud cover there was to try and hide. The 303rd lost five aircraft to enemy fighters or flak as well as two planes to a midair collision.

Note of interest:
High cloud cover forced the 8th AAF to fly in lower than usual giving Jadgkorps I ample opportunities to engage the bomber stream. JG26 scrambled its fighters to intercept the scattered penetrating bomber groups. Then again refueling and rearming to catch the retreating bomber stream as the egressed back to England. Of the forty-one bombers that didn’t return JG26 accounted for seven of the downed fortresses, three of them were “herausschuss” ((HSS): meaning stragglers). JG26 were responsible for the downing if P-47 downing on this day too. Yellow tails losses were two pilots wounded and two killed. Most notably was JG26/6 commanding officer Hptm. Horst Sternberg in FW 190A-7 Black 12 by a P-47 pilot. (Source: JG26 Luftwaffe Fighter Wing War Diary Volume Two: 1943-45, by Donald Caldwell, pages 215-216)

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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 159 [Aschersleben 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

- Replacement Aircraft can be found at this Geek List: Replacement Aircraft


Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: 2 Lt. Gorman's crew in "Alien Nation" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31381)
---- Tail: 1Lt. Vincent's Crew in "Little Round Top" (B-17G-DL 44-6948)

151st BS - BG:
1Lt Ryan’s Crew in "Brassy Barbie" (B-17F-85-B0 42-30048) AAR
1Lt Barber’s Crew in "Stacker Deck" (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) AAR
1Lt. Garfield's Crew in "Natty Nan" (B-17G-25-B0 42-31682) AAR 3 Days to Repair
2Lt. Holmes Crew in "Mother Hen" (B-17F-75-DL 42-3535) AAR

152nd BS - BB:
Capt. Clemens's Crew in "Peacock" (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) AAR MIA
1Lt. Medrano’s Crew in "Shamrock Sarah" (B-17G-40-DL 42-31546) AAR 2 Days to Repair
1Lt. Vincent's Crew in "Little Round Top" (B-17G-DL 44-6948) AAR 3 Days to Repair
PO. Mc,Alpines Crew in "Crackers" (B-17G-80-DL 44-83414) AAR
2Lt Ryan’s Crew in "Ryan Rascal’s" (B-17F-75-BO 42-29835) AAR

153rd BS - GB:
Capt Stark's Crew in " Winter Fell" (B-17G-95-DL 44-83714) AAR
Cpt Tucker's Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) AAR Cpt. Joe Burke - Completed 25+
1st Lt. Conner's Crew in "Victory Queen" (B-17F-20-BO 42-31546) AAR
2Lt. Black’s Crew in "Just Dropping In" (B-17F-110-B0 42-30614) AAR MIA
2Lt. Holden's Crew in "Hitchhiker to the Reich" (B-17F-110-B0 42-30614) AAR

154th BS - GG:
1Lt. Macy’s Crew in "Blue Yonder" (B-17F-75-BO 42-29850) AAR MIA
2Lt. Hawksbain's Crew in "Miss Talbot County" (B17G-1-DL-42-107135) AAR
2Lt. Morgan’s Crew in "Bradgate Park" (B-17G-55-B0 42-102671) AAR
2Lt. Ohlendorf’s Crew in "Pig Town" (B-17G-110-BO 43-30433) AAR Aborted


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

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Attention!


After mission 151 there will no longer be a separate Replacement Aircraft thread. Instead I have created a "GEEK LIST" to cover all replacements and Spare bombers. This list can be found HERE and will be referenced in the 7th tour news thread as well as all future briefings. You may also want to bookmark it here at the Geek.

You will also be making all of your request for replacement bombers to the last item of this Geek List found HERE. Spare Fortress, till your original bomber is repaired, are also made to this last Geek List Item too.

All Request must include the following information:
- Players Squadron Assignment
- Mission Aircraft is required
- If a Replacement or Spare
- If a spare is required, what time frame you need the spare.



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Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ
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Sir,

Little Round Top volunteers to fly tail.

1st Lt S Vincent
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2 Lt. William “Billie” H. Gorman's crew in Alien Nation (B-17G-15-B0 42-31381) GG-A will take the lead position in the 154th BS
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After Action Report

Pilot: Capt. Samuel Clemens
B-17: Peacock (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) BB-A
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 159 (this bomber 12)
Date: February 21, 1944
Target: Diepholz, Airfield
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status: KIA=7 / SW=0 / LW=0 / MIA=3 (FB=0)
Pilot Capt. Samuel Clemens (16) CAP
Copilot 2nd Lt. Dante Alighieri (4) KIA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. William Thackeray (8) KIA
Navigator 1st Lt. Henry James * (12) CAP
Engineer M/Sgt. Jules Verne ##* (16) KIA
Radio Operator S/Sgt. Guy du Maupassant * (12) KIA
Ball Gunner S/Sgt. Alfred Tennyson #**** (16) KIA
Port Waist S/Sgt. Victor Hugo **** (16) CAP
Starboard Waist Sgt. Nathaniel Hawthorne (4) KIA
Tail Gunner Sgt. Robert Stevenson * (2) CAP
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb Run:
--- Bomb Drop: DNB
--- Accuracy: 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 3 (KIA-1/ Prob-2/ Damg-0)
Engineer M/Sgt. Verne: 1 FW-190

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s disposition:
Exploded over Belgium
Radio room gun jammed
Port outboard fuel tank fire; exploded on second turn, zone 3 back

Replacements:
New bomber: Unicorn
Pilot 1st Lt. Manuel Escobar
Copilot 2nd Lt. Nelson Frederick
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Jason Grant
Navigator 2nd Lt. Richard Henderson
Engineer M/Sgt. Oswald Ivanov
Radio Operator T/Sgt. Carl Jorgensen
Ball Gunner Sgt. Francis Klondike
Port Waist Sgt. Alexander Lemon
Starboard Waist Sgt. Roland McCall
Tail Gunner Sgt. Howard Novak

Debrief:
(Recovered after a post-war POW exchange)
The Peacock was still over the North Sea when a pack of FW-190s
approached her from the tail. A P-47 kept one away, and we shot one
down and badly damaged a second, but the third shot up our fuel tank,
which ignited.

I took the plane into a dive, hoping to either put the fire out or at
least keep it under control long enough for us to ditch or land safely,
rather than bailing out into the sea. But over the Belgian coast, the
fire spread, and there was an explosion before we could give the order
to bail out. I made it out and saw two other chutes. Since we landed
so close to the coast, the army was out in force and captured me, and
presumably my comrades in arms. [Editor's note: one life saved by a
lucky charm roll, but two failed lucky charms to avoid capture after
landing.]

Pilot: Capt. Samuel Clemens
Command Pilot, Peacock (B-17G-5-BO-43-131027) BB-A
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1st Lt. S Vincent
B-17: Little Round Top (B-17G-DL 44-6948)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
MISSION: 159 (Bomber 5)
Date: February 22, 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany A/I (Junkers Factory
Position: Tail

Crew Status: KIA= 2 / SW= 0/ LW= 1 MIA= 0


Pilot - 1st Lt. S Vincent (5) {1}
Copilot - 2nd Lt. JC Rice (5) {0}
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. J Chamberlain (5) {3} ***
Navigator - 2nd Lt. NE Welch (5) {1} *
Engineer - MSgt. F Conner (5) {5} **
Radio Op. - Sgt. EB Knox (5) {1} KIA
Ball Gunner - Sgt. S Beardsley (5) {1} *
Port Waist - Sgt. D Abbott (1) {0}
Strbd Waist - Sgt. CW Billings (5) {0}
Tail Gunner - Sgt. A Lindscott (5) {1} *KIA

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

Bomb Run: Jettisoned over Channel
Bomb Drop: N/A
Accuracy: N/A

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA: 8 / Prob: 8 / Damg: 3)

Claims:
Abbott: Prob: 109, 190
Beardsley: KIA: 110, Prob: 110
Chamberlain: KIA: 109, 109, 190, Prob: 190
Connor: KIA: 190,109, Prob: 109, Damg: 109, 109, 109
Lindscott: KIA: 109, Prob: 109, 109
Welch: KIA: 190, Prob: 190

Medals and Promotions:
1st Lt. S Vincent: Distinguished Flying Cross
2nd Lt. JC Rice: Distinguished Flying Cross
MSgt. F Connor promoted to Ace Gunner

B-17 disposition: Rudder, Engine #1, Tail Wheel, Radio, Intercom, Sbd Root, Port Elevator, Port Aileron, Bomb Controls, Superficial damage to fuselage and wings
Repairable in three days

Peckham Points: 159

Mission Debriefing:

Rice and I came back from the briefing this morning to meet the crew at the plane. We seem to have fallen into tradition of meeting under the port wing before every flight. I told the men we were flying to Aschersleben this morning.
“What’s in Ashersleben, skipper” asked Knox.
“An aircraft factory,” I replied. Smiles came over the faces of the men. Blowing up a plane factory is always popular.
“And we will be flying tail position” I announced. The smiles faded.
“No worries boys, I got you covered” said Lindscott going off to double check his tail guns.

Being in the back, the German fighters were thick today. We were jumped by five 190s coming over the Channel. Coming in at 9 o’clock one shot up Engine #1, I looked over my shoulder and saw her burst into flames. “Engine one on fire, Engine one on fire” I called into the intercom. Rice got her put out, but we immediately started losing speed from the lack of horsepower.

I thought about aborting and looked over the nose at the dozens of bombers we were back here to protect. “Chamberlain, drop the bombs in the water” I announced.
Rice gave me one of those, “are you sure you know what you are doing” looks, but said nothing. I told the boys over the intercom that we may not have bombs to drop, but we could protect the planes that did.

And protect the planes we did. We encountered eight waves of fighters on the way to the target and seven more on the way back. Little Round Top took a pounding and so did the Luftwaffe. On the way back Lindscott was killed by enemy fire and I moved Knox back to the tail. Knox fought the gun well and was killed too. I moved Abbot back to complete the trip. We ended up with eight confirmed kills. MSgt Connor is the plane’s first ace and Chamberlain scored a hat trick.

Little Round Top took heavy damage and will need three extra days for repair.


Pilot: 1st Lt. S Vincent
Command pilot, Little Round Top (B-17G-DL 44-6948)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Rick Ryan
B-17: B-17F-85-B0 42-30048 “Brassy Barbie”
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 159
Date: February 22nd, 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Position: Low Squadron

Crew Status: KIA=0, SW=0, LW=0
Pilot: 1st Lt. Rick Ryan (4)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. J.J. Wagstaff (4)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Aldo Kerrigan [1](4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Trent "Sweets" McCaan [1](4)
Engineer: MSgt. Jason Davis (4) *, *
Radio Operator: TSgt. Charlie Baker (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Patton Waters [2](4) *
Port Waist: Sgt. Seth VanCott (4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Mark Travis Pillups [1](4) *, 1/2
Tail Gunner Sgt. Phillip McDaniels (4) *

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

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

Enemy Fighters Activity: Encountered – 19, ; (KIA – 5 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 0)
---- Driven-off: 7

B-17s disposition:
Mission completed. We met extremely light resistance.
The plane is immediately available. 41 Peckham Points of damage.

MISSION DEBRIEFING: We had a good time and liked playing with Barbie. This was one of the smoothest missions we've had in a spell. Just after getting airborne we ran into a few 110's. The P-47's were quickly on 'em and chased two of them off immediately. The last one engaged us but was ripped from the sky by McDaniels. Reaching the friendly skies of the Netherlands you'd better bet we had our "bino's" out as we searched the beaches for biki... uh.."enemies." Our recon was short lived however as we ran into a few 109's and a 190 that was with 'em. The 190 was chased away by the P-47's but we were faced with the rest. After a bunch of shots that went wide and one that scraped the Port Wing, they bugged out. Things stayed quiet until we were deep into Germany. We were welcomed by 3 190's: that missed, Pillups got a probable on, and Davis knocked out of the air. Reaching the target zone there was some incoming flak that hit us on the tail and Port Wing, none of it turned out to be major damage but it was enough to mess with our sighting and, I hate to say, our run was completely off target. I had seen something hit a radio tower just prior to our run and it seemed to start messing with the Luftwaffe Comm's. For our Inbound flight we saw exactly 5 enemy A/C, and of those 1 was scared away by the P'52's, 3 were destroyed by Waters, Pillups, and Davis, and the other only caused minor damage.

I checked with the mechanics and Ghostly Spirits should be ready on Thursday, so we'll have to hang on to "Brassy Barbie" for another day.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Rick Ryan
B-17: B-17F-85-B0 42-30048 “Brassy Barbie”
Unit: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elveden Hall, UK
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Uh oh, this isn't a good start. It seems that historically this mission was a beast, with tons of losses, so we might be following history.
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Pilot: Pilot Officer John McAlpine
B17: B-17G-80-DL 44-83414 - Crackers

Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 159 (this bomber 1)
Target: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Position (Low-Low/Hiding in middle):

Crew Status KIA=1, SW =1, LW=0, MIA=0

Pilot: PO John McAlpine (1)
Copilot: PO Leonard Sheald (1)
Bombardier: P.O. John Robertson *(1) 1*190, 2*FBOA
Navigator: PO John Minogue **(6)
Engineer: Sgt. Mike Steel **(2) 1*190 FCA
Radio Operator: Sgt. Jeremy McDonald (1) (KIA)
Ball Gunner: Sgt John Manning***(3) 1*190 FCA
Port Waist: Sgt Ernest Vine (1) (SW - IH)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Brian Varey *(1) 1*190
Tail Gunner: Fl.Sgt Tony Hays
X***(16) 1*190 FBOA

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

Fighters Encountered:
Me109: 7
Me110: 2
Fw190: 12


Fighters Claimed:
Destroyed: 2*Fw190
Probable: 3*Fw190
Damaged: 2 *Fw190

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Nil

B17 Condition Report: 14 Hits - 14 from fighters, 0 from flak.

Peckham Points = 79
Superficial Hits = 9, Tail O2 (1 Hit), Cockpit O2 -fire (2 extinguishers), Radio Operator SW, Port Waist KIA, Port guns Inoperable.
Repaired overnight, ready for next mission.

Replacements:
Radio Operator - Cpl Larry Webber
Port Waist - Cpl Andrew Daniels

Mission Debrief:
You thought we were a goner? Well, so did we! When the oxygen bottles started banging away in the cockpit it was brown trouser time, I can tell you!

The Luftwaffe paid us attention pretty much all the way from the Channel. Fw190s and ME109s for the most part, and nothing serious to show for it. Poor old Crackers looks a bit like a colander, though.

I think everyone in the squadron was feeling a bit hard pressed and as we passed Hamm the formation closed in for comfort and the Jerries had a hard time getting through.

Then, just before Hannover, these three 190s found a gap in the fighter cover and raced in from the starboard side. We plinked away at them without much luck and they served it right back at us. One of them put a burst into the Radio Room and then went on and demolished the port waist position. Jeremy bought it and Ernest took one in the chest.

At the same time another one gave the cockpit got some unexpected ventilation and the oxygen bottles caught fire. We had a devil of a time getting it under control, but managed before the things became too serious.

All three 190s made another pass before two turned away. The other chap, the one who’d given us all the trouble, thought he’d try one more time, but Brian put paid to him.

After that, we had to drop out of formation. Not a pleasant experience at any time, what with all the flak going off around us, and definitely not as we approached the target. But there was no point turning around now, so on we went.

Unfortunately we made a mess of the bomb run. On the other hand our fighter cover turned up and saw off the Jerries that were waiting for us on the way out.

After that, the flight home was a lot less lively. The constant flak kept us awake all the way to the coast, but wasn’t a worry. I think most of the Jerries stuck to the formation for a better chance of success as we hardly saw anyone the whole way home.

Ernest is out of the war and off for convalescence before the long trip home.

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Crackers (B-17G-80-DL 44-83414)
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MISSION One Hundred and Fifty-nine:
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Sporadic Flak: 1 Light* and 2x Medium** (in zone 6 Only) (see rule below)
* Note that the 1x means you only roll one pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Extremely Light.
** Note that the 2x means you only roll Two pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Medium and Accurate in the Ruhr Valley.

Weather Modifiers: (PFF bombing see Note (A) below)
<...>

What rules should be applied for Sporadic Flak?
The rule above or those in the Mission Special Rules?
Or a mix of the 2 rules, with 1xLight+2xMedium replacing the normal 1xHeavy in Ruhr zone 6 outbound?

Also, as the weather is good and Note (A) is about Sporadic Flak, I suppose there's no PFF for this mission, isn't it?

Thanks.
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jasta6 wrote:

MISSION One Hundred and Fifty-nine:
<...>
Sporadic Flak: 1 Light* and 2x Medium** (in zone 6 Only) (see rule below)
* Note that the 1x means you only roll one pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Extremely Light.
** Note that the 2x means you only roll Two pair of dice, not the normal three dice, as the flak was Medium and Accurate in the Ruhr Valley.

Weather Modifiers: (PFF bombing see Note (A) below)
<...>


FrUnit7 wrote:
What rules should be applied for Sporadic Flak?
The rule above or those in the Mission Special Rules?
Or a mix of the 2 rules, with 1xLight+2xMedium replacing the normal 1xHeavy in Ruhr zone 6 outbound?


Use the rule as is with the exception that the flak for the Ruhr will be 2x Medium and NOT 1x Heavy.

FrUnit7 wrote:
Also, as the weather is good and Note (A) is about Sporadic Flak, I suppose there's no PFF for this mission, isn't it?

Thanks.


No PFF, as you pointed out the weather is Good "Clear" and you will get a +1 to your Bomb Drop modifier. If your bombardier is flying his 11th mission then you can't miss unless the plane has damage that could effect the drop.

Edit: Sorry for the confusion! Jim cool
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Mission Debriefing:

...but we immediately started losing speed from the lack of horsepower.

I thought about aborting and looked over the nose at the dozens of bombers we were back here to protect. “Chamberlain, drop the bombs in the water” I announced.
Rice gave me one of those, “are you sure you know what you are doing” looks, but said nothing. I told the boys over the intercom that we may not have bombs to drop, but we could protect the planes that did.

And protect the planes we did. We encountered eight waves of fighters on the way to the target and seven more on the way back. Little Round Top took a pounding and so did the Luftwaffe. On the way back Lindscott was killed by enemy fire and I moved Knox back to the tail. Knox fought the gun well and was killed too. I moved Abbot back to complete the trip. We ended up with eight confirmed kills. MSgt Connor is the plane’s first ace and Chamberlain scored a hat trick.

Little Round Top took heavy damage and will need three extra days for repair.


Pilot: 1st Lt. S Vincent
Command pilot, Little Round Top (B-17G-DL 44-6948)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK


- To any crewman that forgoes their own safety for the good of the Group. This act must entail possible injury or death to be awarded.

1st Lt. S Vincent Distinguished Flying Cross (US)


2nd Lt. JC Rice Distinguished Flying Cross (US)


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Sgt. EB Knox Purple Heart: mb




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B-17: B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F RF
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 159 (Bomber 12)
MISSION DATE: 22 Feb 1944
Primary TARGET: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Secondary Target:
Position: Low Squadron, 19,750

Crew Status: (LW-1 / SW-0 / KIA-0 / FB-0)
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: Capt Michael Garfield (25) [0]
Co-Pilot: 2LT Michael MacArthur (2) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Patrick McDonald (4) [1] *
Navigator: 2LT Samuel (Sam) Iverson (3) [0]
Engineer: MSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (15) [18 1/3] LC ½
Radio Operator: Sgt Louis (LB) Carson (11) [3] LC
Ball Gunner: Cpl Douglas (Doug) Dunbar (3) [1]
Port Waist: Sgt Curtis (Curt) Drew (12) [1] LC LW(Rt Hand) RTD 23 Feb 44
Starboard Waist: Sgt Herbert (Herb) Elliott (15) [2] LC
Tail Gunner: Cpl Steven Davidson (2) [1] ** ½

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

Bomb Run:
Bomb Drop: On Target
Accuracy: 20%

Enemy Fighters: (KIA – 4 / Prob – 3 / Damg – 0)
Bf 109 3=3 to 354th
FW 190 6=2 KIA, 1 Probable, 3 Undamaged
Bf 110 4=1 KIA, 2 to 78th, 1 to 354th, (1 Ace/Smasher)
Bf 410 5=1 KIA, 2 Probable, 2 Undamaged (1 Green)
Ju 88 1=1 to 354th
Total 19

Claims:
2LT Patrick McDonald: FW 190
MSgt Allen Emerson: ½ FW 190
Cpl Steven Davidson: ½ FW 190, Bf 110, Bf 410


Medals and Promotions:
2LT Patrick McDonald: Air Medal
Sgt Curtis Drew: Purple Heart

B-17 Disposition: Returned.
B-17 Damage: Superficial x10 (10), LW x1 (2), Port Inboard Fuel Tank: Self Seal (5), Port Outboard Fuel Tank: Self Seal (10), Starboard Outboard Fuel Tank: Leak (10), Port Flap Inoperable (10), Tail O2 x1 (10), Starboard Waist Gun Inoperable (10), Ball Turret Inoperable (20), Port Aileron: NEx2 (10), Bomb Bay Doors Inoperable (10), Port Wing Root x1 (25), Starboard Wing Root x2 (50) = 182 Peckham Points, AC ready 25 Feb 44

Replacement Crew Available:
Pilot: 1LT Donald Stiles (1) [0]
Engineer: SSgt Samuel Newton (1) [0]

In Hospital:
Co-Pilot: 2LT Henry (Hank) Colfax (14) [0] RTD 27 Feb 44
Tail Gunner: Cpl Adam Liebowitz (17) [12] IH 15 Mar 44

Completed 25 Missions:
Pilot: Capt Michael Garfield (26) [0], Purple Heart w/4 Oak Leaves, served on: Sitting Pretty, Inside Straight, Natty Nan.
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (25) [5], Purple Heart, served on: Sitting Pretty, Inside Straight, Natty Nan.
Navigator: FO Bradley Neuman (25) [2], Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf, served on: Sitting Pretty, Inside Straight, Natty Nan.
Ball Gunner: Sgt Alan Underwood (25) [15 ½], served on: Sitting Pretty, Inside Straight, Natty Nan.

After Action Report:

Natty Nan took off and assumed our assigned position in the Low Squadron. Things were pretty quiet for us until we hit the Dutch coast when a pair of Bf 110s jumped on our tail. Fortunately for us, the boys of the 78th jumped on Jerry’s tail. After that, the Jugs announced they were Bingo fuel and wishing us luck turned for home. We spent a nervous few minutes until someone spotted the P-51s of the 354th.

SW of Hannover we encountered some Flak, taking a hit to the port wing but not noticing any serious damage. Coming in on the tail end of the Flak a lone Bf 109 dove on us. Once again it was Little Friends to the rescue as Jerry fell to a Mustang.

The bandits were thicker over the target with a pair of 109s attacking. Both got caught up in dogfights with P-51s. At this point I had a sudden feeling as though someone was watching out for us. Whoever, or whatever it was, it saw us through the Flak field without any damage and 2LT McDonald called, “Bombs Away.” Estimate 20% were within the target.

We weren’t quite as lucky on target egress, taking a couple of hits from Flak. One knocked out the port flaps while the other threatened Cpl Davidson’s O2. This was followed up with two waves of EA. First was a Bf 410 which left less one engine courtesy of Cpl Dunbar. This was followed by a Ju 88 that fell victim to a pair of P-51s, although the formation did loosen up for a brief spell.

SE of Kassel A pair of Bf 110s took advantage of the Squadron trying to tighten up the formation to slip in and do some damage. The escorting P-51s chased off one bandit but the other 110 raked Natty Nan. Luck was still with us as Jerry didn’t hit anything vital. Coming around for a second pass, Jerry flew right into Cpl Davidson’s sights and was quickly tumbling to earth in flames.

North of Bonn five FW 190s swept in, the P-51s busy elsewhere. 2LT McDonald claimed one while Cpl Davidson and MSgt Emerson split another. Two of the bandits hit, damaging both wing roots, knocking out the starboard waist gun, and putting a leak into the outboard starboard fuel tank before eventually leaving, one trialing thick smoke. Al (MSgt Emerson) kept a close eye on the fuel gauge, estimating we’d have just enough to get home.

Crossing into Belgium, we ran into another duet of Bf 410s, both attacking from 7:30 Low. Sgt Drew sprayed the area, seriously damaging one of the EA, though not enough to keep him from hitting us as well and putting more damage into the starboard wing root.

Near Antwerp we were hit by two more 410s, one wounding Curt (Sgt Drew) though not seriously. Cpl Davidson claimed yet another kill on the other bandit. After that it was clear skies all the way back to Elveden Hall.

Sgt Drew’s injury is minor and Doc says he’ll be back on flight status tomorrow. Natty Nan’s a bit more banged up. TSgt MacAllistor says she won’t be ready to fly again until the 25th. If a mission comes up before then, we’ll need to use a spare.

Submitted by Michael Garfield, Capt USAAF, commanding
B-17: B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
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it saw us through the Flak field without any damage
<...>

We weren’t quite as lucky on target egress, taking a couple of hits from Flak. <...>

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Target Flak O/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)

These None Flak are redoutable indeed
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Zychik wrote:

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it saw us through the Flak field without any damage
<...>

We weren’t quite as lucky on target egress, taking a couple of hits from Flak. <...>

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Target Flak O/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)

These None Flak are redoutable indeed


And for some reason I had it as Heavy both in and out. Guess it was just an intense instance of Sporadic Flak. glad it wasn't too damaging.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Jim Medrano
B-17: "Shamrock Sarah" (B-17G-40-DL 42-31546) BB-K
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 159 (Bomber 1)
Date: February 22nd, 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Position: Middle

Crew Status:
KIA - 3, SW - 1, LW - 2
Pilot: 1st Lt Jim Medrano (1)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Charles Yu (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Luigi Dimarco (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt Sean Bishop (2) - WIA - Invalidated
Engineer: MSgt. Louis Churchill (1) - WIA - 1 Day
Radio Operator: Sgt Roark "Rocky" Fitpatrick (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Julio Cruz (1) - WIA - Next Day
Port Gunner: Sgt Franklin Cook (1) KIA
Strb Gunner: Sgt William McCormick (1) KIA *
Tail Gunner: Sgt Alvin Goldberg (1) KIA

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

Bomb Run:
On Target - 30%


Enemy Fighters Encountered: 33 (KIA – 1 / Prob – 5 / Damg – 5)

Claims:
Starboard Waist Gunner Shot Down a 109 from the Port Waist Postition

Medals and Promotions:
2LT Sean Bishop - Purple Heart
MSgt. Louis Churchill - Purple Heart
Sgt Julio Cruz - Purple Heart
Sgt Franklin Cook - Purple Heart (Posthumous)
Sgt William McCormick - Purple Heart (Posthumous)
Sgt Alvin Goldberg - Purple Heart (Posthumous)

B-17s disposition:

Mission Complete, Landed At Base, Heavy Damage.
214 Pekham Points, Bomber will be ready for action by February 24th, 1944

Replacements:
2LT Ken Dawson - Navigator
Sgt Jim Dial - Port Waist
Sgt Mick Walker - Strb Waist
Sgt Quincy Wormer - Tail Gunner

Possible
MSGT. Steven Ford - Flight Engineer (1 Mission)


Mission Debriefing:
Official After Action Report for B-17G-40-DL 42-31546 BB-K (SHAMROCK SARAH)

Crew and bomber joined 152nd for the second day of OPERATION ARGUMENT. Take off and form up went without issue. Initial Flight over the channel was also uneventful, but upon reaching the Dutch Coast, formation was attacked by numerous enemy aircraft, primarily FW 190's deploying Bombs and Rockets in an attempt to strike the formation. As a result, for much of the flight to the target SHAMROCK SARAH was more loose as we attempted to stay in formation. Sporadic Flak was encountered, especially over the Rhur valley, however no damage was sustained.

Fighter cover at this time was very diligent and were able to drive off most of the fighters before they could do additional damage. Fighters that got through were driven off by our gunners without their landing any hits to SHAMROCK SARAH. Upon reaching the Decision Point however, a trio of FW190s managed to get through, one landing hits along our bomber's fuselage. 2LT Bishop was badly wounded in the Nose and Sgt Cook was killed in the Waist. Our Aileron Controls in the cockpit were taken out, along with our rubber rafts and the Radio. Damage was also sustained to the Tail Oxygen system. On the second pass our Flight Engineer was able to land a few hits on the bandit, and he was driven away.

Fighter Cover then failed to prevent a pair of ME109's from entering the formation. Our Starboard Waist gunner was able to confirm one of them destroyed as he fired from the Port Waist. Over the target the formation encountered heavy enemy fighter activity. We managed to damage a number of fighters, but friendly fire from the rest of the formation nearly struck our payload. Bombs were dropped on target with a confirmed 30% hit rate.

The return trip was a constant gauntlet of fighter attacks. Heavy damage to the Tail Heating system forced the tail gunner to take over the port waist. More enemy fighters were damaged at this time, while stray fire from another bomber wounded our Ball Gunner. Over Belgium we would sustain heavy damage to the #1 Engine forcing us to feather the engine and prevent a runaway. Heavy fighter activity at this time would cause serious damage to the starboard wing root, the tailplane, intercom system and kill the Tail and Starboard Waist gunners. The Flight Engineer would also be wounded at this time.

Landing was dicey, but successful. 2LT Bishop has been invalidated from future missions and will be in Hospital for the next month. The Doctor has grounded MSGT. Churchill for 24 hours to allow recovery, while SGT. Cruz will be able to fly tomorrow if need be.

Heavy damage was sustained to SHAMROCK SARAH requiring a minimum of 48 hours of repair work.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Jim Medrano
Command pilot, "Shamrock Sarah" (B-17G-40-DL 42-31546) BB-K
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Commentary: Holy Crap that was a hair raiser. I had Green Enemy Pilots who were running multiple passes, and I was probably lucky to have walking hits at one point, rather than face 9 shell hits!
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B-17: "Mother Hen" (B-17F-74-DL 42-3535)
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 159 (Bomber 2)
Date: February 22nd, 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany. A/I ( Junkers Aircraft Factory )
Position: Low Squadron, Middle

Crew Status: (LW-1 / SW-1 / KIA-0 / FB-0)
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Christopher Wilson (1) [LW]
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Peter Clements (1) [SW]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Jeff Ryan (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Eugene May (2)
Engineer: Mst. Sgt. Leslie Maynard *(2)
Radio Operator: TSgt. Joe Denton (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Jamie Daniels *(1)
Port Waist: Sgt. Thomas Vitagliano (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Ralph Hale (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Billie Chapman #(2)

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

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA – 2 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 0)
Bf 109: 5
Me 190: 2
Bf 110: 4

Claims:
Sgt. Billie Chapman - 1 Me 110 KIA ; 1 Bf 109 Prob
Sgt. Jamie Daniels - 1 Bf 109 KIA

Medals and Promotions:
2nd Lt. Christopher Wilson - Purple Heartmb
2nd Lt. Peter Clements - Purple Heartmb

B-17s disposition:
Landed safely at England
Peckham Points: 20 - Repaired Overnight

Replacements:
2nd Lt. John Holmes mb - Recovered
2nd Lt. Carl Spears - Replaces Co-Pilot

Mission Debriefing:
We took off to join the Low Squadron, and positioned ourselves in the middle. We were attacked right at the start, by three zerstörers. Luckily, our excellent fighter cover drove two off, and the last one was bagged by Billie the tail gunner, earning him the title of Ace.
Shortly after, five Bf 109s jumped us from all directions. One of them, attacking from 3 o' clock, wounded the co-pilot and me. Whats more, he also destroyed the landing gear instruments. I cursed loudly, such bad luck from the start! Poor Peter wasn't looking great either. The German returned for another attack run, but got nailed by Jamie, the ball gunner. Another plane came at us from 6 o' clock, got hit by the tail guns, but still damaged our port wing, if only superficially. He turned away, his engine smoking badly. We chalked him up as a probable.
It was very quiet then, not a single fighter attacked us, mainly because of our excellent position.
At the target zone, our fighter cover drove away a single Me 110, climbing at us vertically.
The bomb drop was 30 percent, not terrible by any means. We left the target unopposed, thanks to fighter cover and bad Luftwaffe communications.
Aside from some flak over the Ruhr, nothing happened on our way back home.
I managed to land the plane even with the gears busted. Peter was taken by the medics, but they say the recovery will only take 6 days. I won't fly the next mission with the Mother Hen, for 2nd Lt. John Holmes is recovered by now.
To summarize, it was a successful mission, albeit an uneventful one.

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Christopher Wilson
Command pilot, "Mother Hen" (B-17F-74-DL 42-3535)
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Kyle Macy

“Blue Yonder” B-17F-75-BO 42-29850

Squadron:
154th BS, 281st BG (Heavy)

Mission:
159 (this bomber 2)
Date: 22 February 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany – Junkers Aircraft Factory
Position: Lead

CREW STATUS: KIA=10 / SW=0 / LW=0
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Kyle Macy (2) KIA
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Jack Givens (2) KIA
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. James Lee (2)* KIA
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Rick Robey (2) KIA
Engineer: Sgt. Mike Phillips (2) KIA
Radio Operator: Sgt. Truman Claytor (2) KIA
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Chuck Aleksinas (2) KIA
Port Waist: Sgt. Fred Cowan (2) KIA
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Dwane Casey (2) KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Jay Shiedler (2) KIA

* = 1 Kill
# = 5 Kills

BOMB RUN:
---Bomb Drop: FLAK HIT (BIP) before bombs could be dropped
---Accuracy: N/A

ENEMY FIGHTERS ENCOUNTERED:
6 (KIA-1/ Prob-1/ Damg-4)
Nose 2nd Lt. Lee: 1 Me-109

MEDALS and PROMOTIONS:
2nd Lt. Kyle Macy
2nd Lt. Jack Givens
2nd Lt. James Lee
2nd Lt. Rick Robey
Sgt. Mike Phillips
Sgt. Truman Claytor
Sgt. Chuck Aleksinas
Sgt. Fred Cowan
Sgt. Dwane Casey
Sgt. Jay Shielder

B-17 STATUS:
Destroyed by FLAK (BIP) in tail compartment

REPLACEMENTS:
Louie Dampier
Pat Riley
Thad Jaracz
Larry Conley
Tommy Kron
Cliff Berger
Bob Tallent
Steve Clevenger
Brad Bounds
Jim Lemaster

PECKHAM POINTS:
N/A

MISSION DEBRIEF:
After getting their first mission under their belt the boys were chomping at the bit to get back in the air for more action. On a bright vibrant winter day, we readied Blue Yonder for her second voyage, this time even farther into Germany. The mark, Junkers Aircraft Factory in a town named Aschersleben. The takeoff was smooth. Once we reached our cruising altitude of 20,000 ft., tail gunner Sgt. Shielder commenced razzing his pal Sgt. Casey about beating him in a game of basketball the evening before. Sgt. Casey took it well and told Sgt. Shielder he’d get him next time. Blue Yonder encountered no resistance while over the channel, but once the bird entered the Netherlands’ we were welcomed by 2 Me-190’s. 2nd Lt. Robey was able to damage one rival bird severely, while Sgt. Cowan damaged the other bird, driving them off without a hit to our aircraft. As we glided further into the Netherlands’ we did come across 3 Me-109’s, however they acted like their hearts weren’t in it and peeled off, missing us altogether. All was quiet for us as we entered Germany and proceeded toward our objective. The boys were ready, but were feel pretty good about the light resistance we had encountered thus far. But, all that changed as soon as we neared the target. We were immediately confronted by a lone Me-109. With FLAK all around us, 2nd Lt. Lee destroyed the 109 aircraft in fine fashion. That’s when it happened; FLAK burst inside the tail compartment, instantly killing Sgt. Shielder and ripping the tail completely off the plane. The vessel began spiraling out of control, down and down it went ever faster. No chutes were seen. All crew members of the Blue Yonder perished. Sgt. Casey’s next game with Sgt. Shiedler will never come.
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Target Flak O/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: None (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)


...There is NO Flak on THIS mission in the target zone!!!...


THIS_COULD_BE_ANY_CREWS wrote:
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Kyle Macy

“Blue Yonder” B-17F-75-BO 42-29850

Squadron:
154th BS, 281st BG (Heavy)

Mission:
159 (this bomber 2)
Date: 22 February 1944
Target: Aschersleben, Germany – Junkers Aircraft Factory
Position: Lead

BOMB RUN:
---Bomb Drop: FLAK HIT (BIP) before bombs could be dropped
---Accuracy: N/A

ENEMY FIGHTERS ENCOUNTERED:
6 (KIA-1/ Prob-1/ Damg-4)
Nose 2nd Lt. Lee: 1 Me-109

B-17 STATUS:
Destroyed by FLAK (BIP) in tail compartment

MISSION DEBRIEF:
After getting their first mission under their belt the boys were chomping at the bit to get back in the air for more action. On a bright vibrant winter day, we readied Blue Yonder for her second voyage, this time even farther into Germany. The mark, Junkers Aircraft Factory in a town named Aschersleben. The takeoff was smooth. Once we reached our cruising altitude of 20,000 ft., tail gunner Sgt. Shielder commenced razzing his pal Sgt. Casey about beating him in a game of basketball the evening before. Sgt. Casey took it well and told Sgt. Shielder he’d get him next time. Blue Yonder encountered no resistance while over the channel, but once the bird entered the Netherlands’ we were welcomed by 2 Me-190’s. 2nd Lt. Robey was able to damage one rival bird severely, while Sgt. Cowan damaged the other bird, driving them off without a hit to our aircraft. As we glided further into the Netherlands’ we did come across 3 Me-109’s, however they acted like their hearts weren’t in it and peeled off, missing us altogether. All was quiet for us as we entered Germany and proceeded toward our objective. The boys were ready, but were feel pretty good about the light resistance we had encountered thus far. But, all that changed as soon as we neared the target. We were immediately confronted by a lone Me-109. With FLAK all around us, 2nd Lt. Lee destroyed the 109 aircraft in fine fashion. That’s when it happened; FLAK burst inside the tail compartment, instantly killing Sgt. Shielder and ripping the tail completely off the plane. The vessel began spiraling out of control, down and down it went ever faster. No chutes were seen. All crew members of the Blue Yonder perished. Sgt. Casey’s next game with Sgt. Shiedler will never come.


People Please read the briefing information and the roster post for Lead/Tail positions. THIS MISSION does NOT have flak in the target zone. This was just pointed out a few threads above! Also Gorman's crew in "Alien Nation" has the lead, not Lt. Macy's crew.

Lt. Macy's crew in the “Blue Yonder” (850) will still be lost due to a horrible premature detonation at, "bombs Away", of a bomb that struck another bomb that hung up on the rack. But he was not in the lead position.

MISSION Note: ALL 154th bombers bomb drops will have a -1 to their bomb drop roll due to the concussion from the "Blue Yonder's" violently exploding.

Now boys, lets get our ships home without further incidents! OK?
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Some players may have been confused between "None" and "As per normal rules on O-6 Table".

To new players: please read attentively the briefing information (and even the historical mission breakdown: Flak was nonexistence at the target). Also read other players' posts and AAR, they may give you some more tips.

And if you have any doubt, do like old players: Ask Jim/Jasta6 for clarifications!

Last thing, if anyone of the 153rd write about Flak in target zone, I'll have words with him! angry
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To the group;

I'm sorry about the confusion. I got in a hurry because I'm leaving for vacation this evening and wanted to complete the mission and not hold up the group. Again, I apologize for the disruption and hope my mistake doesn't cost anyone their bomber or any crew members.

Roger
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Streetdog wrote:
To the group;

I'm sorry about the confusion. I got in a hurry because I'm leaving for vacation this evening and wanted to complete the mission and not hold up the group. Again, I apologize for the disruption and hope my mistake doesn't cost anyone their bomber or any crew members.

Roger


Don't worry about it. I think your lost crew from phantom flak will be the worst of it.

p.s. I rolled for flak going in,then realised I didn't have to, then realised I did have to (flying at 10,000 feet). It can get confusing at times
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