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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. For our third day of “Operation Argument” we will continue to pound the Third Reich. Today HQ wants us to visit an old friend …” 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, 16/08/07 DATE CORRECTION 16/08/13 ), 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Sixty:
Date: Thursday, February 24, 1944 (2 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Schweinfurt, Germany. B/I ( Kugelfischer Ball Bearing Works )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
Squadrons bomb load:
Squadrons: 152nd, 153rd & 154th
B-17F’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
B-17G’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
Squadrons: 151st
B-17F’s: 42x 65 lb M47A1 Incendiary bombs
B-17G’s: 42x 65 lb M47A1 Incendiary bombs

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

Gazzetter: (Note; 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: -0 N / Zone 6: -0 N/G / Zone 7: -0 G / Zone 8: 0 G
InBound: Zone 2: -2 W / Zone 3: -1F / Zone 4: -1 F / Zone 5: -1 F / Zone 6: -1 F / Zone 7: -0 G / Zone 8: -0 G

Target Flak O/B: Medium (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: Medium (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Sporadic Flak: 1x Light* (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.


Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Poor 4/10 Clear (-1 modifiers to G-9 or G-10 Tables)
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: Smoke Cover 3/10 Cloud Cover (No modifier to the B-2, O-2 & M-4 table & -1 modifier to the O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(355th Fighter Group P47’s O/B to Zone 5 & 20th Fighter Group P38’s O/B Zone 6 to Zone 8 & I/B all Zones)
Zone 2 outbound: good
Zone 3 outbound: good
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: good
Zone 7 outbound: good
Zone 8 outbound: fair
Zone 8 inbound: fair
Zone 7 inbound: good
Zone 6 inbound: good
Zone 5 inbound: good
Zone 4 inbound: good
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: good

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 encounter JG26 on this mission, by rolling for their appearance in Zone 3 and Zone 4. Your die roll, to encounter Bf109s of JG26, will be as 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.

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 160 was The Mighty Eighth’s Mission 233. The 1BD was dispatched to Schweinfurt. The 3BD went to Rostock. The 2BD went to Gotha and Eisenach. 809 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to their respective targets with 533 B-17 and 213 B-24 making it to the target. Fourty-four B-17’s & B-24’s bombers were lost, One hundred and eighty-eight planes were damaged and two planes were classified as Category-E. Five crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, eleven crewmen were wounded with four hundred and thirty-four reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 767 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 38 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of 10 of their own. (Source: “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A. Freeman, page186-187)

The 303rd operation notes, from their mission report: mission 112,
February 24th mission: Information from the 303rd states that the escort fighter cover was very effective again, keeping the jerries’ away from the bomber groups. Weather reported over the target was good so the 303rd bombed visually with great results. Flak was reported as moderate to intense and accurate. Almost a third of the 303rd bomber’s were damaged by flak. Enemy fighter cover was very active this mission. Yet the fighter for the Allies was very good keeping most of the Luftwaffe’s fighters at bay. The 303rd lost two aircraft to enemy fighters.

Note of interest:
JG26 put up aircraft prior to the Eighth crossed the continent’s coast. Putting them into position to attack the two lead elements, 1CW and the 2CW, who were early to the rendezvous point with their escort. This left them exposed to some vicious attacks until the escort fighters could catch up to them. Then again refueling and rearming to catch the retreating bomber stream as the egressed back to England. JG26 accounted for twelve of the downed fortresses, two B-17s were “herausschuss” ((HSS): meaning stragglers). JG26 were responsible for the downing five escort fighters, 3 P-47s, one P-38 and one P-51. Five JG26 pilots were killed with a further two injured. (Source: JG26 Luftwaffe Fighter Wing War Diary Volume Two: 1943-45, by Donald Caldwell, pages 217-219)


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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 160 [Schweinfurt B/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: Capt Shakespeare's Crew in "Minnie the Moocher" (B-17G-60-B0 42-102819)
---- Tail: Capt Stark's Crew in " Winter Fell" (B-17G-95-DL 44-83714)


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

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

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

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


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

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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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Please note that I have not been able to supply numbers for last missions lost aircraft. All replacements will be B-17G's. Any spares will be B-17F's.

I hope to have this rectified by Thursday of this week.
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Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

Thanks!
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Colonel Donnelly sir

Your clerk needs some flying lessons and we would be more than happy to show him the view over Germany from 20,000 ft...
He has the squadron rosters all cockeyed, the 151st was due to be rotated to lead , sir

Pilot:Capt' William "Will" Shakespeare
Command: Minnie the Moocher (B-17G-60-B0 42-102819)
would like to volunteer as lead , sir


We're a feisty crew, and want to light up the target like a Roman Candle for the other squadrons


Capt' Will Shakespeare

( Will be name, Will by nature )
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aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

Thanks!


The normal rotation of squadrons would have 154th high, 151st lead, 152nd low, 153rd low-low; 151st led on mission 156 and there is a cycle of four. Therefore, I would suggest following that rotation if you have to fly before HQ clarifies the briefing sheet.
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David Grabiner wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

Thanks!


The normal rotation of squadrons would have 154th high, 151st lead, 152nd low, 153rd low-low; 151st led on mission 156 and there is a cycle of four. Therefore, I would suggest following that rotation if you have to fly before HQ clarifies the briefing sheet.


Agreed. I would have been inclined to follow the squadron position link in the briefing above.

Thanks! And good luck to all crews....
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aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

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Bombing altitude is fine, but the squadron rotation is off.

Yes follow the squadron position page as written,

Mission 160:
Date:
154th BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
151st BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
152nd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
153rd BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD

As it is late I will fix this in the morning or at lunch tomorrow.
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After Action Report:

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) (2nd Mission)

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

MISSION: One Hundred and Sixty:

Date: Thursday, February 24, 1944 (2 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Schweinfurt, Germany. Kugelfischer Ball Bearing Werks

Position: Middle

Crew Status: KIA=0/ SW=1 / LW=0 / Frostbite=0
Pilot – 2nd Lt. Neil Barber (2)
Co-Pilot - Ben Coates (2)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Herbert Blackmon (8) * - (SW-IH)
Navigator – 2nd Lt. William Dobbs (8)
Engineer - MSgt. Ernie Galloway (2)
Radio Operator - TSgt. Joseph Fink (8)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Harold Stone (8) #
Port Waist – Sgt. Hank McDuffie (8)
Starboard Waist - Sgt. Lloyd Holbrook (8) **
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Angelo Cannon (8) #**

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

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA – 2 / Prob – 0 / Damaged – 0)

Claims:
H. Blackmon (1) ME109
A. Cannon (1) ME410

B-17s Disposition: Navigator Controls inoperable, Radio out, Starboard Flap damaged, Raft unusable, (1) Port Wing Root hit, (3) hits of a superficial nature.

Peckham Points: 63 (Repairable Overnight)

Mission Debriefing:
Just started the mission when we spotted (2) JU88's in zone 2. The Germans knew all about where we were headed apparently. Fortunately our escorts were on their game today and drove these and an additional (12) bandits off over the course of the day!

A few more bogies were spotted and our bombardier was able to knock down his first plane, a 109. He'd pay for it later with a serious flak wound after the bomb run.

In the target zone, other 151st ships drove off an incoming wave, but we received a pretty good scare when a sister ship nearby threw a fifty caliber shell into our fully loaded bomb bay. It missed the bombs, but we're not sure how. What a way to go at the hands of a stray friendly shell!!

Sporadic flak took out our starboard wing flap and it gave the old girl enough movement during the bomb run to throw off the drop - 0% of the eggs hit the intended area.

Inbound was where we took a fair amount of flak damage. Herb in the nose took a large splinter into his right thigh, but he will live and be sent back to the States. The radio was knocked out, the raft above the radio room ended up in two pieces and the other two shells did minimal damage to the port wing and tail section. Angelo in the rear lined up a 410 and shot him down for his 7th confirmed kill.

Not much action the rest of the way, but that was due to to our little friends providing excellent coverage as the Luftwaffe followed us all the way back.

Landing was a little iffy as well. The base was covered in sloppy weather and we bounced in with a rather rough landing.

We'll turn the ship over to the boys to repair and expect they'll have her ready for the next go. Let's hope it's a nice little hop to France and back?

Pilot 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887)
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jasta6 wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

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Bombing altitude is fine, but the squadron rotation is off.

Yes follow the squadron position page as written,

Mission 160:
Date:
154th BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
151st BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
152nd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
153rd BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD

As it is late I will fix this in the morning or at lunch tomorrow.




Winterfell will take the honour of flying Tail-End Charlie.

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When are AARs due? The mission brief says, "Second Saturday 16/08/07." The Second Saturday would be 13 August. Maybe I'm still shaken up from the unexpected flak on the last mission.
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When are AARs due? The mission brief says, "Second Saturday 16/08/07." The Second Saturday would be 13 August. Maybe I'm still shaken up from the unexpected flak on the last mission.


Colonel's clerk will be seeing the view down the latrines very shortly...
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When are AARs due? The mission brief says, "Second Saturday 16/08/07." The Second Saturday would be 13 August. Maybe I'm still shaken up from the unexpected flak on the last mission.


You are correct! ARR's are due on the 13th. Also the squadron positions have been fixed too.
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gamer72 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

Thanks!


Bombing altitude is fine, but the squadron rotation is off.

Yes follow the squadron position page as written,

Mission 160:
Date:
154th BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
151st BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
152nd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
153rd BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD

As it is late I will fix this in the morning or at lunch tomorrow.




Winterfell will take the honour of flying Tail-End Charlie.


granted.

Please, everyone when volunteering, for Lead/Tail, include your crew and aircraft's information so I don't have to search old threads, or worst it's not available yet, for this info. This helps me out immensely.
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jasta6 wrote:
gamer72 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
aerogoose wrote:
Jim,
The bombing altitude list differ from the squadron position page. Just wanted to see which takes precedence. (Especially since the 151st was scheduled to be tucked safely away in the middle)whistle

Thanks!


Bombing altitude is fine, but the squadron rotation is off.

Yes follow the squadron position page as written,

Mission 160:
Date:
154th BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
151st BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
152nd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
153rd BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD

As it is late I will fix this in the morning or at lunch tomorrow.




Winterfell will take the honour of flying Tail-End Charlie.


granted.

Please, everyone when volunteering, for Lead/Tail, include your crew and aircraft's information so I don't have to search old threads, or worst it's not available yet, for this info. This helps me out immensely.


Captain Stark, piloting B-17G - 95 - DL 44 - 83714 Winterfell, reports that aforementioned Winterfell has returned safely to Elveden, albeit with several wounded crew and one fatality. Full report to follow after debriefing.

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8th Air Force Support Command https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIII_Air_Support_Command
Historical Note 1: The B-26 units were transferred to the 9th Air Force on Oct 16, 1943.
Historical Note 2: The 1st Pathfinder Squadron (M) was activated on February 16, 1944 and one Pathfinder B-26 flown by Major Porter, the 1st Pathfinder Squadron Commanding Officer, led 17 B-26s from the 322nd Bomb Group on February 21, 1944 to Coxyde in Belgium.

February 24, 1944
670th Bomb Group, [geekurl=http://http://themarauderstrikes.magnuskimura.se/#post352]104th Bomb Wing[/geekurl]

The main force is going to Scweinfurt to the ball bearing factory.The Support Command will send bombers to cover the inbound leg when the main force returns from Scweinfurt. The target will be the airfield at Cambrai/Epinoy! This area is defended by JG 1 and JG 26. Keep your eyes open! The objective is - as many times before - to draw fighters from the main force, bomb the airfield, make it impossible for fighters to use.

After Action Report
1240th Squadron, 670th Bomb Group
B-26C Crew Chief: Msgt Nick Hammond/+2

MYSTERIOUS MADAM MILLICENT (6 missions (28 with B-26B-4)

Crew
Pilot: Cpt Gabriel Cahill (44)
Co-Pilot: 1Lt Sheldon Wilkes (30)
Bombardier/Navigator:
Bombardier: HQ 1Lt
Navigator: 1Lt Keith Winthrop (25)
Radio Operator: Sgt Warren Rand (21)
Engineer: SSgt Leon Gibson (36)
Armorer: SSgt Edgar Feuer (36) claims 1x109 FBO
Tail Gunner/Observer:

Position in Flight: Box 2, Lead, Lead group
Altitude: 6000 ft (9000ft over Lille)
Initial Point: 1 (3)
Fighter Cover: Good close escort
Enemy Resistance: Light
Weather Forecast: Very bad (VB to Bad over Lille)
Secondary Target: Lille/Vendeville
Flak: Medium (Heavy over Lille)
Formation Casulties: Low #2.
Bomb Load: 2x 2000
Bomb Run: SECONDARY BOMBED
Box 1: Good
Box 2: Off
Tail Group - Box 1:
Tail Group - Box 2:
Target Damage Assessment:
External Damage:
Internal Damage: #2 prop governor; Right main brake.
Superficial Damage: Armorer's station; Pilot compartment.
Mechanical Failure:
Mission Description
Over Audincthun a wave of 109s attacked. One of the bandits was damaged by the our little friends, but he pressed on his attacked and came within firing range of Armorer Feuer's tail turret. He fired and drove him off.

The weather over the primary was very bad and the target area was completely covered by cloud. The mission commander decided to go to the secondary at Lille/Vendeville instead. We saw no flak or fighters over Cambrai. (Play-test note: Must revise the secondary target turn sequence rule.) This change in course disrupted the formation and we were now flying in a loose box and my flight was also loose.

Over Lille the weather was bad, a bit better than forecasted. No fighters attacked. Flak was moderate, inaccurate. Low #2 was hit and left the formation. I was hit and took damage in several places.

Box 1 was on. My bombardier did not find the aim point but bombed at an estimated aim point. We were off target. Did not have enough fuel to go around.

There was no flak when we left the target and no more fighters attacked.


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Captain Gabriel Cahill

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After Action Report #C7M10
February 24, 1944

Pilot: Captain Stanley Franklin
Aircraft name (Serial #): "Belle of Moline" (B-17G-15-DL 42-37863)
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Fox
Mission #: 160 (AC: 9/Pilot: 11)
Primary Target: Kugelfischer Ball Bearing Works, Schweinfurt, Germany
Secondary Target: None
Position P/S: Middle/Low-Low


Crew/Status/Actions: (KIA= 1/SW= 1/LW= 2/FB= 0)
Pilot: Capt Stanley Franklin/OK
-Distinguished Service Cross
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-Missions Completed: 11
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Donald van Vliet/LW
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 3
Bombardier: 1st Lt Buddy Klein/OK
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal w/ three bronze oak leaf clusters
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 4.5
-Missions Completed: 11
Navigator: F/O Chet Kemp/OK
-Purple Heart with cluster
-Air Medal w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 11
Flt Engineer: T/Sgt Hubert Ingram/LW
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal w/ two bronze oak leaf clusters
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 12
-Missions Completed: 11
R/O: T/Sgt Reid Pugh/OK
-Air Medal
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 6
Ball Gnr: Sgt Carson King/OK
-Purple Heart w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-Air Medal w/ two bronze oak leaf clusters
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 3
-Missions Completed: 3
Port Wst: Sgt Warren Starr/LW+SW=KIA
-Purple Heart w/ three bronze oak leaf clusters
-Air Medal
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 3
Strb Wst: Sgt Robert Carson/OK
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 2
Tail Gnr: Sgt Harold O'Neill/SW
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 2

Bomb Drop: ON
Bombing Accuracy: 30%
Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb. AN M43 bombs
Bombing Altitude: 19,500 feet

Enemy Aircraft Encountered: (KIA= 8/Prob= 0/Damg= 3)

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
1st Lieutenant Buddy Klein: Oak leaf cluster for Air Medal
2nd Lieutenant Donald van Vliet: Purple Heart
Technical Sergeant Hubert Ingram: Oak leaf for Distinguished Flying Cross
Sergeant Warren Starr: Oak leaf cluster for Purple Heart (posthumous)
Sergeant Harold O'Neill: Purple Heart
Sergeant Robert Carson: Air Medal
Sergeant Carson King: Two bronze oak leaf cluster for Air Medal

B-17 Status: 369 pts CAT-E

Mission Description:

Things just have a way of piling up, don't they? Fighter cover was about the best I've ever seen. Kept them off of us or I don't know what would've happened. They need to train the damn tail gunners better; every time this old girl's been beaten up its been from behind. The gunner's got a perfect shot, he blows it, and we all suffer. O'Neill's got his rocking chair money, but we're sending Starr home in a box and the Belle off to the scrapper.

Whole rear end is nearly shot off, started over France and kept going. Focke-Wulf's sprayed down both wings, shot up the control surfaces pretty bad so Don and I had to wrestle her all the way home. Can't really feel my hands yet, got beat up so much, him with shrapnel in his side. Fighters definitely saved us on the return leg, and coming over France. Got peppered by ack ack but Buddy kept her on target.

Lost the intercom again, but the boys are pretty well used to that now. In fact, I think it sharpens them up. Hub got three quarters of his kills after it went down, King both of his. Maybe they were more careless. 109s with markings I didn't recognize.

Set her down at the Hall and Hall met me shaking his head. They've already patched her too much to begin with, with all the rear end damage they'd have to fix it just isn't worth it, so off to the boneyard she goes.

Capt. Stan Franklin
Belle of Moline (B-17G-15-DL 42-37863)
153rd BS, 218st BG(H)

Replacements:

Tail Gunner
Waist Gunner

Notes:
Good to be back, to immediately lose my ship. Wouldn't be QotS if that didn't happen!
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Pilot: Pilot Officer John McAlpine
B17: B-17G-80-DL 44-83414 - Crackers

Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 160 (this bomber 2)
Target: Schweinfurt, Germany. B/I (Ball bearing Factory )
Position: (Low/Hiding in middle)

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

Pilot: PO John McAlpine (2)
Copilot: PO Leonard Sheald (2)
Bombardier: P.O. John Robertson***(2) 2*109
Navigator: PO John Minogue **(7)
Engineer: Sgt. Mike Steel **(3)
Radio Operator: Cpl Larry Webber (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt John Manning***(4)
Port Waist: Cpl Andrew Daniels (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Brian Varey *(2) 1*109 FBOA
Tail Gunner: Fl.Sgt Tony Hays
X***(17) 1*109FBOA

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

Fighters Encountered:
Me109: 11
Me110: 1
Fw190: 1

Fighters Claimed:
Destroyed: 2*109
Probable: 2*109
Damaged: 0

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Nil


B17 Condition Report: 0 hits, no damage


Peckham Points = 0
Repaired overnight, ready for next mission (After muttered comments from the Crew Chief regarding rough handling, young pilots and flight training being of a generally poor standard now-days).


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Nil

Mission Debrief:
For such a long mission there really isn’t much to say.

We were first intercepted by some 109s off the continental coast, where John in the nose bagged his first for the mission. Some light flak saw us across Holland and into Germany, but nothing of consequence.
Over Schweinfurt our fighter cover was very effective, while the Jerry flak was not. The smoke ruined John’s aim and nobody noticed where the bombs went.

The flight home was reasonably quiet. John picked up his second 109 and our fighter cover was again spectacular.

My landing was a tad rough (rolled snake eyes), but I’m assured Crackers wasn’t cracked up too badly.

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P.O. John McAlpine
Crackers (B-17G-80-DL 44-83414)
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Good to be back, to immediately lose my ship. Wouldn't be QotS if that didn't happen!


I believe you're at least the third one to have this happen.yuk
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Edward McLaughlin
B-17: Lucky Strike (B-17F-95-B0 42-30262) (1st Mission)

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

MISSION: #160

Date: Thursday, February 24, 1944
Primary Target: Schweinfurt, Germany. Kugelfischer Ball Bearing Werks

Position: Middle/Middle

Crew Status: KIA=0/ SW=0 / LW=0 / Frostbite=0

PLT: 2Lt. Edward McLaughlin (1)
CPLT: 2Lt. Bernard Woodson (1)
BMBD: 2Lt. Cleve Roberts (1)
NAV: 2Lt. Cornelius "Corndog" Olszewski (1)
ENG: MSgt. Robert Black (1)
RO: SSgt. John Albrecht (1)
BT: Sgt. Lawerence Ward (1)
SWG: Sgt. Raymond Lawson (1)
PWG: Sgt. Lawerence Phillips (1)
TG: Sgt. Johnny Russell (1) *

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

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA - 1 / Prob - 1 / Damg - 0)
16 Total (Me109 [x7] Me110 [x5], Fw190 [x4]
11 Driven off

Claims:
KIA
- Tail Gunner Sgt. Johnny Russell: ME109 [x1]
Prob
- Navigator 2Lt. “Corndog”: ME109 [x1]

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s Disposition: Returned
- 1x Rudder hit
- 2x hits of a superficial nature.

Peckham Points: 12 (Repairable Overnight)

Mission Debriefing:
The “Lucky Strike” lived up to her name with no enemy encounters until we reached zone 5. Our first encounter was a lone 110 that broke through coming in a sneaky vertical climb but the boys of the 355th drove this last fighter away.

In Zone 6 we we spotted by some ground defenses and had some sporadic flak flying around but there was no damage we could see…. just a few nerves rattled.

Closing in on the target, somewhere near Kassel we were jumped when the 355th was drawn away. We had a 109 coming in 1030 Level and a 110 at 1030 Low. These German pilots knew right where to strike: Ward in the Ball Turret aimed at the 110 Low and Corndog took the port cheek gun and aimed at the 109 at 1030 Level with neither was able to score any hits. The 110 was unable to hit but the 109 did some superficial damage to the nose area of the aircraft before looping around and coming in at 1330 Level this time. Corndog was able to flip to the Starboard cheek gun in time to land some solid hits as the 109 was seem trailing black smoke before vanishing.

Cleve was able to pick out the target through the smoke while Flak burst all around without finding us. A decent drop on target delivered a 30% payload before we turned for home. By now the German AA was starting to zero in and our tail was hits twice: once in the rudder and the other damage was superficial. The two 109 that targeted us were turned away by the lads of the 20th fighter group.

The flight to the Belgian / French border was quiet, but once we turned toward England we were jumped by another 4 fighters with only one being driven off. Johnny drew the luck of a Green Pilot coming in at 0600 Low and with a steady hand was able to shoot the plane down. The rest of the crew tried their best but were unable to land any hits. Fortunately the Germans had equally poor luck and peeled off as the 355th fighters came to our aid.

We encounters another two waves on the way back (two 110s, two 109s, and a 190) but all were driven off by the 20th once more. Without their support this could have been a terrible first sortie.

Even with the poor weather at base we had an easy landing and everyone was glad to be home.

The mechanics were surprised at how little work we brought them back… maybe they’ll get a break from overtime if everyone else has similar fortune. For our rookie flight we did well, but we won’t get took cocky as the winds of fortune can change quickly at 20,00 feet….

Pilot 2nd Lt. Edward McLaughlin
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B-17: B-17G-105-B0 43-39102, Ace of Hearts ILO 17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F RF
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 160 (Bomber 1)
MISSION DATE: 24 Feb 1944
Primary TARGET: Schweinfurt, Germany. B/I (Kugelfischer Ball Bearing Works)
Secondary Target:
Position: Middle Squadron, 20,000 ft

Crew Status: (LW-0 / SW-0 / KIA-0 / FB-0)
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: Capt Michael Garfield (26) [0]
Co-Pilot: 2LT Michael MacArthur (3) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Patrick McDonald (5) [2]
Navigator: 2LT Samuel (Sam) Iverson (4) [0]
Engineer: MSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (16) [19] LC **
Radio Operator: Sgt Louis (LB) Carson (12) [3] LC
Ball Gunner: Cpl Douglas (Doug) Dunbar (4) [1]
Port Waist: Sgt Curtis (Curt) Drew (13) [1] LC *
Starboard Waist: Sgt Herbert (Herb) Elliott (16) [2] LC *
Tail Gunner: Cpl Steven Davidson (3) [1]

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

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

Enemy Fighters: (KIA – 4 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 0)
Bf 109 1=1 Undamaged
FW 190 15=4 KIA, 1 Probable, 1 to 355th, 5 to 20th, 4 Undamaged (4 Green)
Total 16

Claims:
MSgt Allen Emerson: 2x FW 190
Sgt Curtis Drew: FW190
Sgt Herbert Elliot: FW 190

Medals and Promotions:
2LT Smauel Iverson: Air Medal
Cpl Douglas Dunbar: Air Medal

B-17 Disposition
: Returned
B-17 Damage: Superficial x1 (1), #3 Engine: NE (15+5), Port Flap Inoperable (10), Starboard Wing Root x1 (25) = 56 Peckham Points, AC ready next day

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:

Flying Ace of Hearts while Natty Nan is undergoing repairs, we took off from Elveden Hall and assumed our position within the middle squadron of the formation. Rendezvous with P47s from the 355th FG occurred on schedule and we were on our way over the North Sea where we were met by four FW 190s. Our Little Friends drove off one bandit, leaving us to deal with the other three, and deal we did! Al (MSgt Emerson) and Herb (Sgt Elliot) each flamed a 190 while Cpl Davidson sent a third one uncertainly limping for home.

We didn’t face any more Jerries until target ingress when two waves of EA attacked, finding us despite the poor weather. First up were five more 190s. By this time the 20th FG had relieved the 355th and two bandits fell to the ‘Twin-Tailed Devils.’ Curt (Sgt Drew) shot the tail of another. The two remaining 190s sought less lethal targets. An attempted second wave was held at bay by fire from the rest of the formation. While the poor visibility didn’t seem to bother the German fighters, their Flak gunners couldn’t seem to find the mark. Despite avoiding any damage from Flak, 2LT MacDonald was unable to identify the target through the heavy smoke screen Jerry had laid out below. While I’m sure our bombs fell on Schweinfurt, that’s the best I can say.

The German gunners got a break, and a hit, on target egress. We lost the port flap, took some damage to the starboard wing root, and a few superficial dings. Coming out of the Flak a lone Bf 109 attacked. Jerry was both missed and missed. Once again an attempted second wave was thwarted by formation fire. Near the Belgian/French border a 20th FG P-38 chased off a curious FW 190. South of Lille five FW 190s made for us. P-38s engaged two, Al (MSgt Emerson) took another out of play, and the last two bandits missed.

After that it was smooth flying until we hit the weather over Elveden. Despite the poor conditions, the landing went off without a hitch. With no crew injuries and Natty Nan scheduled to be back on line tomorrow, we’ll be ready to go. Ace of Hearts is returned to the spare pool.

Submitted by Michael Garfield, Capt USAAF, commanding
B-17: B-17G-105-B0 43-39102, Ace of Hearts ILO B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
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mixykym wrote:
Colonel Donnelly sir

Your clerk needs some flying lessons and we would be more than happy to show him the view over Germany from 20,000 ft...
He has the squadron rosters all cockeyed, the 151st was due to be rotated to lead , sir

Pilot:Capt' William "Will" Shakespeare
Command: Minnie the Moocher (B-17G-60-B0 42-102819)
would like to volunteer as lead , sir


We're a feisty crew, and want to light up the target like a Roman Candle for the other squadrons


Capt' Will Shakespeare

( Will be name, Will by nature )


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Damjon wrote:
mastermunster wrote:

Good to be back, to immediately lose my ship. Wouldn't be QotS if that didn't happen!


I believe you're at least the third one to have this happen.yuk


It means I get to badger my girlfriend for more nose art, so it isn't a total loss
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