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Subject: Crossbow, April 1943 week 3 Mission 2 and end of month rss

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Dave Ratynski
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Month 2, wk 3, Mission 2 and end of month

Target for Mission 2: AC02, France - 4th FG flying high cover; 91st, 92nd and 303rd BGs. Loaded with incindiaries and 2 MK43s - leaving 2 SO's for later.

LW response: POOR! With no bandit markers in the flight path we anticipate no LW response. Keep an eye out just in case.

Event causes the rookies (green) crew in the 92nd to forget some of their bombs... oops, but they are the worst in terms of aim so it could be worse.

Flight to target was uneventful, and the FLAK hit a couple planes in the 91st, but other than that, no effect.

Bomb Run: ON TARGET! Nice job boys, you pulverized the factory. Ole Adolf wont be getting any fighters out of that factory for a while!

Groups made it back safe to England, a rather boring mission, plus a couple of VPs!

End of week/Month:
AC11 repairs from High to Medium damage (arrgh!); V01 rebuilds to light damage, could be a problem later. Darn Germans were effective in their repair rolls this week.

USSR front changed to Stalingrad - good news is more chance to send LW squadrons there. No change to the Med.

THanks to the focus on factories, only 9 new squadrons created this month. Rolls were decent - 4 to the West, 4 to the Med, 1 to USSR. That's not bad.

German commander- yet another change! Galland replaced with Rodel - adds another factory but since this is the last month no big deal.

Replacement points: 14, I have 20 losses total. Assigned as follows:

385th - fix 3, now 0 losses
4th FG- fix 1, now 0
78th FG - fix 3, now 0
44th BG - fix 4, now 2 losses
305th BG - fix 3, now 0

End of month 2: 14 VPs, same as month 1, go figure. 28 VP total, currently a Poor rating.

One month to go, I need to destroy targets!
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