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151st BS ......... 152nd BS ......... 153rd BS ......... 154th BS

BG...................BB...................GB..................GG


Gentlemen at ease. After a good mission yesterday we are going back to France to hit another aerodrome. HQ is again sending us just South West of Paris as we are returning to finish the job of three days ago… Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…

We are still accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a second tour. For those of you just joining us, here is a summary of the "rules," as they are:
* I will be rolling up the mission parameters, fighter support, flak cover, weather and date for all missions.
* There is no required format for reporting your results, but the more info you present the more entertaining it is for everyone. If you track who gets injured, how many fighter kills, etc., then I can summarize that info at the end of the mission period for all bombers.
* All flights must be flown by the following Sunday (in this case, 11/10/02 ), and I will prepare an After Action Report the following Monday. If you happen to miss a week or two, no big deal, just join back in when you can.
* All planes are assigned to a squadron. If you are new, just post a response in the thread giving your plane name and you will be assigned a squadron. Squadrons are being given a position (High, Middle, Low or Low- Low.) by jasta6, as recorded here.
* Lead and Tail positions are still being assigned to volunteers. Please note that only bombers in MIDDLE position can be lead, and only bombers in LOW-LOW position can be tail. So if you are in one of those squadrons, and nobody has yet volunteered for a position, roll 1d6. If you get a 6, you are the lucky winner.
* Some optional rules can be found here.


…a baby faced Lieutenant turns to see where the distinctly British accent was coming from “Blamey, not a @#%^!* milk run again!” As a veteran of many 281st short hops, this Englishman knew what the group would be in for. …as the curtain was pulled back revealing a line to....” Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION Seventy:
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1943
Primary Target: Villacoublay, France. A/D (8 miles SW of Paris)
Secondary Target: Target-of-Opportunity

Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb H.E. M43 bombs
Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft (Middle Group)

Gazetteer:
Outbound & Inbound: Zone 2: –2 W / Zone 3: 0 F / Zone 4: 0 F / Zone 5: 0 F

Primary Target Flak: Light
Secondary Target Flak: None
Primary Target Weather: Bad (Total Cloud Cover) 10/10 Cloud Cover (No bombing see special rules below)
Secondary Target Weather: poor
Base Weather: Good

(8th Fighter Command 4th FG, 56th FG & 78th FG P-47s outbound / inbound)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: poor
Zone 5 outbound: none
Zone 5 inbound: none
Zone 4 inbound: good
Zone 3 inbound: fair
Zone 2 inbound: good

Note: Gents, don’t forget to add your Squadron Positions modifiers to the above Gazetteer values.

Mission Special Rules:

WE NOW HAVE A VOLUNTEER FOR THIS MISSION TO FLY THE YB-40!
[see note (b) below]


A) Weather: Again due to the heavy cloud cover the 281st BG elects not to bomb through this soup, Actual USAAF protocol is not to bomb through the clouds over France. Don’t bomb Villacoubly but roll below to see what you do. Using the table below you will determine if you bomb a target-of-opportunity or bring your bombs home.

Target Table
Roll: 1d6
1-4 = Zone 4 inbound – Bomb Target-of-Opportunity, No Flak in this zone
5-6 = Return home with bombs onboard
(if you roll target of opportunity just make up a good story as to what you bombed.)

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B) The Alymo came back in repairable condition, this mission a volunteer is still needed to fly the Gun Ship. This mission the 153rd is flying lead, so if you volunteer, you will be flying in the 153rd BS. (Note: you can belong to another squadron and still fly the YB-40.)

Remember if you volunteer, we need you to get this flight in as-soon-as-possible, due to special rules, so others know if you have to leave formation early.

-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 70 is listed as not having bombed the primary target again. Also there was no secondary target listed, so I have added the prospect of bombing a “Target-of-Opportunity” roll with a 50/50 chance to bomb something rather than bringing you eggs home.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission 47, states that they went to Villacoubly and again didn’t bomb.
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Again, please remember I would like players to, at a minimum, list the Crew (pilots name with rank and Planes name of their Fortress at the beginning of all AAR post to help me facilitate updating the Roster List? Please use the format below as this will help me create the list in a timely manor.

If this format is not followed I may have to pass over your record as it takes more time to compile than it should have to. Adding this information will make it much easier to assemble this extra fluff for our campaign. Please remember to also add your pilot’s rank.

Thank You!

EXAMPLE wrote:
Pilot: 1st Lt.. Andy Anybody
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Also please add your Bombardment Squadron somewhere at the top too. This will help me in data entry. i.e. 154th BS

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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 70 [Villacoublay, France. A/D]

- Player's Squadron Assignment can be found at this thread: Squadron Assignment

- Squadron Positions for this mission can be found at this thread: Squadron Positions

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: TBD
---- Tail: 2nd Lt. Ruff-Diamond's Crew in "Right Carry On"
---- YB-40: Major Edward Acton's Crew in "Alymo" (YB-40-1-VE 43-5732)


Major Edward Acton's Crew in "Alymo" (YB-40-1-VE 43-5732) [AAR] MIA

Sqd Ldr E. Blackadder's Crew in "Blackadder Goes Forth" [AAR]

Capt. Sir Timothy Midwinter's Crew in "The Lady Adelaide" [AAR]

Capt. James Nelson's Crew in "Indy Go" (B17F-20-DL 43-110822) [AAR] Pilot KIA

Capt. Jack Wetherly's Crew in "Jack's Rabbit" [AAR]

1st Lt. Seth Gecko's Crew in "Santanico Pandemonium" [AAR]

1st Lt. Sidney Ruff- Diamond's Crew in "Right Carry On" (B-17F-85-BO 43-30157) [AAR]

1st Lt. Jeffrey N. Kaminsky's Crew in "Kay-Tee Lynn" (B-17F-70-B0 42-29826) [AAR]

1st Lt. Damoklis Maniakis Crew in "Lucky" (B-17F-BO 43-3563) [AAR]

Flt Lt Marlow's Crew in "As You Like It" [AAR]

1st Lt. Steven Millard's Crew in "Slightly Daffy" [AAR] A/C Cat-E

1LT M. Newman's Crew in "GUNSLINGER" [AAR]

1st Lt. Joe Olszewski's Crew in ‘Viking Queen’ (B-17F-75-BO 42-29882) [AAR]

2nd Lt. Peter Berg's Crew in “Lady Liberty” (B-17F-75-DO 42-3544) [AAR] A/C Lost & Pilots KIA

2nd Lt. Larry J Leffel's crew in "Korb" [AAR]



Major Chase Pfalzstaff
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3rd Bombardment Wing HQ

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I'll do it.

-E. Acton


Major Acton You have the YB-40 this mission. I'll update the proper files on Monday!
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The Indy Go banks on approach with only one aileron, drops a flare to request medical assistance and comes in with one propellor feathered and neither flap extended. It lands long on the runway but taxis away safely, with holes all over the plane.

Sgt. Murphy emerges from the waist and calls for a stretcher. Last out is the copilot, Vince Dickinson, with a bandage on his ear, and covered with sweat.

"Jim Nelson is dead," he says, and then continues, "and so are Art and Aaron."





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After Action Report

B-17: Indy Go, B17F-20-DL-43-110822
Pilot: Capt. James Nelson
Squadron: 152nd BS
Mission: 70 (this bomber 4)
Date: June 29, 1943
Target: Villacoublay-Aerodrome
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot Capt. James Nelson (17) KIA
Copilot 2nd Lt. Vince Dickinson (4) LW Air Medal
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Arthur Fitzpatrick * (4) KIA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Aaron Abramson (4) KIA
Engineer MSgt. Andy Williamson ###**** (17) Air Medal
Radio Operator TSgt. Victor Arnold * (15)
Ball Gunner SSgt. Christopher Smith #*** (17)
Port Waist Sgt. Michael Murphy * (4) LW
Starboard Waist Sgt. Stefan Waseleski (4) LW
Tail Gunner SSgt. Charlie Smith ##** (17) SW-IH
* = 1 kill, # = 5 kills

Bomb Run: DNB
Fighters claimed:
Bombardier Lt. Fitzpatrick: 1 Me-109
Engineer MSgt. Williamson: 1 Me-109, 1 FW-190, 1 Me-110
Ball Gunner SSgt. Smith: 1 FW-190, 1 Me-110

B-17 Status:
Rabbit's foot from previous mission used (to reroll SW to copilot)
Starboard aileron out
Port flap out
#1 engine out-feathered
Starboard flap out
118 Peckham points

Replacements:
Pilot 1st Lt. Murphy McGuinness
Bombardier 2nd Lt. James Chamberlain
Navigator 2nd Lt. Alexander Green
Tail Gunner Sgt. Charles Gustafson

Debrief:
The 8th Air Force scores this mission a draw, but it's a sad day for our
crew. The plane has a lot of holes which can be fixed, but it's the
people who make the 8th a powerful force, and they cannot be replaced.
Capt. Nelson, who landed two planes on fifteen missions and survived one
bailout, will no longer be with us. Staff Sgt. Charlie Smith, who shot
down twelve fighters, is in the hospital with a chest wound; he'll
survive but he won't be flying any more. Lt. Fitzpatrick and
Lt. Abramson, who joined the Indy Go with me, both died in mid-air from
multiple wounds. Only three of the crew returned to base unhurt.

I can only hope we did just as much damage to the Luftwaffe.
Lt. Fitzpatrick was killed over Paris, so we didn't even try to drop our
bombs on the aerodrome (and we couldn't have dropped them anyway, as
there was a solid overcast). But we claimed six fighter kills of our
own, five from our two remaining aces. I ordered Master Sgt. Williamson
to stay in the top turret instead of helping me fly once we lost our
pilot, as he is an excellent gunner, and he justified my decision by
shooting down three fighters.

Any thoughts of a milk run ended over northern France. The P-47 cover
was getting thin when four fighters approached us, and three hit us.
One sent shells right at us at the controls; Capt. Nelson was hit in the
head, and I got lucky because I was leaning over to try to help him.
While I couldn't help, I was just hit in the ear by shrapnel that would
otherwise have hit my face.

Meanwhile, I heard a call over the intercom alerting the tail gunner of
three passing fighters, but no acknowledgement; Sgt. Smith had been hit
in the chest.

Now flying solo, I went on toward the target, but an Me-110 over Paris
got several shells through the nose cone, seriously wounding both
crewmen there. With solid overcast over the area, we wouldn't be
bombing the primary target anyway, and I didn't want to take any further
risks with our depleted crew on an unaimed bombing run at a target of
opportunity, so we jettisoned the bombs. (At that point, we didn't even
have a navigator who could try to fill in for the bomb run; Sgt. Murphy
would have been the toggler.)

On the return trip, Lt. Fitzpatrick and Lt. Abramson, both already
incapacitated, got hit by additional shells and bled to death. The
remaining gunners picked up the slack, and the plane kept flying very
well until the north of France, when the final wave of fighters
destroyed the intake of the #1 engine.

With the bombs already gone, we kept up to speed on three engines, and I
called MSgt. Williamson down to assist me with the landing. He warned
me that neither wing flap was working, so we would have to land at a
higher speed than normal. I have training on no-flap landings, but this
was my first time with a real one. We burned some rubber with the
brakes but stopped safely 500 feet before the end of the runway.

Lt. Murphy McGuinness, a friend of mine from flight school, will be the new
pilot of the Indy Go. Only two of the original crew from the Royal
Purple are still with our crew; fortunately for the 8th, they are two of
our best gunners.

2nd Lt. Vince Dickinson
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)
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"Alright boys," Ed stood beside the Alymo's door, looking game despite the bandage on his head. Gathered in front of him was a partially scratch crew rounded up from the HQ section and his replacement in 'C' Flight's crews. Sparks Douglas and Lou Prine had been pulled from their training duties. They'd been in an intense bull session with Levis, Watson, and Greene about their most recent missions until the Major had called out to the men. He was disappointed to note that Childers was still distancing himself from the rest of the crew, he'd have to add that to his list of things to talk with Tyler about.

Straightening up, Ed, nodded as the crew watched, "We're sure to have an interesting mission ahead of us, so I want every man to check his ammo feeds and guns as soon as possible. Hopefully we'll attract plenty of Luftwaffe attention, so keep your eyes peeled and your belts clear. Good luck."

With that, with the help of crew chief Hall, Ed swung up into the Alymo
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Considering how busy their radio operator was, Ed had Dan switch his intercom over to radio, "All Pushover aircraft, this is Pushover Easy. We've had a failure in the fuel transmission system here. Should be able to keep up all the way back to England but it'll be a close run thing."
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A short time later the rest of the squadron watched as the wildly inaccurate flak burst in the heavy rain clouds. Suddenly, the Alymo's starboard wing burst into flame; for a few seconds she flew on, then with what may have been a hasty 'Shit!' over an open mic the Alymo exploded into a spectacular fireball that briefly evaporate some of the falling rain.


Tough luck guys, a FLAK burst set the wing on fire over Villacoublay; I rolled a six on the modified table... guess that means the end of my twenty-five mission survivors and ace gunners. There's no special modifier for extinguishing a fire in the rain is there?
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After Action Report #C3M70
June 29th 1943

A/C name (number): "Alymo"
Pilot: Major Edward Acton
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Easy
Mission #: 70/28/1
Target: Aerodrome, Villacoublay, Occupied France
Secondary Target: N/A
Position P/S: Lead/Middle


Crew/Status/Actions:
Pilot: Maj. Edward Acton/LW/Returned
-Legion of Merit
-Distinguished Service Cross
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-Purple Heart w/ thirteen clusters
-Missions Completed: 28
Co-Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Dave Scott/LW/Captured
-Purple Heart
-Missions Completed: 1
Nose Gunner: T-4 Andrew Childers/KIA
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 8.5
-Missions Completed: 4
Navigator: 2Lt. Pat Murray/OK/Captured
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): .5
-Missions Completed: 2
Flt Engineer: TSgt. Louis Prine/OK/Returned
-Legion of Merit
-Distinguished Service Cross
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ cluster
-Air Medal
-Purple Heart w/ three clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 64.3
-Missions Completed: 26
R/O: MSgt. Dan 'Sparks' Douglas/OK/Returned
-Legion of Merit
-Air Medal
-Purple Heart w/ three clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 5
-Missions Completed: 26
Ball Gnr: SSgt. Erik Watson/OK/Returned
-Purple Heart
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ cluster
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 36.5
-Missions Completed: 17
Port Wst: Sgt. Joe Levis/OK/Captured
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 4
-Missions Completed: 6
Strb Wst: Sgt. David Turner/KIA
-Missions Completed: 2
Tail Gnr: Sgt. Israel Green/OK/Captured
-Purple Heart w/cluster
-Air Medal
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 7
-Missions Completed: 6


Medal Recommendations:
Purple Heart
Major Edward Acton: one cluster
1st Lieutenant David Scott
Sergeant David Turner, posthumously

Enemy Aircraft Claimed:
Master Sergeant Daniel Douglas: 1xMe-110, 1xMe-109, 1xFw-190
Technical Sergeant Louis Prine: 1xFw-190 probable, 1xMe-109 probable
Staff Sergeant Erik Watson: 1xMe-110, 1x Fw-190, 2xMe-109 probable
Technician 4th Grade Andrew Childers: 1xMe-110 probable, 2xFe-190 probable
Sergeant Joseph Levis: 1xFw-190, 1xMe-109
Sergeant Israel Green: 2xFw-190

B-17 Status: Total loss
Exploded over Occupied France


Mission Description:
Yes sir, we're glad to be back here in England. Sorry about the Alymo Chase, that flak burst had to be one in a million with all that cloud cover. Up to that point it was an alright mission; we attracted a fair amount of fighters but the men weren't having a good day shooting. Once we got in the air and the gunners had test fired their guns we formed up in the lead position of the group. Despite having a rather eclectic crew I had high hopes. We encountered our first opposition right off the coast of England in Zone 2; we had three Me-110s come at us from all angles. Low at 1:30, high at 7:30, and one at 9:00 low. Watson, Childers, and Dan Douglas were quick to see our callers off. Childers was the only one who didn't destroy his target outright, though to be fair his 110 probably wouldn't recover from that dive. A surprise 109 dove in on us from the clouds, but missed his mark.

Zone Three and Zone Four were the cavalcade of Focke-Wolfs accompanied by a pair of Me-109s; we saw five between the too of them. The crew responded swiftly; of those five only one managed to cause superficial damage and none escaped intact. Two were probably destroyed while three were confirmed kills. Both 109s were repeating their earlier companion's trick with corresponding success. Over what we presume was the target area (according to our navigators) we encountered heavier resistance; more 190s and 109s. This time, Dan downed one of the high 109s while everyone else seemed to have taken leave of their skills. Two 190s made passes, causing limited superficial damage to the radio compartment and tail area. Unfortunately, in the midst of these attacks Prine reported that the fuel transfer system was failing on us. He estimated that with the present fuel on hand we would probably be able to make it back at least to one of the emergency fields if not Elveden itself. Things were looking good until the flak came up from the airfield. Of course it wasn't very accurate with the total overcast, they were probably just blind firing at our engine noise.

That was accurate enough though, when a flak burst above the starboard wing set the inboard fuel tank on fire. I immediately took emergency action and after notifying the group I dove out of formation in an attempt to extinguish the fire. It worked for a little while, but when the fire did begin to spread across the wing and fuselage I ordered the crew to bailout. From what I understand, T-4 Childers struck the wing and was killed. No one saw Sgt. Turner open his parachute either. With the weather as bad as it was on the ground as it was in the air; Watson, Prine, Douglas, and myself all managed to make our way to resistance cells (or in the case of Watson were found by them). I landed near Lt. Scott who had been wounded in the leg by a bullet fragment but was unable to support him due to my own wounds. We decided to split up and try to escape individually. I regret agreeing to that now, since the Red Cross has informed us that he was captured with the rest of the crew. What is probably Childers' remains were recovered by the Germans as well, but there was no means of identifying the corpse. Sgt. Turner's body remains missing.

Major Edward Acton
Alymo
HQ, 153rd BS, 281st BG(H)


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No, no, and thrice no ! Ed Acton can't die...

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devastating news... shake

but didnt "Alymo" had a RABBIT FOOT unused??
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kastrologos wrote:
devastating news... shake

but didnt "Alymo" had a RABBIT FOOT unused??


Yes, she did. Perhaps Major Acton can still avoid his appointment with destiny ! Truly, "A Matter Of Life And Death"...

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1st Lt Damoklis and his crew volunteers for the tail end position.
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"Sir as I recall you said:

"When you get back, and I assume you will sweet talk your way out of getting sacked as well as you did to get into one, your crew will fly tail-end-Charlie so no one can follow you to another bomber group. UNDERSTOOD!!"

Therefore Lt. Ruff-Diamond and the crew of Right Carry On reporting for detached duty to the 151st BS as tail end Charlie, as ordered."

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..."Lt Damoklis, I know you enjoy taking on half the Luftwaffe but I promised 2nd Lt. Ruff-Diamond that he was to fly the tail end position and I'll be damned if he will get out of this duty."

The Major dismissed the lieutenant and went back to allocating crews to the upcoming mission.



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"Sir as I recall you said:

"When you get back, and I assume you will sweet talk your way out of getting sacked as well as you did to get into one, your crew will fly tail-end-Charlie so no one can follow you to another bomber group. UNDERSTOOD!!"

Therefore Lt. Ruff-Diamond and the crew of Right Carry On reporting for detached duty to the 151st BS as tail end Charlie, as ordered."


Jamie you have T.E.C. this mission!
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kastrologos wrote:
devastating news... shake

but didnt "Alymo" had a RABBIT FOOT unused??


Unfortunately used in the previous hit from the flak burst to prevent the death of the pilot and co-pilot shake

EDIT: Jim just reminded me that Ed, Dan, and Lou each have their own Rabbits Feet! Back to the dice!
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You can still only count on the Alymo's protection through Zone 5 outbound; I did the best I could but I'm afraid the gunship is going to be a total loss. cry Edited mission report to follow.

I observed the fire spread along the wing and fuselage of the Alymo over France through the clouds. Major Acton radioed the group that the crew was about to bailout; I think I observed ten men bailout, though only eight parachutes opened before they disappeared back into the clouds.

1st Lt. Harrison Tyler, 153rd BS


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Damoklis left Major's office with a feeling of despair.
"Maybe its for the best, well a few bottles of wine mixed with some tobacco will give my men a pleasant night, ahh what the hell, its not my time yet and i hope that Lt. Ruff will make it through", and with these thoughts he went straight to his crew to announce the Pfalzstaff's decision.
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OK Jim I got the tail.

Sorry Alex, if I manage to nail a bandit and survive I will dedicate it to the Lucky undertaker.

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jeywhy wrote:
Therefore Lt. Ruff-Diamond and the crew of Right Carry On reporting for detached duty to the 151st BS as tail end Charlie, as ordered.


"Hey Buddy. Stay sharp. I'll be right in front of ya, so don't go down. My tail gunner is a bit of an Ace so I've ordered him to be liberal with the ammo and shoot at anything he sees. If we can distract anyone away from you, we will. I've got a score to settle. Showdown. New Kansas."

-Lt. Seth Gecko, Santanico Pandemonium

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GeneSteeler wrote:
jeywhy wrote:
Therefore Lt. Ruff-Diamond and the crew of Right Carry On reporting for detached duty to the 151st BS as tail end Charlie, as ordered.


"Hey Buddy. Stay sharp. I'll be right in front of ya, so don't go down. My tail gunner is a bit of an Ace so I've ordered him to be liberal with the ammo and shoot at anything he sees. If we can distract anyone away from you, we will. I've got a score to settle. Showdown. New Kansas."

-Lt. Seth Gecko, Santanico Pandemonium



We sure appreciate your lookin out for us rookies. We'll try and keep the back door clear. Good luck with the pay-back.

Lt. Sidney Ruff-Diamond, Right Carry On
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