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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. We continue to pound the Reich though we will focus our attention on their Shipping… ” 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, 12/09/30 ), 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 moving North to Wilhelmshaven… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and Tenth:
Date: Monday, October 06, 1943 (1 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 5 x 1000 lb H.E. M44 bombs
------ B-17G’s: 5 x 1000 lb H.E. M44 bombs

Bombing Altitude: 25,000 ft (Middle Combat Box in the wing)
------ High Squadron 25,250 ft
------ Lead Squadron 25,000 ft
------ Low Squadron 24,750 ft
------ Low-Low Squadron 24,500 ft


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

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

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

Fighter Escort:
(78th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B and 20th Fighter Groups P-47’s I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: good
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 5 outbound: good
Zone 6 outbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: poor
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: poor
Zone 2 inbound: fair

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 Heavy. (No Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) None


Mission Map:


-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) This mission was a night mission with the 422nd BS of the 305th BG (H) flying in accordance with the RAF.

The 303rd operation notes state that they didn’t fly this mission

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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 110 [Wilhelmshaven , Germany. U/B]

- 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. Vetinari's Crew in "Reaper Man" (B-17G-10-B0 42-31233)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Terry Fideau’s Crew in “Spot On” (B17F)

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Len Anderson’s Crew in “Unfinished Business” (B-17G-10-B0 42-31266) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. C. Bartlett’s Crew in "Ruthless" (B-17F-85-BO 42-30043) [AAR] Aborted
1st Lt. Terry Fideau’s Crew in “Spot On” (B17F) [AAR] Tail
1st Lieutenant Hamish Alexander’s Crew in “Lucky Lass” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5336) [AAR] Aborted
1st Lt. Maurotsakalos Stelios’s Crew in “Mermaid's song” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31155) [AAR] MIA
2nd Lt. Peter E. Action’s Crew in “Dice with the Devil” (B-17F-35-BO 42-5103) [AAR] Aborted

152nd BS - BB:
Capt I McDowell’s Crew in “Manassas Junction” (B-17G-1-B0 42-31060) [AAR]
1st Lieutenant Isaac Bourchier’s Crew in “Mad Hatter” (B-17F-30-B0 42-5052) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Howard Buck’s Crew in "Out of the Blue" (B17G-20-BO 43-120723) [AAR]
1st. Lt.Lex Dexter's Crew in "Justintime" (B-17F-75-DL 42-3553) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Herman Gordon’s Crew in “Berlin Bound” [AAR] Aborted / Pilot KIA

153rd BS - GB:
Capt Tony Lazzeri’s Crew in “Knotty Knickers” (B-17F-45-VE 42-6078) [AAR]
Capt. Vetinari's Crew in "Reaper Man" (B-17G-10-B0 42-31233) [AAR] Lead
1st Lt Ciaphas Cain’s Crew in "Whiskey Rebellion" (B-17F-100-B0 42-30344) [AAR]
1st LT Morgan Cross’s Crew in “Sword of Damocles” (B-17F) [AAR]
1st Lt. Charles Roberts’s Crew in "Milk Wagon" (B-17F-80-B0 42-30010) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Harold Aguilar’s Crew in “VALLEY GIRL” [AAR] Cat-E / Pilot KIA

154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Robert Browning's Crew in “Angry Marmot” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252) [AAR]
1st Lt. Quinton Minkin's Crew in "Morning Revenge" (B-17F-100-B0 42-30379) [AAR]
1st Lt Bill Mitchell’s Crew in “Seaside Sally” (B-17F-65-BO 42-29692) [AAR] Crashed – Cat-E
1st Lt. Sherman Potter’s Crew in “Hot Lips” (B-17F-100-BO 42-30563) [AAR] MIA
2nd Lt Pete Stodola’s Crew in “String of Pearls” (B-17F) [AAR]



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

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The Spot On (151st) is happy to take tail, unless someone wants to fight for it. We save our fighting for the Germans.
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I see this was a night mission historically. We aren't using the night rules?
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Howard Buck
B-17: Out of the Blue (B17G-20-BO-43-120723) BB-B
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardmment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 110 (this bomber 7)
Date: October 6, 1943
Target: Wilhelmshaven, U boats
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Howard Buck (3)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Oscar Powell (8) SW-Rec
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Brent Judge #**** (7)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Isaiah Flint (3)
Engineer MSgt. Jonathan Barnstable * (3) SW-IH
Radio Operator Sgt. Geoffrey Walker ** (5)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Carl Brantford ** (6)
Port Waist Sgt. Dennis Emmons * (6) KIA
Starboard Waist Sgt. Eric Astor (6)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Keith Zingerman * (3)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb Run: Off
Accuracy: 5%

Fighters claimed: KIA-3 Prob-4 Dam-2
Bombardier Lt. Judge: 1 Me-109
Engineer MSgt. Barnstable: 1 FW-190
Tail Gunner Sgt. Zingerman: 1 FW-190

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely
Ball turret guns out
Navigator's equipment out
Rudder-1 hit
Starboard elevator out
Port wing root-1 hit
114 Peckham points

Replacements:
Copilot 2nd Lt. Marvin Waters (temporary replacement)
Engineer MSgt. Louis Vargas
Port Waist Sgt. Jeremy Stallworth (1)

Debrief:
Yet another drawn mission for Out of the Blue. Our bomb aim always gets
disturbed at the last minute, but the plane stays in one piece and
damages the Luftwaffe in the air.

With excellent fighter cover, only one fighter reached us over the North
Sea, and it turned tail after we damaged it. Resistance over the target
was a bit stronger, and we did take one significant hit, breaking the
leveler on the ball turret guns. It looked like we were set up for a
good bomb run, but a flak burst just clipped our wing, and that was
enough to throw our aim slightly off. We missed the sub pens but got
one bomb onto the docks.

The only strong resistance we took was a wave of five fighters attacking
from above as we left the target. Sgt. Zingerman shot one down, but
three of the other four hit us, including one we had badly damaged.
They put shells all over the plane, knocking Lt. Powell and
MSgt. Barnstable unconscious, killing Sgt. Emmons, and doing assorted
damage. After they left, Sgt. Brantford took over the top turret, where
he would have guns to fire. He did get a few shots off, but there
wasn't much to shoot at, as our fighter cover and neighbors in formation
kept resistance light on the way back.

Lt. Powell has a concussion but no permanent injury and should be back
with us after a short convalescence. MSgt. Barnstable will go back to
the US for rehab. And on the good side, Lt. Judge has become a great
gunner, with nine kills in seven missions, and he is learning a lot from
the missed bomb runs; he will make a fine bombardier if we ever learn to
dodge the flak.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Howard Buck
Command Pilot, Out of the Blue (B17G-20-BO-43-120723)
152nd BS, 281st BG (H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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b]Pilot:[/b] 1st Lt. Robert Browning
B-17: B-17F-45-B0 42-5252 “Angry Marmot”
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 110 (Bomber 4)
Date: October 06th, 1943
Target: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
Position: LOW

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Browning (4)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan (4)
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joseph Simpson (4) * ½
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Jack Norris (4) *½
Engineer: Sgt. Peter Smith (4) ***
Radio Operator: Sgt. Eugene DelGrecio (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Clay Godfrey (4) #
Port Waist: Sgt. Richard Abbott (3)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Thomas Garner (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Ewan Krieger (4) **½

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; 75%

Enemy Fighters Killed Before Mission: (KIA 13 / Prob 11 / Damg 2)

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA / Prob 2 / Damg )

ME109 : 1 (1 average – KIA / 1 Prob / Damg )
FW190 : 5 (6 average – KIA / 2 Prob / Damg )
ME110 : 0

Ace :
Average : 7
Green :

Enemy Fighters Killed With this Mission: (KIA 13 / Prob 13 / Damg 2)

Claims:

None.

Medals and Promotions:

None to report.

B-17s damage report:

Sup. Damage x 5

Nose : Sup. Damage

Pilot Compartment : Sup. Damage , Window (1st hit)

Port Wing : Sup. Damage x 3 , Aileron (no effect)

Strb Wing : Sup. Damage x 2

Bomb Bay : Sup. Damage

Radio Room : Sup. Damage

Waist : Ball Turret (guns out)

Tail : Sup. Damage, Rudder (2nd hit) , Tailplane (no effect) , Tailplane (root 1st)

Total Peckham Damage : 140


Medic report:

No injuries reported.

Landing : Smooth landing in England.


Replacements:
Plane: none
Crew: none
Commander: none


Mission Description:
Subject: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
6-October-43

[b]Mission Debriefing:


Take off and joined formation over England territory while gaining altitude to LOW formation. Skies are pretty clear, we are soon joined by the Little Friends.

[Zone 2 OB]

Nothing to report. Skies clear, weapons ready, we approach Europe.

[Zone 3 OB]

Formation seems to getting tighter than usual. Nothing against it, crew is glad since Germans will not try to pierce our formation so lightly. [rolled random event TIGHT FORMATION]

[Zone 4 OB]

Flight was smooth, crew relaxed.

[Zone 5 OB]

Enemy fighters! Four ME109F descend upon our ship. P-47s are able to drive three of them off but one pushes the attack from 12 high. Lt. Simpson manages to smoke the fighter that promptly evades and dives away, engine stopped. No other fighters appear, seems like the Luftwaffe was taking a nap.

[Zone 6 OB]

Nothing to report.

[Zone 7 OB]

When we are over the target, the Luftwaffe swarms on us. Two ME109Gs pierce the higher formation aiming for us. All guns blaze but no damage is done to the fighters that passes by with no harm done.

The second wave literally comes undetected. Nonetheless than five (5) FW190As aim at the “Angry Marmot”. Gunners are agitated and only Sgt. Godfrey is able to hit the enemy so badly that the engine stops in mid air. Three of them are able to place shots on our ship that shakes violently. The first 190 gets in at high speed placing shots in the waist destroying the ball turret guns. Sgt. Godfrey screams in terror but has no injuries. The entire plane is hit by enemy shells but luckily we do not report any damage of sort.
Sgt. Krieger manages to badly hit one of the FW190s on their second run but manages to strike our tail section. Krieger reports heavy damage on the taiplane but we keep carrying on.

TARGET

While on the bombing run, Flak does not hit us. At least this time we’ve been really lucky and the Bombardier manages to place bombs ON TARGET! Ball gunner reports a pretty accurate result. At least something good is happening!

[Zone 7 IB]

Flak keeps on striking near us but provokes no damage, when all gets quiet once more for the Luftwaffe arrival.

A single FW190a manages to get on us from 12 high after a dive, but it is so fast that overshoots.

[Zone 6 IB]

Nothing to report, except that both waist gunners try to get Sgt. Godfrey out from the ball turret. It seems that the hatch is blocked due to the damage to the guns.

[Zone 5 IB]

Nothing to report, skies are clear

[Zone 4 IB]

A formation of FW190s tries to get close but is driven off by the P-47s. Sgt. Smith reports that the ship has been crippled on the tail section, we are lucky that it is still capable of flying. God bless the Fortress.

[Zone 3 IB]

Nothing to report.

[Zone 2 IB]

Nothing to report.



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:

German air cover on the target was heavy. Our crew is lucky to have gotten out alive from that inferno. We had to cut out the Ball turret to retrieve our gunner. He was pretty shaken the poor lad.

The Fallen

- Sgt. Raymond Gordon, port waist gunner, KIA on mission #107 (1st for Angry Marmot) on October the 3rd 1943.
- Sgt. Jeremy Sears, starboard waist gunner, WIA on mission #109 (3rd for Angry Marmot) on October the 5th 1943. Discharged and sent home.
- Sgt. Anthony McDowell, radio operator, WIA on mission #109 (3rd for Angry Marmot) on October the 5th 1943. Discharged and sent home.
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Dang you guys are too quick for me! I posted this an hour ago and two crews have flown as well as submitted their AAR... WOW!
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atimrogers wrote:
I see this was a night mission historically. We aren't using the night rules?


No this is a Daylight Mission. I will note in the special rules section of the briefing if we are using night rules.

I do this instead of skipping the mission to keep us in numerical order.

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PS the last mission was also a "Historical Night Mission" too but we flew that one during the day.
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jasta6 wrote:
Dang you guys are too quick for me! I posted this an hour ago and two crews have flown as well as submitted their AAR... WOW!


More amazing is the fact they made it home with the groups luck as of late!!
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jasta6 wrote:
Dang you guys are too quick for me! I posted this an hour ago and two crews have flown as well as submitted their AAR... WOW!


More amazing is the fact they made it home with the groups luck as of late!!


So true!
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Major Gecko sir, I would like to take the Lucky Lass up on the tail. 1LT Alexander says following the mission brief.
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I'm sorry, Lt. Alexander. The Spot On has already volunteered for the tail [and landed safely].
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atimrogers wrote:
I'm sorry, Lt. Alexander. The Spot On has already volunteered for the tail [and landed safely].


not a problem, maybe next time


missed the post earlier. blush
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Without a sound the Lucky Lass turns and heads for home, while the remainder of the formation is still flying over the English Channel on their way to the target

atimrogers wrote:
I'm sorry, Lt. Alexander. The Spot On has already volunteered for the tail [and landed safely].


Wow, maybe its a good thing that I missed the post and you told me about it, as I just lost my radio and intercom while still over the channel. On top of that I forgot that LT Alexander was still in the hospital, so he couldn't have flown anyway
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Terry Fideau
B-17: Spot On (B-17F – no serial number assigned) (Mission 2)
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 110
Date: 6 October, 1943
Target: Willhelmshaven, Germany U/B (u-boat)
Position: Low-Low
Key Mission Notes: Tail-End Charlie

Crew Assigned: Position: Rank & Name (mission #) [Casualties]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Robert Kerr (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt Alan Wolf (2)*
Pilot: 1st Lt Terry Fideau (2) [frostbite – recovered]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Jack Russell (2)
Engineer: MSgt Maurice “Mutt” Jones (2)*½
Radio Oper.: Sgt Donald Collar (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt Collier Burgoyne (2)**
Pt Waist G (temp): Sgt Arnold Bichon (1) [KIA]
Stbd Waist G: Sgt Peter Basset (1) [SW – fatal]
Tail Gunner: Sgt Joe Cocker (2) **½

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

Bomb Run:
Bomb Drop: Off target
Accuracy: 5%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 18 (KIA = 4, Prob = 3, Damg = 0, Driven Off = 3)
Enemy Pilot Status: Ace: 0, Average: 17, Green: 1

Claims:
NAV, Wolf – K: 109
ENG, Jones – K: ½x109
SWG, Basset – P: 190
TAI, Cocker – K: 109, 109, ½x109; P: 110, 110

Medals and Promotions:
Purple Heart (posthumous): Sgt. Peter Basset; Sgt. Arnold Bichon
Rec: Silver Star for 1st Lt. Terry Fideau, who lost pilot compartment heat over the target and chose to keep the Spot On in formation and suffer frostbite, while ordering his copilot to move to the heated waist compartment and man the waist machine guns after both waist gunners had been fatally wounded. He safely returned the plane to England, dropping down to a safe altitude before attempting a landing so his copilot could safely return to the compartment and assist.

B17 Status: Landed safely

B-17 Damage: Tail O2, 1 hit; Pilot Window hit; Pilot compartment heat out; Starboard Wing Root hit

Peckham Points: 76

Replacements:
SWG, Sgt John “Boxer” Wells
PWG (Temp), Sgt Lester Spitz

Mission Description:

Willhelmshaven, Germany. 6 October 1943. I’ll never say anything bad about our little friends again. If it weren’t for them, and our brothers in formation, we would probably not have survived our first trip as Tail End Charlie.

The Gerrys started flying in almost as soon as we left England, but the good guys from the 78th drove off the first wave and at least one more fighter the next time around; Wolf and Cocker each took out a 109, and the last two hightailed it out of there. From the point until we approached Willhelmshaven, we occasionally saw German fighters, but the other B-17s were looking out for us and drove them off before we needed to worry.

The P-47s couldn’t make it to target, and we suffered for it. Flying in, a 109 on our tail made things interesting: Cocker took a hit in the tail oxygen, and some shells made it into the pilot compartment, cracking the window and taking out our heat. We scored some hits, though, and proceeded untouched in and out of the flak to drop our bombs. Heading back out, we hit another wave of fighters, and while they didn’t stay long, the pumped the waist full of lead – Bichon was killed at the port gun, and Basset sounded pretty bad at the starboard. After we left the target zone, I ordered Lt. Russell out of the pilot compartment, promising to call him if I was succumbing to the cold or, at the very least, before I attempted to land the plane. No sense in us both risking frostbite, especially when he could man the waist guns. Just as well, too, seeing as I did pick up a bit of frostbite (from which I am expected to fully recover).

We only ran into a pack of fighters one more time before getting home – five 109s came at us from up high. They must not have had much support, though, because after Cocker took one out from the tail, they turned and ran.

Coming in to England, I dropped us down to a warmer altitude and called Jack back up to the cockpit. We landed safely, even though Basset didn’t make it. In two missions, we’ve lost three waist gunners, with the fourth laid up in hospital for a couple more days. How many more are we going to lose before this is all over?


Pilot: 1st Lt. Terry Fideau
B-17: Spot On (B-17F) (Mission 2)
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
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Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Denver Summervale (Temporary Pilot)
B-17: Lucky Lass B-17F-45-B0 42-5336
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
MISSION One Hundred and Tenth: (bomber 3)
Date: Monday, October 06, 1943 (1 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
Secondary Target: None


Crew Status
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Medals Awarded
Pilot - 1st Lieutenant Denver Summervale (0) [0]
Co-Pilot - 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Alistair McKeen (0) [0]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Lester Tourville (0) [0] **
Navigator - 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant John Tremaine (0) [0]
Awards: PH
Engineer – MSG Peter Hunger (0) [0]
Radio Operator – SGT John Molenda(1) [0]
Ball Gunner – SGT Hugh Patterson (2) [0]
Awards: PH
Port Waist Gunner - SGT SGT Jack Mortimer (0) [0]
Starboard Waist Gunner – SGT SGT Roy Beaufort (0) [0]
Tail Gunner – SGT Jamie Candles (0) [0]

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

Bomb Run:
DNB

Fighters Encountered:

ME-109: = 3 (1 Killed, 1 Fighter Cover, 1 Undamaged)
FW-190: = 4 (1 killed, 1 fighter cover, 2 undamaged)
ME-110: = 0
Total = 7

Claims:
Kills FW-190 (LT Tourville) ME-109 (LT Tourville)
Probable None
Damaged None

Award/Promotion Requests:


B-17 Damage:

Control Cables Damaged, Intercom Out, Radio Out

Peckham Points:
30

Landing:
Safely Landed in Elvden Hall UK


Replacements
None

Hospital
Pilot 1LT Hamish Alexander 3 Days (3) [0] – 9OCT1943
PH W/ Cluster
Ball Gunner SGT Hugh Patterson (1) [0] - 3 Days - 8OCT1943
PH

After Action Report:
Over the English Channel we were attacked by 3 FW-190's, our fighter cover took one out, leaving us 2 to deal with, 2LT Tourville managed to shred the armor of one, and send it to the earth in a deadly and unmanageable dive. The last one, who didn't have a single kill flag on his ship tore into us, taking out our intercom, radio, and damaging the control cables in our bomb bay. He came around for a second pass and missed us breaking off. Without an intercom, and being so close to the English Channel we decided to play it safe, and left formation heading back towards Elveden Hall. With the rest of the formation behind us, we were once again attacked, this time, our fighter cover took out a ME-109, but left us with 2 more and a FW-190. LT Tourville filled the cockpit of one of the 109's with lead, and the pilot went plummeting to the ground. The rest of the fighters and our gunners traded off on shots but no other damage was delt.



Pilot: 1st Denver Summervale
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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atimrogers wrote:
The Spot On (151st) is happy to take tail, unless someone wants to fight for it. We save our fighting for the Germans.


Reaper Man will take lead position.

Captain Havelock Vetinari

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Pilot: Captain I McDowell
B-17: Manassas Junction (B-17G-1-B0 42-31060) (Mission 1)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 110, October 6, 1943
Target: Wilhelmshaven, U Boats

Bomb Run: 0%
Over Target: YES
Plane Status: OK
Casualties: KIA: 2 WIA: 1 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 5 Probable: 1 Damaged: 0

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. ED Keyes (1) [KIA]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. RC Schenck (1) K:1-109,1-110 ,FBOA: 1-190
Pilot: Capt. I McDowell (1)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. D Tyler (1)
Engineer: MSgt. J Speidel (1) [KIA]
Radio Oper.: Sgt. AH Terry (1) [LW] K: 1-109
Ball Gunner: Sgt. JL Chatfield (1) K:1-110,1-190
Pt Waist G: SSgt. G Madison (16)
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. CD Jameson (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. WB Tompkins (1)

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 1, Average: 19, Green: 3

B-17 Damage: O2 System Out, Port Aileron, Pt Inboard Tank leak, Rudder, Nose Turret, Top Turret

Peckham Points: 116

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A

In Hospital: SSgt. G Madison returns from the hospital
Sgt. AH Terry, LW, recovers for next day

Mission Description: Filed by Captain I McDowell
When Lt. Tyler and I arrived from the replacement pilot depot the first person we met was MSgt. Lee, our crew chief. Lee explained to us that the Colonel had given him a brand new B-17G. He reminded us that this was HIS new plane and if we had better bring it back to him. The second person we met was SSgt. Madison who had been cleared by the flight surgeon to return to duty.

At the morning briefing when the Colonel announced we were going to Wilhelmshaven, the veterans groaned and muttered about “yet another trip to Germany.”

The outbound flight was uneventful. Our fellow bombers and the little friends kept the fighters away until the target zone.

As we flew into the target zone, I heard an explosion from behind me as the top turret ripped apart. Poor Sgt. Speidel didn’t have a chance. The flak missed us and the bomb run was off target.

We turned for home and took some minor flak damage. We must have hit the Luftwaffe’s favorite beer house or something because three waves of them swarmed us on the way out. Our gunners performed well and took out five fighters, but the damage was punishing. An attack on the nose knocked out the nose turret and severely wounded Lt. Keyes. A later hit somewhere along the way home would kill Keyes. Another round of shells into the pilot compartment blew out the oxygen system for the entire plane. Tyler and I fought to remain conscious as we dove the Manassas Junction.

We leveled her off at 10,000 feet and I looked out over the seemingly endless stretch of sea in front of us. I knew we were in trouble. We were out of formation, missing two men, and had no way of defending the front of the plane. Luckily a lone bomber flying near the deck did not attract much attention, for a while. We made it through 6 and 5 safely and then in 4, 3, and 2 the Germans came back. The 109s must have seen the damaged guns because they kept coming at us from 12 o’clock and there was nothing we could do but swear at them.

We landed safely at base. Sgt. Terry was lightly wounded, but will fly tomorrow. MSgt. Lee reports moderate damage to his airplane, but is confident that his men will have her ready for tomorrow.
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gamer72 wrote:
atimrogers wrote:
The Spot On (151st) is happy to take tail, unless someone wants to fight for it. We save our fighting for the Germans.


Reaper Man will take lead position.

Captain Havelock Vetinari




Reaper Man made it all the way to Wilhelmshavn and back, no-one else needs to take lead.



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Pilot: 1st Lt. Charles Roberts
B-17: "Milk Wagon" (B-17F-80-B0 42-30010)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 110 (this bomber 4)
Date: October 6th, 1943
Target: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
Position: Middle squadron

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Charles Roberts (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Jose Godfrey (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Alan Rockwell **(4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Joseph Cobb (4) *
Engineer: MSgt. Ronald Gatlin (3)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Hurlay Yancy (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Jack Wells **(3)
Port Waist: Sgt. Ronald Lombardo (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Jose Ott (4)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Robert Vogel **(4)

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

Bomb Run: ON / 97%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 2 FW-190, 3 ME-109
Destroyed: 1 (1 ME-109)
Probable: 0
Damaged: 0

Claims:
2nd Lt. J. Cobb (NAV): 1 ME-109

Medals and Promotions:
none

B-17s Disposition: Landed safely at Elveden Hall
4 Hits (including 1xFlak) + 1 extreme cold event
Tail guns jam (fixed), Rudder hit
Superficial: 3

Damage Points: 13

Replacements:
none

Mission Debriefing:

What can I Say? This mission was a dream come true. Apart from extreme cold which jammed our tail guns while still over England but was soon fixed by Sgt. Vogel, the outbound flight was uneventful. The first enemy fighters encountered came in two waves in the target zone, but both were driven back by the rest of the formation, thanks to them. Then a single flak shell hit us in the rudder but it was as if it helped Lt Rockwell because he estimated he had dropped all bombs exactly on target. Turning around, a single FW-190 targeted us but missed. Then a second wave of four enemies frontally attacked us and we were superficially hit by two of the three participing ME-109. So far our defensive fire had been lacking, but when the they came back for a second attack, Lt Cobb set one of them aflame and the other one quicky ran away. No other german bothered us during the return flight and we easily landed at home base.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Charles Roberts
Command pilot, "Milk Wagon" (B-17F-80-B0 42-30010)
153rd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK


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PILOT: 2LT Pete Stodola
B-17F: String of Pearls
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 110 (Bomber 1)
Date: 06 October 1943
Target: Wilhelmshaven, Germany. U/B (Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven)
Position: LOW

Crew Status:
Pilot: 2LT Pete Stodota (1)
Copilot: 2Lt Warren Ives (1)
Bombardier: 2Lt Jefferson Krier (1)
Navigator: 2Lt Otto Dingar (1)
Engineer: Sgt Glen Keenan (1)
Radio Operator: Sgt Ernest Alvarez (1)
BTG: Sgt Niles Hallston (1)
PWG: Sgt Joe Cox (1)
SbWG: Sgt Walt John Forrest (1)
TG: Sgt David Schwartz (1)

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

Bomb Run: ON TARGET 50%


Enemy Fighters Encountered: 2 (2xBf109) ( KIA - 0 Prob - 1 Damg - 0 )

B-17s damage report: Hit to Oxygen supply, autopilot inoperable, Engine 2 - out

Mission Report: Took off and joined formation over England, flew to target without firing a single shot at enemy. No flak hit us on approach to target, Came in on target and hit with est. 50%

Hit by flak on turn for home. Still no enemy aircraft near us. We saw a few German fighters, but formation fire drove them away before they got near us. Two German 109's came at us over the sea, Sgt. Hallston (BTG) winged one, they fired and missed then disappeared. However, as England came into view, we were hit by formation gunfire, which rendered engine 2 inoperable.

We landed safely on three engines and STRING OF PEARLS should be ready for her next mission.

Respectfully Submitted,

Pete Stodola, 2LT., USAAF
Pilot - B-17F STRING OF PEARLS
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After Action Report #C5M110
October 6th 1943



A/C name (number): "Whiskey Rebellion" (B-17F-100-B0 42-30344)
Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Ciaphas Cain
Unit: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Callsign: Pushover Charlie
Mission #: 109/2/2
Primary Target: Kriegsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Secondary Target: None
Position P/S: Middle/Middle

Crew/Status/Actions:
Pilot: 1Lt. Ciaphas Cain/OK
-Missions Completed: 2
Co-Pilot: 2Lt. Andrew Vail/OK
-Missions Completed: 1
Bombardier: 2Lt. Jim Sulla/OK
-Missions Completed: 2
Navigator: 2Lt. Rupert Broklaw/OK
-Missions Completed: 2
Flt Engineer: WO Andrew Lustig/OK
-AC Destroyed (Including Mission): 1
-Missions Completed: 2
R/O: T-4 Ferik Jurgen/OK
-Missions Completed: 2
Ball Gnr: Sgt. Martin Magot/OK
-AC Destroyed (Including Mission): 1
-Missions Completed: 2
Port Wst: Sgt. Hal Grifen/OK
-Missions Completed: 2
Strb Wst: Sgt. Underwood Creed/LW
-Missions Completed: 1
Tail Gnr: Sgt. Quinton Penlan/LW
-Missions Completed: 2


Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Sergeant Quinton Penlan: Purple Heart
Sergeant Underwood Creed: Purple Heart

Enemy Aircraft Claimed:
KIA: 1
PRB: 1
DAM: 1
FDO: 5

Enemy Aircraft Encountered:
Single Engine: 10
Twin Engine: 0


Bomb Drop: OFF
Bombing Accuracy: 5%
Bomb Load: 5 x 1000 lb H.E. M44 bombs
Bombing Altitude: 25,000 ft

B-17 Status:
Autopilot disabled, tail-turret disabled


Mission Description:

Things continue to be fairly quiet for this crew; light damage and a few light wounds for the crew, with only Sgt. Oenlan needing further hospitalization. Fighter coverage was excellent today and I certainly hope it continues.

1st Lt. Ciaphas Cain
"Whiskey Rebellion"
153rd BS(H), 281st BG(H)


Replacements:
Sgt. Jessie Copple: six days
Sgt. Quinton Penlan: two days


Notes:
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After Action Report (AAR) As filed by Co-Pilot D. Kendall
Pilot: 1st Lt. C. Bartlett
Mission: 110 (1)
B-17F: 85 BO 42-30043 "Ruthless"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Low-Low
Target: Wilhelmshaven (U-Boats)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Curtis Bennett(1)
Navigator 2nd Lt Edgar Wilson (1) **
Pilot 1st Lt Clifford Bartlett
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Donald Kendall (1)
Engineer Msgt Paul Chapman (1) *
Radio Operator Sgt Wade Persons (1) *
Ball Gunner Sgt Bertram Decker (1) ***
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Julian Oakes
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Raymond Terry
Tail Gunner Sgt Harold Reeves (1) *


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Claims: Navigator E. Wilson (2) ME109, Engineer P. Chapman (1) ME109, Radio Operator W. Persons (1) ME109, Ball Gunner B. Decker (2) ME109 (1) FW190, Tail Gunner H. Reeves (1) FW190

Probables: None

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Pilot C. Bartlett (KIA), Port Waist Gunner J. Oakes (KIA), Starboard Waist Gunner R. Terry (KIA), Navigator E. Wilson (LW), Co-Pilot D. Kendall (LW), Tail Gunner H. Reeves (LWX2)

Bomb Drop: DNB

B-17's Disposition:
Nose Gun inoperable, Flight deck Oxygen out with resulting fire, Rafts destroyed, Radio Heat inoperable, Intercom out, Ball Mechanism inoperable, Port Waist Gun jammed, Starboard Waist Gun inoperable, Tail Guns destroyed, Rudder damaged 33%, Starboard Root hit, Port Flap inoperable, Starboard Aileron inoperable, Port Brakes out, #2 and #4 Engines out and not feathered, (38) hits of a superficial nature.

Mission Description:

We were a crew thrown together at the last minute. It turned out to be best since we won't be getting to know three of the crew anymore. The plane we got was called "Ruthless". We though it was supposed to mean us, not the mission.

We saw action everywhere we turned. We faced over 90 enemy fighters that took us apart in every zone. That was with over 15 driven off by our boys! We were holding our own until the oxygen was shot away in the flight deck. We dropped out of formation and turned for home in zone 5. We lost the #2 engine to shells and couldn't get it to feather in time. A shell passed through the bomb bay and our radio operator calmly reminded the new skipper that the bombs were still in the racks. One quick call to the bombardier and they went out the door.

Later, the #4 engine was shot out and IT wouldn't feather. It felt like we could have been passed by Orville and Wilbur we were going so slow. In the meantime the GAF was relentlessly pounding us from all angles. We saw ACE pilots, green pilots, all were driving 109's or 190's. During the battle, we did manage to knock down 8 of the attackers, but our plane was a sieve.

Another shot to the flight deck ignited the last of the oxygen tanks that were still full and started a fire. Took two extinguishers to get it under control. Just as we saw the coast, we were swarmed again and, by this time, had lost ammo in the top turret and four other guns weren't working.

Once we'd landed, we started pulling guys out where they didn't start out when we took off. The crews had switched around trying to keep guns active where guys had bought it.

Brakes out on the port side and holes all through the ship, but she brought us home. The crew chief just stared at her and we knew she was written off. So Ruthless, if she has any parts left, we be a hanger queen.
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