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Bryan Laird
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B-17 Name: Maid Marian B17G-60-44-V8324
Commander: 1LT Marc A Fleury
Squadron Assigned: 78th Squadron
Squadron: Low
Position: Middle


MISSION DATE: DECEMBER 2, 1944
MISSION NBR. 177
TARGET: Straszhof, Austria - Marshalling Yard




Bomb Run
DNB

Landing
Aircraft lost - Fuel Tank Fire and Oxygen Fire

B-17 Damage
None


Peckham Points
Aircraft lost

Awards
Purple Heart to:
1LT Marc A. Fleury
2LT James Neal
2LT William Karlsson
2LT Alex Tuch
MSG Derrick England
SGT Joey DiPaulo
SGT Jack Thacker
SGT William Carrier

AAR
Pre-Flight
"Derrick I want you to take Jack and go check out the 8324. I had Martin paint 'Maid Marian' across the nose. She's to be our new fort." Fleurry said to MSG England as they were heading out to breakfast after the Golden Knight was CAT-E two weeks previous. "Also, I'd like William to sit down with DiPaulo and make sure that he can recognize enemy aircraft so that we're not shooting at the escort."

Zone 2
Nothing to report

Zone 3
In came five Bf-109's. I had heard so much about the red tails, but they didn't show us much with the first wave to come after the Maid Marian. We missed the four 109's that came in after us, two of which missed us while the other 2 hit us. We lost our rubber rafts, the bomb bay doors took a hit, we took a hit to the rudder, the tail went up in flames, SGT Carrier was unable to extinguish it, we took a superficial hit to the radio room. With the Fuel Tank in flames, LT Fleurry gave the order to bail, but we didn't make it out in time and the fuel tank exploded. They found LT Fleurry floating he had drowned, myself and SGT Marschessault, from what we heard no one else got out.


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Ugh! Another horror story! I keep hoping to read some AARs with happier endings cry Of course, this is what makes B-17: QotS so engaging and realistic...there are no "gimmes". Thanks, BL!
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I'm hoping the replacement crew; Captain Morgan, and LT Jack Daniels have better luck flying the Crown Royal next mission.
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Cheroking1 wrote:
Ugh! Another horror story! I keep hoping to read some AARs with happier endings :cry: Of course, this is what makes B-17: QotS so engaging and realistic...there are no "gimmes". Thanks, BL!


I'm currently flying 2 bombers in the 509th, one with my normal squadron, and one with the new squadron. The Maid Marian went down in zone 3, the Old Fitzgerald used an emergency landing strip in Russia due to low fuel, both on this mission. :'(
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Í felt particularly sorry for DiPaulo, who died on his very first mission.
But maybe with the fuel tank exploding he could have been killed instantly.

The harder luck may actually be the case of the pilot, surviving the blast to bail out, only to drown before rescue. We’re there wounds that would have affected his ability to survive in the water? Or would the game not have told you that?
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nope, wasn't wounded. just the air sea rescue didn't find him in time.

read a story of a crew from the 8th that went down in the English Channel. One of the rubber rafts had a small leak, so a couple of people took turn keeping it inflated. Well air sea rescue didn't find either raft during the day. That night those in the good raft died of exposure, while those in the leaky raft, those pumping survived, while those not pumping also died of exposure.
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Yours may have been the first, but certainly wasn't the last Boeing named Maid Marian. I like to think that there's a connection.

Maid Marian Boeing 787-900 by SBGrad, on Flickr
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Excellent AAR. When I saw the target was in Austria, I thought, “They’re in for a long one today.” Then, in zone 3 things went awry, in a nasty way. Anyone who has played B-17QotS for awhile knows the dread “fuel tank fire” specter angry is a cruel SOB. Again, excellent AAR. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. Looking forward to reading more.
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Patterns of Pillage wrote:
Excellent AAR. When I saw the target was in Austria, I thought, “They’re in for a long one today.” Then, in zone 3 things went awry, in a nasty way. Anyone who has played B-17QotS for awhile knows the dread “fuel tank fire” specter :angry: is a cruel SOB. Again, excellent AAR. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. Looking forward to reading more.


Mission 178 will be posted for the play by forum on Friday, my new crew will be:

B-17 Name: Crown Royal
Commander: 1LT James Morgan
Squadron Assigned: 78th

Pilot: 1LT James Morgan
Co-Pilot: 2LT Jack Daniels
Bombardier: 2LT Victor Smirnof
Navigator: 2LT Jim Bean
Engineer: MSG Dan Bacardi
Radio Operator: SGT Jose Cuervo
Ball Gunner: SGT Thomas Tatar (4) [5] DSC (Survivor from Golden Knight and Maid Marian)
Waist Gunner: SGT Jonathan Marschessault (4) [5] (Survivor of Golden Knight and Maid Marian)
Waist: SGT Johnny Walker
Tail Gunner: SGT Samual Adams
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A possible future addition to your crew: Arthur Guinness

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinness thumbsup
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Oh brother! No one light a match! At least if the Crown Royal goes down none of the crew will feel a thing shake
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