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Commander Korten was put in charge of the German Defense in August 1942.

During the first week of the month, the Allied mission group managed to destroy the Oil Storage facility in Strasbourg, France, despite miscommunication with the 4th Fighter Group (Spitfires), which meant no escort. Death Dealer (93rd Bomber Group) did as their name demanded and eliminated the attacking Luftwaffe squadron to ensure success of the mission. The mission group took minimal flak damage. Everyone was thankful that the incindieries did their job.

During the second week of the month, the Allied mission group took advantage of continued lack of Luftwaffe air coverage over the channel to bomb the Oil Refinery in Pechelbronn, France, not far from the previous week's Target. This time, the boys of the 4th FG were actually paying attention at the briefing and joined the mission to provide an escort. They even managed to shoot down the attacking Luftwaffe squadron, though sustaining some damage. The mission was successful, with enough bombs on target that there was no need to rely on incindieries to finish the job. Of course, we had the advantage of Combined Bomber Operations, which meant the target was damaged before we arrived. The 93rd BG lost more planes due to flak but its status remained Okay.

Week three brought another assignment to bomb an oil storage facility in France, this time in Romilly-sur-Seine. Again, the 4th FG managed to outfly the Lufewaffe, taking minimal casualties and destroying their opponents despite flying against FW190s. All of the Bomber groups clearly had improved their Skill Levels due to flying the first two missions, however the 93th BG did not fly the mission in order to recover its losses. The mission was a success because a significant number of bombs fell on target and the 303rd BG (Hell's Angels) incindieries created a sufficient explosion to finish the job.

Intelligence indicates these successful missions will reduce the number of Bandits we encounter next month.

On the final week of the month, we were determined to take out the Aircraft Factory at Paris/Caudron. The Germans defended it with Veteran FW-190s. The 4th FG was feeling pretty fatalistic about their chances of surviving the encounter, but they lost only two aircraft. Though they did not eliminate the Luftwaffe squadron, they felt they got off easy.

Outbound the 305th lost an incindiery bomb while crossing the Channel, which put extra pressure on the other Bomber groups, especially the 91st (Memphis Bell), flying its first mission with the other Bomber Groups. (The 97th did not fly this mission in order to recover.)

The four assigned bomber groups got just enough bombs on target that the one successful incindiery finished the job, though the 303rd BG lost 3 planes to flak damage. On the way back to England, they had to deal with more Luftwaffe squadrons who wanted revenge for losing their factory, but escorts did a fine job ot getting them home safely.

Hitler was displeased with Korten's failures, relieving him and putting Commander Brandle in charge. Intelligence reports indicate that we will be facing more FW-190s in the future and some even suspect that research is underway to bring ME-262s online sometime soon.

Next month may well bring less cause for celebration, as many new Luftwaffe squadrons have been positioned along the German border. The Allies are pushing hard on both the Mediterranean and Russian fronts.
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