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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Boys this past twenty-four hours has been hell but we will need to pull together and return 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, 12/09/09 ), and “jasta6” 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, here. 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.
* Our optional house rules can be found here.


...We are going to Frankfurt…” .... Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and Eight:
Date: Monday, October 04, 1943 (1 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Frankfurt, Germany. A/F (Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant)
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 12 x 1,000 lb G.P. plus M47A1 Incendiary bombs
------ B-17G’s: 12 x 1,000 lb G.P. plus M47A1 Incendiary bombs

Bombing Altitude: 23,500 ft (Low Combat Box in the wing)
------ High Squadron 23,750 ft
------ Lead Squadron 23,500 ft
------ Low Squadron 23,250 ft
------ Low-Low Squadron 23,000 ft

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

Primary Target Flak O/B: 2x Medium (over Germany – Z6 & Z7)
Primary Target Flak I/B: 2x Light (over Germany – Z6 & Z7)

Primary Target Weather: poor 4/10 Cloud & Industrial Smoke, -1 modifiers)
Base Weather: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (No modifiers)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B and 355th Fighter Groups P-47’s I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: good
Zone 3 outbound: good
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.
---- - B-17G Rules are here
---- - Those using the GAF Placement Variant: Resistant is Medium. (One Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) As you will read in the 303 BGs report below, the wing missed the IP on their first run and went around for a second attempt. To replicate this misfortune follow the special rule following;

Sequence in the target zone from first entry:
i) Enter Zone 7 O/B – Roll for Enemy A/C and Friendly fighters as normal. Resolve combat if any.
ii) Roll Flak as normal. Resolve any damage incurred.
iii) Bomb Run: Are you nuts? ”You missed the &@^^# drop point Sir! Then we’re Going around boys!”
iv) Roll for back side Flak. Resolve any damage incurred.
v) No fighter attacks. They are organizing a party after the drop.
vi) Bomb run, finally. You may roll you bomb run as normal.
vii) Back side Flak, AGAIN! Yes. Resolve any damage incurred.
viii) Zone 7 I/B, Enemy reception will be stiff. ALL squadrons will use the +1 modifier on the exit of the target zone.
ix) Finally proceed to Zone 6 I/B
x) Don’t shoot the messenger, I just print them as I see them!

B) Flak was reported to be moderate but inaccurate. Do to this historical fact we will only be shot at by two salvos (2x) instead of the normal three salvos. Also you will ignore any BIP results. Instead you’ll roll once for location and take three hits to that location.

C) Bomb load 4 planes four aircraft also carried leaflets nickels. To see if you are the chosen crew, roll 1d6 and on a "6" you win. After the first four crews get this honor no other players need to roll this. This is just for AAR fluff nothing else, (nickels are propaganda leaflets no more no less. Your waist gunners will through them out after the bomb run over any zone you have enemy action)

D) Rules of engagement
If you find yourself having to abort the mission early, prior to the target, you are “Ordered” to not jettison your bombs over allied territory. That means you may only jettison your bombs over Germany or Water. Otherwise you carry them home.

Good Luck and Gods speed!


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-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 108 The Mighty Eighth 1AD and 3AD flew to Frankfurt and Saarlautern respectively. . The 2AD flew a diversionary mission. 155/168 Fortresses sortied with 130/152 bombing their targets. 36 Liberators sortied for the diversion. There were 16 planes lost and three crewmen killed in returning Fortress’s. Twenty-seven men were wounded. One hundred and Forty-two men were listed MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission 74, The 303rd crews reported medium but accurate flak and that they missed the I/P and had to go around…

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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 108 [Frankfurt, 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: 1st Lt. Bill Post’s Crew in “Tulsa Time” (B-17F-125-B0 42-30923)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Vetinari's Crew in "Reaper Man" (B-17G-10-B0 42-31233)


151st BS - BG:
1st Lieutenant Hamish Alexander’s Crew in “Lucky Lass” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5336) [AAR]
1st Lt. Len Anderson’s Crew in “Unfinished Business” (B-17G-10-B0 42-31266) [AAR]
1st Lt. Howard L. Buckman’s Crew in “Tinker Toy” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252) [AAR] Crashed / Cat-E
1st Lt. Logothetis Kimonas Crew in “Medusa” (B-17F-45-VE 42-6052) [AAR]
2nd Lt Daniel Gutter’s Crew in “Brazilian Girl” (B-17F) [AAR]
1st Lt. Bill Post’s Crew in “Tulsa Time” (B-17F-125-B0 42-30923) [AAR] Lead MIA
1st Lt. R. Wallace’s Crew in "The Village Flirt" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31040) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
Captain Z Taylor’s Crew in “Halls of Montezuma” () [AAR]
1st Lt. Howard Buck’s Crew in "Out of the Blue" (B17G-20-BO 43-120723) [AAR]
1st Lt. Kevin Washington's Crew in "Double Dragon" (B-17G-45-BO 42-97358) [AAR] Aborted
2nd Lt. Herman Gordon’s Crew in “Berlin Bound” [AAR] Aborted

153rd BS - GB:
Capt. Tony Lazzeri's Crew in "Boeing’s Best II" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31377) [AAR]
1st. Lt.Lex Dexter's Crew in "Justintime" (B-17F-75-DL 42-3553) [AAR]
1st Lieutenant Irving Hardge’s Crew in "Kiss and Tell" (B-17G-15-B0 42-31377) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Roger Marlin's Crew in "Milk Wagon" (B-17F-80-B0 42-30010) [AAR] Pilot KIA
1st Lt. Vetinari's Crew in "Reaper Man" (B-17G-10-B0 42-31233) [AAR] Tail
2nd Lt. Jesse Necaise’s Crew in “IRRESISTABLE ODDS” (B-17G-15-B0 42-31400) [AAR] MIA

154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Terry Beaver’s Crew in “Miss Conception” (B-17F-95-BO 42-30260) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Robert Browning's Crew in “Angry Marmot” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252) [AAR]
1st Lt. John King’s Crew in “ESSENCE OF ALABAMA” (B-17F-50-BO 42-5380)[AAR]
1st Lt. 1LT Felix Marciniak’s Crew in "Milk Wagon" (B-17F-80-B0 42-30010) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Quinton Minkin's Crew in "Morning Revenge" (B-17F-100-B0 42-30379) [AAR]


Lt. Col. Ed Acton
Deputy Commander
281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ

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As senior crew/plane in 151st, Tulsa Time volunteers for lead.

1d6 = (4) = 4

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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.
Does this mean no? Previous missions seemed to take first volunteer.
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atimrogers wrote:
As senior crew/plane in 151st, Tulsa Time volunteers for lead.

atimrogers previously rolled 1d6 = (4) = 4

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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.
Does this mean no? Previous missions seemed to take first volunteer.
I think you volunteered. Plus you ARE the senior member of the 151st, sad as it is!

Good luck!
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Sequence in the target zone from first entry:
i) Enter Zone 7 O/B – Roll for Enemy A/C and Friendly fighters as normal. Resolve combat if any.
ii) Roll flak as normal. Resolve any damage incurred.
iii) Bomb Run: Are you nuts? ”You missed the &@^^# drop point Sir! Then we’re Going around boys!”
iv) Roll for back side Flak. Resolve any damage incurred.
v) No fighter attacks. They are organizing a party after the drop.
vi) Bomb run, finally. You may roll you bomb run as normal.
vii) Back side Flak, AGAIN! Yes. Resolve any damage incurred.
viii) Zone 6 I/B, Enemy reception will be stiff. ALL squadrons will use the +1 modifier on the exit of the target zone.
ix) Finally proceed to Zone 6 I/B



Jim
A few questions... See the bold faced items. No friendlies in Z7 and +1 modifier upon exit of Z7, not Z6 after bomb drop correct?
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Zone 7, returning to target after first pass (2nd flak phase before drop). Tulsa Time reported struck by flak, in flames, and going down; crew seen bailing out. She was still fully loaded, and we can only hope she dropped on target. May God be with them.

We'll need a new leader from the 151st for the return trip (and I'll need a new plane).

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atimrogers wrote:
Zone 7, returning to target after first pass (2nd flak phase before drop). Tulsa Time reported struck by flak, in flames, and going down; crew seen bailing out. She was still fully loaded, and we can only hope she dropped on target. May God be with them.

We'll need a new leader from the 151st for the return trip (and I'll need a new plane).

"This is the Lucky Lass, We have visual on the Tulsa Time going down We'll take over as Lead, Lucky Lass Out"



OOC - I was in Z7 IB when I stopped to put the kids to bed, so I've already made it there, now just the flight back.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Bill Post
B-17: Tulsa Time (B-17F-125-B0 42-30923) (Mission 4)
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 108
Date: 4 October, 1943
Target: Frankfurt, Germany A/F (aircraft assembly/parts)
Position: Middle/lead
Key Mission Notes: Lead bomber; formation missed IP and had to circle back to drop bombs

Crew Assigned: Position: Rank & Name (mission #) [Casualties]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Frank Perdue (1) [POW]
Navigator: 2nd Lt Iago Smith (3) ** [POW]
Pilot: 1st Lt Bill Post (3) [POW]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Charlie Hadden (3) [POW]
Engineer: MSgt Junior Wilson (3) ** [POW]
Radio Oper.: Sgt Joseph Segundo (3) [POW]
Ball Gunner: Sgt Johnson Rand (3) *** [POW]
Pt Waist G: Sgt Dick Whitman (3) [POW]
Stbd Waist G: Sgt Thomas Edwards (2) * [LW; POW]
Tail Gunner: Sgt Donald Lane (3) * [POW]

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run:
Bomb Drop: Plane went down due to flak before dropping bombs
Accuracy: n/a

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 6 (KIA = 2, Prob = 0, Damg = 2)
Enemy Pilot Status: Ace: 2, Average: 4, Green: 0

Claims:
NAV, Smith – D: 1-110
ENG, Wilson – K: 2-109
SWG, Edwards – D: 1-109

Medals and Promotions:
Sgt. Thomas Edwards: Purple Heart
Entire Crew: POW medals

B17 Status: Plane hit by flak over target, and all crew bailed out due to inboard fuel tank fire. All crew landed safely and were captured in the vicinity of Frankfurt.

B-17 Damage: Prior to fuel fire: Navigator heat out; Flap instruments inoperable; Tail Guns inoperable, Intercom out; Port Wing Flap inoperable

Peckham Points: n/a

Replacements: Not yet assigned

Mission Description:

According to the Red Cross, 1st Lt. William Post and the crew of the Tulsa Time have been interred inside Germany. Lt. Post reports that his starboard waist gunner, Sgt. Thomas Edwards, sustained injuries during flight but that he has been treated in a German POW infirmary and has recovered. Lt. Post and crew send their love to their families and hope to see them soon.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Bill Post
B-17: Tulsa Time (B-17F-125-B0 42-30923) (Mission 4)
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
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Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Hamish Alexander
B-17: Lucky Lass B-17F-45-B0 42-5336
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
MISSION: 108 (Bomber 1)
Date: Monday, October 04, 1943 (1 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Frankfurt, Germany. A/F (Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant)
Secondary Target: None


Crew Status
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Medals Awarded
Pilot - 1st Lieutenant Hamish Alexander (2) [0]
Awards: PH
Co-Pilot - 2nd Lieutenant Nick Burkheart (0) [0]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant William Thatcher (0) [0]
Navigator - 2nd Lieutenant Jefferson Lee (0) [0]
Engineer – MSG Conner McCloud (2) [3]
Radio Operator – Jeremy Januski (2) [1.5] SW-IH
Request: PH
Ball Gunner – SGT Hugh Patterson (0) [0]
Port Waist Gunner - SGT Seamus Harper (0) [0] - KIA
Request: PH
Starboard Waist Gunner - SGT Ellison Hatfield (2) [0] - KIA
Request: PH
Tail Gunner – SGT Hoban Washburn (0) [0]

.5 = Shared Kills
* = 1 Kill This Mission
# = 5 Kills This Mission

Bomb Run:
Off Target
0%

Fighters Encountered:
ME-109: 2 = 2 Undamaged
FW-190: 1 = 1 Damaged
ME-110: 4 = 4 Undamaged
Total = 6

Claims:
Kills 0
Probable 0
Damaged 1 (FW-190)

Award/Promotion Requests:
SGT Ellison Hatfield – KIA - Abdomen
SGT Seamus Harper - KIA - Neck
SGT Jeremy Januski – SW-IH – Upper Left Arm Amputation.

B-17 Damage:
Tail Guns Destroyed, Intercom Out, Radio Out, Both Waist Gunners KIA, Control Cables Damaged, Radio Operator SW-IH, Landing Gear Destroyed, 7 Superficial Hits

Damage Assessment Completed by MSG Conner McCloud, Engineer, Crew Chief of Lucky Lass


Peckham Points:
112

Landing:
Safely Landed in Elvden Hall UK


Replacements
Radio Operator –SGT Jonathan Molenda
Windsor, Wisconsin

Port Waist Gunner - SGT Lance Howard
Philippi, West Virginia

Starboard Waist Gunner – SGT Howard Clinkscales
Sweetwater, Tennessee


Hospital
Tail Gunner – SGT Finlay Campbell (2) [4] Return to Duty on 5 October. (calf)
Awards: PH


After Action Report:
We arrived at the hardstand and got to see our new B-17F the Lucky Lass, and got to shake down our crew, of half experienced men, and half inexperienced boys. About an hour into our flight we're over the channel and we see Jerry coming in, luckily they were driven off before ever reaching us.

Flying into Belgium, we are attacked by a wave of 2 ME-109's, and a ME-110. 2LT Thatcher took a shot at one coming in low missing, MSG McCloud took a shot at one coming in high, and 2LT Lee shot at the 110, all three missing, however the Krauts missed us and turned for home.

2 hours later (zone 5) we're hit by 2 110's but the fighter cover drove them off, giving us a clear shot.

We flew over Munich, and when I say over I mean over we completely overshot the target. We were hit by 3 110's which is what I'm attributing our over shooting the target to, one of the 110's seemed pretty new to this, all three of our gunners missed, as did the three Germans. Then we were hit by flak, three bursts hitting us in the radio room the first two were superficial, but the third burst amputated the upper left arm of SGT Januski our radio operator. As we over shot the target we were hit again by flak, the first burst killing SGT Harper, the second took out our landing gear. We came about and came back at our target, flak filling up the sky, holing our bird three more times, all three superficial hits to our wings, then we saw in horror the Tulsa Time going down, and we flew up to take over the lead. LT Thatcher must have been a bit shaken as he dropped bombs somewhere other than over Frankfurt. The last bout of flak missed us. We saw several German fighters but none of them bothered us. Then it was an uneventful flight the rest of the way to Elvden Hall.

Pilot: 1st Hamish Alexander
Command pilot, "Lucky Lass" (B-17F-45-B0 42-5336 )
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Ah, sir, ma apologies, sir, but the map proviiided for this here mission is not for our intended target (Frankfurt)....ah believe Frankfurt is in Zone 9 an is a bit to the south of this mission map....sir.

Respectfully,

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Before the mission:

Maj. Seth Gecko has a side word with Lt. Col. Ed Acton...

"Ed. My whole squadron is green as my ass. I've got a single plane with a couple of completed missions and that's it. They are flying lead, and need some leadership. Lt. Post will take the lead slot, I wouldn't take that honor from a brave man.

But they need leadership. Unless you have some objection, and are quick about it, I'm going to take Unfinished Business to Frankfurt. With the loss of Chase last mission, I can't see a better way to raise the morale and show these new crews that the top brass ain't afraid to get their wings wet. Keep the fires burning, and if I'm not home by dawn, call the president."

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aerogoose wrote:
atimrogers wrote:
As senior crew/plane in 151st, Tulsa Time volunteers for lead.

atimrogers previously rolled 1d6 = (4) = 4

Quote:
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.
Does this mean no? Previous missions seemed to take first volunteer.
I think you volunteered. Plus you ARE the senior member of the 151st, sad as it is!

Good luck!

Reaper Man will take the tail slot to Frankfurt - or is it Emden ? A few navigators are scratching their heads, and it looks like Leadbetter will be rejoining the infantry...

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aerogoose wrote:
Quote:

Sequence in the target zone from first entry:
i) Enter Zone 7 O/B – Roll for Enemy A/C and Friendly fighters as normal. Resolve combat if any.
ii) Roll flak as normal. Resolve any damage incurred.
iii) Bomb Run: Are you nuts? ”You missed the &@^^# drop point Sir! Then we’re Going around boys!”
iv) Roll for back side Flak. Resolve any damage incurred.
v) No fighter attacks. They are organizing a party after the drop.
vi) Bomb run, finally. You may roll you bomb run as normal.
vii) Back side Flak, AGAIN! Yes. Resolve any damage incurred.
viii) Zone 6 I/B, Enemy reception will be stiff. ALL squadrons will use the +1 modifier on the exit of the target zone.
ix) Finally proceed to Zone 6 I/B



Jim
A few questions... See the bold faced items. No friendlies in Z7 and +1 modifier upon exit of Z7, not Z6 after bomb drop correct?
Yes & Yes... modest
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atimrogers wrote:
As senior crew/plane in 151st, Tulsa Time volunteers for lead.

atimrogers previously rolled 1d6 = (4) = 4

Quote:
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.
Does this mean no? Previous missions seemed to take first volunteer.
atimrogers, Not really, You can volunteer or if you would rather you can roll using this entry. This is from the original campaign and I kept it as is. I know of one player that will die for these positions. Most just buck up and volunteer for these spots. We have even had players fight over volunteering. But that was back in Tour two I think.

So yes you did volunteer...
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jasta6 wrote:
atimrogers wrote:
As senior crew/plane in 151st, Tulsa Time volunteers for lead.

atimrogers previously rolled 1d6 = (4) = 4

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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.
Does this mean no? Previous missions seemed to take first volunteer.
atimrogers, Not really, You can volunteer or if you would rather you can roll using this entry. This is from the original campaign and I kept it as is. I know of one player that will die for these positions. Most just buck up and volunteer for these spots. We have even had players fight over volunteering. But that was back in Tour two I think.

So yes you did volunteer...
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...We have even had players fight over volunteering...

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Yah! you know who I'm talk'n 'bout... whistle
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Kozzackkelt wrote:
Ah, sir, ma apologies, sir, but the map proviiided for this here mission is not for our intended target (Frankfurt)....ah believe Frankfurt is in Zone 9 an is a bit to the south of this mission map....sir.

Respectfully,

Lt. George McPhail,
new navigator, B-17F 50-BO-42-5380
"Essence of Alabama"
Ed Acton shaking his head thinks to himself, 'LEADBETTER!!'

Then saying out load, "Lieutenant MacPhil is it, you are correct we'll get that rectified momentarily, Sgt. Murphy get Private Leadbetter over here with the correct maps!, Also McPhall this trip is only 7 Zones… not 9 Zones."

With that the Lieutenant Colonel continued with the briefing...

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I'm surprised it took eight post, two of them After Action Reports, till someone noticed, or commented, on this!?
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Mission 108’s errors

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
My apologies to everyone for this missions briefing errors. You would think with two weeks to prepare it would have been sparking clean, but alas it was not. Just to let everyone know for the next few months my schedule will be nuts and I will try my best to keep this campaign on track. I ask for your patients patience and understanding if things go a miss at times. You ALL have been great and I am very blessed with the core group of players and the new ever eager recruits. I believe the base group of players is at its largest since we began. This campaign has grown from a rag tag mix of players to a solid group of dedicated fanatics. I look forward to see where we go from here.

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don't know if I'm doing this right but.... I'm going to check if the Angry Marmot has the honor to take the leaflets.

"I wonder who's going to get the bag of leaflets" thought Browning while looking the loading board for the Angry Marmot "Sears is still under shock for Gordon's death"

1d6 = (5) = 5

"Nope" sighed "no leaflets for our waist gunners... get the girl ready for action Smith, we are going to Frankfurt"
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jasta6 wrote:
Kozzackkelt wrote:
Ah, sir, ma apologies, sir, but the map proviiided for this here mission is not for our intended target (Frankfurt)....ah believe Frankfurt is in Zone 9 an is a bit to the south of this mission map....sir.

Respectfully,

Lt. George McPhail,
new navigator, B-17F 50-BO-42-5380
"Essence of Alabama"
Ed Acton shaking his head thinks to himself, 'LEADBETTER!!'

Then saying out load, "Lieutenant MacPhil is it, you are correct we'll get that rectified momentarily, Sgt. Murphy get Private Leadbetter over here with the correct maps!, Also McPhall this trip is only 7 Zones… not 9 Zones."

With that the Lieutenant Colonel continued with the briefing...

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I'm surprised it took eight post, two of them After Action Reports, till someone noticed, or commented, on this!?
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Pilot: Captain Z Taylor
B-17: Halls of Montezuma (Mission 2)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 108, October 4, 1943
Target: Frankfurt, Germany. A/F (Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant)

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. W Belknap (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. T Childs (1) K: 1-109
Pilot: Capt. Z Taylor (1) [KIA]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. G Pillow (5) [LW]
Engineer: MSgt. J McIntosh (1) [SW] K: 1-109
Radio Oper.: Sgt. R Patterson (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. J Quitman (1) [FB]
Pt Waist G: Sgt. J Shields (1)
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. W Harney (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. J Bankhead (1) [LW]

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 1, Average: 4, Green:

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

Bomb Run: OFF Target 0%

B-17 Damage: Rudder, Radio, Control Cables, superficial damage to wings and fuselage

Peckham Points: 67

Landing: safe landing at base in England



Special Note: Sgt. J Quitman recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross for remaining at his station under extreme conditions, despite the threat of frostbite.


In Hospital: 2nd Lt. G Pillow (copilot), LW next day (available Oct. 5)
Sgt. J Bankhead (tail), LW next day (available Oct. 5)
SSgt. G Madison (waist), LW 2 days (available Oct. 5)
MSgt. J McIntosh (eng), SW 6 days, (available Oct. 11)
Sgt. J Quitman (ball), FB 10 days (available Oct. 15)
Sgt W Worth (radio), SW 14 days (available Oct. 17)

Sgt. J Chrystie (waist), SW 21 days (available Oct. 24)

Mission Description: Filed by 2nd Lt. G. Pillow

Today began with the crew chief, MSgt. Lee, giving myself and our new Captain Taylor a lecture regarding how much damage HIS Hall of Montezuma had taken and how he would very much like it if HIS airplane came back in one piece today. Sadly, this was the only one of Mr. Lee’s lectures that the Captain would have to endure.

The Outbound trip was uneventful. We saw no fighter waves and even picked up a Rabbit’s Foot in Zone 6.

The target zone was a different matter. Frankfurt’s flak guns opened up on us and we took multiple hits. One shell shot flying metal into the cockpit. I felt the controls lead forward and looked over to see the Captain slumped over the controls. I pulled him back into the seat and called for McIntosh to come join me. During the first pass over the target I don’t know what the heck happened but after waiting what seemed like forever, the bombardier called up that we were going for a second pass. Flak continued to rock the plane and poor visibility meant that the drop, when it finally happened, was off target.
As we turned for home, I brought the engineer up to help fly, moved the radio man into the top turret (the radio was shot up anyway) and tried to make the Captain comfortable in the radio room. Somewhere between Frankfurt and home, we lost him. Then the fighters jumped us, one ace 109 strafed us with walking hits. A string up shells came through the windshield seriously wounding the engineer at the pilot controls and grazed my head. The tail gunner also reported a minor wound. So, I moved the engineer up front and brought Lt. Childs back to help fly the plane. Sgt. Quitman also reported that his heater was out, but would remain at his station despite the cold. He has frostbitten toes to show for it, but will recover in 10 days.

The rest of the trip home we saw no enemy fighters. We safely landed the plane.
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Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group
MISSION One Hundred and Eight:
Date: Sunday, October 04, 1943 (1 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Munich, Germany.
Secondary Target: None

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot – 1st Lieutenant Kevin Washington (1) [0]
Co-Pilot - 2nd Lieutenant Kent Boudreau (1) [0]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant Dylan Hunt (0) [0] SW-IH
Navigator – 2nd Lieutenant Josh Hump (1) [0]
Engineer – MSG Dan Carlson (1) [1.5]
Radio Operator – SGT Mike Conway (0) [0]
Ball Gunner - SGT Joe Kingsmen (1) [2] *
Port Waist Gunner - SGT Zack Alden (0) [0]
Starboard Waist Gunner – SGT Sheldon O'Rielly (0) [0]
Tail Gunner - SGT Andrew Porter (1) [5]

* = 1 Kill This Mission
# = 5 Kills This Mission


Fighters Encountered:
ME-109: 08 = 4 Fighter Cover; 1 Kill (SGT Kingsmen) 1 Damaged; 1 Probable; 1 No Damage
FW-190: 00 =
ME-110: 00 =
Total = 8

Bomb Run:
Did Not Reach Target

B-17 Damage:
Bombardier SW-IH; 4 Superficial
Damage Report Filed By MSG Dan Carlson, Flight Engineer, Double Dragon


Hospital
SGT Sean Skidemore LW – 2 Days Returns October 6, 1944 (1) [1.5]
SGT Thomas Showers LW – 3 Days Returns October 7, 1944 (1) [1]


Peckham Points:
9

Landing:
Safely Landed in Elveden Hall

Claims:
SGT Kingsmen – 1 ME-109

Award/Promotion Requests:
2LT Dylan Hunt - Purple Heart

Replacements:
2nd LT Garrett Davis

After Action Report:
Inspection and take off went well, then we arrived over the English Chanel, and we were attacked by 3 ME-109's our Fighter cover took out one, 2nd LT Hunt winged the opposing target, while MSG Carlson missed him, and the Kraut missed us at the same time. 2nd LT Hump took a shot at his target missing him, but alas we didn't have the same luck as he hit us Seriously wounding 2nd LT Hunt. He came back around at 1:20 level and 2nd LT Hump missed again, while he hit us once again, this time it was just a nothing hit, then he came back at 3 level, and SGT Kingsmen laid into him sending him down in flames. At which point I decided that since there was no chance of hitting the target, that we would not risk the remainder of the crew or the Double Dragon, and we dropped out of formation and turned for home. After leaving formation we were hit again by 5 ME-109's, the fighter cover took out three of them, while we had no luck hitting either of the remaining two. One of the two missed us but the one on our tail hit us three times, all of which were superficial. He came back at a lower altitude but still from our rear, and SGT Porter our ace tail gunner laid into him giving him a massive shudder, causing him to miss us. We then made it back to Elvden Hall, where the medic's picked up LT Hunt, whom survived but will be headed home.

Pilot: 1st Keven Washington
Command pilot, "Double Dragon" (B-17G-45-BO 42-97358)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Browning
B-17: B-17F-45-B0 42-5252 “Angry Marmot”
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 108 (Bomber 2)
Date: October 4th, 1943
Target: Frankfurt, Germany. A/F (Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant)
Position: High / Middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Browning (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan (2)
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joseph Simpson (2) ½
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Jack Norris (2) *
Engineer: Sgt. Peter Smith (2) **
Radio Operator: Sgt. Anthony McDowell (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Clay Godfrey (2) ****
Port Waist: Sgt. Richard Abbott (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Jeremy Sears (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Ewan Krieger (2) **

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; On Target
---- Accuracy; 40%

Enemy Fighters Killed Before Mission: (KIA 4 / Prob 2 / Damg 2)

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA 4 / Prob 2 / Damg )
ME109 : 3 (3 average) – (KIA 1 / Prob 1 / Damg )
FW190 : 6 (5 average, 1 green) – (KIA 2 / Prob / Damg )
ME110 : 5 (5 average, 1 green) – (KIA 2 / Prob 1 / Damg )

Ace : 0
Average : 13
Green : 2

Enemy Fighters Killed With this Mission: (KIA 8 / Prob 4 / Damg 2)

Claims:
ME110 downed by Sgt. Krieger and Sgt. Godfrey
FW190 downed by 2nd Lt Norris
ME110 downed by Sgt. Godfrey
ME109 downed by Sgt. Godfrey and Sgt. Smith
FW190 downed by Sgt. Godfrey

Medals and Promotions:
none

B-17s damage report:
Pilot Compartment Superficial Damage x 1
Stbd. Wing Superficial Damage x 1
Port Wing Superficial Damage x 1

Total Peckham Damage : 3

Landing : Safely landed in England


Replacements:
Plane: none
Crew: none
Commander: none


Mission Description:
Subject: Frankfurt, Germany. A/F (Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant)
4-October-43

[b]Mission Debriefing:


Take off and joined formation over England territory while gaining altitude to high formation. We have encountered some opposition over Belgium and over target.

Flak did not damage us except for some minor hole on both wings. Enemy fighters seemed to be waiting us over Frankfurt, we have counted a lot of them getting throughout the formation. All crew members performed gallantly under fire, especially Sgt. Clay Godfrey. When we received the order for a second pass I was surprised.

While on target we noticed to have missed the objective and forced to get back, flak did not procure damage, we were under a lucky charm it seems. On the second run bombs were on target, Lt. Simpsons reports a good hit on the plant with extended explosions.

While inbound, many enemy fighters engaged us piercing through the formation, but we managed to shake them off. We are lucky to have returned with so little damage despite a direct attack on our pilot compartment and a couple of shots given from a ME109 on our tail. Both attacks procured no damage at all. While writing this report, Engineer Sgt. Smith is controlling the tail section with the ground crew to ensure that “Angry Marmot” has not suffered unseen structural damage.

Merit note for the 56th Fighter Group, they managed to defend us many times, without them we would have surely returned with more damage.

The entire crew is heading for the chapel after this report. We are going to thank the Lord for our safe trip.


1st Lt. Robert Browning
Commander of B-17F-45-B0 42-5252 “Angry Marmot” Pos. D
154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)


Mission Note:

Replacement crew member Sgt. Richard Abbott, port waist gunner, arrived minutes before take off.
Sgt Godfrey has shown excellent aiming and performed gallantly under fire, with 3 enemy aircrafts destroyed in one row (2 half downs with Krieger and Smith).

The Fallen

Sgt. Raymond Gordon, KIA on mission #107 (1st of "Angry Marmot") on October the 3rd 1943.
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