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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. We embark on our final day of Big week with a trip 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, 16/09/04 ), 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Sixty-one:
Date: Friday, February 25, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Augsburg, Germany. A/I ( Messerschmitt A/C Factory )
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None

Bomb Load:
Squadrons bomb load:
Squadrons: 151st, 152nd & 153rd
B-17F’s: 6x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
B-17G’s: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs
Squadrons: 154th
B-17F’s: 3x 1000 lb M44
B-17G’s: 6x 1000 lb M44

Bombing Altitude: 22,100 ft. (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 22,350 ft. (151st BS)
Lead Squadron 22,100 ft. (152nd BS) Lead
Low Squadron 21,850 ft. (153rd BS)
Low/Low Squadron 21,600 ft. (154th BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound/ InBound: Zone 2: -3 W / Zone 3: -1 F / Zone 4: -2 F / Zone 5: -1 F / Zone 6: -0 F/G / Zone 7: -1 G / Zone 8: -1 G / Zone 9: -0 G / Zone 10: -0

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


Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Good 2/10 Clear (No modifiers to G-9 or G-10 Tables)
Outbound to Target: Z2-P / Z3-G / Z4- P / Z5- G / Z6- G / Z7- P / Z8- B / Z9- G (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
Inbound from Target: Z2-P / Z3-G / Z4- P / Z5- G / Z6- G / Z7- P / Z8- B / Z9- G (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
At Target: Good 1/10 Cloud Cover (No modifier to the B-2, O-2 & M-4 table & -0 modifier to the O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(4th Fighter Group P47’s O/B to Zone 5 & 354th Fighter Group P51’s O/B Zone 6 to Zone 10 & I/B all Zones)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: fair
Zone 7 outbound: fair
Zone 8 outbound: fair
Zone 9 outbound: poor
Zone 10 outbound: none
Zone 10 inbound: poor
Zone 9 inbound: poor
Zone 8 inbound: fair
Zone 7 inbound: fair
Zone 6 inbound: fair
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: fair
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: poor

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 Light (2D6= Historical) (2 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: (should have been added)
For extra-long range missions, to Zone 8 or beyond, or Poor weather, 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/weather 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!



Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
Mission Break Down:
Our Mission 161 was The Mighty Eighth’s Mission 235. The 1BD was dispatched to Augsburg & Stuttgart. The 3BD went to Regensburg. The 2BD went to Fürth. 754 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to their respective targets with 513 B-17 and 172 B-24 making it to the target. Thirty-one B-17’s & B-24’s bombers were lost, Fourty-four planes were damaged and two planes were classified as Category-E. Four crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, twenty-six crewmen were wounded with three hundred and one reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 899 P-38’s, P-47’s and P-51’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with 26 enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of three of their own. (Source: “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A. Freeman, page188)

The 303rd operation notes, from their mission report: mission 113,
February 25th mission: Information from the 303rd states one squadron was part of a composite group, with the 384th, that went to Stuttgart. (which we are not simulating) Both these groups encountered moderate and intense flak, As well enemy fighter opposition was weak. With fighter cover late over the target leaving the bombardment groups to fight off what enemy fighters there were by themselves.

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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 161 [Augsburg 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: PO McAlpine's crew in "Crackers" (B-17G-80-DL 44- 83414)
---- Tail: 2nd Lt. MacDougal's Crew in "Queen Bee" (B-17F-75-B0 42-29883)


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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Bombing Altitude: 22,100 ft. (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 22,350 ft. (151st BS)
Lead Squadron 22,100 ft. (152nd BS) Lead
Low Squadron 21,850 ft. (153rd BS) Tail
Low/Low Squadron 21,600 ft. (154th BS)


Begging the Colonel's pardon but shouldn't the 154th BS be Tail for this mission, not the 153rd (again).
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Sir , Pilot Officer McAlpine, of Crackers (B-17G-80-DL 44- 83414) , requests to lead the Squadron.
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holdeni wrote:
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Bombing Altitude: 22,100 ft. (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 22,350 ft. (151st BS)
Lead Squadron 22,100 ft. (152nd BS) Lead
Low Squadron 21,850 ft. (153rd BS) Tail
Low/Low Squadron 21,600 ft. (154th BS)


Begging the Colonel's pardon but shouldn't the 154th BS be Tail for this mission, not the 153rd (again).


It's a typo, the 154th is tail for mission 161.

From the squadron position roster linked above:

Mission 161:
Date:
151st BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
152nd BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
153rd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
154th BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD
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Damjon wrote:
holdeni wrote:
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Bombing Altitude: 22,100 ft. (High Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 22,350 ft. (151st BS)
Lead Squadron 22,100 ft. (152nd BS) Lead
Low Squadron 21,850 ft. (153rd BS) Tail
Low/Low Squadron 21,600 ft. (154th BS)


Begging the Colonel's pardon but shouldn't the 154th BS be Tail for this mission, not the 153rd (again).


It's a typo, the 154th is tail for mission 161.

From the squadron position roster linked above:

Mission 161:
Date:
151st BS__High Position (Gazetteer Modifier +0)
152nd BS__Middle Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1) LEAD SQD
153rd BS__Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier -1)
154th BS__Low-Low Position (Gazetteer Modifier +1) TAIL SQD
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD


Sorry this was part of split group I had hoped to present this mission. But I had some issues with working the two targets so I opted to just load up the 154th with the 1000lbs'ers. I missed moving the tail back down to the 154th BS. Damo is correct the 154th IS the tail for this mission.
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Sir , Pilot Officer McAlpine, of Crackers (B-17G-80-DL 44- 83414) , requests to lead the Squadron.


Granted!
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Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini
B-17: Glacier Pilot (B-17G-45-BO 42-97207)
– 2nd mission

Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Date: Tuesday February 25th, 1944
Mission: one hundred and sixty-one (bombers 2nd mission)
Target: Augsburg, Germany. Messerschmitt A/C Factory
Position: Low (Gazetteer Modifier -1)

Crew Status: KIA=3 / SW=0 / LW=2 (Frostbite=0)
Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini (2) –
Copilot: 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Michaelson (2) – Light Wound
Navigator: 2nd Lieutenant Jack Riley (2) - KIA
Bombardier: 2nd Lieutenant George Carpenter (2) – KIA – 1/2
Engineer: Master Sergeant Raymond Page (2) -
Radio Operator: Technical Sergeant Brock Smith (1) - KIA
Ball Turret: Sergeant Thomas Acker (2) – *
Port Waist: Sergeant Claud Moreno (2) –
Starboard Waist: Sergeant George Brenner (2) - 1/2
Tail gunner: Sergeant Dave Pinkernell (2) - Light Wound - **

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

Bomb Run
Bomb Load: 12x 500-lb. A.N. M43 Bombs
Bomb Altitude: 21,850 ft (High)
Bomb Drop: aborted
Accuracy: 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered 28: 12-FW190s, 7-ME109s, 9-ME110s.
KIA: 3-ME110, Probable: 2-FW190, 1-ME110

Claims:
Sgt. Pinkernell: 2 ME-110s KIA, 1 FW-190 Probable
Sgt. Acker: ½ ME-110 KIA, 1 ME-110 Probable, 1 FW-190 Probable
Sgt. Carpenter: ½ ME-110 KIA

Medals and Promotions:
Copilot: 2nd Lieutenant Herbert – Purple Heart
Navigator: 2nd Lieutenant Jack Riley – Purple Heart (Posthumous)
Bombardier: 2nd Lieutenant George Carpenter – Purple Heart (Posthumous)
Radio Operator: Technical Sergeant Brock Smith – Purple Heart (Posthumous)
Tail gunner: Sergeant Dave Pinkernell – Purple Heart

B-17s disposition:
179 Peckham Points – 3 day repair time. Available Feb 29th. (43 shell hits)
20 superficial hits, Bombardier KIA, Navigator KIA, Radio Operator KIA, Copilot LW, Tail gunner LW, propeller feathering instruments control cables, Radio Room Oxygen, Port Wing Root, Starboard Wing Root, Rudder, Port Waist Heat, Port Wing Flap (no effect), Tailplane (no effect).

Replacement Crew Available:
1. Copilot: 2nd Lieutenant Dean Carson (5)
2. Navigator: 2nd Lieutenant Michael Mader (5) **
3. Radio Operator: Technical Sergeant Kurt Harpel (5)
4. Starboard Waist: Sergeant Michael Hosking (5) *
5. Tail gunner: Sergeant Deimos Smith (5) *

Mission Description:
It was nice to be tucked into the middle of the mission for this flight. Balancing this out, fighter support was noticeably lighter than on our last mission, and as a result a lot more enemy fighters got close enough to shoot at us.

Our flight was uneventful until we until we crossed over into Germany where we encountered a ME-109 and a ME-110. A P-51 dove in and drove off the ME-109, and Sgt Acker in the ball turret got a good shot in on the ME-110, causing it to break off after its first pass. Continuing into Germany we encountered another 3 ME-110s without difficulty, with tailgunner Sgt. Pinkernell downing a ME-110 that was trying to sneak up out tail. A few minutes later we encountered another flight of 3 ME-110s, with the Sgt Acker and the bombardier both getting hits on a ME-110, and bringing it down.

Augsburg was a nightmare. As we started our approach we were approached by a Focke Wulf coming in at 10:30 high. Shells from the FW hit the bomb bay hitting the bombs but not setting anything off and causing minor damage to the radio room and the tail. The FW made another pass, this time causing minor damage to the port wing, while a ME 110 came at us in a vertical climb, hitting us with a burst of cannon fire that walked along the fuselage. Our bombardier, Sgt. Carpenter, was seriously wounded in the leg by a shell fragment. We were also hit in the pilot’s compartment, and this hit destroyed the instrumentation for feathering the engines. In the back other crew members reported hits in the bomb bay, radio room, waist and tail, with no serious damage. On the approach Flak caused some minor damage, but nothing serious. However with Carpenter wounded, we were unable to release our bombs on the target.

Leaving the target, we again ran into flak. This time it was more serious. Multiple flak bursts sent shrapnel into the nose, fatally wounding Carpenter, and twice wounding our navigator Sgt Riley. Then the fighters returned. It seemed like we had FW 190s coming at us from every direction. The ball and tail gunners both got serious hits on two the FWs as they made passes causing them to break off. One FW 190 coming in at 9 level seemed particularly skilled. He evaded our fire, and hit our plane several times. Smith, the radio operator, reported losing oxygen in the radio compartment, as well as damage to the control cables. As soon as these fighters departed we sent Smith up to nose to check on Carpenter and Riley. He found Carpenter dead, and Riley badly wounded. Smith reported that there wasn’t much he could do for Riley other than make him comfortable. Smith did manage to activate the bomb release switch and lighten the plane so that we could stay in formation on the way back.

As we passed over Ulm Germany we had a group of 4 Focke Wulfs come at us. This time they didn’t seem as determined, and two of the pilots seemed noticeably unskilled. That didn’t really matter much because our fighter cover was nowhere to be seen and the enemy fighters could take their time as they lined up their approaches. Acker in the ball turret managed to get another probable, but it wasn’t enough. Our plane was repeatedly hit as plane after plane lined up and strafed us. Co-pilot Michaelson, received a minor wound to the arm by a piece of shrapnel. Sgt. Moreno at the port waist gunner reported that his heat was out. Checking the plane I saw several hits on the port wing including the flaps area, but everthing continued to be functional. The rudder felt a little funny, but seemed to be working. Sgt Moreno gunner did a quick inspection, and reported minor damage to the waist area and radio room, but nothing serious. With his heat out, he joined Smith in the nose and took the navigator’s position.

As we were approaching the French border we were hit by another group of four planes. Fortunately they were unable to do any damage, and the tail turret shot down another ME 110, making it Sgt. Pinkernell’s second confirmed kill of the day.

We were NE of Paris when we ran into another 5 ME 109s. Our defensive fire was ineffective and again we received multiple hits. Smith, our radio operator who had taken refuge in the nose was seriously hit, and Pinkernell in the tail was lightly wounded. Several new holes appeared in both wings and along the fuselage, but there was no additional damage to any of the flight systems. Smith died of his wounds somewhere over France.

The rest of the flight was uneventful, and we put down safely. We lost three crew members: 2nd Lt. Riley, 2nd Lt. Carpenter, and Sgt. Smith. 2nd Lt. Michaelson’s and Sgt. Pinkernell’s wounds proved to be minor, and they will be able to fly immediately. The maintenance crew says that it will take three days to repair the Glacier Pilot, and she will be available again on February 29th.

Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini
B-17: Glacier Pilot (B-17G-45-BO 42-97207))

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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) (3rd Mission)

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

MISSION: One Hundred and Sixty-One:

Date: Thursday, February 25, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Augsburg, Germany - Messerschmitt A/I Factory

Position: High

Crew Status: KIA=1/ SW=0 / LW=1 / Frostbite=0
Pilot – 2nd Lt. Neil Barber (3)
Co-Pilot - Ben Coates (3)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Richard Moseby (1) - (SW-DOW)
Navigator – 2nd Lt. William Dobbs (9) (LW)
Engineer - MSgt. Ernie Galloway (3)
Radio Operator - TSgt. Joseph Fink (9)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Harold Stone (9) #
Port Waist – Sgt. Hank McDuffie (9)
Starboard Waist - Sgt. Lloyd Holbrook (9) **
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Angelo Cannon (9) #**

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

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

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

Claims: None

B-17s Disposition: Port Wing aileron inoperable, Rudder 33% damaged, Starboard Wing root hit, (1) Hit of a superficial nature.

Peckham Points: 68 (Repairable Overnight)

Mission Debriefing:
Briefed for light enemy resistance and that's exactly what we got. Encountered five enemy aircraft of which only one got past our excellent fighter cover. An FW190 came in from 3:00 high in zone 10 inbound, but neither his aim nor ours was any good. Lloyd in the waist burned up his gun trying a little spray fire, but managed to clear the jam after hammering away on it.

Unfortunately, even with a clear path to the target, we failed to put any bombs within the aiming point. I made a note to have a serious conversation after landing with our newly assigned bombardier, but heard that any message I intended to impress on him would go unheard. He died of his wounds over the channel. None of the crew knew much about him, and it's just as well.

The ship suffered a few minor hits, but will be ready for action overnight as usual with the herculean efforts of the boys in the J hangars.

Pilot 2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887)
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Thought I'd bring this up before too many AARs were posted - 10 zone mission - shouldn't the B-17Fs be using the bomb bay fuel tanks?
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Are the results of mission 160 posted anywhere?
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Are the results of mission 160 posted anywhere?


Not yet, neither are the the results of 159. still trying to catch up from graduation, getting my boy set up for collage and just life in general.
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Thought I'd bring this up before too many AARs were posted - 10 zone mission - shouldn't the B-17Fs be using the bomb bay fuel tanks?


Good catch John, I was trying to get this out, converting back to a normal mission, and forgot about the fuel rule. I will add them now.... Sorry.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Henry Holden
B-17: "Lazy Daisy" (B-17G-65-DL 44-6798)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 161 (Bomber 1)
Date: Friday, February 25, 1944
Target: Augsburg, Germany (A/I)
Position: Low

Crew Status: (KIA: 0 / SW: 0 / LW: 0 / Frostbite: 0)
Pilot: 1st Lt. H. Holden (11)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Fierro (2)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Anderson (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Alvin (2)
Engineer: Master Sgt. Ryley (1)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Hollands (1) Temp
Ball Gunner: SSgt. Georges (11) ##
Port Waist: Sgt. Napier (5)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Wickham (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Quin (4)

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

Personal Lucky Charms
- Pilot H. Holden
- Ball Gunner Georges
- Radio Operator B. Holden

Replacements:
None

Recovering Crew Roster
Radio Operator: Sgt B. Holden (10) Recovering - returns 27 Feb 1944

Previous Crew Roster
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Colin (1) [KIA] - 24 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Sanford (5) * [KIA] - 24 Feb 1944 - Air Medal
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Lauro (6) [KIA] - 24 Feb 1944 - Air Medal, Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]]
Engineer: Master Sgt. D'onofrio (1) * [SW - IH] - 24 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Port Waist: Sgt. Gordon Troy (2) [SW-IH] - 22 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Fausto Valetin (2) * [SW-IH] - 21 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Engineer: Master Sgt. Gilroy Donagh (2) [KIA] - 21 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Devin Aksel (0) [KIA] - 20 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Carmine Cleto (1) [KIA] - 20 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Andy Ashby (6) ** [SW - IH] - 11 Feb 1944 - Air Medal, Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Erskine Harvey (0) [KIA] - 11 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Tail Gunner: Sgt Ora Boise (4) *** [KIA] - 7 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Port Waist: Sgt. Harland Neil (3) [SW - DoW] - 7 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Engineer: Master Sgt. Osborne Weber (5) *** [SW - IH] - 7 Feb 1944 - Air Medal, Purple Heart
Copilot: 2nd Lt Tony Kreuller (4) [KIA] - 7 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Alan Kenrick (1) [KIA] - 7 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Bob Mason (2) @ [KIA] - 4 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Arlie Leacock (2) *** [KIA] - 4 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Port Waist: Sgt. Sterling Kelsey (1) [SW - IH] - 4 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart
Port Waist: Sgt. Jaydon Hughes (1) [SW - DoW] - 3 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 1 (KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0)
Claims: None

Medals and Promotions (New):
H. Holden - 1st Lieutenant
Georges - Staff Sergeant
Napier - Air Medal

Medals - Current Crew (Prev):
H. Holden - Air Medal [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster], Distinguished Flying Cross [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
B. Holden - Air Medal [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster], Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
Georges - Air Medal [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
Napier - Purple Heart
Wickham - Purple Heart
Quin - Purple Heart

B-17s disposition: Ready for next mission
Peckham Pts: 35
Damage Report:
Port Wing Root, Autopilot controls

Mission Debriefing:
- Pilot and Ball Gunner promoted as they started their 11th mission
- Considering the events of Mission 160 that caused the Cat E loss of Highway to the Reich, this mission was almost
a complete snore fest
- Light resistance rendered almost all fighter waves impotent, except for one lone Bf109
- However Flak into the target took out the autopilot which caused the bomb run to be off-target. One fluky event and
the long flight was no longer the big event the crew hoped for.
- Other excitement - bombed by Germans, Friendly fire checks and German aerial rockets - but no lasting effect

Pilot: 1st Lt. Henry Holden
B-17: "Lazy Daisy" (B-17G-65-DL 44-6798)
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B-17F "Ryan’s Rascals" B-17F-75-BO 42-29835
Squadron: 152nd (Lead) Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 161/11
Date: Friday, February 25th, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Augsburg, Germany - Messerschmitt Aircraft Factory

Crew Status: KIA=0 / SW=1 / LW=0 (Frostbite=0)
Current Mission, Previous Kills, Position, Name - [Wound Status]
[11](-) Pilot: 1LT Richard Ryan AM+
[11](-) Co-Pilot: 1LT John Conrad AM+
[9](-) Bombardier: 2LT Simon Austin
[3](-) Navigator: 2LT Stanley Mason *
[7](4) Engineer: M/SGT Benjamin King AM **
[2](0) Radio Operator: T/SGT Mark O'Neill [tmp] [SW Head IBH]
[11](3) Gunner, Ball: SGT Nils Johansen AM+
[4](1) Gunner, Port Waist: SGT Ronald Barnett
[9](-) Gunner, Starboard Waist: SGT Barry Hunter
[8](7) Gunner, Tail: SGT Isaac Jacobs SS AM PH++ **

# 5 Kills, * Kill, ½ Half Kill

Bomb Run
- Bomb Drop: ON TARGET
- Accuracy: 30%

Enemy Fighters Encountered
: [KIA - 5, Prob - 2, Damaged - 3]
Me109 – 6 – 4,2,0
Me110 – 1 – 1,0,0
FW190 – 6 – 0,0,3
Me410 – 0 – 0,0,0
Ju88 – 0 – 0,0,0

Claims:
- 2LT Mason - 1x Bf109
- MSGT King - 2x Bf109
- SGT Jacobs - 1x Bf109, 1x Bf110

B-17 Disposition - Uneconomical to Repair
Damage: Category E

Medals Awarded
Purple Heart
- SGT O'Neill

Mission Debriefing
Outbound
- Zone 1-4 - No Event
- Zone 5 - Three FW190s attacked, escort fighters taking care of two of them. Third one attacked from a vertical dive, only causing superficial damage to the plane. Our escorts were able to intercept it before it came in for a second attack.
- Zone 10 - Close to the TZ, a FW190 and a Bf109 attacked us from the front. The 190 was damaged, missed and broke off. The 109 hit the starboard wing, hitting the inboard fuel tank which began to leak. When it came around for a second attack, it was brought down by the top and ball turrets, kill credited to M/SGT King making it his 5th.
- Target Zone - We were hit by flak on the way in, but the damage was only superficial. Despite this, 2LT Austin kept his focus, dropping approximately 30% of the bombs on the target. Flak on the way back hit the plane again, destroying the starboard landing gear and knocking out the #1 Engine, which was feathered.
Inbound
- Zones 10-8 - No Event
- Zone 7 - #3 Engine shut down. Now running on two engines, dropping out of formation and below 10,000' and limping home. Soon came under attack from a 110 and a 109. Quick work was made of the 110, kill credit going to the Tail; the 109 was seriously damaged, missed and broke off.
- Zone 6-5 - No Event
- Zone 4 - A 109 came in from 6 o'clock high to be quickly destroyed, credit again going to Jacobs on the Tail.
- Zone 3 - No Event
- Zone 2/1 - A pair of 190s attacked just as the plane crossed the French coast. Although they were both damaged by defensive fire, they caused significant damage to the tail and knocked out the radio.
With the British Coast in sight, three 109s now attacked the limping fortress. Although one of them was shot down immediately and another crippled, the third carried out a walking burst on the ship inflicting a lot of damage and crippling the radio operator. It was finished off by one of the cheek guns.
- Zone 1 - Despite landing gear damage, it was landed safely with no further injury to the crew.

Despite the crew being safe, the damage was too much for "Ryan's Rascals" as combining the damage to the fuselage and wings from the landing with that to the engines and extensive system damage, it was deemed uneconomical to repair.

Report submitted by:

2LT Richard Ryan, Pilot
Aircraft Commander - "Ryan’s Rascals" (B-17F-75-B0 42-29835)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3d Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Andy, your Crew Status should show: SW=1
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Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker
B-17: "Princess of Paris" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) [SPARE] - GB-C (7th mission with Group, 4th mission with "Mission Belle" crew)

Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Mission: 161

Date: Friday, February 25, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Augsburg, Germany. A/I (Messerschmitt A/C Factory)
Secondary Target: None
Position: Low Squadron

Crew Status: KIA - 0 / SW - 0 / LW - 1 (Frostbite=0)
Pilot – Captain Richard Tucker mbmbmb (26) [LW] -mb-mb
Copilot – Cpt. Arte Watson mbmbmbmb (29)
Bombardier – Cpt. Joe Burke mbmbmbmbmbmb ###** (28) *
Navigator – 2nd Lt. Brian Gilmore mbmb* (9)
Engineer - TSgt. Joseph Grant mbmb ##* (24)
Radio Op.- TSgt. Donald Lewis mbmbmbmb **** (28)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Rafael Udell mb #**** (10) *** +mb
Port Waist – Sgt. Jack Levy mbmb (6)
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Jerry Hancock (3)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Edward Turner (2)

Key:
previous medals and kills(current mission) added kills [status]
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA
mb= Lucky Charm, mb+mb= Purple Heart + Oak Leaf, mb= Air Medal, mb= DFC

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 11 (KIA - 4 / Prob - 0 / Damg - 1)

Engaged by: 1 Me-410, 3 FW-190, 6 Bf-109, 1 Bf-110
-Killed: 1 Me-410, 3 Bf-109
-Probable:
-Damaged: 1 Bf-109
Fighter Cover: 4 driven off (2 FW-190, 1 Bf-109, 1 Bf-110)
Other B-17's: 1 wave driven off

Claims:
(BTG) Sgt. Rafael Udell - 1 Me-410, 2 Bf-109
(BMB) Cpt. Joe Burke - 1 Bf-109

Medals and Promotions:
(BTG) Sgt. Rafael Udell mb - Promotion to Staff Sergeant.
(PIL) Captain Richard Tucker - Purple Heart.

B-17s Disposition: Repairable over night.
9 Hits (3 by Flak, 1 from friendly fire)
Pilot LW, Tailplane hit (no effect), Engine #1 superficial hit.

Superficial: 6

Damage Points: 23


Replacements needed:
None


Replacement Crew Available:
(BMB) 2nd Lt. Henry Zalinsky (2)
(ROP) Sgt. Fred Overall (1)
(BTG) Sgt. Kenneth Youst (1)

Medic report:
(PIL) Captain Richard Tucker mb - Light Wound - Returns next day.
(SWG) Sgt. Louis Blackwood mbmbmbmb (4) - Serious Wound - Recovers: 7 Days Recuperation, available on February 28th.
(NAV) 2nd Lt. James Peters mb (4) Serious Wound - Incapacited: Recuperation since February 4th, rotated home on February 26th.

Mission Debriefing:
"Mission Belle" was still under repair so today we flew for the fourth time with spare aircraft Princess of Paris. Light opposition and fair cover were expected for this long mission.

Zone 2 Outbound: Not engaged.

Zone 3 Outbound: Engaged by 1 Me-410. Shot down by Sgt Udell, our ball turret gunner.

Zone 4 Outbound: Not engaged.

Zone 5 Outbound: Engaged by 1 FW-190. Driven off by the fighter escort.

Zone 6 Outbound: Engaged by 3 Bf-109. One driven off by air cover. Spray fire from starboard waist made another break off without firing. The last one hit us superficially before being shot down by chin turret on its second pass.

Zone 7-8 Outbound: Not engaged.

Zone 9 Outbound: Engaged by 2 Bf-109. The first one was shot down by Sgt. Udell from ball turret. The second hit us but only lightly wounded a very lucky Captain Tucker (2 lucky charms used). He then missed us on a second frontal attack but our tail gunner put some rounds in it in passing and it didn't come back.

Target Zone 10 Outbound: Not engaged.

Bomb Run: Medium Flak ingress ineffective. Despite the good conditions and his experience, Cpt. Burke dropped our load mainly off target. One or two bombs may have hit the edge of the factories perimeter though. We were hit superficially by Flak schrapnels egress.

Target Zone 10 Inbound: Engaged by a lone Bf-110 which was driven away by P-51's from the 354th FG.

Zone 9-8 Inbound: Not engaged.

Zone 7 Inbound: Engaged by 2 FW-190. Friendly fighters drove one away. We didn't hit the other and he missed us too.

Zone 6 Inbound: Not engaged.

Zone 5 Inbound: Engaged by 1 Bf-109. Shot down by Sgt. Udell from ball turret (his 3rd kill of the day).

Zone 4 Inbound: Not engaged.

Zone 3 Inbound: We were hit in the pilot compartment by friendly fire from other B-17's which drove away a few enemy fighters. Fortunately damage was superficial.

Nothing happened then and we landed easily at Elvenden Hall. A long and easy mission but unsuccesful as we mostly missed the target. The few holes in the plane and my own light wound will easily be patched for next mission.


Pilot: Captain Richard Tucker, command pilot of "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
B-17: "Princess of Paris" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31179) [SPARE]
153rd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd BW
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Sir, Crackers lead the squadron to the target and back, but was classed Cat-E on landing.

Full report to follow once my hands stop shaking.

PO McAlpine, 152nd BS.


Players note - it's been a hell week for me. Mission flown but just couldn't fit in the write up of the AAR. Suffice to say that when the fighter screen isn't there is exactly the time you most need them.
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MISSION One Hundred and Sixty-one:
Date: Friday, February 25, 1944 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Augsburg, Germany. A/I ( Messerschmitt A/C Factory )

Pilot: 1st Lt Ross Ohlendorf
B-17: "PigTown" (B-17G-110-B0 43-30433) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 161 (Bomber 4)
Position: Low-Low

Crew Status: (LW-0 / SW-0 / KIA-10 / FB-0)
Pilot: 1st Lt. Ross Ohlendorf (4) - KIA
Copilot: 2nd Lt Blake Wood (4) - KIA
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Wilcy Moore (12) - * KIA
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Joe Votto (4) - KIA
Engineer: First Sgt. Brandon Phillips (4) - ** KIA
Radio Operator: Sgt. Adam Duvall (3) - KIA
Ball Gunner: Sgt. C. Gene Suarez (4) - KIA
Port Waist: Sgt. Tucker Barnhart (4) - KIA
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Tony Cingrani (1) – KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Billy Hamilton (4) - * KIA

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

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; None
---- Accuracy; 0%

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


Claims:


Medals and Promotions:

B-17s disposition and damage:
Destroyed by bomb bay hit.


Replacements:
Brandon Finnegan
John Lamb
Jon Moscot
Al Simon
Dan Straily
Ivan DeJesus

Mission Debriefing:

Zone 9 outbound: Me410 was seen hammering the Pigtown. Pigtown exploded in a massive ball of fire that could only be from cannon hits to the bomb bay. No chutes were seen. All presumed dead.

*** Me410 1st pass was walking hits, 2nd pass killed Pilot Ohlendorf, 3rd pass was walking hits and that's all she wrote.

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Queen Bee (B-17F-75-B0 42-29883) requesting the tail position, please.

2nd Lt. Matt MacDougal


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Queen Bee (B-17F-75-B0 42-29883) requesting the tail position, please.

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Sorry for issues with replacement aircraft but this has now been rectified. They are posted in the replacement list.
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How does one determine bomber number for the mission?

Also, How do you determine Formation position? Roll it up or is it by volunteering?

Sorry to interrupt the thread!

-Rob
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