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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Our night mission went very well. All our birds with their chicks made it home in one piece barring a few broken legs. Men we’ll be back on the sunny side today going 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, 12/05/13 ), 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.


”… “ Dovai, France .”....” Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION Ninety-four:
Date: Saturday, September 10, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Dovai, France. A/D (Vitry-En-Artois Airdrome)
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load: 24 x 120 lb A2 M1A1 Fragmentation cluster bombs
Bombing Altitude: 22,650 ft (Low Group)

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

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

Primary Target Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud (No modifiers)
Base Weather: Good 3/10 Cloud Cover (No modifiers)

Fighter Escort:
(4th Fighter Groups P-47’s I/B & 56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B)
Zone 2 outbound: good
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: poor
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: fair
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 94 for The Mighty Eighth saw all three Bombardment Divisions divided between seven targets and a task force of B-26 medium bombers attacking an eighth target. First BD went to Lille-Nord, Lille-Vendeville & Dovai, Second BD Went went to St Omar and Abbeville. Third BD followed up with Pairs, Baeumont & Beauvais. In today’s missions 377 Fortresses sortied with 330 bombing their targets. There was two planes lost and no crewmen killed in returning Fortress’s. Six men were wounded. Twenty-one men were listed MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, The VIII Bomber Command dispatched a record 377 heavy bombers; 330 of these planes bombed eight French airfields being used by German fighters. Fighter support for the VIII BC bombers was given by 215 P-47s. In addition, 217 B-26s of the 3rd Bomb Wing were dispatched to bomb the coastal defenses at Boulogne, France. The B-26 operation was "D-Day" for operation STARKEY (a rehearsal for the invasion of France). STARKEY was a disappointment as the German refused to commit their fighter defenses on a large scale. This prevented the 8th Air Force from possibly destroying many German aircraft, which the Allied Air Forces had hoped to accomplish.

A second mission was scheduled to be flown on 9 September, but was scrubbed before any aircraft took off. This was the first time that the VIII Bomber Command ordered two missions on the same day…


Note: As the 303rd didn’t fly on the 8th September it flew on the 9th September. For continuity in dates I have assigned this mission on the 10th of September. This mission was flown on the 9th though.
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**Please read and follow as it will help us collate the information for Mission statistics and 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 94 [Dovai, France. A/D]

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

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

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Capt. Sam Vimes Crew in "Carpe Jugulum" (B-17G)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Bill Petso's Crew in "Silver Dollar" (B-17F)


281st BG (H)

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Lester Husby's Crew in "Maid'n America" (B-17F) [AAR]
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" (B-17F) [AAR] TAIL
2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis Crew in "Greek Drama" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31196) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
Capt. Kevin Ward's Crew in Somewhere (B17G-30-DL-43-120409) [AAR]
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]
2nd Lt John Garvey's Crew in “Unknown Lass” [AAR]

153rd BS - GB:
Capt.Robert Gable's Crew in "Bird of Prey 2" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31110) [AAR]
Capt. Laurie LaPorte's Crew in "Belle of Baltimore II" (B-17F-115 42-30669) [AAR]
Capt. Sam Vimes Crew in "Carpe Jugulum" (B-17G) [AAR] LEAD
1st Lt. Rick Robey's Crew in "Boeing’s Best" (B-17F-35-B0 42-5122) [AAR]
2nd Lt Wagner's Crew in "Bullseye Betty [AAR]

154th BS - GG:
1st Lt. Carl Dillman's Crew in B-17G "MY SUSAN" (B-17G-20-B0 42-31557) [AAR]
FO Geoffrey Silva's Crew in "Roo Crew" (B-17G) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Noah Overturf's Crew in "Friendly Persuasion" (B-17F-45-VE 42-6065) [AAR]

670th BG (M)
Support mission to Boulogne

514th BS:
2nd Lt.William Franklin's Crew in B-26B-4 "Long, Tall Sally" [AAR]


Colonel Frances LaRose
Commander 281st BG (H)
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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Carpe Jugulum will take lead slot.

Respectfully,

Captain Sam Vimes


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1st Lt. Bill Petso's crew in Silver Dollar will fill the tail slot.
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After Action Report

B-17: Somewhere, B17G-30-DL-43-120409
Pilot: Capt. Kevin Ward
Squadron: 152nd
Mission: 94 (this bomber 4)
Date: September 10, 1943
Target: Dovai, airfield
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot Capt. Kevin Ward (13)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Antonio Velazquez (4)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Michael Powers (3)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Wally Monroe ** (10) Promoted to 1st Lt.
Engineer 1st Sgt. Fred Hansen ** (13)
Radio Operator SSgt. Dave Oxford (13)
Ball Gunner SSgt. James Szymanski ## (11)
Port Waist Sgt. Arthur Rickey (4)
Starboard Waist Sgt. George McWilliams (4) SW-IH
Tail Gunner Sgt. Francis Wilkens (1)
*=1 kill, #=5 kills

Bomb Run: 0%
Fighters claimed: 0 killed, 2 probable, 4 damaged

B-17 Status:
Rabbit's foot from previous mission unused
Rudder-1 hit
Port waist heat out
Tail gunner heat out
41 Peckham points

Replacements:
Starboard Waist Sgt. Algernon Washburn

Debrief:
We didn't accomplish anything on this mission. Our bombs missed the
aerodrome, and we hit a lot of enemy fighters but didn't destroy any.
Meanwhile, we keep losing our new crew to injuries; we now have five
veterans of ten or more missions but nobody else has even five.

The 4th FG gave us decent outbound cover, but an Me-110 slipped through
over Lille, came in at our six, made it through all Sgt. Wilkens
could throw at him, and got several shells onto our tail. One shell
penetrated the waist compartment and hit Sgt. McWilliams in the eye.

Flak was very light and inaccurate, but we discovered why it was
inaccurate when we tried to download in heavy turbulence. An air pocket
threw off our aim, and the bombs landed half a mile short of the target.

On the return trip, fighter resistance was heavier but not very
accurate. One fighter took a hit from SSgt. Szymanski in the ball
turret but appeared to be undamaged, and made a walking pass to put
shells all over the plane. Two of the suit heaters lost power, so in
order to protect our gunners from frostbite, we dropped out of formation
over the Channel.

Lt. Monroe has completed his tenth mission with a fine record, with two
kills, one mission navigating us as the lead, one mission in which he
found a target through heavy overcast, and today's navigation out of
formation. I have recommended that his gold bar be swapped for a silver
bar.

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

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AAR: Mission 94

B-17G: MY SUSAN

Squadron: 154 ( Low)

Pilot: 1Lt. Carl Dillman

Mission for this aircraft: 3

Target: Dovai, FR., Airfield

Bombing Accuracy: 0% (OFF target)

CREW:

Pilot: 1Lt. Carl Dillman (3)
CoPilot: 2Lt. Frank Yeager (3)
Bombardier: 2Lt. Doug Hafner (2)
Navigator: 2Lt. VIncent Rosales (2) [SW - Abd. wound - Going Home]
Engineer: MSgt. Stefan Klayinski (3) (+)
Radio: Sgt. Horace Brown (3)
Ball Turret Gunner: Sgt. Theodore SkyBear (4)
Port Gunner: Sgt. Levi Samson (3)
SB Gunner: Sgt. Gunther Ingridman (3) +
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Robert Locker (3) +

Aircraft Status: Engine 1 - out Hit to rudder, bomb release mechanism in bb - all damages repairable/replaceable

Enemy Aircraft: Destroyed: 1xFw190 Probable: 1xFw190, 1xBf109 Damaged: 1xBf110

Mission: Encountered enemy aircraft most of the way to and from target, but especially heavy over target. Damages to bomb release mechanism in bomb bay caused us to have to manually release bombs and we were off target. Lt. Rosales badly wounded and to be sent home. No damages from flak. Little buddies helped out a little bit with Jerry fighters, but fortunately, they were not very accurate with their gunfire. We didn't do much damages to them either, but Sgt. Ingridman nailed a 190 diving at us from 3 high - Sgt. Klayinski saw it wobble and spin away and there was no chute.

MY SUSAN should be ready to fly her next mission.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carl Dillman, 1Lt. USAAF
Pilot - B-17G MY SUSAN
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Pilot: 1st Lt. A. Jackson
B-17: Fort McHenry (B-17F-125-B0 42-30916) (Mission 10)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 94, Saturday, September 10, 1943
Target: Dovai, France. A/D (Vitry-En-Artois Airdrome)

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. D Porter (3)
Navigator: 1st Lt. WH Harrison (13) K: 1-109 D: 1-109
Pilot: 1st Lt. A Jackson (11)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. J Rodgers (3)
Engineer: 1st Sgt. OH Perry (13) K: 1-109
Radio Oper.: MSgt. W. Scott (13)
Ball Gunner: SSgt. H. Dearborn (13) P: 1-109
Pt Waist G: Sgt. G Madison (3)
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. J Allen (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. J Winchester (3)

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 1, Average: 9, Green: 0

Enemy Fighters Hit: (KIA = 2, Prob = 1, Damg = 1)

Bomb Run: OFF Target: 0%

B-17 Damage: Bomb release mechanism, Intercom, Tail O2 minor damage, Pilot window minor damage

Peckham Points: 38

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A

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

On the outbound flight our fellow bombers and the fighter cover kept the enemy fighters away from us. Light flak did not hit the plane.

The Fort’s bad luck at bombing runs continued when Lt. Porter’s drop was way off target.

Inbound we were faced two waves of fighters over the target zone. Damage to the plane was minor. Our aces continued to shoot well. Lt. Harrison picked up number seven and First Sergeant Perry picked up his fifteenth.

We landed safely at base in England. We had no casualties and Perry reports that the Fort McHenry will be ready to fly again tomorrow.
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Pilot: Capt.Robert(Bob)Gable
B-17: Bird of Prey 2. B-17G-1-BO42-31110
153rd BS

Mission: 94(this bomber 1)
Date: September 10, 1944
Target: Dovai,airfield,France
Position: middle squadron

Crew:
Pilot Capt.Bob Gable
Co-Pilot Lt.Clark Cummings
Bombardier Lt.Ralph Ayres
Navigator Lt.Phil Ladd
Engineer Mst.Sgt.Don Bridges
Radio Operator Sgt.Ray Brodie
Ball Gunner Sgt.Lloyd Ameche
Port Waist Sgt.Alan Harris
Starboard Waist Sgt.Steve Milland
Tail Gunner Sgt.Lew Meeker

Bomb Run: On target.
Accuracy 20%
Damage Report: Nothing sustained:zero.

I am pleased to submit our first report.It was a straightforward mission that had good results.
Encounter with the Luftwaffe was only on in-bound leg.We claim one severly damaged ME110 and one ME109 destroyed.
No damage was inflicted by either enemy aircraft or Flak.
The weather conditions were as predicted.

The guys all performed well and I am confident that we have a tight-knit and efficient crew developing.God willing.
Bombadier Lt.Ralph Ayres succesfully released the payload and, as we were making the turn after the target,he spotted a ME110 coming in low at 10.30. Quickly manning the Chin Turret he was able to give a burst that severly damaged the ME110.
Navigator Lt.Phil Ladd confirms this hit.
Radio Operator Sgt.Ray Brodie has already earned the nickname "Hawkeye"for as we were crossing the English Channel,returning to base,he saw a ME109 dropping out of the sky above.This early warning allowed him to zone-in on it with the Radio Gun and give a substantial burst.He claims a "kill" of this ME109.
Ball Turret Gunner Sgt.Lloyd Ameche can confirm this as he watched the destroyed craft fall into the sea.
Sir, I respectfully submit the above report.
Captain Robert(Bob)Gable

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It probably has been spotted before but I would like a clarification please.
Using my B-17G Defensive Gunnery Chart (M-1)
12.00 High shows Chin Turret 5-6 hit
Using my B-17G Defensive Fire M-1 chart(the one that includes M-2,M-3,M-4, M-5 and M-6) 12.00 High shows only 6 for hit by Chin Turret.

PS...is there a pdf for the Strategic Movement Board being used for Tour as my board doesn't show Mission target Dovai?
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It probably has been spotted before but I would like a clarification please.
Using my B-17G Defensive Gunnery Chart (M-1)
12.00 High shows Chin Turret 5-6 hit
Using my B-17G Defensive Fire M-1 chart(the one that includes M-2,M-3,M-4, M-5 and M-6) 12.00 High shows only 6 for hit by Chin Turret.

PS...is there a pdf for the Strategic Movement Board being used for Tour as my board doesn't show Mission target Dovai?
Thanks


Mike, The rule given for the "G" will overrule the original rules/charts IF you are flying the "G." And you are in a B-17G Flying Fortress. This variant was in "The General" magazine and the game was never redone to any of the variants.

As for the SMB, I add these locations to one I have and post them as needed. Actually I have been posting a mini map for all missions this tour. Dovai is just south of Lille and East of Meaulte. Maybe some day I'll post a SMB that has all the Cities we visited on our 1943 Vacation Tour.

Good Luck!
Jim
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Thanks Jim,
I understand ths SMB.... but sortie fatigue doesn't let me grasp the other...is it 5-6 or just 6 for a hit?
PS before our next jaunt I'll drop in on the MO for a tonic thumbsup .

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dingers wrote:
Thanks Jim,
I understand ths SMB.... but sortie fatigue doesn't let me grasp the other...is it 5-6 or just 6 for a hit?
PS before our next jaunt I'll drop in on the MO for a tonic thumbsup .


Sorry I wasn't clear, here are the chin turret die rolles to hit:

HIGH:
10:30 - NO shot
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - NO shot

LEVEL:
10:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

LOW:
10:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

Hope this answers your question,
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jasta6 wrote:
dingers wrote:
Thanks Jim,
I understand ths SMB.... but sortie fatigue doesn't let me grasp the other...is it 5-6 or just 6 for a hit?
PS before our next jaunt I'll drop in on the MO for a tonic thumbsup .


Sorry I wasn't clear, here are the chin turret die rolles to hit:

HIGH:
11:30 - NO shot
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - NO shot

LEVEL:
11:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

LOW:
11:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

Hope this answers your question,
Jim


I think you mean 10:30, not 11:30. Could be a "daylight savings" issue?laugh
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LEADBETTER!!

fixed...

aerogoose wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
dingers wrote:
Thanks Jim,
I understand ths SMB.... but sortie fatigue doesn't let me grasp the other...is it 5-6 or just 6 for a hit?
PS before our next jaunt I'll drop in on the MO for a tonic thumbsup .


Sorry I wasn't clear, here are the chin turret die rolles to hit:

HIGH:
11:30 - NO shot
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - NO shot

LEVEL:
11:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

LOW:
11:30 - on 5,6
12:00 - on 5,6
1:30 - on 5,6

Hope this answers your question,
Jim


I think you mean 10:30, not 11:30. Could be a "daylight savings" issue?laugh
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After Action Report (AAR)
Pilot: 1st Lt. B. Petso
Mission: 94 (17)
B-17: Silver Dollar
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Target: Dovai (Vitry-En-Artois Airdrome)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Richard Drake (8) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Nelson Nash (7)
Pilot 1st Lt William "Bill" Petso (15)
Co-Pilot 2nd Steven Wylie (8)
Engineer Msgt Kurt Miller (8) **
Radio Operator Msgt Jason Briggs (12) *
Ball Gunner SSgt Edward Silverstone (16) #*
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Greg Greene (3)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Ron Goodwin (9) *
Tail Gunner SSgt Donald Blair (15) #*


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions


Claims: Ball Gunner E. Silverstone (1) FW190

Crew Injuries/Casualties: None

Bomb Drop: Off Target - 0%

B-17's Disposition: (2) hits of a superficial nature.

Mission Description:
Slotted into the tail position of the formation and thankfully, our opposition was light. Still received our share of bogies, but the escort was spot on today.

We picked up a 109 in zone two but he was wide of the mark.

Clear until over the target when (2) more ME 109's made an appearance. One was driven off by a stray P-47 that just happened to be nearby. The other 109 threw a few shots at us but didn't want to tangle with the Jug who engaged his comrade and missed us by a country mile.

No flak ( a welcome treat) and we had a clear run. Unfortunately, Richard failed to nail the drift and we missed the target. I know he feels bad when given a perfect platform, but that's the way it goes sometimes. He'll bounce back.

We spotted a few lights bursts of flak outbound, but a safe distance away.

A lone 190 dove at us as soon as the flak was behind us and he put a couple of small holes into the ship, both superficial. On his return trip from 9 low, our port waist gunner really let him have it with spray fire and started his plane smoking. He backed off on the attack to bank away, but Ed in the ball finished him off. No chute seen, certain kill.

In zone 3, we were surrounded by (3) 109's. This time a 56th FG Thunderbolt chased one off and we exchanged shots with the other two. A few minor hits on the Germans and they too broke off after missing us.

Almost home and aware that's where to be on alert, we were spotted by (2) 190's but the 56th was there again to take them off our back. All in all, we saw (13) fighters, engaged (7) of them and the P-47's took care of the other (6).

Just needed to hit that target....

Notes: Sad event. My Father passed away on Sunday at age 82. It was expected and he went as peacefully as a soul could go. Very thankful for his care and guidance to our whole family. Thanks Dad!

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Jim,I offer my condolences for the sad loss of your Dad.Respect.
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AFTER ACTION REPORT
September 10, 1943
8th Air Force Support Command
670th Bomb Group


The 670th Bomb Group (M) took part in Operation Starkey. The target for three of its squadrons was coastal defenses at Boulogne, specifically the battery at "Andante." The 670th role in Operation Starkey was to support the 281st Bomb Group (H) sent to bomb an airfield near Douai.

After Action Report
514th Squadron, 670th Bomb Group
B-26B-4
Long, Tall Sally

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Pilot: 2LT William Franklin
Co-Pilot: 2LT Clifford Ashburn
Bombardier/Navigator: 2LT Sinclair Brennan
Radio Operator: Corp Gavin Jordan
Engineer: Corp Noah Aronowitz
Armorer: Corp Roy Paley

Our first mission went to Boulogne. Our position was lead flight #5 in box 2. The mission altitude was 5500 ft, moderate fighter oppostion was expected and medium flak over the target which was bombed by flights. Rendez-vous with our Little Friends was right on time.

We saw no fighters on our way to Boulogne. The weather forcast was good, but some clouds had drifted in to cover parts of the target area and was now fair when we reached the IP. Flak fired, it was medium guns, fair in accuracy. We got hit in the pilot compartment, aft bomb bay and the tail. Superficial damaged except for the tail guns which were destroyed.

Our flight was off target, but evenso the 670th put 38% on the Andante-battery!

Fighters attacked as we headed for the rally point. One managed to get away from the Spitfires in our close escort. One Spit hit him though and he was damaged (FCA) when he reached our flight. It was a FW 190A-5 which came in from 5 high and had us in his sight. Corporal Aronowitz in the top turret fired but missed. His defensive fire must have had some effect, or hopefully had some effect, because the A-5 missed Long, Tall Sally.

One B-26 left the box before we were home. Fortunately, we were now over England and the crew landed safely at an RAF airfield.

The weather was poor over East St. Anna when we landed.

Signed,

Second Lieutenant William Franklin
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Jim,

So sorry to here of your loss, you have my condolences and prayers as you go through this time of mourning. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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After Action Report (AAR) #93

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis
B17: Greek Drama B-17G-5-B0 42-31196 (BG-C)
Sqdn.: 151st
Target: Dovai, A/D (Vitry-En-Artois Airdrome) , occupied France
Position: Low-Low
Bomb Load: 24 x 120 lb A2 M1A1 Fragmentation cluster bombs
# Missions: ¡¡¡¡¡
A/C Claims: +++++++++

Crew Status

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Karafotis, PH, (5), LW
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Aggelos Tasioulis, PH w/cluster, (5), SW, I.H
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Petros Vlachodimitros, (3)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Gerasimos Papathanasiou, *(4), 1xFW190, 1xMe109
Engineer: SSgt. Konstantinos Arvanitis, **(5)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Asimakis Michos, PH, *(5)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Stylianos Asimakopoulos, (4), 1xFW190
Port Waist: Sgt. Ioannis Dasiakos, PH, (5),
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Sotiris Labrou, *(5)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Pantelis Kalogiros, (5)

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


Bomb Drop : dropped on a French field

Fighters Encountered: 17 (2 Experts / 2 Aces / 1 Greens). Jasta 26 : 1 appearance of 2 possible // and 0 smasher
Fighters Driven off: 4
Claims: Damaged: 2 - Propable: 1 - Kills: 3
Flak Hits: 0

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

Total Superficial Damages: 6/14 Hits

Peckham Damage Points: 123

PORT SIDE: No2 engine feathered, wing root 20% damage
STBD SIDE: NIL
MAIN BODY: co pilot window hit, bomb doors inoperable, tail guns destroyed, radio and stbd waist guns jammed
HEAT OUT: NIL
O2 OUT: NIL

Recommendations:
clusters to PH
Promotions
NIL

Mission Description:
Another mission to bomb the nazi installations, we took off at dawn, we saw some heavy activity in zone 3 o/b where a FW190 attacked and aimed at the cockpit, Aggelos was hurt pretty bad but i was lucky with a minor right hand finger loss, on its 2nd pass the German knocked out the no2 engine before his disappearance in the clouds. Looking at my co pilot i thought to abort the mission but we were too close to the target and the BG's formation protection was more appealing so i ordered Petros to drop the bombs over a French field and stay in formation with our flying brothers. Konstantinos (engineer) took over my co pilots position and Gerasimos (navigator) manned the top turret guns. Over the target zone we were ambushed by the notorious jasta 26 (2 experts and 1 ace) and we were hit hard but we managed to survive from their attack (they hit the bomb bay and guess what, the bombs which if they were onboard then the kaboom was the next step). After that attack the flak missed us and we turned home. Some enemy fighters attacked us but no serious damage was done. Landing was perfect and the base's doc informed me that Aggelos will make it but his flying days are over.
Sincerely,

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

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A thrilling mission with many action and many smiles, perfect!

Jim my condolences for your dad!
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Mr Jim Rose, I am very sorry to hear about your father, my condolances.

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Sorry to hear about your dad, Jim.


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Douai AAR




Mission 94/Bomber 6
Squadron : 153rd
Pilot : Captain Vimes
B-17 : Carpe Jugulum

Crew :-

Pilot Cpt Vimes (5)
CoPilot Lt Weatherwax (8)
Navigator Lt Carrot ** (8)
Bombardier Lt Mort ** (8)
Engineer Mstr Sgt Stibbons **** (8)
Radio Operator Sgt Slant (8)
Ball Turret Sgt Teppic **** (5)
Waist Gunner Sgt Garlick (2)
Waist Gunner Sgt Aching (2)
Tail Turret Sgt Dearheart (3)


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

Fighters claimed : 1 x Me 109 KIA, 1 x Me 109 probable, 3x Me 109 damaged.
Bombing results : 30% on target.
Injuries : Light wounds for Captain Vimes, Lieutenant Weatherwax and Sergeant Slant, serious wounds for Sergeants Garlick and Aching, multiple wounds for Sergeant Dearheart.


Debrief


"The Captain volunteered us for the lead position, thinking that flying lead on a French mission might be less lethal than a German one. He may have miscalculated...

We got jumped over the Channel by four 109s, but good fighter cover stripped off three of them, and Teppic took out the fourth to gain his Ace status. Nothing in zone three, then all hell broke loose over the target as six 109s buzzed around us. Guess the krauts didn't want to give up that airfield. Aching scared one off, but we couldn't touch the others, and three of them hit us. The port waist gun jammed, but that became irrelevant when both waist gunners sustained serious wounds, as did Dearheart in the tail. The tail guns were knocked out, the radio was trashed, and Slant was lightly injured by flying shrapnel from his own radio. On their next pass, Dearheart was hit again, and died before we could get him home, and the control cables and the radio room oxygen supply took a hit. Nevertheless, we lined up on the target OK, and dropped our bombload right down their gullets. Flak was light to nonexistent.

As we turned away from the target, two more 109s and a 110 picked us out of the crowd. Teppic damaged the 110, but we missed the 109s again, and one of them raked us, hitting the port wing root and the rudder, knocking out the port wing aileron, and sending bullets careening about the cockpit, wounding both the Cap and Lieutenant Weatherwax. Eventually, Slant was able to scare him off with spraying fire from the radio room popgun.

That was the last kraut we saw, and we flew back to Elveden without further incident. Sergeant Garlick will be evacuated Stateside, but Sergeant Aching isn't as badly hit as first thought, and will be fit for flying the next mission."

Lieutenant Carrot


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AFTER ACTION REPORT
September 10, 1943
8th Air Force Support Command
670th Bomb Group


Magnus,

Very nice write up of your variant. Thank you for posting it here and supporting the 281st BG(H). This is a great addition to the history of our group. I hope you can maintain your flights in parallel with our missions.

Again, Thanks you for posting your mission!
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