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

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


ATTENTION ALL! wrote:
Please except my apology for the error in our current mission. Also, normaly I would not post a very short mission but this would require me to postpone our mission for at least a week and I do not want to do this again.

My searched on googles maps for some reason brought up the location on the original post. Now I can’t get it to bring it up again. There must have been a misspelling, on my part, in my first search. I did think it odd to have a V-Weapon site that far out from England. Though Peenemunde (Zone 11) is a bit far off too.

I do promise that I will be more attentive to details from now on.

Sincerely,
Jim


“Gentlemen at ease. After a harrowing mission last Friday, we have mustered up what crews and planes we can to put out a maximum effort to close out operation Augment. We are flying a “Crossbow” (V2-Rockets) Mission 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, 16/09/17 ), 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.


”... Bois/Coqueral, France… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and sixty-two:
Date: Monday, February 28, 1944 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Bois/Coqueral, France. V/S ( V-2 Rocket Sites )
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: 14,000 ft (Low Combat Box in the bomber wing)
High Squadron 14,250 ft (152nd BS)
Lead Squadron 14,000 ft (153rd BS) Lead
Low Squadron 13,750 ft (154th BS)
Low-Low Squadron 13,500 ft (151st BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL 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 W

Target Flak O/B: Heavy (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
Target Flak I/B: 4x Medium (As per normal rules on O-6 Table)
* Note that the 4x means you roll four pair of dice, not three, as the flak was extremely accurate.

Weather Modifiers: (PFF bombing see Note (A) below)
Base Upon Return: Good 1/10 Clear (No modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound & Inbound to Target: Z2-B / Z3-P (These Mods are already added to the Gazetteer values)
Over Target: Poor 8/10 Cloud Cover (-1 modifier to the B-2, O-2 & M-4 table & -1 modifier to the O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P47’s O/B & 4th Fighter Group P51’s O/B & I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: poor
Zone 3 outbound: good
Zone 3 inbound: fair
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 Hevay (2D6= Historical) (0 Enemy A/C removed per wave)
– If you’re using the JG26 variant you will encounter JG26 Both to and from the target by rolling for their appearance in Zone 3. Your die roll, to encounter Bf109s of JG26, is the normal 1-3.

Mission Special Rules:
A) Pathfinder Rule:

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

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


Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
[COLOR=#009900] Mission Break Down:
Our Mission 162 was The Mighty Eighth’s Mission 238. The 2BD was dispatched to Ecalles Sur Buchy with the 1BD& 3BD routed to Pas de Calais V/S. 339 Fortresses and Liberators, sortie to their respective targets with 132 B-17 and 49 B-24 making it to the target. Seven B-17’s & B-24’s bombers were lost, Seventy-Five planes were damaged and no planes were classified as Category-E. No crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers, five crewmen were wounded with sixty-three reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command sorties a total of 61 P-47’s. This mission’s escorts were credited with unknown enemy fighter aircraft shot down with the loss of unknown of their own. (Source: “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A. Freeman, page189)

The 303rd operation notes, from their mission report: mission 114,
February 28th mission: Information from the 303rd states that flak was moderate and intense. The target was covered under low clouds and being late in the day that the shadows were long and caused issues with bombing.

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Please remember to format your AAR as stated in the Paperwork Regulations thread here.
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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 162 [Bois, France. C/B]

- Player's Squadron Assignment can be found at this thread: Squadron Assignment

- Squadron Positions for this mission can be found at this thread: Squadron Positions

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: TBD

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

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

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

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

To acquire a Replacement Bomber go to the depot HERE

Colonel Ronald Donnelly
Commander
281st Bombardment Group (H)
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.



Col. Ronald Donnelly
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Mother Hen volunteers for tail position, Sir!
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"Comeback Kid" (B-17G-55-B0 42-102582) volunteers for Tail position.

2Lt. Joseph Wofford
151st BS - 281st BG (H)

-Please disregard... "Mother Hen" was quicker to volunteer... Good Luck Boys!
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Sir,

double check the target co-ordinates. I don't think that it is correct on the map. It seems that Bois Coquerel is a no-ball target, and it should be closer to England. It could be near the Hesdin Forest, in Zone 3, 20-25 miles SW St Omer, 30-35 miles NW Amiens.

However, I think that the correct location is 5-6 miles S Abbeville, 1 mile SE Limeux:



Capt Gabriel Cahill, 670th Bomb Group (B-26)
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Begging the Colonel's pardon, but "Ale-8-One" (B-17G-20-DL 42-37976) would like to lead the group.

Capt. Stan Franklin, USAAF
153rd BS, 281st BG(H)
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mastermunster wrote:
Begging the Colonel's pardon, but "Ale-8-One" (B-17G-20-DL 42-37976) would like to lead the group.

Capt. Stan Franklin, USAAF
153rd BS, 281st BG(H)

Granted!

RoboLenin wrote:
Mother Hen volunteers for tail position, Sir!

Granted!

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1st Lt.. Andy Anybody's Crew in "Bombs Alot/Miss Alot" (B-17F-20-BO 42-31546) of 154th BS

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Pilot: 1st Lt.. Andy Anybody
B-17: "Bombs Alot/Miss Alot" (B-17F-20-BO 42-31546) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron

Of course use your information.

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I think Magnus is correct.

8th AF historical mission #238 dispatched 258 B-17s against V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais (northern France zone 3). Heavy clouds cause over half the bombers dispatched to return without bombing.
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jasta6 wrote:


ATTENTION!

Please hold off on this mission till I can rectify this issue. IT is too late right now for me to check into this.


"They said what?" McAlpine couldn't believe what his radio operator had just told him over the intercom.

"Elvedon field just issued the recall."

"But we're over France!"

"I told you I couldn't see the rest of the squadron. But noooooo, you just said it was the weather, that they were lost in the clouds."

"Alright, alright. Let's just turn her around and drop the bombs into the Channel and never speak of this again."
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Mission is back on! Please reread the briefing above. My apologies for the confusion.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. J Gibbon
B-17: Cemetery Ridge (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
MISSION: 162 (Bomber 1)
Date: February 28, 1944
Target: Bois / Coqueral (Airdrome)
Position: Middle

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


Pilot - 1st Lt. J Gibbon (1) {0} LW
Copilot - 2nd Lt. W Harrow (1) {0}
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. AS Webb (1) {0}
Navigator - 2nd Lt. NJ Hall (1) {0}
Engineer - MSgt. FE Heath (1) {0}
Radio Op. - Sgt. H Cunningham (1) {0}
Ball Gunner - Sgt. G Ward (1) {0}
Port Waist - SSgt. L Dillman (11) {0}
Strbd Waist - Sgt. GC Joslin (1) {0} KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. I Hooper (1) {0} KIA

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 Encountered: (KIA: 0 / Prob: 2 / Damg: 2)

Claims: none


Medals and Promotions: Gibbon, Joslin, Hooper: Purple Heart

B-17 disposition:
Bomb bay doors, superficial damage to wings and fuselage

Peckham Points: 38

Mission Debriefing:

Harrow and I flew the Cemetery Ridge in from the states last week. After a couple of days R&R in London were assigned to the 281st over at Elveden Hall. We landed the plane and were immediately sent to see the Colonel. Colonel Donnelly gave us two pieces of advice: take care of our men and take care of our plane then sent us off to the 152nd. We met the new crew last night. Except for SSgt. Dillman, the rest of us were all flying our first mission.

For our first mission were assigned to hit a V-2 rocket base in France. Many of us had seen what the V-2s were doing to London and were eager for a chance to help stop those horrible attacks. Since we were only flying to the French coast, I kept hearing the term “milk run” from the other pilots. After the briefing we got back to the plane at turned to Dillman and asked: “Sarge, what’s a milk run.” Dillman smiled at his greener-than-the-grass pilot. “sir, it’s a term some of the boys use to refer to those nice short easy missions.”

The outbound trip was uneventful. We saw no enemy fighters over the channel. A single 190 came at us near the target that Cunningham got a piece of. As we approached the target we were rocked by heavy flak and sustained no damage. Webb reported heavy cloud cover over the target, but thought he had enough of a hole in the clouds to make his drop. We missed the target entirely.

Turing for home the flak picked up again and hit the plane. A piece of flak tore into Joslin’s right leg. Dillman did everything he could to patch him up, but by the time we had landed poor Joslin had lost too much blood. The flak was followed by two waves of fighters. We managed to drive off the first wave and then most of the second wave. A persistent 190 came back at us from the rear and put walking hits into the fuselage. Hooper was killed and I was wounded. We brought Cemetery Ridge safely home. As they were putting me in the ambulance I watched the crew take Joslin and Hooper out of the plane. I clutched my wounded arm and thought, “if this was a ‘milk run’. . .”

Special Note:
N/A

In Hospital: 1st Lt. J Gibbon: LW: recover in one day

Pilot: 1st Lt. J Gibbon
Command pilot, Cemetery Ridge (B-17G-90-VE 44-8937)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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wolverinetoddy wrote:
...I clutched my wounded arm and thought, “if this was a ‘milk run’. . .”


A 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy) style of "Milk Run."
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Weird sight. I could've sworn I saw a B-17F crew waiting at their hardstand for the go ahead. One guy was on the wing passed out, one was reading poetry he DIDN'T write himself and another was plowing a farmer's field after fixing his thresher machine. (He had a dog too that appeared to be the Co-Pilot's).

Oh well, on to France....
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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: 162 (Bomber 2)
Date: Monday, February 28, 1944
Target: Bois/Coqueral, France (A/I)
Position: Lead

Crew Status: (KIA: 0 / SW: 1 / LW: 1 / Frostbite: 0)
Pilot: 1st Lt. H. Holden (12) LW
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Fierro (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Anderson (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Alvin (3)
Engineer: Master Sgt. Ryley (2)
Radio Operator: SSgt. B. Holden (11)
Ball Gunner: SSgt. Georges (12) ##
Port Waist: Sgt. Napier (6)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Wickham (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Quin (5) SW - DoW

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:
Pilot: 2nd Lt. MacClellan - Temp
Tail Gunner: Sgt Studwick (0)

Recovering Crew Roster
Pilot: 1st Lt. H. Holden (12) - Returns 3 Mar 1944

Previous Crew Roster
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Quin (5) [SW - Dow] - 28 Feb 1944 - Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster], Air Medal
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: 7 (KIA – 0 / Prob – 2 / Damg – 0)
Claims: None

Medals and Promotions (New):
H. Holden - Purple Heart
B. Holden - Staff Sergeant promotion
Quin - Purple Heart [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster], 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 - Air Medal, Purple Heart
Wickham - Purple Heart


B-17s disposition: Ready for next mission
Peckham Pts: 45
Damage Report:
Engine 3 out, Control Cables, Engineer O2, 3 x Superficial

Mission Debriefing:
- Radio Operator promoted as they started their 11th mission
- No flight is ever easy. Outbound flak to target did it's bit, SW tail gunner who died due to wounds after the mission
- Again, lousy bombing at the target - 6th straight mission without doing anything meaningful to the target

Pilot: 1st Lt. Henry Holden
B-17: "Lazy Daisy" (B-17G-65-DL 44-6798)

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


After Action Report #C7M12
February 28, 1944

Pilot: Captain Stanley Franklin
Aircraft name (Serial #): "Ale-8-One" (B-17G-20-DL 42-37976)
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Fox
Mission #: 162 (AC: 2/Pilot: 13)
Primary Target: Diepholz Airdrome, Bois Coqueral, France
Secondary Target: None
Position P/S: Lead/Middle


Crew/Status/Actions: (KIA= 1/SW= 1/LW= 0/FB= 0)
Pilot: Capt Stanley Franklin/OK
-Distinguished Service Cross
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-Missions Completed: 13
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Donald van Vliet/OK
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 5
Bombardier: 1st Lt Buddy Klein/OK
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Purple Heart w/bronze oak leaf cluster
-Air Medal w/ three bronze oak leaf clusters
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 4.5
-Missions Completed: 13
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: 13
Flt Engineer: T/Sgt Hubert Ingram/OK
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal w/ two bronze oak leaf clusters
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 13.5
-Missions Completed: 13
R/O: T/Sgt Reid Pugh/OK
-Air Medal
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 8
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: 5
Port Wst: Sgt Charles Wray/SW
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 1
Strb Wst: Sgt Robert Carson/DOW
-Purple Heart w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 1
-Missions Completed: 4
Tail Gnr: Sgt James Parker/OK
-A/C Destroyed (Mission included): 2.5
-Missions Completed: 2

Bomb Drop: ON
Bombing Accuracy: 30%
Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb. AN M43 bombs
Bombing Altitude: 14,000 ft.

Enemy Aircraft Encountered: (KIA= 2/Prob= 1/Damg= 0)

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Sergeant Robert Carson: Bronze oak leaf for Purple Heart

B-17 Status: OK

Mission Description:

A light peppering from flak and a treacherous band of Focke-Wulfes was all it took. Lost another pair of waist gunners although I'm told Sergeant Wray will recover, Sergeant Carson was declared dead by the flight surgeon on landing.

Capt. Stan Franklin
Ale-8-One (B-17G-20-DL 42-37976)
153rd BS, 281st BG(H)

Replacements:

Waist Gunner
Waist Gunner

Notes:
LW= Light Wound
SW= Serious Wound
KIA= Killed-in-Action
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Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini
B-17: B-17F-100-B0 42-30421 "F4: Not Fit for Duty" Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Date: Tuesday February 28th, 1944
Mission: one hundred and sixty-two ( Loaner aircraft - Glacier Pilot (B-17G-45-BO 42-97207) is out for repair until Feb 29th.)
Target: Bois/Coqueral, France A/I (Diepholz Airdrome)
Position: Lead Squadron (Gazetteer Modifier -1)

Crew Status: KIA=1 / SW=0 / LW=0 (Frostbite=0)
Crew
Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini (3) –
Copilot: 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Michaelson (3) –
Navigator: 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Mahey (1) - KIA
Bombardier: 2nd Lieutenant Angus Tucker (1) –
Engineer: Master Sergeant Raymond Page (3) -
Radio Operator: Joel Gray (1) -
Ball Turret: Sergeant Thomas Acker (3) – *
Port Waist: Sergeant Claud Moreno (3) –
Starboard Waist: Sergeant George Brenner (3) - 1/2
Tail gunner: Sergeant Dave Pinkernell (3) - **

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: 14,000 (Lead)
Bomb Drop: On Target
Accuracy: 20%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 3. 2-FW190, 1- ME110.
KIA: 0, Probable: 0, damaged: 0

Claims:
None.


B-17s disposition: 75 Peckham points – Repairable overnight.
Damage: 14 shell hits: Navigator KIA , Port Cheek Gun inoperable, Port Wing Root, Port aileron, tail autopilot (2 hits), Superficial damage 5.

Mission Description:
A short flight. Our plane Glacier Pilot was undergoing repairs after our last mission, so we flew “F4: Not Fit for Duty” instead. It was a F model, but had been retrofitted with a chin turret, so we felt safe taking her out.

We were hoping for a milk run. Our hopes dissipated as we approached the target. Two FW190s approached, but were driven off by fighter escorts. The plane began shaking as we entered some heavy flak with several bursts exploding near the plane. In the nose, flak knocked out our port cheek gun, and the navigator received a light wound to the hand. Also the port wing aileron was knocked out, and in the tail the autopilot would not respond..

Though the flak made the difficult, we managed to stay on target as we dropped our bombs. The ball turret reported about 20% of the bombs seemed to hit the target.

Leaving the target we were again hit by flak doing some dagmage to the wing, but not affecting any other systems. We wer congratulating ourselves when a ME110 approached in a vertical climb. The ball turret fired, but his aim was off. The ME110 Got a good long pass at us with walking hits along the fuselage. Our navigator Thomas Mahey was hit in the chest and died instantly. It was his first mission. Fortunate other than further damage to the autopilot, none of the other damage seemed significant. The 110 made another pass at us, and then decided that he had enough, and headed off.

The rest of the flight was uneventful, and we made a safe landing back at the field.


Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Kerry Gavini
B-17: "F4: Not Fit for Duty” (B-17F-100-B0 42-30421)
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph Wofford
B-17: Comeback Kid (B-17G-55-B0 42-102582)

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

MISSION: #162 (this bomber 1)

Date: Monday, February 28, 1944
Primary Target: Bois/Coqueral, France. A/I ( Diepholz Airdrome )
Secondary Target:
Tertiary Target:

Position: Low-low/Middle

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

PLT: 2Lt. Joseph Wofford (1) [SW - IH] mb
CPLT: 2Lt. Richard Tanner (1) [KIA] mb
BMBD: 2Lt. Leroy Tolliver (1)
NAV: 2Lt. Walter Hayes (1)
ENG: MSgt. Robert Darring (1) mb
RO: SSgt. Jimmie Cole (1)
BG: Sgt. Franklin Kelly (1) *
SWG: Sgt. James Dees (1)
PWG: Sgt. Robert Cummings (1)
TG: Sgt. John West (1)

Key:
½ = 1/2 Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA - 1 / Prob - 2 / Damg - 0)
2 Total (Bf109 [x0] Bf110 [x2], Fw190 [x0]
1 Driven off

Claims:
Sgt. Franklin Kelly - 1 KIA (Bf110)

Medals and Promotions:
2Lt. Joseph Wofford - Purple Heart mb
2Lt. Richard Tanner - Purple Heart mb (Posthumous)
MSgt. Robert Darring - Silver Star mb

Infirmary:
2Lt. Joseph Wofford - SW (Shoulder) - Invalidated Home on March 21, 1944

Replacements:
PLT: 2Lt Richard Ventura
CPLT: 2Lt Calvin Hall

B-17s Disposition: Lost

Mission Debriefing:
Whoever uttered the words "milk run" outta be drawn and quartered...

Forming up we took our position in the low-low squadron ready to take it to the jerries and hit the V2 facilities.

The boys of the 56th did a great job keeping the GAF busy. We only encountered a single wave of fighters over the target in zone 3 with a single 110 that snuck through the pickets and came in at 9 Low. Kelly in the ball turret was a dead-eye and knocked it right out of the sky.

Flak was heavy but only landed a single superficial hit in the waist before we were able to drop our load. Tolly had a a steady hand even with the plane shaking and dropped about 30% of our bombs on target.

Then all **** broke loose as the Germans were zoning in on us and they were nearly spot on with their flak.

We took a couple of hits that knocked the tail guns out and as I was yelling over the intercom a shell burst outside of Tanner's window. Shrapnel ripped through his legs and must have hit something major because he bled out fast.... screaming the whole time. I took a solid hit in the shoulder and had to turn the controls over to Darring as I could hardly control the aircraft.

Thanks to the rest of the lads in the air for covering us and chasing off the remaining GAF as Darring had enough trouble flying us towards home. We didn't see any more Germans on the way back either. I hope the rest of the boys fared better.

I ordered the rest of the boys to bail out when we were near base since Bobby wasn't sure he'd be able to land safely. Kelly got caught getting out of the ball turret and we thought we were going to lose him during the approach but he cleared on the last turn. Tanner and I stayed with Darring on the approach and talked him through it, not that Tanner had a choice... I'll be darned if the lad didn't pull off a miracle landing.

We lost a gear and spun off the runway. Miraculously we survived the landing .... unfortunately the "Comeback Kid" was wrecked beyond repair. I heard the crew chief cussin' at us for Cat-E'ing a brand new bird. I hear the Colonel wasn't impressed too much either.

I hope that the next pilot can keep this crew together and bring a swift end to this war..

- From personal letters of 2Lt. Joseph Wofford


Pilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph Wofford
B-17: Comeback Kid (B-17G-55-B0 42-102582)
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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: 162 (Bomber 4)
Date: Monday, February 28, 1944
Primary Target: Bois/Coqueral, France. V2 Site (CROSSBOW)
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None


Crew Status: KIA - 0, SW - 0, LW - 1
Pilot: 1st Lt Jim Medrano (4)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Charles Yu (4)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Luigi Dimarco (4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt Ken Dawson (3)
Engineer: MSgt. Louis Churchill (4)
Radio Operator: Sgt Roark "Rocky" Fitpatrick (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Harry Dwight (1)
Port Gunner: Sgt Jim Dial (3)
Strb Gunner: Sgt Peter Pan (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt Quincy Wormer (3) (LW) ***

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

Bomb Run:
On Target - 50%

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

Claims:
Sgt. Quincy Wormer - 1x FW 190 Confirmed
Sgt. Jim Dial - 1x FW 190 Probable


Medals and Promotions:


B-17s disposition:
16 Pekham Points, Overnight Repair

Replacements:

None

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

CROSSBOW Mission an incredibly easy one for SHAMROCK SARAH, well deserved after our previous sortie. No fighters encountered until over the target, Tail gunner shot down an attacking FW 190. Flak was heavy over the target, lightly wounding our tail gunner and knocking out our intercom system. We were already on the bomb run, so no point in aborting. Bombardier managed to land 50% of our payload on target. Landed without incident at base, tail gunner ready to fly again tomorrow. Drinks are on us tonight.


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

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Pilot: Pilot Officer John McAlpine
B17: Crackers II (B-17G-75-B0 43-37998)

Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 162 (this bomber 1)
Target: Diepholz Aerodrome, France
Position: (HighHigh/Middle)

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

Pilot: PO John McAlpine (4)
Copilot: PO Leonard Sheald (4)
Bombardier: P.O. John Robertson***(4)
Navigator: FO John Minogue **(9)
Engineer: Sgt. Mike Steel **(5)
Radio Operator: Cpl Larry Webber (3)
Ball Gunner: Sgt John Manning****(6)
Port Waist: Cpl Andrew Daniels (3)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Brian Varey *(4)
Tail Gunner: Fl.Sgt Tony Hays
X***(19)

Bomb Drop: On Target - 20%

Fighters Encountered:
Me109: 2
Me110: 0
Fw190: 1

Fighters Claimed:
Destroyed:
Probable:
Damaged:

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Nil


B17 Condition Report: 0 hits from fighters, 6 from flak


Peckham Points = 72
SupDamage-2, Port aileron inop, Port wingflap inop, Starboard Aileron (NE), Number 1 engine out (feathered).
Repairable overnight.

Replacements:
Nil
Mission Debrief:
Short and sharp. Off over the Channel, fighters ecountered going into France were seen off by the fighter cover.

Flak into, and out of, the Target was accurate. Except for the loss of #1 engine all damage was minor. Robbo finally put some eggs into the basket.

No Jerry fighters on the way out and landed safely at base.

Regards
P.O. John McAlpine
Crackers II (B-17G-75-B0 43-37998)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing (RAAF Bomber Command – Detached Service)
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Herman Abel
B-17: Symphony (B-17G-110-B0-43-39398)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 162 (this bomber 1)
Date: February 28, 1944
Target: Bois/Coqueral, airdrome
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status: KIA=0 / SW=0 / LW=0 / MIA=0 (FB=0)
Pilot 1st Lt. Herman Abel (1)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Conrad Baker (1)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Victor Carlson (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Leonard DiFelice (1)
Engineer M/Sgt. Walter Emerson * (1)
Radio Operator T/Sgt. Johannes Fellini (1)
Ball Gunner Sgt. William Grant (1)
Port Waist Sgt. Peter Huntsman (1)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Dmitri Ivanov (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt. David Jorgenson (1)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

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

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

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s disposition:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
No damage

Replacements:
None

Debrief:
The Symphony completed her first movement on key. The natural metal
finish is still as clean as it was on on takeofft, except for one
bomb painted on the nose to mark a successful mission.

This wasn't quite a milk run; it was short, but the Germans attacked us
in multiple ways. Three Butcher Birds on patrol spotted us over the
Channel, but we sent one into a dive and the other two missed us with
their fire. Flak over the airdrome was very thick, but missed us. And
after we downloaded, the Germans dropped bombs from above, which also
missed, and then sent a Me-410 from below, which was shot down
by a P-51.

The target was mostly covered by clouds, but we sighted it and were
prepared to drop on our own if needed. It wasn't needed, as the
Pathfinder signaled the drop, and our download damaged several runways
and hangers.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Herman Abel
Command pilot, Symphony (B-17G-110-B0-43-39398) BB-A
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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After Action Report:

Pilot:
2nd Lt. Neil Barber
B-17: Stacked Deck (B-17G-75-B0 43-37887) (4th Mission)

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

MISSION: One Hundred and Sixty-Two:

Date: Monday, February 28, 1944 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: "Operation Crossbow" No-Ball Target

Position: Low-Low

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

Pilot: Neil Barber (4)
Co-Pilot - Ben Coates (4)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Albert Mocoby (1) - (KIA)
Navigator – 2nd Lt. William Dobbs (10) (SW-IH)
Engineer - MSgt. Ernie Galloway (4)
Radio Operator - TSgt. Joseph Fink (10)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Harold Stone (10) #
Port Waist – Sgt. Hank McDuffie (10) (KIA)
Starboard Waist - Sgt. Lloyd Holbrook (10) ** (LW)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Angelo Cannon (10) #**

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 – 2 / Damaged – 0)

Claims: None

B-17s Disposition: Tail Guns inoperable, Port Waist Gun Inoperable, Intercom Damaged, (12) Hits of a superficial nature.

Peckham Points: 79 (Repairable Overnight)

Mission Debriefing:
No such thing as a milk run for us. Just before the initial point, the J26 boys poured into us. Port waist gunner had his right arm severed. Starboard waist gunner tied a tourniquet the best he could, but it would prove futile.

Over the target, flak was thick and accurate. Mostly superficial damage except for one piece that finally ended Hanks life in the waist.

Bomb run was off target with no bombs striking the intended target.

Inbound flak took a greater toll than fighters today. Seven addition hits that killed our brand new bombardier and seriously wounded the navigator. Intercom was destroyed and took a few more holes around the ship. One nicked the #4 engine, but she stayed true.

A finger five formation of 190's took their shot at us and managed to disable the tail turret. Angelo in the back was moving forward to attempt to move Hank to the back but stayed put when Lloyd on the starboard side told him Hanks gun was no longer operational and with the intercom out, Angelo just had to sit there and watch the show.

Lucky for us, no more waves appeared and we brought the plane back in and started to unload the casualties.

Navigator Dobbs will recover, but it'll be stateside.

The ground crew will clean up the mess in the waist and all the boys will probably keep clear of everyone for tonight.



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


Note: Revised - OFF target after all. Forgot the -1 DRM for flak hit prior to drop.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly
B-17: "Up a Creek" (B-17F-115-B0 42-30633)

Squadron: 152nd 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 161 (Bomber 2)


Date: Monday, February 28, 1944 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Bois/Coqueral, France. A/I (Diepholz Airdrome)
Secondary Target: None
Tertiary Target: None
Position: High

Crew Status: (LW-1 / SW-0 / KIA-0/ FB-0)

Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Travis Fields (2)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Pete Wilson (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Richard Weston (2) [LW] *
Engineer: Sgt. Kay Evans (2)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Bruce Jones (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Ed French (2)
Port Waist: Sgt. George Abrams (2) *
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Curtis Marsh (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Buck Moulder (2)

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

Personal Lucky Charms:
None

Replacements:
Sgt. Curtis Marsh from Chandler, AZ

Recovering Crew Roster:
None

Previous Crew Roster:
None

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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA-0 / PROB-0 / DAMG-0)
None

Claims:
None

Medals and Promotions:
2nd Lt. Richard Weston: Purple Heart

B-17 disposition: Landed safely at Elveden Hall
Peckham Points: 10, Repairable overnight

Damage Report:
Superficial Damage: Radio Room, Tail Section

Medical Report:
2nd Lt. Richard Weston: Light wound to the chin, returns the next day

Mission Debrief:

This turned out to be a quiet first mission for our replacement starboard waist gunner. All quiet over the channel. A couple of 109's approached us as we crossed into France, but were quickly driven off by fight cover.

We caught a couple of hits from flak as we approached the target, but they didn't cause any real damage. A few holes in the radio room and the tail. Despite the cloud cover, Pete delivered the bombs with 30% accuracy and we turned for home. Just as we were leaving the target, we got popped by another flak burst, and 2nd Lt. Richard Weston in the Navigator's chair is going to need a few stitches in the chin, but is otherwise just fine.

All enemy fighters were chased off by other aircraft in the squadron, and all was quiet the rest of the trip home.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Sam Kelly
Command pilot, "Up a Creek" (B-17F-115-B0 42-30633)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)
Elveden Hall, UK
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17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F RF
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 162 (Bomber 14)
MISSION DATE: 28 Feb 1944
Primary TARGET: Bois/Coqueral, France – A/I (Diepholz Airdrome)
Secondary Target:
Position: Low-Low Squadron, 13,500 ft

Crew Status: (LW-1 / SW-1 / KIA-0 / FB-0)
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Henry (Hank) Colfax (14) [0]
Co-Pilot: 2LT Michael MacArthur (5) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Raymond (Ray) Jablonski (0) [0]
Navigator: 2LT Samuel (Sam) Iverson (6) [0]
Engineer: MSgt Allen (Al) Emerson (17) [22] LC LC
Radio Operator: Sgt Louis (LB) Carson (14) [3] LC
Ball Gunner: Cpl Douglas (Doug) Dunbar (6) [3]
Port Waist: Sgt Curtis (Curt) Drew (15) [2] LC LW(Right Thigh) RTD 3 Mar 44
Starboard Waist: Sgt Herbert (Herb) Elliott (18) [3] LC SW(Neck) IH 11 Mar 44
Tail Gunner: Cpl Steven Davidson (5) [1]

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

Bomb Run:
Bomb Drop: DNB
Accuracy: 0

Enemy Fighters: (KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0)
Ju 88 1=1 to 4th FG
Bf 110 1=1 to 4th FG
Total 2

Claims: None

Medals and Promotions:
1LT Henry Colfax: Air Medal, 2nd Oak Leaf
Sgt Louis Carson: Air Medal, 2nd Oak Leaf
Sgt Curtis Drew: Purple Heart, 1st Oak Leak
Sgt Herbert Elliott: Purple Heart

B-17 Disposition: Returned safely.
: Superficial x4 (4), LW x1 (2), SW x1 (5), Tail Guns Inoperable (20), Bomb Bay Doors Inoperable (10), Port Flap Inoperable (10) = 51 Peckham Points, AC ready next day

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

In Hospital:
Tail Gunner: Cpl Adam Liebowitz (17) [12] IH 15 Mar 44
Bombardier: 2LT Patrick McDonald (6) [2] IH 7 Mar 44

Completed 25 Missions:
Pilot: Capt Michael Garfield (28) [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:

Out of the hospital and into the command seat, this was a short introductory mission with minimal interference from the Luftwaffe. The two EA encountered were both easily handled by P-51s of the 4th FG. Unfortunately, our Little Friends couldn’t do much about the Flak, Natty Nan taking significant hits on both target ingress and egress. The most telling effects were the jamming of the bomb bay doors on the way in, leaving us unable to hit the target and stuck with our bombs for the trip home. On target egress we lost the tail guns, with both Sgts Drew and Elliott hit by shrapnel. While Curt (Sgt Drew) was able to soldier on, Herb’s (Sgt Elliott) was more life threatening. With Sgt Elliott and the tail guns out of action I had Cpl Davidson move up to take over the starboard waist gun.

TSgt MacAllistor promises his boys will have Natty Nan back up and flying tomorrow. Doc says it will take Sgt Drew a bit longer, Curt returning to flight status on 3 March. Bert isn’t so lucky. Once he’s stabilized Sgt Elliott will be heading Stateside, so we’ll e needing a new starboard gunner.

Submitted by Henry Colfax, 1LT USAAF, commanding
B-17G-25-B0 42-31682, Natty Nan, BG-F
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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