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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. After a tough mission, HQ is giving us a short hop to… ” 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, 12/04/29 ), 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.


”… “ Brussels, Belgium .”....” Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION Ninety-two:
Date: Friday, September 7, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Brussels, Belgium. A/F (Evere Airdrome)
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load: 12x 500 lb M-43 G.P. bombs
Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft (High Group)

Gazetteer:
Outbound & InBound: Zone 2: –2 W / Zone 3: -2 B / Zone 4: -1 B

Primary Target Flak O/B: Light
Primary Target Flak I/B: None

Primary Target Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud (No modifiers)
Base Weather: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (No modifiers)

(4th Fighter Groups P-47’s)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 4 inbound: good
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:

A) No special rules


Mission Map:


-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 92 for The Mighty Eighth saw the 1BD hit Brussels A/F and the 2BD Went to Bergen A/F and the 3BD attacked Watten V/S. In today’s missions 290 Fortresses sortied with 185 bombing their targets. There was no planes lost and no crewmen killed in returning Fortress’s. Seven men were wounded. No men were listed MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their 68th mission. , The 303rd BS reported an easy trip today, Minimal fighter opposition and very light flak. Their bombers reported good results in their bomb drops.…

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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 92 [Brussels, Belgium. A/F]

- 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: 1t Lt. Bill Petso's Crew in "Silver Dollar"
---- Tail: Capt. Vimes Crew in "Carpe Jugulum"


151st BS - BG:
Major Seth Grcko's Crew in "Forty-Two" (B-17G-1-B0 42-31036) [AAR]
1st Lt. Lester Husby's Crew in "Maid'n America " [AAR]
1st Lt. B. Petso's Crew in "Silver Dollar" [AAR] Lead
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]
1st Lt. A. Jackson's Crew in "Fort McHenry" (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916) [AAR]
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] (Aborted)

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] Tail
1st Lt. Rick Robey's Crew in "Boeing’s Best" (B-17F-35-B0 42-5122) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Clarence Wager's Crew in "BULLSEYE BETTY" [AAR]

154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Carl Dillman's Crew in B-17G "MY SUSAN" [AAR]
1st Lt. Kelly's Crew in "Friendly Persuasion" (B-17F-45-VE 42-6065) [AAR]
FO Geoffrey Silva's Crew in "Roo Crew" [AAR]
2LT Dwight Enys Crew in "The Black Moon" [AAR]


Col. F. LaRose
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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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(Somewhat) newly appointed 1t Lt. Bill Petso and crew in Silver Dollar will volunteer for lead.
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B-17: Somewhere, B17G-30-DL-43-120409
Pilot: 1st Lt. Kevin Ward
Squadron: 152nd
Mission: 92 (this bomber 2)
Date: September 7, 1943
Target: Brussels, airfield
Position: Low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Kevin Ward (11)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Antonio Velazquez (2)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Michael Powers (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Wally Monroe ** (8)
Engineer MSgt. Fred Hansen ** (11)
Radio Operator SSgt. Dave Oxford (11)
Ball Gunner Sgt. James Szymanski ## (9)
Port Waist Sgt. Arthur Rickey (2)
Starboard Waist Sgt. George McWilliams (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Christopher Collins ** (5)
*=1 kill, #=5 kills

Bomb Run: 20%
Fighters claimed: None

B-17 Status:
Rabbit's foot from previous mission unused
No damage

Replacements:
None

Debrief:
There isn't much to report on this mission, other than the fact that it
was a success. The 4th FG kept the Luftwaffe almost entirely out of our
hair; only one Me-109 attacked us, and both its shots and ours missed.
Flak over the target was light and came close to us but didn't hit.
Rookie bombardier Lt. Powers got the bombs on the target airfield,
damaging the runways.

The ground crew did a great job with all the damage we took yesterday to
get the Somewhere ready for today's mission; they will be pleased that
all we need today is to paint another bomb under the rainbow on the nose
art.

1st Lt. Kevin Ward
152nd BS, 281st BG(H)
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WOW David that was fast!!

Sir!, 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis and the crew of "Greek Drama" volunteers to lead the BG


EDIT: excuse me, its early in the morning and i overlooked Petso's petition whistle
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aerogoose wrote:
(Somewhat) newly appointed 1t Lt. Bill Petso and crew in Silver Dollar will volunteer for lead.



Captain Vimes and the Carpe Jugulum will take the tail position.


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kastrologos wrote:
WOW David that was fast!!

Sir!, 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis and the crew of "Greek Drama" volunteers to lead the BG


EDIT: excuse me, its early in the morning and i overlooked Petso's petition whistle


I'm hoping not to have to have you fill the slot should something drastic occur to us. Here's to a smooth flight for all the crews!
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To:
All 281st BG (H) Personal

Subject:
Lead and Tail-End-Charlie assignments.

Memo:
Our brave volunteers for this mission are,

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: 1t Lt. Bill Petso's Crew in "Silver Dollar"
---- Deputy Lead: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis Crew in "Greek Drama"
---- Tail: Capt. Vimes Crew in "Carpe Jugulum"

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kastrologos wrote:
WOW David that was fast!!


The milk run took only five minutes to roll out; I didn't even bother setting up the counters when only one fighter attacked.

And it also took much less time than usual to edit; there isn't much of a story to tell.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. B. Petso
Mission: 92 (15)
B-17: Silver Dollar
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Target: Brussels (Evere Aerodrome)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Richard Drake (6) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Nelson Nash (5)
Pilot 1st Lt William "Bill" Petso (13)
Co-Pilot 2nd Steven Wylie (6)
Engineer Msgt Kurt Miller (6) **
Radio Operator Tsgt Jason Briggs (10) *
Ball Gunner SSgt Edward Silverstone (14) #
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Greg Greene (1)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Ron Goodwin (7) *
Tail Gunner SSgt Donald Blair (13) #*


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions


Claims: Tail Gunner D. Blair (1) ME 109

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Engineer K. Miller (LW)

Bomb Drop: On Target - 50%

B-17's Disposition: Radio destroyed, (5) hits of a superficial nature.

Mission Description: Assumed lead ship today for what turned out to be an easy sortie. Fighter cover was well provided and we didn't see any action until the IP. An FW 190, ME 109 and an ME 410 cued up, but the 410 broke off when engaged by the P-47's. The 190 missed us, but the 109 walked shells from nose to tail. Fortunately our luck was with us and, of the 6 shells that landed, only the radio was lost and the engineer took a mild hit. All the other shells just holed the aircraft. We managed to put some lead into him prior to his run and our tail gunner finished him off with a passing shot, although a gray chute was seen.

Since flak was almost non-existent, and the weather perfect for bombing, 1/2 of the twelve 500 pounders devastated the field.

Inbound at the rally point no flak was seen at all. Another mix of German aircraft showed up, but the Jugs picked off two and left us with two 190's and a lone 109. Only 1 shell hit the flight deck causing minor damage and, again, Don in the tail hit the plane as it went by sending him scrambling. One other wave was driven off by the 151st boys and this time, no errant bullets were collected.

In zone 3, another single ME 109 was spotted, but no shells landed for either side.

Landing was smooth and the boys are feeling better about each mission they get under their belts.

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Major Seth Gecko enters the Colonel's office and flops down in one of the hard wooden chairs.

"Hey Colornel, I'd like to take 42 out on this one. The crew is mostly green and I'd like to build their confidence on this cake-walk to the City of Sprouts. Lt. Kelly will be available on loan to pilot another bird as you see fit.

I know Chase and Ed are out nursing their wounds, and I know you don't want to lose me. Hell, I don't want to lose me either. But we need to show all the boys, especially after Chase's injury, that the top brass is not afraid. Hamish thinks it's a great plan and would fly himself if he could.

Whaddaya think?"

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Major Seth Gecko enters the Colonel's office and flops down in one of the hard wooden chairs.

"Hey Colornel, I'd like to take 42 out on this one. The crew is mostly green and I'd like to build their confidence on this cake-walk to the City of Sprouts. Lt. Kelly will be available on loan to pilot another bird as you see fit.

I know Chase and Ed are out nursing their wounds, and I know you don't want to lose me. Hell, I don't want to lose me either. But we need to show all the boys, especially after Chase's injury, that the top brass is not afraid. Hamish thinks it's a great plan and would fly himself if he could.

Whaddaya think?"


Col. LaRose sizes up the newly promoted Major while mulling over his request....

"Major that is a smashing request. The boys had a rough one yesterday and we are in need of pilots to fill some vacancies. Your requests are approved and tell Lt Kelly to meet up with the crew of 065, "Friendly Persuasion," tomorrow."

After going over some other details, Major Gecko stood up, saluted and headed for the D&D....
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So does the last guy flying a F model get a special award.

I've probably doomed my guys by saying that.
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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#: 92 (this bomber 7)
Target: Brussels, Belgium
Position (Sqdn/Aircraft): Low, Middle

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

Pilot: FL Geoffrey “High Ho” Silva (7)
Copilot: FO Robert Beckett (7)
Bombardier: PO Will “Randy” Randolph
VV(6)D:1*190
Navigator: PO James Fosh
V(6)
Engineer: Sgt John Modges *(7)
Radio Operator: Sgt John Alborn (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Sam “Brocky” Brockenshire
V*(6) D:1*190
Port Waist: Sgt Rob Moffatt (6) SW -DOW
Starboard Waist: Sgt Brian Cowie (1)
Tail Gunner: Fl.Sgt Mathew Gardiner
VV****(7) LW

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

Fighters Encountered: 3
Fw190:3

Fighters Claimed:
Damaged: 2*190

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
None

B17 Condition Report: Hits - 3 from fighters, 2 from flak.
Tail wheel, radio, 2*SD

Peckham Points = 29

Replacements:

Port Waist Gunner – Sgt Tom Anderson
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Allistair Morrell

Mission Debrief:
A short hop, but deadly all the same.

Nothing to report except over the target. Flak hit us coming in, destroying the radio, mortally wounding Sgt. Moffatt and sending our bombs astray.

Three 190s sent us on our way, damaging the tail wheel and wounding Fl.Sgt Gardiner. He’s off for 2 days.

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So does the last guy flying a F model get a special award.

I've probably doomed my guys by saying that.


Ya you get the "target on my back" award. I'll probably make it to mission 24 in my "F" model then get shot down.
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Pilot: FO Rob Browning
B17: Cloud Cover (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056)
Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 92 (this bomber 7)
Target: Brussels, Aerodrome, Belgium
Position (Sqdn/Aircraft): High, Middle

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

Pilot: FO Rob Browning (7)
Copilot: PO Will Englert (6)
Bomb Aimer: PO Michael Alcorn (3) K:1*190
Navigator: PO Charles Langridge *(7)
Engineer: Sgt Fred Gander **(7) K:1*190
Wireless Operator: Sgt Will Reid (7)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Dick Rowat (7)
Port Waist: Sgt Andy Campbell (7)
Starboard Waist: Sgt Jeff Baker **(7)
Tail Gunner: Sgt Tony Hays (2) D:1*190

Bomb Drop: On Target 30%

Fighters Encountered:
Fw190: 5,

Fighters Claimed:
Kills: 2*190
Damages: Fw190*1

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
None

B17 Condition Report: Hits - 1 from fighter

Peckham Points = 10

Replacements:
None

Mission Debrief:

An excellent mission all round. Cloud Covers luck has come back.

No Jerries until the target zone. Five 190s attacked from all over, though two were destroyed and another damaged. The tail wheel copped a hit, but that was the only damage we received.

No flak touched us and 30% of our bombs hit the target.

No attention from the Luftwaffe all the way back, and a good landing finished off a true milk run. Gander hung up a rabbits foot on the control panel to give us all luck for the next mission.


Flying Officer Robert Browning
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September 8, 1943



A/C name (number): "Belle of Baltimore II" (B-17F-20-DL 42-3061)
Pilot: Captain Laurie LaPorte
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Dog
Mission #: 92/8/22
Primary Target: Evere Airdrome, Brussels, Occupied Belgium
Secondary Target: None
Position P/S: Middle/


Crew/Status/Actions:
Pilot: Cpt. Laurie LaPorte/OK
-Home: Zap, North Dakota
-Serial Number: O-7974083 (DrCm)
-Soldier's Medal
-Purple Heart w/ two clusters
-Missions Completed: 22
Co-Pilot: 1Lt. Irving Hardge/OK
-Home: Searchlight, Nevada
-Serial Number: O-9889587 (AvCdt)
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-Missions Completed: 13
Bombardier: Cpt. Melvin Sullivan/OK
-Home: Campton, New Hampshire
-Serial Number: O-2315381 (AvCdt)
-Air Medal
-Purple Heart w/ three clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 7
-Missions Completed: 23
Navigator: F/O Robert Choi/OK
-Home: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
-Serial Number: T-60957
-Purple Heart w/ two clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 2.5
-Missions Completed: 12
Flt Engineer: T-4 Greg Litten/OK
-Home: Poverty Creek, Tennessee
-Serial Number: 34730473 (NA)
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 4
-Missions Completed: 8
R/O: T-4 Avis McNealy/OK
-Home: Bridgeport, Connecticut
-Serial Number: 11587344 (RA)
-Missions Completed: 1
Ball Gnr: SSgt. Lionel Riederer/OK
-Home: Clovis, New Mexico
-Serial Number: 20893468 (NMNG)
-Distinguished Flying Cross w/ cluster
-Purple Heart w/ cluster
-Air Medal w/ two clusters
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 38
-Missions Completed: 18
Port Wst: Sgt. Max Okamoto/OK
-Home: Cleveland, Mississippi
-Serial Number: 34704236 (NA)
-Missions Completed: 3
Strb Wst: Sgt. Lonnie Cheatwood/OK
-Home: Plains, Texas
-Serial Number: 38368776 (NA)
-Missions Completed: 2
Tail Gnr: Sgt. Lester Pons/OK
-Home: Bowling Green, SC
-Serial Number: 34377744 (NA)
-Purple Heart
-Air Medal
-AC Total (mission inclusive): 5.5
-Missions Completed: 8


Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
None

Enemy Aircraft Claimed:
None

Enemy Aircraft Encountered:
Single Engine: 1
Twin Engine: 0


Bomb Drop: ON
Bombing Accuracy: 40%
Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb. M43 G.P. Bombs
Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft.

B-17 Status:
Superficial damage to the tail


Mission Description:

No significant incidents. Wish our own crews would stop shooting us.

Cpt. Laurie LaPorte
Belle of Baltimore II
153rd BS, 218th BG(H)


Replacements:
Sgt. Clinton Rosecrans: Five days
Maj. Ed Acton: Seven days
TSgt Norman Hall: Sixteen days

Notes:
None
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Pilot: 2LT Dwight Enys
B17: The Black Moon


Sqdn: 154th
Mission: 92 (this bomber 6)
Target: Brussels – A/F Evere Airdrome
Position: High - Middle


Crew Status:

Pilot: 2Lt Dwight Enys (6)
Copilot: 2Lt Peter Trelawney (2)
Bombardier: 2Lt Francis Poldark (6)
Navigator: 2Lt Ross Poldark (6)
Engineer: Mst Sgt George Warleggan (6)
Radio Operator: Osborne Whitworth (6)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Drake Carne (6)
Port Waist: Sgt Bill Cox (2) *
Starboard Waist: Sam Carne (6)
Tail Gunner: Sgt Adam Tresco (2)


(Mission Number)
* = fighters claimed




Bomb Drop: 20% On Target



Fighters Claimed:
Sgt Bill Cox FW 190

Kills x 1 Probables x 0 Damaged x 0


B17 Status:
No damage

Peckham Points = 0


Replacements:
None


Mission Description

The proverbial milk run.

We didn’t see any German fighters until we were over the target when 3 FW 190’s appeared only to be set packing with their tails between their legs by our ‘little friends’. Flak over the target was light and didn’t give us any trouble. Lt Poldark took full advantage of the good weather and dropped our bombs smack on the airdrome.

As we turned to head back home we were attacked by 4 FW 190’s, one of which immediately decided discretion was the better part of valour when our supporting P-47’s intervened. The others pressed home the attack only for Sgt Cox in the waist to hit one of them which plummeted from the sky. The other two enemy planes managed to fire at us but the shells whistled harmlessly past the ‘Black Moon’.

We were then attacked by two ME 109’s but again our ‘little friends’ intervened and forced the German pilots away.

After this we saw not a sight of any more German fighters all the way back to base where we landed with not a scratch on the plane nor any injuries to the crew. We are all hoping the rest of the squadron fared as well as us on this mission?


Respectfully Yours
2Lt D. Enys
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AAR:Mission 92 – Brussels
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Clarence Wager
Plane: BULLSEYE BETTY

Mission: 92 (1)
Target: Brussels - Air field
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low-Low
Bomb run: 0%

Crew:
Pilot - 2nd Lt. Clarence Wagers (1)
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Vicent Reynoso (1)
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. John Dahlberg (1)
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Aaron Cardwell (1)
Engineer - SSgt. Albert Jarrett (1)
Radio Op.- TSgt. John Covey (1)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Harold Beggs (1)
Port Waist - Sgt. Philip Crane (1)
Strbd Waist - Curtis Leverett (1)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Aaron Pizarro (1)

½ shared credit
* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Aircraft Status - Returned with minor damage, one superficial hole in the cockpit (1 Peckham Point)

Mission Report - Escorts kept the Jerries at bay for most of the mission. Only after hitting the Rally Point did a Fw190 get past the Little Friends to take a quick shot at us. At the time we thought we escaped unscathed, but the ground crew reports a solitary hole in the fuselage below us. I guess that German pilot was aiming for Betty's bullseye.

Our bombs completely missed the air field. Looks like Lt. Dahlberg will be taking some more bombing practice on his down time.

2nd Lt. Clarence Wagers, Pilot, BULLSEYE BETTY
153 Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group (H)
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jasta6 wrote:
johnnymustang wrote:
So does the last guy flying a F model get a special award. :D

I've probably doomed my guys by saying that.


Ya you get the "target on my back" award. I'll probably make it to mission 24 in my "F" model then get shot down.


There are a few of us still flying B-17F's...I hope to bring mine out this week (finally, finally, finally...).
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Pilot: 1st Lt. A. Jackson
B-17: Fort McHenry (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916) (Mission 8)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 92, September 7, 1943
Target: Brussels, Belgium. A/F (Evere Airdrome)

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. D Porter (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. WH Harrison (11) D: 1-109
Pilot: 1st Lt. A Jackson (9)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. J Rodgers (1)
Engineer: Mst. Sgt. OH Perry (11)
Radio Oper.: T.Sgt. W. Scott (11)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. H. Dearborn (11) D: 1-109
Pt Waist G: Sgt. G Madison (1)
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. J Allen (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. J Winchester (1)

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 2 , Average: 6, Green: 1

Enemy Fighters Hit: (KIA = 0, Prob = 0, Damg = 2)

Bomb Run: OFF Target: 5%

B-17 Damage: superficial damage

Peckham Points: 3

Landing: safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A


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

I would like to commend M.Sgt. Lee and the Fort’s maintenance crew for getting our battered plane ready to fly again in one day. I do not know how they did it; all I know is that Lee looked very tired this morning and I was short three bottles of scotch he had bartered away.

I took Lt. Rodgers to his first mission briefing this morning. I must admit I was relieved when the Colonel sold us we were taking a short trip to Belgium under heavy fighter cover and would encounter little flak. Rodgers is going to be a good Copilot, but today was the first flight over Europe for him, my new bombardier, two new waist gunners, and a new tail gunner.

We encountered two waves of fighters outbound and two inbound. Most of Germans were driven off by excellent fighter cover. We sustained very minor damage and inflicted light damage to the Germans we did see.

The Bomb Run was off target, but Porter still managed to get a couple of bombs onto target.

All in all a rather uneventful flight, Fort McHenry’s crew is not complaining.
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Brussels AAR




Mission 92/Bomber 4
Squadron : 153rd
Pilot : Captain Vimes
B-17 : Carpe Jugulum

Crew :-

Pilot Cpt Vimes (3)
CoPilot Lt Weatherwax (6)
Navigator Lt Carrot ** (6)
Bombardier Lt Mort ** (6)
Engineer Mstr Sgt Stibbons **** (6)
Radio Operator Sgt Slant (6)
Ball Turret Sgt Teppic **** (3)
Waist Gunner Sgt Garlick
Waist Gunner Sgt Aching
Tail Turret Sgt Dearheart (1)


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

Fighters claimed : 2 x Me 109 and 1 x FW 190 probable.
Bombing results : 30% on target.
Injuries : nil.


Debrief


"Not much to report on this mission. German attacks were mostly half-hearted, and our 'little friends' were very aggressive today. Our bomb run was successful, causing many craters. Our only danger came in zone 2 return, in a gap in our fighter cover. Three FW 190s and two Me 109s made a beeline for us. One of our new waist gunners, Garlick, damaged one, and Slant damaged another, but despite that the latter one pressed home his attack and walked shells down the fuselage, hitting the control cables, starboard tailplane, and knocking out the top turret guns. No injuries, though, and we landed safely at Elveden, very appreciative of this milkrun."

Captain Sam Vimes



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