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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Yesterday’s mission was a great improvement with only one plane taking enough much damage that it was Category-E. Everyone else made it home from this mission. With such great results, HQ has scheduled us an appointment to Germany… ” 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, 12/04/22 ), and “damjon” will prepare an End of Mission 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.


”… “ Stuttgart Germany .”....” Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION Ninety-first:
Date: Friday, September 6, 1943 (3 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Stuttgart, Germany. Robert Bosch A.G. Factory,
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load: 10x 500 lb M-43 G.P. bombs
Bombing Altitude: 25,100 ft (High Group)

Gazetteer:
Outbound & InBound: Zone 2: –2 W / Zone 3: -1 B / Zone 4: -1 B / Zone 5: -1 B / Zone 6: 0 B-G / Zone 7: 0 G / Zone 8: +1 G

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

Primary Target Weather: bad 10/10 Cloud (-2 on O-6 and B-2 tables)
Base Weather: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (No modifiers)

(353rd Fighter Groups P-47’s)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: none
Zone 6 inbound: none
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: fair
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: good

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

Mission Special Rules:

A) No special rules


Mission Map:


-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 91 for The Mighty Eighth saw the 1BD Going to Various Targets and the 3BD to Stuttgart. In today’s mission 338 Fortresses sortied with 162 bombing their targets. There was 45 planes lost and two crewmen killed in returning Fortress’s. Twenty-seven men were wounded. Three-hundred and thirty-three were listed MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their 67th mission. , The 303rd BS reported heavy weather over the target causing the group to go around three times before making a drop. Though the weather was very bad we are only going to make one trip over the target.…
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**Please read and follow as it will help me collate the information for the roster thread** Thank You!

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
B-17: "Bombs Alot/Miss Alot"


Also please add your Bombardment Squadron somewhere at the top too. This will help me in data entry. i.e. 154th BS

P.S. As I am keeping stats of the campaign for mission reports could you list your enemy aircraft probable and damage information as well as your kills in one short entry. Example: (KIA = 5, Prob = 2 & Damg = 5)

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281st BG (V) Aircraft Roster for Mission 91 [Stuttgart, Germany. I/A]

- 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: FO Geoffrey Silva's Crew in "Roo Crew"
---- Tail: 1st Lt. A. Jackson's Crew in "Fort McHenry" (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916)


151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Kelly Kelly's Crew in "Forty-Two" (B-17G-1-B0 42-31036) [AAR]
1st Lt. B. Petso's Crew in "Silver Dollar" [AAR]
2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis Crew in "Greek Drama" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31196) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
FO Rob Browning's Crew in "Cloud Cover" (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056) [AAR] (Aborted)
1st Lt. A. Jackson's Crew in "Fort McHenry" (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916) [AAR] Tail
1st Lt. Kevin Ward's Crew in Somewhere (B17G-30-DL-43-120409) [AAR]
2nd Lt John Garvey/Mjr Young's Crew in “Unknown Lass” [AAR], [1st Report]

153rd BS - GB:
Capt. Laurie LaPorte's Crew in "Belle of Baltimore II" (B-17F-115 42-30669) [AAR]
Capt. Vimes Crew in "Carpe Jugulum" [AAR]
1st Lt. Rick Robey's Crew in "Boeing’s Best" (B-17F-35-B0 42-5122) [AAR] (Aborted)
2nd Lt. Galicia's Crew in "MILKRUN MAIDEN" [AAR] MIA

154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Steve Biggins Crew in "Furs'-a-Flyin'" (B-17 G-20-80-42-31557) [AAR] (Pilot KIA)
1Lt. Costner/LTC Pfalzstaff's Crew in "Friendly Persuasion" (B-17F-45-VE 42-6065) [AAR] (Pilot KIA)
FO Geoffrey Silva's Crew in "Roo Crew" [AAR] Lead


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

(edits; Crews added)
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Rules used for B-17G version of the Flying Fortress



Thank you to Damjon for posting these rules earlier
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Sir, The crew of the Roo volunteers for Lead.

FO Browning, nudged his countryman, "I thought you said never to volunteer for lead?"

"Ah, well", FO Silva replied, "I guess it's our turn."

jasta6 wrote:
Though the weather was very bad we are only going to make one trip over the target.…[/COLOR]


That's good. I think flak is more lethal then fighters. I can't imagine how many we'd lose if we had to fly through the flak 3 times!robot
(and I take it there's no FC zone 7 & 8 either - just being a completist ).


From the historical mission report - "They were the third 303rd BG(H) crew to ditch and become "Goldfish Club" members."

I think we have a few of those ourselves in the 281st.
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zone 8 eh? thats the way aha aha i like it! Finally a shit hit the fan mission! I am sure that my son will be excited when he learns the news robot
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Sir,

The Fort McHenry of the 152nd volunteers to fly tail.

Thank you,

1st Lt. A Jackson



Jackson strolls back to his bomber from the morning briefing. As he passes the tail, he looks up his ace tail gunner, Sgt. Elliot, who is loading ammunition. “Hey Elliot” Jackson calls up, “you had better load extra today, we are flying in the back all the way to Germany.” Elliot grins, “So what do I get if I catch up with Perry (the top turret gunner) today, I am only four kills behind him!”
“My eternal gratitude, and two days in London” Jackson smiles back.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. A. Jackson
B-17: Fort McHenry (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916) (Mission 7)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 91, September 6, 1943
Target: Stuttgart, Germany. Robert Bosch A.G. Factory

Crew Assigned: Position: Rank & Name (mission #) Casualties, Kills, Probable, Damaged

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. W Bainbridge (1) SW K: 1-109 D: 1-109
Navigator: 2nd Lt. WH Harrison (10) K: 1-109 P:1-109,1-190
Pilot: 1st Lt. A Jackson (8) LW,LW
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. S. Decatur (10) KIA
Engineer: Mst. Sgt. OH Perry (10) K:3-109,1-110 P:1-110 D: 1-110
Radio Oper.: T.Sgt. W. Scott (10) LW,LW K: 2-109 D: 1-109
Ball Gunner: Sgt. H. Dearborn (10) K:1-110,2-190 P:1-109,1-110 D: 1-110
Pt Waist G: Sgt. J. Brown (3) SW
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. G Croghan (1) KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt. J. Elliott (10) KIA K: 1-109 D: 1-109

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 4, Average: 40, Green: 7

Enemy Fighters Hit: (KIA = 12, Prob = 5, Damg = 5)

Bomb Run: OFF target: 0% (dropped by acting bombardier Sgt. Brown)

B-17 Damage: Tail O2, Rudder, Radio Heat, Stb. Elevator, Stb Flat, Nav Equip, Elevator Controls, Control Cables, Radio, Stb Wing Root minor, Port Cheek Gun

Peckham Points: 193

Landing: Safe Landing at base in England by pilot and navigator

Special Note: 2nd Lt. Decatur, killed in action
Sgt. Croghan, killed in action
Sgt. Elliot, killed in action
2nd Lt. Bainbridge, serious wound, sent home to recover
Sgt. Brown, serious wound, sent home to recover
Sgt. Dearborn picks up kills five and six to become an ace gunner
Sgt. Brown, recommended for Distinguished Flying Medal




Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. A. Jackson

This morning at the briefing Decatur and I learned that the 152nd would be flying in low low position in the back. We volunteered to fly in the tail position. This seemed like a good idea until we were in the air. Looking in front of us we could see the might of the 281st. Behind us, nothing but open air and the Luftwaffe.

We have never seen so many fighters in one mission. The Luftwaffe sent 15 waves of fighters at us and not just those little waves of one or two planes that the escorts take care of, but big waves of four, five, and six planes. With so many targets our gunners found a great deal of success claiming an astounding 12 kills. Sgt. Dearborn picked three kills and became an ace and Sgt. Perry picked up four more to make fourteen. Perry did so much shooting this mission that at one point he had to skip a fighter wave to go get more ammo.

The Fort McHenry herself held together admirably today. Sgt. Perry reports even though the plan looks more like Swiss cheese than airplane, we actually sustained only a series of minor damage and will be ready for the next mission.

The crew is the real story today. Sgt. Croghan took two bullets to the chest in Zone 3. We had barely learned Croghan’s name and he was gone. Lt. Bainbridge was seriously wounded in Zone 6 so I moved Sgt. Brown up to the front to be the bombardier and fight the nose gun. After a quick read of the bombardier manual, Brown made the bomb run or at least dropped the bombs out of the plane. The bomb run was off target. Sgt. Elliot also died in the target zone, with my eternal gratitude and a two day pass that he will never use. Sgt. Scott moved back to tail gunner and got an impressive two kills and was wounded twice.

So we turned for home, with two dead and one seriously wounded. The Luftwaffe continued to punish the crew. A hail of gunfire into the pilot compartment wounded me and killed Lt. Decatur. Sgt. Brown was suddenly promoted from Bombardier to Co-pilot and moved up to help me fly the plane until he was seriously wounded himself. Lt. Harrison shifted back to help me safely land the plane.

It was a seven Purple Heart day for the Fort McHenry: three men dead, two going home, and two more wounded.

I would like to recommend Sgt. Brown for the Distinguished Flying Medal. Sgt. Brown began the mission as the Port Waist Gunner, then became the Bombardier long enough to make the drop, then helped fly the plane until he was seriously wounded himself.

After landing and taking care of the wounded any own wounds, I met with M/Sgt. Perry and our maintenance chief, M/Sgt. Lee, to discuss the repairs the Fort needed. Perry and Lee were carefully studying something they called the Peckham guide. “Sir, I think we have this new maintenance priority system down, we have calculated 193 points,” Perry stated flatly. “The book says we were lucky to get back.” “Are you sure is says that?” I responded. “Yes sir, right here” Perry said pointing to a paragraph at the bottom. I looked at the book and looked up at my battered bomber, smiled and told them “Get her ready to do it again”
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"Sir. Message coming in... Reports that Lt Garvey's plane, Unknown Lass, of the 152nd is dropping from formation over the target. Nobody is able to contact them via radio.

Major Young is flying with Lt. Garvey..."
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"Sir. Message coming in... Reports that Lt Garvey's plane, Unknown Lass, of the 152nd is dropping from formation over the target. Nobody is able to contact them via radio.

Major Young is flying with Lt. Garvey..."


Pfalzstaff's heart drops with the news. Barely audible "...first we thought we had lost Major Acton and now Major Young is out of formation over Germany..." he mumbles.

After a moment Chase just shakes his head and goes back to his duties.
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"Sir, another message coming in. FO Brownings Cloud Cover dropping out of formation and turned back before reaching target. Losing altitude"
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After Action Report

B-17: Somewhere, B17G-30-DL-43-120409
Pilot: 1st Lt. Kevin Ward
Squadron: 152nd
Mission: 91 (this bomber 1)
Date: September 6, 1943
Target: Stuttgart, factory
Position: Low-low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Kevin Ward (10) Air Medal
Copilot 2nd Lt. Antonio Velazquez (1)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. James Ferguson (7) KIA, Air Medal
Navigator 2nd Lt. Wally Monroe ** (7)
Engineer MSgt. Fred Hansen ** (10)
Radio Operator Sgt. Dave Oxford (10) Promoted to SSgt.
Ball Gunner Sgt. James Szymanski ## (8) Air Medal
Port Waist Sgt. Arthur Rickey (1)
Starboard Waist Sgt. George McWilliams (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Christopher Collins ** (4)
*=1 kill, #=5 kills

Bomb Run: 20%
Fighters claimed: 6 killed, 2 probable, 1 damaged
Engineer MSgt. Hansen: 2 Me-109s
Ball Gunner Sgt. Szymanski: 3 Me-110s
Tail Gunner Sgt. Collins: 1 Me-109

B-17 Status:
Rabbit's foot from previous mission unused
Intercom out
Port waist gun jammed and broken
Starboard elevator out
Tail guns out
#3 engine oil tank fire, out on first extinguisher
Starboard flap out
Pilot oxygen-1 hit
Copilot oxygen-1 hit
129 Peckham points

Replacements:
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Michael Powers

Debrief:
My deepest mission into the heartland was a success, but with one
serious regret. Lt. Ferguson dropped the bombs on target, but then a
fighter defending the target put a shell into his heart.

Despite the length of the mission, it appeared to be our lucky day on
the way out. Fighter resistance was very heavy (I counted 20), and the
P-47 fighter cover didn't help. However, our gunnery was excellent,
with four fighters shot down before we reached the target, and only one
hit us. That hit knocked out the interphone over Karlsruhe, which made
it a lot harder to target fighters for the rest of the trip.

The skies over the target were overcast, which knocked off the aim of
the flak gunners. I waited for a radio message from the lead bomber
that we would go around or look for a secondary target, but there was no
message, probably because we were close to our fuel limit. Lt. Monroe
says that he was able to track our position and acquire a target, and
Lt. Ferguson found a gap in the clouds, set the target on the Norden
sight, and dropped the bombs on the factory.

As we turned around, an Me-110 dodged our gunnery and made three firing
passes at us, hitting all three times and putting holes all over the
plane. The first pass, from the tail, jammed the starboard elevator
and set the #3 engine on fire; fortunately, the extinguishers worked.
The second pass, from the starboard wing, put two shells in the cockpit
oxygen system, but they damaged different tanks and the oxygen kept
flowing. And the third pass, from straight on, killed Lt. Ferguson.

Another fighter broke the tail turret at the same time, but with no
interphone, Sgt. Collins didn't know where he would be useful and stayed
at his post until we got a breather over Belgium. The breather was also
needed because the nose and top turret were low on ammo, and could use
the ammo from the broken tail guns. There wasn't much resistance at the
end, with close cover from the 353rd FG.

I have nominated Lt. Ferguson for a posthumous Air Medal for
successfully bombing a target that was almost impossible to find, and
Sgt. Szymanski for an Air Medal for killing three Me-110s on one mission
for a total of ten. Sgt. Oxford, with ten missions as radioman, earned
a promotion. MSgt. Hansen scored his first two kills and would be
recommended for promotion but he is already at the top enlisted rank.

I have been told that my application for promotion to Captain is on hold
due to my poor record on belly landings; in ten missions, I have
crash-landed three planes.

1st Lt. Kevin Ward
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)

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After Action Report (AAR) #91

Pilot: 1st Lt. Kelly Kelly
B-17G: Forty-Two

Sqdn.: 151st
Mission : 1
Target: Stuttgart
Position: Low

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Kelly Kelly (14)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Zaphod Beeblebrox (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Neuman Bee “Noobie” (4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Ford Prefect (1)
Engineer: MSgt. P. A. Marvin (1)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Arthur Dent (1)
Ball Gunner: SSgt. Kay Sloughter (23)###***
Port Waist: Sgt. Terry Toomba (4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Min Flite (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Zarni Woop (1)

(Mission Number)
* = fighters shot down
^= ½ fighter shot down
# = 5 Fighters shot down (ACE)

Bomb Drop : 0%

Fighters Encountered: 10
Fighters Driven off: 3

Enemy Confirmed Shot down: 2
Enemy Probable: 1
Enemy Damaged: 1

B-17s damage: Minimal – Rudder hit, Port Wing Aileron out, 6 superficial

Total hits: 8

Peckham Points: 26.

Mission Description:

Lt. Kelly talks less than a ham sandwich but the guy asked me if I was nervous being my first flight and all. I replied "I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. We are not gonna be great. We are not gonna be amazing. We are gonna be amazingly amazing!”

So we took Forty-Two over to Germany to see the sights, maybe catch a show, and bomb some factory so hard it’s cogs will be knocked toothless.

Some completely un-hip Germans tried to mess up our trousers but Noobie gave them one up the left nostril showing off the coolness of the twin turret chin gun.

We waved goodbye to a couple waves as they were waived off by some other Queens.

We spotted the factory through the thick clouds just as it spotted us. Out of the smoke stacks came some of the most accurate flak you’ve ever seen rocking us three times like a can-can dancer trying to do the waltz. Most improbably most of the damage was superficial, like a flea bite on a walrus’ backside.

Noobie did his best but we missed the target and hit a petunia field…

Bomb Drop : 0%

Some more fighters flew around us and Noobie gave another one a smack right on the kisser. But nothing more exciting happened except Arthur spilled some coffee on his slippers in the mess hall, but let’s talk some more about me…

(report abridged)

So hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis,
2nd Lt. Beeblebrox
Forty-Two

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2nd Lt. Beelblebrox, I think you need to check your oxygen supply. It doesn't seem to be working to full capacity.
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Pilot: FO Rob Browning
B17: Cloud Cover (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056)
Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 91 (this bomber 6)
Target: Stuttgart, Robert Bosch A.G. Factory, Germany
Position (Sqdn/Aircraft): Low, Low

Crew(Medal),*-previous Kills(v=5 kills),(mission) Casualties, Kill(K), Probable(P), Damaged(D)

Pilot: FO Rob Browning (6)
Copilot: PO Will Englert (5)
Bomb Aimer: PO Michael Alcorn (2)
Navigator: PO Charles Langridge *(6)
Engineer: Sgt Fred Gander **(6) P:1*109
Wireless Operator: Sgt Will Reid (6)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Dick Rowat (6) P:1*190
Port Waist: Sgt Andy Campbell (6)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Jeff Baker *(6) K:1*190
Tail Gunner: Sgt Tony Hays (1) P:1*110

Bomb Drop: DNB

Fighters Encountered:
Fw190: 7, Me109: 1, Me110:2

Fighters Claimed:
Kills: 1*190
Probables: Me190*1, Me110*1, Me109*1

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
None

B17 Condition Report: Hits - 6 from fighters
Bomb release out, Fire in tail – O2 supply out, 4* SD

Peckham Points = 49

Replacements:
None

Mission Debrief:
Cloud Cover’s run of bad luck continues.
With good flying weather on take off and our Little Friends flying close support, we girded our loins for the long trek into German airspace.

Over the Channel the trials of strength against the Luftwaffe began. Four 190s swept in from the front quarter, though between our defensive fire and fighter cover, the attackers got the worst of the exchange. So far so good.

All quiet over the Belgian coast so ammunition was redistributed. Why the chin turret allowance wasn’t upped with the change over to two guns, I don’t know. I mean two barrels means twice as much ammunition is needed, surely?

Yes Sir, I’ll go on. The Luftwaffe didn’t make another appearance until we reached the German border. Two 110s gave it a shot and while one was sent away reeling after successful hits to an engine, his wingman raked us from stem to stern. The bomb bay controls were blasted and the tail turrets oxygen supply caught fire.

Tony managed to put it out, but still with a full crew and only two thirds of the way to the target zone, let alone out of formation and facing flak at low altitude all the way back. I didn’t like to do it, but I decided to abort the mission.

I turned the aircraft around and jettisoned the bombs onto uninhabited land. Back into Belgium and the Jerries laid out a welcoming committee. I think they were surprised at our early appearance as they were a little disorganised. We damaged a 109 and destroyed a 190, with no damage in return.

There were no more fighters from then on and the light flak was too sparse to really worry us.

I believe the ground crew will have Cloud Cover back in order by tomorrow, Sir.

Flying Officer Robert Browning
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Chris Galicia
Plane: MILKRUN MAIDEN

Mission: 91 (3)
Target: Stuttgart, Germany - Industry
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: High
Bomb run: DNB

Crew:
Pilot - 2nd Lt. Chris Galicia (3) - KIA
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Copilot - 2nd Lt. Roy Cromley (3) - KIA
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Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Walter Hurd (3) - KIA
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Navigator - 2nd Lt. Steven Malave (1) - KIA
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Engineer - SSgt. Peter Tollefson (2) - KIA
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Radio Op.- TSgt. Michael Canon (3) =KIA
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Ball Gunner - Sgt. Charles Comfort * (3) - KIA
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Port Waist - Sgt. Ronald Ogletree (3) - KIA
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Strbd Waist - Sgt. Charles Tesch (3) - KIA
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Tail Gunner - Sgt. Jimmy Baum (3) - KIA
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* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
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Aircraft Status - Destroyed due to detonation of bomb load over target zone by enemy aircraft fire, all crew presumed killed in action.

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After Action Report (AAR) #91

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis
B17: Greek Drama B-17G-5-B0 42-31196 (BG-C)
Sqdn.: 151st
Target: Robert Bosch A.G. Factory, Stuttgart, Germany
Position: Low
Bomb Load: 10x 500 lb M-43 G.P. bombs
# Missions: ¡¡
A/C Claims: ++++++

Crew Status

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis, PH, (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Aggelos Tasioulis, PH, (2), LW
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. , (-), SW, I.H
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Gerasimos Papathanasiou, (1), 1xFW190
Engineer: SSgt. Konstantinos Arvanitis, *(2), 1xFW190
Radio Operator: Sgt. Asimakis Michos, *(2), LW, PH
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Stylianos Asimakopoulos, (1)
Port Waist: Sgt. Ioannis Dasiakos, PH, (2),
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Sotiris Labrou, *(2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Pantelis Kalogiros, (2)

() : missions completed
: personal rabbit foot
½: half fighter previously claimed
*: 1 fighter previously claimed
#: 5 fighters previously claimed = ACE


Bomb Drop : OFF / 0%

Fighters Encountered: 20 (0 Experts / 0 Aces / 0 Greens). Jasta 26 0 (/1 possible) times and 0 smasher
Fighters Driven off: 4
Claims: Damaged: 2 - Propable: 2 - Kills: 2
Flak Hits: 2

B-17's Disposition: Landed safely, will be ready for the next mission

Total Superficial Damages: 9/14 Hits

Peckham Damage Points: 58

PORT SIDE: NIL
STBD SIDE: NIL
MAIN BODY: bomb controls damaged, navigator equipment off, radio off
HEAT OUT: NIL
O2 OUT: radio room 50%

Recommendations:
Purple Hearts
and clusters to the wounded

Promotions
NIL

Mission Description:
Well, considering that our target was in the heart of the beast we 've done pretty damn well, i mean who cares that we didnt hit the target, my self and my crew is safe here and drinks are on me!
Sincerely,

2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis
Pilot of B-17G "Greek Drama"
151st Squadron, 281st Bomb Group (V)

Game notes:
unusual too many lone enemy fighters (5 / 9 waves) and for the first we forgot continuasly to roll for enemy pilots skill!
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. B. Petso
Mission: 91 (14)
B-17: Silver Dollar
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Target: Stuttgart (Robert Boesch AG Factory)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Richard Drake (5) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Nelson Nash (4)
Pilot 2nd Lt William "Bill" Petso (12)
Co-Pilot 2nd Steven Wylie (5)
Engineer Msgt Kurt Miller (5) **
Radio Operator Tsgt Jason Briggs (9) *
Ball Gunner Sgt Edward Silverstone (13) #
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Buddy Giancomo (9)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Ron Goodwin (6) *
Tail Gunner Sgt Donald Blair (12) #


* one enemy fighter
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Claims: Ball Turret Gunner E. Silverstone (1) ME 410, (1) ME 109 (ACE STATUS)

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Port Waist Gunner B. Giancomo (SW)(FB) - IH

Bomb Drop: DNB - 0%

B-17's Disposition: Bomb Doors Inoperable, Norden Bombsight destroyed, Ball Turret heat out, Rudder 67% damaged, Starboard Aileron inoperable, Radio destroyed.

Mission Description:

Seems like the Germans know our fighter escort is extending it's reach a little farther. Saw no enemy action until zone 4. An FW 190 was chased away by our escort, but a lone 410 came up from a vertical climb. Ed drew a good bead on him and sent the twin tailed fighter into a spin that it could not recover from.

Zone 7: Two 190's and a single 109 attacked us. The 190's missed, but the pilot in the 109 was very skilled. His shots were accurate and pinpoint deadly. On his first pass, he permanently sealed the bomb doors closed and shot a chunk out of the rudder. His second pass wounded both waist gunners, one seriously and destroyed the bombsight. His third and final run he managed to hit the rudder again and knock out the tail guns. Try as we did, we could not even manage to wing him.

Even with crappy weather over the target, we still managed to see action in the form of a 109 and a 110. The 109 was blown apart by Ed, giving him his ACE status. Unfortunately, the 110 came in from 6 level and we had no way of throwing anything at him. Don in the tail had already vacated the area in preparation of moving Buddy back there so he could take over the starboard waist gun. The 110 knocked the heat out of Ed's ball turret and one shell ricocheted through the bomb bay. Jason in the radio room decided it was not in the interest of the rest of us to find that out until we landed! The 110 made two more successive passes in which he managed to destroy the radio and the aileron on the starboard side.

The second wave was driven off by other ships in the 151st, but not without incident. We picked up a wayward .50 caliber shell hit in the starboard wing from somebody. Since it was a pretty ugly time over the target, we decided not to make an issue of it at briefing, but did mention it casually at the Dog and Duck to a group of boys we're pretty sure was responsible. No harm, no foul I figure.

Flak was moderate in and light out, and we escaped again with no damage from the 88's. Outbound, another lone 109 and 110 singled us out, but no hits were recorded by either side.

Since Ed was getting cold from no heat, we moved Buddy again from the tail to the ball to take his chances there. At least Ed could wave the tail guns around to try and give the look that they were still operating.

The flight back to base was clear of any enemy fighters, but it's still a great sight to see the Little Friends.

Once we landed, we watched the medical crews take Buddy out and load him onto the truck. He managed to survive, but the frostbite was too much for him to continue air duties and he will be sent home.

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Sorry, but the medics better check ole Buddy again.

A seriously wounded crewman must add +1 to their SW recovery roll if suffering from frostbite. See Rule 11, the last paragraph, the last sentence.

Buddy was hiding something from the medics.



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I mistakenly rolled (2) consecutive 1's for both the wound then the frostbite. Should have been (1) roll and that would've come up with a 2. Buddy goes back to the Bronx.

I thank you for the correction. (So does Buddy)
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Well I still think you have two rolls, one for frostbite, no modifers, and one for SW with a +1 modifier. That's how I read it anyway.
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Agreed - On landing (1) Frostbite roll ala section 11.0 last paragraph.

then roll for SW results, adding 1, ala table B1-4, note (b).
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Damjon wrote:
Agreed - On landing (1) Frostbite roll ala section 11.0 last paragraph.

then roll for SW results, adding 1, ala table B1-4, note (b).


I agree. I am still suffering from long term effects over Germany.
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Pilot: Flying Officer Geoffrey Silva
B17: Roo Crew B-17G
Call Sign: Greenhorn F Freddie

Sqdn: 154th, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 91 (this bomber 6)
Target: Stuttgart, Germany.
Position (Sqdn/Aircraft): Middle, Lead

Crew(Medal),*-previous Kills(v=5 kills),(mission) Casualties, Kill(K), Probable(P), Damaged(D)

Pilot: FO Geoffrey “High Ho” Silva (6)
Copilot: PO Robert Beckett (6)
Bombardier: PO Will “Randy” Randolph
V***(5) K:1*190,1*109 P:1*109, 1*110, 1*190
Navigator: PO James Fosh **(5) K: 2*190, 1*109 ACE
Engineer: Sgt John Modges *(6) P:1*109, D:1*109
Radio Operator: SGT Dick Everitt (6) P:109
Ball Gunner: Sgt Sam “Brocky” Brockenshire ****(5) K:2*109, P:1*190, D:1*110 ACE
Port Waist: Sgt Rob Moffatt (5)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Anthony Reid (5) D:2*109
Tail Gunner: Sgt Mathew Gardiner
VV(6) K:3*109, 1*190, D:1*190

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

Fighters Encountered: 31
Me109: 20, Me110:3 , Fw190:8

Fighters Claimed:
Destroyed: 7* Me109, 4*Fw190
Probable: 3*Me109, 1*Me110, 2*Fw190
Damaged: 3*Me109, 1*Me110, 1*Fw190

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
FO G.Silva promoted to Flight Lieutenant
PO R.Beckett promoted to Flying Officer
PO W.Randolph awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross for destroying 10 of the enemy

PO J.Fosh awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for destroying 5 of the enemy.

Sgt M.Gardiner promoted to Flight Sergeant
Sgt S.Brockenshire awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for destroying 5 of the enemy.


B17 Condition Report: Hits - 10 from fighters, 6 from flak.
StarWingOutboard Fuel tank – leak, Rudder(1), StarWing Flap inop, Aileron (instruments) out, Bomb controls out, Port wing outboard fuel tank self sealed, Radio Op LW, StarWaist Gunner LW, SupDam (6)

Peckham Points = 85

Replacements:
Sgts Reid (StarWaist) and Everitt (RadioOp) are both out for 3 days with light wounds. Replacements to be assigned as required.

Mission Debrief:
“Blimey Geoff, Stuttgart!” Co-pilot Robert Beckett exclaimed to his pilot, Geoffrey Silva. “Best tell the lads to have their wills sorted.”

Silva glanced at his friend and then back to the map. Hmmm, in over the Channel, then straight along the length of Belgium and into Germany. South of Ludwigshafen and then a dogleg from the IP and over Stuttgart. Head to the rally point near the French border and then retrace the incoming route back to Elvedon Field. Beckett was right, It was going to be a long mission.

After the briefing they met up with Randy and James, Bombardier and Navigator, as they exited their own briefing tents. They all hopped into one of the jeeps that waited to ferry the crews to the B-17s lined up on the field.

“The weather is going to make things interesting, Skipper.” Randy commented. The target is supposed to be clear as of now, but cloud is a definite possibility.

Silva acknowledged his Bombardiers comment with a look and a nod. They all knew what bad weather meant, that far into German territory. As they approached the Roo Crew, Silva studied his B-17. After 5 missions the Roo had gained the weathered look of a combat veteran. Perfectly airworthy, just a little tattered around the edges.

The crew boarded the B-17 and started their pre-flight checks. The ground crew turned each of the 4 engines propellers over by hand and when they’d finished the crew chief gave Silva a wave. Silva waved back and looked at his watch, “Start time Rob, lets go.”

The Roo Crew taxied out of dispersal and onto the runway. As Lead bomber for the mission the runway was clear and there was no need to worry about a bomber stalling in front of them. Taking off and flying over the green fields of England, the crew steeled themselves for the conflict to come. It didn’t take long.

“Bandits 12 and 10 Low!”, “There go the P-47s!”, “Bandits 12 high!”, “Missed him! Here he comes!” The Roo Crew survived the first waves of combat, over the Channel , crossing the coast of Belgium without taking any damage. One of the Luftwaffe broke off trailing smoke.

The skies cleared of enemy fighters and Silva spoke into the intercom, “Reid, grab some ammo from the tail and take it forward to the chin turret. Modges, you do the same from the ball turret for yourself.”

The horizon remained clear of Jerries as the Roo flew across the German border. “They must be building up for a mass attack.” Beckett muttered.

No sooner had Beckett tempted fate when Silva called out “Bandits! 12 O’clock high! 12 Level!” followed by Randolph, “1030 low!” The twin 50’s under the chin caused a vibration that was unmistakable. “Damn it! Mathew, he’s coming your way”. “I see him..and he’s down”. Further reports over the interphone showed no damage received and Fosh had picked up a kill.

Fosh called in, “60 seconds to the IP, Skipper.” Silva looked over to Beckett and they ticked down the seconds before banking the Roo and heading towards the target. “Cloud covers getting thicker, Randy, you’ll have to be on the ball for this one.”

“Bandits! 12 high”, “3 high!”, “9 high, 9 level!” There was a noise like hail on a tin roof and wind started whistling through the cockpit. “He’s down!” Gardiner called. “Here comes another!” Reid called in. “Hits to our starboard wing! I see a vapour trail!” Modges appeared between the two pilots as if by magic. He peered over their shoulders and studied the fuel gauges, “The starboard outbound tank appears to be leaking…though slowly.”

“Transfer the fuel to other tanks.” Silva ordered. Modges disappeared but soon reappeared, “Electric transfer pump started, I’ll activate the shut-off valves as soon as it’s empty.” Beckett asked, “How much did we lose?” Modges had a quick think, “Enough to make it interesting” and disappeared again.

Flak started appearing in little black clouds. “Randy, better get your bomb sight ready.” “Righto Skipper …. all set and getting closer every second. Almost there…almost there… “ The Roo bucked. “Bloody Hell, Skipper! Bombs away but talk about bad timing!”

Modges called in, “There’s a huge hole in the rudder.” Silva replied, “It still seems to be working, but we aren’t out of it yet.” The Roo bucked again. “Holes in radio room but no serious damage”, “same for the nose”. Beckett looked out at the starboard wing. “Looks like we’ve lost the starboard flap though.”

The Roo reached the rally point and started for home. South west of Ludwigshafen the Luftwaffe caught up. “Bandits 12 high! Clipped him but he’s coming your way.”, “1030 High! Got him!”, “3 level! He missed!”

“Hell, they’re everywhere!” someone exclaimed. “Keep calm.” Silva ordered, “Call out their locations properly.” The chin turret vibrated again, “Scratch one skipper”. Fosh chimed in, “Got another one!” Modges called in, “109 at 12 High! He’s coming in!” The Roo shuddered. Shells struck the instrument panel next to Beckett. “Beckett! Are you alright?”
“Yes, but the aileron control is out” Beckett replied.

“Any other hits? Repor..!” Silva ordered. The Top turret fired, drowning out the rest of his order. Brocky in the ball announced, “109 Destroyed” and Moffat from the port waist called in, “I think I saw some rounds go into the port fuel tank. But no smoke or vapour.” Modges appeared between the pilots again. “Must have self sealed. I’ll check on the starboard tank transfer.”

“110 from below.” Brocky called out, “Winged him!” A burst from the chin turret announced more Luftwaffe attention from the front. “Scratch another Jerry.”

As suddenly as they appeared, the German fighters disappeared. “Check ammunition status.” Silva ordered. “Fosh, Modges, how are we going with fuel?” After a moment to confer, Fosh replied, “We’ll get to the Channel, but after that it’s going to be touch and go.”Silva and Beckett shared a glance, “Looks like we may be joining the Goldfish Club.”

“Bandits! Whole front quarter!”, “3 High”, “130 High”….. It sounded to Silva as if the whole crew was reporting sightings. “Any damage?” All reports came back negative. Silva and Beckett started to study the fuel gauges. “They are getting a tad low, Geoff.”
“I know. We’ll make the Channel. We’ll see what happens after that.”

The Channel came slowly into view only gradually getting closer. “Bandits! 2 at 12 High!” Both the chin and top turrets fired. Silva and Beckitt watched return tracer fire from the 190 hit the starboard wing. Gardiner called in, “I nicked him but he’s coming about again.” The top turret fired and the Roo shuddered again. “Reid has been hit. Shell fragments only.”, “Everitt too Skipper, shrapnel.” “I’ve done for the Jerry, he’s hit the water!”

“I can see England, Skipper.” Randy called in. Silva looked down at the fuel gauges. They were barely registering. “Right, everybody, we’re nearly out of fuel so I want you to chuck overboard everything that isn’t nailed down. Guns, ammo, the lot. Once you’ve dumped what you can put on your parachutes and assume crash positions.” The Roo lifted slightly as equipment splashed into the sea. “Modges, give me every last drop of fuel you can.”

In nail biting suspense, the crew of the Roo waited, braced in the radio room. The Roo dropped lower, and lower over the English countryside. Silva and Beckett called out landmarks as they saw them. Getting closer and closer until, “Elvedon Field!” The crew cheered and got ready for the last hurdle.

“Everitt, call us in, we only have one shot at this. Modges, pop flares.” Silva looked over to his co-pilot, “Righto Robert, lower the undercarriage.” Beckitt complied. Silva took a firmer grip, if that was possible, on the control wheel and aligned the B-17 with the tarmac.

In an anticlimax, the Roo touched down without a bump. Modges pointed in disbelief at the fuel gauges, which all registered empty. As the Roo began to taxi off the runway, the engines died out, one after another and the Roo coasted to a halt. As the tractor towed them to the dispersal field, they realised how lucky they had been.

The ambulances sped away with their wounded, the rest of the Roo’s crew took a moment to enjoy being alive. Silva looked up at his B-17. “You look a little more tattered now, girl.” He said quietly.
Beckett was getting out a pack of cigarettes. “What was that?” Silva didn’t answer the question, instead asked, “Can I cadge a cigarette?” Beckett handed one over, a surprised look on his face. “I didn’t think you smoked.”

Between puffs Silva replied, “I don’t .”

Flying Officer Geoffrey Silva
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I'm very thankfull for the Optional Fuel Tank Leak house rules. Otherwise the Roo would have ended up in the Channel.
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Stuttgart AAR




Mission 91/Bomber 3
Squadron : 153rd
Pilot : Captain Vimes
B-17 : Carpe Jugulum

Crew :-

Pilot Cpt Vimes (2)
CoPilot Lt Weatherwax (5)
Navigator Lt Carrot * (5)
Bombardier Lt Mort ** (5)
Engineer Mstr Sgt Stibbons ** (5)
Radio Operator Sgt Slant (5)
Ball Turret Sgt Teppic ** (2)
Waist Gunner Sgt Ogg (2)
Waist Gunner Cpl Visit (1)
Tail Turret Sgt Dearheart


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

Fighters claimed : 1 x Me 410, 1 x Ju 88 and 3 x Me 109 KIA, 2 x Me 109 and 1 x FW 190 probable, 1 x Me 410, 1 x Ju 88 and 1 x Me 109 damaged.
Bombing results : 5% off target.
Injuries : Serious wounds for Sergeants Visit and Ogg.


Debrief


"Stuttgart with a new tailgunner - not the most auspicious start. Nevertheless, the early part of the moission went well. Friendlies drove off a couple of enemy fighters, and Stibbons took out a 109 which tried his luck outside of our fighter umbrella. Despite bad weather, we were found by two waves of fighters. Carrot and Teppic destroyed two out of three 109s, and Slant damaged a 190 attacking us from a vertical dive. Flak put a couple of insignificant holes through our port wing and tail, disrupting our bomb run, but Mort thinks that the last egg hit the factory.

Up to now, we had just suffered a busted port waist gun, but we started taking more hits on the return. Four 410s knocked out the Norden sight but failed otherwise, and Teppic managed to shoot one down. A Ju 88 knocked out the port elevator, but Stibbons knocked him out. The worst damage was done in zone 6, when a bunch of 109s hit us and seriously wounded both waist gunners. The follow-up wave destroyed our radio. Once we lost them, though, the rest of the mission was plain sailing. We landed at Elveden without problem, but unfortunately neither of our waist gunners will fly again - Sergeant Visit is returning to the States, while Sergeant Ogg is going to the morgue, having bled out on the long return journey."

Captain Sam Vimes


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