AAR – Target for Today Campaign –900th BG – 930th Bomb Squadron
Campaign Mission Number: 001
Bomber Mission Number: 1
Bomber Name: Lady G
Base Location: San Giovanni, Italy
Target City: Ancona
Target Type: RR Marshaling Yard
On Target: Yes
Bombing %: 40
Bomb Group Combat Box Position: L
Plane Number: 16
Pilot: Steve West (1)(0)
Copilot: Leo Alexander (1)(0)
Navigator: Sam Ward (1)(0)
Bombardier: Floyd Young (1)(1/2)
Radio Operator: Elmer Perez (1)(0)
Engineer/Top Turret: Gordon Allen (1)(0)
Ball Gunner: Bill Morris (1)(0)
Starboard (Right) Waist Gunner: Herman Perry (1)(0)
Port (Left) Waist Gunner: Willard Coleman (1)(0)
Tail Gunner: Phil Evans (1)(1/2)
Purple Heart – Willard Coleman
Outbound Zone 1: The weather was good so we had an uneventful take-off. The Lady G rendezvoused with the rest of the group and headed out to the target.
Outbound Zone 2: All quiet
Outbound Zone 3: Once again everything is quiet. The crew is feeling a little uneasy.
Outbound Zone 4: A lone ME-109 jumped us from 9 o’clock high, but was quickly run off by our escort.
Outbound Zone 5: Upon hitting target zone, we were attacked by a single wave of 3 FW-190s. Our fighter escort chased one away. The ball turret hit the one coming from 12 lvl (FBOA). The right waist gunner hit the fuel tank of the third 190 causing an explosion and killing the pilot. The 190 from 12 o’clock missed and headed home. The flak was light and we suffered no hits. The lady G dropped 40% on target and turned around to head home.
Inbound Zone 5: Still in the target zone we again encountered light flak and took two hits. One was superficial and the other hit the left waist gunner Willard Coleman which cut his upper thigh causing a light wound.
Inbound Zone 4: Entering zone 4 the extreme cold affected the left cheek gun causing it to become jammed (Random event). This came at a very bad time as we were attacked by 3 ME-110s. Once again our escort could only take care of one enemy fighter. The tail gunner was able to score a critical engine hit on the second 110 damaging the fighter and killing the pilot. The ball turret was able to score a hit on the third 110’s vertical stabilizer (FBOA) but did not destroy the enemy fighter. Damaged the enemy fighter still took a shot at us but missed and headed home.
Inbound Zone 3: We encountered no enemy fighters so the left cheek gunner tried to clear the jam but ended up breaking. Hope nothing comes at us from that side of the plane.
Inbound Zone 2: The crew was anxious to get home, but we still had some enemy fighters trying to take us out. Two JU88 C-6s hit us from 1:30 lo and 3 lvl. The JU88 at 1:30 was driven off by our escort which left one JU88 at 3lvl. The right cheek gunner scored a hit on the cockpit and killed the enemy pilot and destroying the aircraft.
Inbound Zone 1: The weather was good over the base. We set off the flare on approach to show we had wounded and made a safe landing.
Summary: The mission started of quietly and that made the crew a little uneasy, but upon hitting the target zone it was action all the way home. The crew of the Lady G performed well for their first mission.
thanks for the report, how much decision did you have to make versus dice driven events?
Not a lot of decisions really, mostly just allocating which guns shoot at which fighters. I'm very new to the game so take that with a grain of salt. I still felt tense moments during the mission. I do enjoy the game.
Hey steve you were on my wing, i'm Federico from the Tom & Jerries.