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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. For our first trip after our break, we took a beating. We had multiple aborts and three planes lost to combat. One our YB-40. The 92nd BG has supplied us with another gunship, the ‘Custards Last Stand‘. We will need a crew for her. Alas we are going…” 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, 11/12/18 ), 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.


”… back to Hamburg”! The room went deadly silent as the curtain was pulled back revealing a line to....” Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION Seventy-seven:
Date: Monday, July 26, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Hamburg, Germany. U-Boat Yards
Secondary Target: Hamburg, Germany. Nuehof Power Station (20 Miles SW of primary)

Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb H.E M43. Bombs
Bombing Altitude: 27,000 ft (High Group)

Gazetteer:
Outbound / Inbound: Zone 2: –2 W / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W / Zone 5: -1 W / Zone 6: -1 W / Zone 7: 0 G / Zone 8: 0 G

Primary Target Flak O/B: Medium
Primary Target Flak I/B: Light

Primary Target Weather: Good 8/10 Cloud Cover (Can’t bomb go to secondary)
Secondary Target Weather: 3/10 clear (bomb Nuehof Power Station)
Base Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud Cover (No modifiers)

(56th FG’s P-47 outbound and 4th FG’s P-47 inbound)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: none
Zone 5 inbound: none
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: fair

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

Mission Special Rules:

WE NEED A VOLUNTEER FOR THIS MISSION TO FLY THE YB-40!
(Note: no need to be in the 152st BS to fly the YB-40. You'll be temporarily transferred for the mission)
[see note (a) below]


A) The “Custards Last Stand” is ready to go. Looking for a volunteer to fly the Gun Ship, “Custards Last Stand” (YB-40-30-VE 42-5925). This ship will be in the No. 1 slot with the lead squadron, 152st BS. Also, we still need volunteers for upcoming missions, if anyone would like to take the beast of a Fortress on a future mission GM me and I will assign you on the first available mission. The Gun Ships is allotted on a first come first served basis. The 281st will only fly one YB-40 per mission though.

Also, due to the YB-40’s presents, everyone in the 152st, except the volunteer, are afforded the benefit of removing one enemy fighter per attacking wave. This is on top of any “Little Friends” cover removals. I suggest you remove fighters randomly, but use whatever you use to remove enemy fighters due to “Little Friends.”

As with previous mission, I would like the volunteer to get his flight in as-soon-as-possible so others know if the YB-40 had to leave formation early.

Remember whoever takes the Custards Last Stand out this mission: You will have to put extra fuel tanks in the bomb bay as the YB-40s could not go beyond six (6) zones without them. This means that any "bomb" hits in the bomb bay hit the extra fuel tanks instead - with similar disastrous results

B) Please note that the 303rd BG history states that the attacks were mostly FW190’s. To recreate this convert all Me110’s, Me410’s or Ju88’s to FW190’s.

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-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 77 flew to Hamburg and Hannover. Part of the 1BW went to Hamburg and the other part went to Hannover. The 4BW bombed convoy’s. 303 Fortresses sortied with only 199 making their targets. There were twenty-four plane lost and six crew killed in returning Fortress’s. Twenty-Eight men were wounded. 198 men were MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission 54, The 303rd went to Hamburg with good results.

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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 77 [Hamburg, Germany. R/I]

- 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: 2nd Lt. Harold Parsons Crew in "Jane"
---- Tail: 2nd Lt. Mainwearing's Crew in "Uninvited Guest"
---- YB-40: 2nd Lt. LaPorte's Crew in “Custards Last Stand” (YB-40-30-VE 42-5925)


Capt George Anderson's Crew in "Big Red Machine" [AAR]

Capt. Seth Gecko's Crew in "Santanico Pandemonium" [AAR]

Capt. Broderick Young's Crew in "Here We Go Again" [AAR], 1st Report

Capt. Benjamin Willard's Crew in "The Crystal Ship" [AAR]

1Lt. Jack Keough's Crew in "MY SWELL GAL" [AAR] [MIA]

1st Lt. Robert Schoens Crew in "Silver Dollar" [AAR]

1st Lt. Frank Vincent's Crew in "Green Machine" (B17F-65-BO 42-111111) [AAR]

1st Lt. Walter Zabalaoui's Crew in "Tru Bella II" (B-17F-65-B0 42-29697) [AAR], 1st Report

2nd Lt. LaPorte's Crew in “Custards Last Stand” (YB-40-30-VE 42-5925) [AAR] (YB-40)

2Lt George Mainwearing's crew in "Absent Friends" [AAR] MIA

2nd Lt. Charles Skordalias Crew in "Nymph" [AAR]


Lt. Col. Chase Pfalzstaff
Deptuy Commander
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ

(edits; Crews added)
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Lieutenant LaPorte from the 153rd volunteers to fly the gunship this mission.
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The crew and myself of Jane would like to volunteer for lead.

2nd Lt. Harold Parsons
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Hamburg again ! Jim is a sadist...





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With a bit of luck and a following wind I may actually get to fly this mission

2Lt Mainwearing volunteers for the tail-end slot
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Gentelmen your request are granted!

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: 2nd Lt. Harold Parsons Crew in "Jane"
---- Tail: 2nd Lt. Mainwearing's Crew in "Uninvited Guest"
---- YB-40: 2nd Lt. LaPorte's Crew in “Custards Last Stand” (YB-40-30-VE 42-5925)

Good Luck and Gods Speed...

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Hamburg again ! Jim is a sadist...




Me... ME! ...a sadist, I just print them as I am directed from High Command. (ie “The Mighty Eighth : War Diary” by Roger A. Freeman's book) shake

So blame Mr Freeman and the HQ of the Mighty Eighth. I'm just the evil messenger!

At least I'm using the original Gazetteer this time. whistle ...what? Oh the enemy fighter situations... I don't understand your issue! ninja

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Alright, I'll hopefully be able to get this in after my exam today.
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"For what we are about to receive, may we be truly thankful."

Hopefully this won't be as bad as the last mission...
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The 152nd will have gunship coverage all the way.

After Action Report #C3M77
July 26th 1943

A/C name (number): "Custards Last Stand" (YB-40-30-VE 42-5925)
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Laurie LaPorte
Unit: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Doormat Foxtrot
Mission #: 77/1/7
Primary Target: U-Boat Yards, Hamburg, Germany
Secondary Target: Nuehof Power Station, Greater Hamburg, Germany
Position P/S: Lead/Middle


Crew/Status/Actions:
Pilot: 2Lt. Laurie LaPorte/OK
-Home: Zap, North Dakota
-Serial Number: O-7974083 (DC)
-Missions Completed: 7
Co-Pilot: 2Lt. Frank Erskine/OK
-Home: Schenectady, New York
-Serial Number: O-9852662 (OCS)
-Missions Completed: 2
Nose Gunner: F/O Charles Morgan/OK
-Home: Nebraska City, Nebraska
-Serial Number: T-73495
-Air Medal
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 3
-Missions Completed: 2
Navigator: F/O Robert Choi/OK
-AC Total (mission inclusive): .5
-Missions Completed: 1
Flt Engineer: T-4 Nelson Husbands/OK
-Home: Los Angeles, California
-Serial Number: 39506396 (DRF)
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 9.5
-Missions Completed: 6
R/O: T-3 Norman Hall/OK
-Home: Frederick, Maryland
-Serial Number: 13199771 (RA)
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Air Medal w/ cluster
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 5.5
-Missions Completed: 10
Ball Gnr: Sgt. Lionel Riederer/OK
-Home: Farmington, New Mexico
-Serial Number: 20893468 (NMNG)
-Distinguished Flying Cross (pending)
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 7.5
-Missions Completed: 4
Port Wst: Sgt. Rufus Yoes/KIA
-Home: South Norwalk, Connecticut
-Serial Number: 31249434 (DRF)
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 1
-Missions Completed: 4
Strb Wst: Sgt. Simon Aydelott/LW
-Home: Belgrade, Montana
-Serial Number: 19376393 (RA)
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-AC Total (mission inclusive): .5
-Missions Completed: 4
Tail Gnr: SSgt. Kelly Tellier/KIA
-Home: Camden, New Jersey
-Serial Number: 32855544 (DRF)
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Purple Heart
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 10
-Missions Completed: 7


Medal Recommendations:
Flight Officer Charles Morgan: Air Medal
Technician 3rd Grade Norman Hall: Air Medal w/ cluster
Staff Sergeant Kelly Tellier: Purple Heart (posthumous)
Sergeant Simon Aydelott: Purple Heart
Sergeant Rufus Yoes: Purple Heart (posthumous)
Sergeant Lionel Riederer: Distinguished Flying Cross
Technician 4th Grade Nelson Husbands: Air Medal

Enemy Aircraft Claimed:
2nd Lieutenant Frank Erskine: 1 x Fw-190 probable
Flight Officer Charles Morgan: 3 x Me-109
Technician 3rd Grade Norman Hall: 1 x Fw-190, 3 x Fw-190 probable
Staff Sergeant Kelly Tellier: 1 x Me-109, 1 x Fw-190 probable
Technician 4th Grade Nelson Husbands: 2 x Me-109, 3 x Fw-190 probable
Sergeant Lionel Riederer: 4 x Fw-190, 1 x Me-109, 1 x Fw-190 probable
Sergeant Simon Aydelott: 1 x Fw-190 probable

Enemy Aircraft Encountered:
Single Engine: 31
Twin Engine: 0

WIN/LOSS?: WIN
Percentage of AE damaged: 70%
Bombing Altitude: 27,000 ft.

B-17 Status:
Both ailerons inoperable, #2 engine inoperable, engineer's turret inoperable, tail turret inoperable, radio destroyed; superficial damage to the pilot's compartment, nose, ammunition bay, radio room, and widespread perforation of the fuselage


Mission Description:

To be filed after he wakes up.

2nd Lt. Laurie LaPorte, USAAF
153rd BS, 281st BG (H)


Replacements:
Tail gunner
Port waist gunner

2Lt. Irving Hardge: RTD five days
2Lt. Melvin Sullivan: RTD two days
2Lt. Samuel Binder: RTD twenty days
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After Action Report

B-17: Green Machine, B17F-65-BO-42-111111
Pilot: 1st Lt. Frank Vincent
Squadron: 152nd
Mission:77
Date:July 26, 1943
Target:Hamburg-U Boat Yards (secondary: Neuhof Power Station)
Position:Middle squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Frank Vincent (1)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Arthur Christopher (1)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Jesse Franklin (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Oscar Romero (1)
Engineer MSgt. Andrew Victorian * (1)
Radio Operator Sgt. David Oxford (1)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Boris Alexandrovich (1)
Port Waist Sgt. Leslie Farnsworth (1)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Harold Black (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Carl Majors (1)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb Run: 0%
Fighters claimed:
Engineer MSgt. Victorian: 1 Me-109

B-17 Status:
Bomb controls out

Replacements:
none

Debrief:
This was a milk run, and the comparison to the horror stories I heard
from yesterday's mission was dramatic. It did help to be behind the
Custard's Last Stand, but we only saw 11 fighters and were only attacked
by four, with three driven off by fighter cover, three by the Last
Stand, and one shot down by MSgt. Victorian.

Unfortunately, even milk runs aren't always successful. I thought we
had avoided the flak when we reached our primary target, but thick
overcast made the target impossible to sight, so we turned southwest for
a secondary target, a power station. We were hit by the edge of one
flak burst. But that flak burst knocked out the bomb controls as well
as buffeting us off course during the bomb run. Lt. Franklin said that
he didn't have time to realign the Norden sight properly after the flak
hit, and the manual bomb drop was too late anyway. The bombs landed a
mile beyond the target.

The Green Machine returns from its maiden mission in excellent
condition; the bomb control levers and a dent in the bomb bay doors are
the only repairs needed.

1st Lt. Frank Vincent
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)
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"Reports coming in from the 153rd, Captain Young, made the turn for home and now dropping from formation. No radio contact."
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Ed reclined in the sun, worn cap pulled down over his eyes. "Any word from the squadron yet?" he asked Prine around a now customary cigarette. The Sergeant pushed back the earphones, "They've hit the target sir; Young called in that he was dropping out of formation. Nothing since then." The Major's jaw muscles tightened.
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Lt. Col. Chase Pfalzstaff, sir? I am sorry to report that we just got word that the Jane and her crew were shot down just after releasing payload their ordnance....
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Hamburg AAR



Mission 77/Bomber 2
Squadron : 153rd
Pilot : Captain Willard
B-17 : The Crystal Ship

Crew :-

Pilot Cptn Willard (1)
CoPilot Lt Morrison (1)
Navigator Lt Manzarek (1)
Bombardier Lt Kurtz * (1)
Engineer Mstr Sgt Phillips * (1)
Radio Operator Sgt Krieger (1)
Ball Turret Sgt Johnson #* (1)
Waist Gunner Sgt Miller * (1)
Waist Gunner Sgt Hicks (1)
Tail Turret Sgt Densmore (1)

() : missions previously completed.
# : 5 fighters previously claimed.
* : fighters previously claimed.
^ : half fighter previously claimed.

Fighters claimed : 3 x Me 109, 1 x FW 190.
Bombing results : 20%.
Injuries : Frostbite for Sergeant Miller, light wounds for Sergeant Krieger.


Debrief



Hamburg again ! Carry me caravan, take me away, take me to Portugal, take me to Spain... Not even twelve hours since we lost half the Group in that hellhole, and the Brass send us back. The war was being run by a bunch of four-star clowns who were going to give away the whole show.

At least we were in the low squadron today, so hopefully Fritz would leave us alone. And so it proved, for a while at least. As we reached the limit of our fighter cover, four 109s made a pass at us. Miller scared one off, and Densmore claimed his first with a passing shot, but one hit us on two passes, knocking out the starboard aileron and Miller's suit heat. The radio room popgun jammed on its first shot.

I told Miller we were staying in formation, so he'd better keep busy. He took it pretty well. Krieger managed to botch the repair of his gun, earning him a rocket from Chief Phillips. That was interrupted by three more 109s, but the boys had their range, and two blew up while Hicks scared one off. We picked up our first 190s in zone 7, and couldn't hit them, but they just dented Krieger a little bit and flew off.

Reaching Hamburg, we found it socked in with cloud, and no way of precision-bombing the U-Boat base, so the Group leader diverted us to a power station just outside the target area. O' course, he took us through the flak barrage first... with no secondary defences to speak of, Kurtz managed to drop some of our load right across the cooling towers. The krauts seemed to be elsewhere, and we just picked up one 109 to our front. Manzarek got a lucky hit on him, and he spiralled away. Hicks came on air to say that Miller was showing signs of frostbite, but I sure as hell wasn't leaving the Group while we were so deep in Germany. Never get out of the boat, right ?

Two 190s attacked us as we left the target area, and although Johnson and Phillips hit both of them, they pressed home and one raked us. Most of the damage was insignificant, but Krieger picked up another scratch and the port elevator was shot to scrap. When he came back for another go, Manzarek nailed his ass ! Perhaps his shooting's better than lucky, after all.

After that attack, the squadrons closed up, and their defensive box fire kept all the krauts off us for the next three zones. The Germans must have lost heart after that, as we didn't see any more, and we had a good touchdown on the tarmac. Miller sloped off to see the doc, and has some cream for his frostbitten nose. Since he doesn't need it to fire his guns, he's up for the next mission.

Captain Benjamin Willard




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After Action Report (AAR)
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Schoens
Mission: 77 (1)
B-17: Silver Dollar
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Target: Hamburg (Secondary Target - Nuehof Power Station)

Crew Assigned:
Bombardier 2nd Lt Glenn Hudson (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt Raymond Hanson (1)
Pilot 1st Lt Robert "Bob" Schoens (1)
Co-Pilot 2nd M.W. Peck (1)
Engineer Msgt William Eresman (1) *
Radio Operator Tsgt John Griffith (2)
Ball Gunner Sgt Edward Silverstone (1)
Port Waist Gunner Sgt William "Billy" Wright (1)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt George Roach (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt Donald Blair


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions


Claims: Engineer W. Eresman (1) FW190

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Co-Pilot M.W. Peck (KIA)

Bomb Drop: On Target - 60%

B-17's Disposition: Radio Out, Starboard wing root hit, (6) superficial hits.

Mission Description: After the last mission to Hamburg the three "veterans" said it was because when you went there, you came out like ground meat. But, aside from our co-pilot M.W. Peck's death, we had a pretty smooth mission. We were in the high squadron and were briefed that, although enemy resistance was believed to be lighter than usual, were jumped on by (3) ME109's in zone 3. The boys from the 56th drove off one fighter that had the markings of an Ace pilot. He was tailed by a rookie and he was obviously in no hurry to face a battle with us. He missed by a mile and the other bogey missed as well.

In zone 5, our engineer tallied his first kill with a beautiful leading shot on an FW190. We saw the grey chute pop out against the background but his aircraft won't see the light of day anymore.

The next two zones the Rapture Time squadron drew off waves from the Silver Dollar. Much appreciated boys. Good thing we're new here and have lots of spending money, since we look to buy a few rounds.

Over the target, the Luftwaffe was a bit more determined to protect the target area. The primary was socked in with an 8/10th's cover so we turned towards the Nuehof Power Plant. Flak was accurate and we took (6) hits, the only real damage being the radio blown clean out of Grif's top hatch and a root hit on the starboard wing.

Glenn took over on the Norden and Ed in the ball turret followed the bombs all the way in reporting 6 of the 10 striking within 1,000 feet of the plant. Several explosions and damage to roads leading into the area.

Turning for home, the boys really tucked the ships in a tight formation and it was good since we picked up another 190 and 109 shortly after leaving the light flak bursts outside the plant. The 190 put 2 shells into the starboard wing, but she just absorbed the damage. The 109 pilot missed and was gone. The Focke Wulf returned and tried our 6 position but between Don in the tail and Ed in the ball, they filled him with enough lead that he was smoking badly after peeling off.

Over zone 7, the squadron again drove off a wave of bandits and we started to think we may have to wire for some more money for drinks at the Dog and Duck!

Once we picked up the Thunderbolts from the 4th FG, there were no Germans ready to tangle with us. The P-47's were very aggressive and kept right on us.

We lined up the runway after looking for other ships firing flares and set her down nice and easy. She should be ready for the next mission and we should be too.

Robert "Bob" Schoens - First Pilot

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B-17: MY SWELL GAL
Pilot: 1Lt. Jack Keough
Squadron: 154 (Low-Low)
Mission 77 (1)

Did Bomber Bomb Target: NO
Damage to enemy aircraft: Damaged 1xBf110

Disposition of Aircraft: Destroyed



MY SWELL GAL was last seen on fire, diving out of formation, in an attempt to put out the fire in the port wing outboard fuel tank. (in Zone 4 - outbound)


Communication from Royal Navy, Great Yarmouth:

To Commanding Officer, 281 Bombardment Wing

Re: Rescue of downed Aircrewmen

Sir, We have the pleasure to inform you that one of our patrol craft have plucked several of your aircrewmen out of the North Sea.
They are: Talek, Stefen, MSgt., Holt, Robert, Sgt., and Fallouchi, Rolando, Sgt. They have stated that their B-17 was attacked by several Bf110 fighters and the outboard fuel tank of the port wing was set ablaze. They said Lt. Keough (the pilot), dove in an attempt to extinguish the flames, but that the fire spread and Lt. Keough ordered the crew to abandon ship.
Your men are being taken well attended to and when our doctor believes them to be fit for travel, we'll send them back to you.

Respectfully,

Patrick FitzDonally, RNR
Adj-Commander
Patrol Boat Squadron C
Greater Yarmouth


MY SWELL GAL Crew LAS:

Keough, Jack, 1Lt. Pilot
Levy, Mordaci, 2Lt. CoPilot
Custer, William, 2Lt., Bombardier
Mahan, Jeffery, 2Lt. Navigator
Ronson, Charles, Sgt., Radio Operator
Carmichael, Bruce, Sgt. BT Gunner
Keating, Joseph, Sgt. SW Gunner


[ Have now lost three bombers in two missions ! ]
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Kozzackkelt wrote:
[ Have now lost three bombers in two missions ! ]


Welcome to the 281st Virtual Bomber Group (H)!

Do as I learned to do. Ask the dice for NO bomb bay or wing hits prior to rolling for location. Sometimes it works, other times yuk!

Just keep putting those aircraft up. We need all the support we can get.
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As the squadron turns over the North Sea a small group of Messerschmitt’s blast through the 154th bomber squadron landing 20mm shells in the nose of the right plane in the lead element of the low squadron. The following transmission was received by the lead plane,

"Greenhorn three to Greenhorn one, Greenhorn three to Greenhorn one.."

"Greenhorn three has a man down unable to bomb. We are going home"

"...sorry we will be of no use over the prize"

1st Lt. Walter Zabalaoui's Crew in "Tru Bella II" (B-17F-65-B0 42-29697) leaves the formation around 100 miles out from base and turn for home.

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After Action Report

Pilot: 2Lt George Mainwearing
B17: Absent Friends


Sqdn: 154th
Mission: 77 (this bomber 1)
Target: Hamburg - Ship building yards (Secondary - Nuehof Power Plant)
Position: Low-Low (Tail)


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Message from International Red Cross, Zurich, Switzerland

To the Commanding Officer, 281 Bombardment Group, 8th US AirForce

Re: Captured Aircrew

Please be informed that we have interviewed two American airmen who are being held in Northern Germany.

We can confirm their identities as:

Clarke, George, Sgt.
Bracewell, Thomas, Sgt

When interviewed both airman reported that they were rescued from the North Sea by a patrol boat of the German Navy. They had bailed out from their plane due to an engine fire. They further stated that three of the crew did not bail out:

Egan, EC, 2Lt
Gordon, Claude, 2Lt
Blewitt, Sidney, 2Lt

There is no further information concerning the remaining members of the crew who are presumed to have been lost at sea:

Mainwearing, George, 2Lt
Godfrey, Charles, Mst.Sgt
Hodges, William, Sgt
Cheeseman, Charles, Sgt
Frazer, James, Sgt



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Mission: 77(2)
Target: Hamburg, Germany - Ship building yards (Secondary - Nuehof Power Plant)
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low
Bomb run: 0%

Crew:
Pilot – Capt George (Sparky) Anderson (2) -
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Fred Norman (2) -
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Tony (Big Dog) Perez (2) -
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Joe Morgan (2) -
Engineer - SSgt. David Concepcion (2) – Claimed FW190 just prior to target
Radio Op.- TSgt. Pete (Charlie) Rose (2) -
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Ken Griffey ** (2) –
Port Waist - Sgt. Darrly Chaney (1) –
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Dan Driessen (1) -
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Johnny Bench (2)-

* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Peckham Points - 2.

Aircraft Status – Almost in mint condition. Jerry couldn’t get to us on this mission.

Mission Report – We didn’t get a German fighter near us until right before the bombing zone when five FW190s were all around us. Our guns were blazing non-stop and Conception claimed he got one. Not a bullet hit us. We then dropped our bombs on what we now think were some grain silos and not a power plant. Have to work on target recognition.

Flak was not an issue and we had seven FW190s harass us on the way home. The only scary moment was having three FW190s come at us head-on just off the coast of England. P47s mixed it up with them and that must have made them jumpy, because we didn’t get hit one time. Crew noted that all fighters were FW190s.

Ready for next mission. Other than missing with the bombs, this was a milk run.

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Unfortunately the replacement aircraft for the Right Carry On is unserviceable with contaminated fluid in the hydraulic system. The ground crew are working on her now and will hopefully have the aircraft on the line for the next mission.

(In the real world that means domestic duties related to the festive season got in the way )
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