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Alexandros Boucharelis
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Some weeks ago i read the article in the General vol.23 magazine which had the 1000 plane raid results by Mr. Olinski. I found it pretty awesome, as the numbers never tell lies. So i thought "why not?" we could do the same thing here. We, the flying members of this glorious air guild, could post our 2nd tour plane raid results as a tribute to our lost crews.
Each one of you, no matter how many missions has flown, could add his results. The summery will give a clear image of the total casualties. Please feel free to add any opinions/suggestions.
Thats all, now to the numbers:

281st BG/151st Squadron
15 mission report (35-50)

B17 Lost in the Air
Fuel Tank Fire..........: 3 #Monster (2nd mission)/Happy End (2nd mission)/Macedonia (4th mission)
Bombs Explode.........: 2 #Polemarch (2nd mission)/Greek Fire (4th mission)
Fuel Leakage...........: 1 # Wrong Way (1st mission)

Crew Statistics
KIA : 40
DOW : 1
IH : 7
POW : 24
LW : 9
FB : 3
LAS : 0
Ace Status : 1 - Tail Gunner (claims 5 planes)
Completed 25 : 0

Enemy A/C shot down
Me 110 : 9
Me 109 : 19
FW 190 : 13
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Total : 41


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Great Idea! I'll have to collate my info and post it here....

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Do we have a crew or just a crewmember that is on 25.mission?
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I 'm glad that you liked the idea Master JimP. meeple
Slotracer wrote:
Do we have a crew or just a crewmember that is on 25.mission?


Hah! you 're sarcastic as always! i had to put this parameter just in case!

Other parameters are:
fuel tank explode, engine runaway, engine fire, BIP in port/stbd wing/tail, oxy fire in radio room/tail/etc, 3 engines out, electrical system out.
Wrecked upon landing
multiple neg modifiers, pilot copilot dead, stbd/port landing gear, bombs explode,
crew abandoned over UK.
Irreparably Damaged
BIP in radio room/waist

Waiting for these reports
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Slotracer wrote:
Do we have a crew or just a crewmember that is on 25.mission?


Flight Sergeant Parkhurst is about to undertake his 25th mission, after which he's off home to see his wife and family, with a future posting to an RAF training outfit as a gunnery instructor - assuming he survives the mission...

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Good idea Alexius. I was going to do something similar after the 50th mission, but since I'm at a loose end today (and too hungover for any research, sorry Jim), here's the stats for Lord Flashheart and his merry men :-


Aircraft

The Black Adder - missions 26-30 inclusive, irreparable after crashlanding.
Blackadder II - missions 31-35, 37-38 inclusive, temporarily unavailable during mission 36 due to repairs, written off after getting shot to shit on the infamous Brest mission.
Blackadder the Third - mission 36, missions 39-46 inclusive, crashed after crew bailout.
Blackadder Goes Forth - missions 47-present.

Bombing results

8 x 0%, 1 x 5%, 4 x 20%, 8 x 30%, 1 x 40%, 1 x 60%, 1 x 97%.

Enemy fighters claimed

38 x Me 109, 23 x Me 110, 17 x FW 190.

Crew Dispositions

Aces - Flight Sergeant Parkhurst (23 kills), Flight Sergeant Topper (19 kills), Sergeant Keanrick (17 kills).

Casualties by position - 3 x Bombardier, 6 x Navigator, 1 x Pilot, 3 x Co-Pilot, 1 x Engineer, 4 x Radio Operator, 5 x Waist Gunner, 4 x Tail Gunner.
Casualties by injury - soblue1 x FB,IH, arrrh9 x SW,IH, cry6 x SW,DOW, zombie11 x KIA. Crew members past and present have also sustained 32 LW.
Casualties over U-Boat bases - 1 x FB,IH, 3 x SW,IH, 4 x SW,DOW, 8 x KIA. U-Boat missions = 8/24. Curse those subs !


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I like this! Here's what I've got so far.

153rd Bombardment Squadron/281st Bomb Group (H)
Thirteen Mission Report (37-49)

Aircraft
Mara-tini (B-17F-35-BO 42-3197)
Missions: 37, 38 (The Brest Raid), 39, 40, 41, 42
Final Disposition: Ditched at sea

Three Bells (B-17F-50 42-6111
Missions: 43, 44
Final Disposition: Written off

Belle of Baltimore (B-17F-30 42-5878)
Missions: 45, 46
Final Disposition: Written off

Mainer Miss (B-17F-45DL 42-6085)
Missions: 47, 48
Final Disposition: Written off

Radium Witch (B-17F-27BO 41-24590)
Missions: 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56
Final Disposition: Written off

Persistent Katharine (B-17F-40 42-6019)
Missions: 57, 58, 59, 60
Final Disposition: Written off

Thoughtful Anna (B-17F-115 42-30707)
Missions: 61
Final Disposition: Active service

Crew Final Dispositions
Flight Officer John N. McDonald; 2 missions, KIA
Sergeant Levi Brewer; 4 missions, KIA
Sergeant Edward Underwood; 2 missions, KIA
2nd Lieutenant Nathaniel Bassett; 6 missions, drowned at sea
Flight Officer Joesph Hannah; 5 missions, drowned at sea
Second Lieutenant Anthony Wayne; 2 missions, KIA
Sergeant Hoy Dove; 2 missions, died of wounds
Staff Sergeant Christopher Miller; 8 missions, died of wounds
Sergeant Oliver Page; 2 missions, invalided home
Sergeant Frank Sprague: 1 mission, died of wounds
Corporal Earl Hoover; 1 mission, invalided home
Second Lieutenant Horace Carstairs; 2 missions, KIA
Sergeant Edward Jackson; 2 missions, KIA
Sergeant Randolph Hall; 1 mission, KIA
Sergeant Patrick White; 1 mission, KIA
Second Lieutenant Edward Laughton; 2 missions, DOW
Sergeant Gordon Patterson; 2 missions, invalided home
Staff Sergeant Andrew Angle; 12 missions, invalided home
Sergeant Patrick Harper; two missions, KIA
Sergeant Amos Camden; three missions, invalided home
Sergeant Joe Thomas; two missions, KIA
Sergeant Maxwell Heintzelman; two missions, KIA
Sergeant Ezra Dahlquist; five missions, invalided home
Second Lieutenant Francis La Salle: five missions, invalided home
Sergeant Millard Pierce; six missions, died of wounds
Sergeant Henry Washington; six missions, KIA
Staff Sergeant Philip Officer; three missions, KIA
Sergeant Bart Castleman; three missions, KIA

Injuries
FB: 18
LW: 37
SW, RTD: 4
SW-IH: 7
Died of Wounds: 4
KIA: 15

Medals Awarded to Crew
Purple Heart: Seventy-Five
Air Medal: Twelve
Distinguished Flying Cross: Two
Distinguished Service Cross: Two
Soldier's Medal: One

Aircraft Destroyed
Me-109: 49
-Probable: 20
Me-110: 11
-Probable: 10
Fw-190: 30
-Probable: 25

On Target Percentages
By Mission
Mission 37: 98%
Mission 38: 40%
Mission 39: 40%
Mission 40: 75%
Mission 41: 40%
Mission 42: 30%
Mission 43: 5%
Mission 44: 60%
Mission 45: 30%
Mission 46: DNB
Mission 47: 93%
Mission 48: 95%
Mission 49: 5%
Mission 50: DNB

Mission 51: 10%
Mission 52: 30%
Mission 53: 30%
Mission 54: Runway Abort
Mission 55: Did not fly, TDY
Mission 56: 5%
Mission 57: 0% (Jettisoned)
Mission 58: 40%
Mission 59: 0%
Mission 60: 60%
Mission 61:
Mission 62: On going
Cumulative Percentage: 47%


Yellow bomb: Completed Mission
Black bomb: Did Not Bomb
Red bomb: More then 50% of ordnance on target
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Your aircraft markings are so cool!!!
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AIRCRAFT LOST:

Bomb Laden Maiden - Cat E upon after 5th mission (Landing accident)
Prop Duster - Lost at sea on 1st mission (Electrical system failure)
Tin Can Sally - Crashed on 1st mission in enemy territory (Runaway engine)
Miss Intention - Lost at sea on 2nd mission (Fuel tank explosion)
Wayward Angel - Crashed on 2nd mission (Flak burst in wing)
Qualified Quail - Crashed on 2nd mission (Fuel tank explosion)
Lil Patches - Cat E after 3rd mission (Flak burst in waist)
American Express - Lost at sea on 1st mission (Oil & fuel leaks)
Lady Fairweather - Lost at sea on 2nd mission (Fuel tank fire)
Seattle's Best - Currently assigned to mission #50, her 4th.

CREWS:

KIA - 67
Captured - 3
Invalided Home - 5
Frostbite Discharged - 2

FIGHTERS DESTROYED:

ME109's - 35
ME110's - 18
FW190's - 19

Total: 72

(3) A/C lost on 1st mission
(4) A/C lost on 2nd mission
(1) A/C lost on 3rd mission
(1) A/C lost on 5th mission
(1) A/C active for 4th mission.

Once again, how does one make 25 missions? Not gonna happen in my lifetime with these stats....
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Blimey, looking at your stats makes me realise that "Flashy's luck" is more than just a figment of my imagination !


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It's definitely not your imagination; I don't even want to talk about my surviving original crewmen.

Thanks Alexius!
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Now that I've gotten the 49th and 50th mission AARs finished, I will go ahead and add my statistics for missions 26-50. If I get really ambitious, I'll list my stats for missions 1-25 for a comparison.

BTW, you can count me in for missions 51-75...
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Missions 26-50 Statistics

Aircraft:

Round Tripper - flew mission 26 - Category E (also flew #25)
Grand Slam - flew missions 27 to 31 - shot down by flak
Trailblazer - flew missions 32, 34, 36, 38 - crash landed, CatE
Trailblazer II - flew missions 39, 42 and 43 - shot down
The Kardiac Kids - flew missions 45 and 46 - shot down
The Dawg Pound - flew missions 47, 49, and 50 - still flying

My planes flew 18 of the 25 missions

Enemy Aircraft Claims:

Bf-109: 34 destroyed, 18 probable, 12 damaged
Bf-110: 13 destroyed, 5 probable, 1 damaged
FW-190: 20 destroyed, 9 probable, 12 damaged
Me-410: 1 destroyed

TOTALS: 68 destroyed, 32 probable, 25 damaged

4 Ace Gunners:

2nd Lt. Mathew Wright - 5 kills
Sgt. Rogers Hornsby - 5.5 kills
MSgt. Kenny Moser - 5.5 kills
Sgt. Jordan Scholtz - 17 kills (7 in one mission)

Bombing Results:

1 x 91%
1 x 75%
2 x 30%
1 X 10%
13 x 0%

Average bombing percentage = 13.11%

Crew Casualties:

KIA - 28
SW/IH - 9
SW/RR - 3
LW - 19
FB/R - 1
POW - 15
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