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I decided to start new missions to get back into the groove. I have played this game for almost twenty years but have not played it consistently in the past couple of years. This was evident during some of the discussion about the guns. I have decided to get back to basics so to speak. I used the squadron selection in the download section. I will be flying out of the 423rd Bombardment Squadron of the 306th Bombardment Group of the 40th Bombardment Wing of the 1st Bombardment Division based out of Thurleigh England. I will use the following variants: Little friends, JG-26, Ju-88 and Smashers later in the missions. The first bomber used will be Rosie's Riveters with the following crew:
Pilot: Ronald Brady
Co-Pilot: Cooper Scully
Bombardier: Richard Ramos
Navigator: Diego Dillon
Engineer: Ralph Kang
Radio: Ronald Marriotti
Ball Turret: Larry Lilly
Port Waist: Craig Davis
Stbd Waist: Jerry Posey
Tail Gunnner: Kenneth Bennick

First Mission: Lille France Target: Industry

Second zone had Circus fighter cover with the RAF 31st Spitfire.
The fighter cover was good and there was one wave that attacked which consisted of three ME-110's: 12 Low, 10:30 Level and 6 Low. The 12 and 6 low planes were driven off by the fighter cover leaving the 10:30 level coming in for an attack. The port cheek missed but the 110 did not. The shells hit the Bombardier in the head for a serios wound and the next hit him in the chest killing him. The other hit was a wing root hit. The Tails guns tried a passing shot but missed. When the 110 came around a second time, the fighter cover took him out. The Pilot and crew decided to go for the target instead of aborting.

Zone three (target zone) saw good weather and poor fighter cover and one wave of two ME-110's 6 level and 9 low which the port waist and ball gunner and tail gunner missed but the Germans missed two. Since the Bombardier was KIA, the bombing was off-target and the light flak missed. The navigator moved to the nose guns and dropped the bombs with zero percent. The plane turned around and with fair fighter cover encountered a lone ME-109 at 12 high. The fighter cover missed and the Nose guns got a piece of hit but it continued the attack. The Me-109 hit the pilot compartment taking out the top turret and then the tail section taking out the tail guns. On its second pass, it missed.

There were no fighters in zone two with poor fighter cover and the plane landed with 9 of 10 crewmen safe.

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That's a pretty brutal first mission. Almost guarantees you'll make 25!
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Mission 2 Lille industry target. During the night, a replacement bombardier was assigned to Rosie, Juan Leeker. The plane was the middle bomber of the low squadron for this run. For fighter cover, the 31st RAF spitfire would run Ramrod operations or close escort. That was good news, the bad news was that it was going to be poor. Zone two saw no fighters but zone three (target zone) was a different matter. Three waves were hitting the formation with the first wave being two Me-110's at 6 level and 9 low. Fighter cover was no help but the port waist took out the 9 low leaving the 6 level to attack, hitting the B17 with four hits: the stbd tailplane took 1 hit, the tail gunner was wounded in the upper arm and superficial damage to the port wing. The fighter came on a successive attack but the B17 missed and the 110 missed. The next wave was five 190's 12 high, 1030 level, 9 level 6 high and vertical dive. Fighter escort managed to take the 9 level away and the navigator with the port cheek gun took out a 190 at 1030. The only fighter to hit was the 6 high which was walking hits on the: Nose (SD), Pilot Compartment (SD), Bomb Bay (SD), Radio knocking out the intercom, Waist (SD), and Tail hitting the O2 tail gunner area once. He came on for a second attack but missed. There was rumors that the Abbeville Kids or JG-26 was in the area and that is who visited next with four 109's: 12 low, level and high 9 high. Fighter cover nor B-17 defensive fire hit any but 2 of the 109's 12 and 9 high hit: Pilot compartment (SD), Superficial damage, Port wing with a first wing root hit, Tail (SD), Radio with an O2 hit to the supply for the radio room. They came around for the second time but missed and the bomber was in good weather and waited for the Flak. It took three hits: bomb bay destroying the rubber rafts, Port wing and the second wing root hit, and the Tail knocking out the O2 system for the tail which forced bomber out of formation and below 10,000 feet. The bomb run was off-target with zero%.

The bomber turned England and encountered two 109's 12 level and 12 high which one was damaged FBOA by the Nose but both fighters missed with ere shots all three attacks. A wave of three 190's 1030 high, 12 high and 130 high with a 109 level attacked which the nose took out the 109 and the other guns missed. one 190 hit the bomber from 12 high in the Tail taking out the heat from the tail gunner , Radio (SD) and Tail (SD). The waves missed on their next two attacks and the bomber prepared to land in England. Zone two saw no fighters and the weather was good and the bomber landed safely. The Tail gunner is recovering from his wounds and the bomber with some scars survived another mission by this time inflicted some damage to the enemy.
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Tough times....keep the spirit up...we're rootin'
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Third Mission: Abbeville France target: airfield

As Rosie's Riveters lifted off the ground and clawed for air, Captain Brady informed everyone that this target is the home of the Abbeville Kids or JG-26 and to keep a sharp look out. Also, he asked each crew member to make sure to make their shots count and do a lot better than the previous two missions. As the plane moved through Zone two, Word came from HQ that the fighters were called away and that they were on their one. Thankfully, zone two came and went without incident. As they were flying into the target zone, the weather was good and clear and the skies was filled with ME-109's which also turned out to be JG-26 veterans. They came in the 12 low, level, high, and 9 high and the 12 low went down in flames thanks to the ball gunner. The 9 high went down thanks to the port waist. The 12 high got tow hits, one superficial and the other in the pilot compartment which nailed the pilot with a light wound in the shoulder. The successive attack resulted in no American or German hits. It was discovered that there was no flak and the bombardier made it on-target with 30%.

The plane turned toward England and two waves of 109's rose to meet Rosie but the good news that hey were not JG-26. One ME-109 at 12 high hit one burst into the radio room destroying the radio and on the second run, hit the tail and damaged the tail wheel. There were no attackers in zone two and despite m the damaged tailwheel, the plane came in and landed safely. The ball gunner got his first plane and the port waist gunner got his second German plane in this early part of the campaign.
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Mission Four: Cherbourg France Target- Airfield

The fighter group turned out to be the 4th fighter group in circus mode.

Zone two saw no enemy with good fighter cover
Zone two with good weather over target and one wave of FW-190 12 high, 3 level and 3 high. The fighter cover drove away the 3 level and the top turret got a piece of the 3 high causing a -1 minus but the starboard waist and nose both missed but the Germans also missed and the tail gunner missed the passing shot of the 12 high.
There was light flak with no hits. The bombs were on-target with 20%.
There was no contact of enemy on the ride home.
As the B17 landed, one thought was in the minds of at least one crew member:
The honeymoon will soon be over.
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Ahhh.... Missions 1 thru 5. I remember them well. Thinking I had a chance of survival.

Good Luck!
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Mission five: Meaulte Target airfield

Well, this could be an interesting thing! The 4th fighter grout will be providing cover using circus method and zone two has fair cover and a wave of four 109's (not JG-26) hit us at 12 high, 1030 high, 130 high and 12 level. The fighter cover drove off the 130 high but the B17 nor the Germans hit each other. In zone three, the weather was good and so was the fighter cover driving off a 190 at 12 high and two 109's at 130 level and 3 level. The next wave was a 190 in a vertical dive which both B-17 guns missed and so did the fighter. No flak came to greet the bomber and the bombs were on-target at 30% and the fighter turned home....and into the waiting arms of two waves: one another 190 vertical dive which missed and another wave of JG-26 109's 12 high, 3 high 9 high and 9 level with three aces and one veteran which turned the good fighter cover into poor but managed to take out the 9 level. The bomber missed hitting the fighter with some gunners by a single digit. The 12 high fighter hit with one hit in the nose killing the bombardier on his fourth mission. The 3 high hit one time into the radio room getting the radio operator with a serious wound in the head. The 9 high hit one hit into the pilot compartment knocking out the heat for the pilot & co-pilot which meant the plane was soon going out of formation and drop to below 10,000 feet. On the successive attack, again no hits from the bomber, the 12 level scored a superficial damage and shot out the starboard aileron while the 12 high fighter hit the port wing with superficial damage. Both fighters missed on their third. Light flak then hit the bomber with two hits both in the tail section hitting the controls cables with the first hit and superficial damage on the second.

Zone two came and went without incident and with the weather good, the plane landed with the ambulance waiting to take the radio operator, SGT Marriott to the hospital and LT Leeker, the bombardier, to the morgue. It was later reported that the Sergeant was going to survive but earned the ticket home.
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Mission Six: Rouen Rail yards

Fighter Group was RAF Spitfires in circus mode and it looked like they might get a break from the Abbeville Kids.

As the bomber flew into zone two, spirits were somewhat lifted due to the area they were going. a wave of one 190 at 12 low and 3 109's 1030 level, 12 level and 12 high appeared out of the sun and the fair cover took the 190 out leaving the three 109's. The bomber's defensive fire missed as did two of the three fighters. a 109 at 1030 level hit the B17 in the port wing and the port flap with no effect. on its second unopposed attack, it hit with three hits but turned into walking hits to nose knocking out the heat in that compartment, the port wing with superficial damage, the waist knocking out the ball turret, and the tail section causing a serious head injury to the tail gunner. The captain debated on continuing the mission but without the ball turret and the possibility of frostbite or worse to the bombardier and navigator, he told the radio operator to radio the leader that hew aborting and returning to base. After leaving formation and dropping below 10,000 feet, they encountered a wave of 4 109's of which 3 were knocked out by good fighter cover. The lone fighter at 12 high hit the B17 with superficial damage and was taking out by the fighter cover on his second pass. As Rosie approached England, the weather was good and the landing was textbook. SGT Bennick, the tail gunner recovered and will be reasdy for the next mission.
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Mission 7 Rotterdam Ship yards

the mission today would happen without any fighter cover since the fighters were needed else where.
Zone two saw a wave of 109's 12 low, 12 level, 12 high and 9 high attack with the ball gunner taking the low fighter and the engineer taking nine high fighter. the other fighters missed and they progressed to zone three which had no attackers. Zone four saw two waves a 109 vertical dive and a 190 vertical dive. The 109 hit the Starboard wing with superficial damage. The successive attack saw neither the B17 or the 109 hit each other. The 190 vertical dive missed and went away. The weather was good and the flak was heavy. The B-17 was hit by five shells in the following areas: nose which knocked out the starboard cheek gun; the nose with superficial damage; the nose which caused a light wound in the head of the bombardier;the starboard wing with superficial damage and again the nose with superficial damage. The bomb run was off-target with zero pct and the plane turned home. A wave of four 109's 12 high, 3 high, 9 high and 9 level attacked the bomber with the top turret getting his second kill by downing the 9 high. The fighters missed the bomber and it moved into zone three. a wave of two 110's jumped the bomber at 6 level and 9 low. the 9 low was flamed by the ball gunner but the 110 at 6 level managed to hit the bomber with four hits: the waist which caused a light wound in the knee of the port waist gunner; the port wing knock out the brake; the waist with superficial damage, and the tail section knocking the heat for the tail gunner's suit. The 110 broke off since he was hit previously with a FBOA by the tail gunner. Due to the heat situation, the pilot made the decision to go out of formation and drop below 10,000 feet for the sake of SGT Bennick. The bomber was over water and not subject to light flak. Zone two saw no enemy fighter and the the weather was good and the bomber made a good landing despite the brake outage. Despite the bomb run being off-target, two crewman came away with 2 kills a piece.
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Mission 8 Antwerp target industry

Rose's Riveters were aloft again in the pursuit in the success of strategic daylight bombing. Once again, the fighter cover would not be there due to other escort duties. Zone two saw no enemy fighter but zone three saw three 190's 12 high, 130 high and 3 high. everyone missed except the 130 high which got two hits on the bomber, hitting the tail and knocking out the auto-pilot mechanism and superficial damage on the starboard wing and the 3 high which got three hits: the port wing knocking out the port aerilon and the tail hitting the tail gunner in the abdomen killing him and finally superficial damage in the tail. he came around on a successive attack, this time from six level with six hits: starboard, port wings with superficial damage, the tail with three hits of superficial damage and the waist with superficial damage. He missed on his third attack and the radio operator moved to the tail to take his place. The target zone saw two waves of a 109 vertical dive and 190 1030 high, both of which missed their targets. The weather was good and the light flak missed. The bomb run was on-target with 40% and the bomber turned towards England when they encountered a wave of 109's (not JG-26) at 12 high, 12 level and 130 level. The starboard cheek gun got a piece of the 130 109 causing a -1 shot (FCA). Other than that, no one else hit nor did any of the fighters. The bomber moved into zone three and encountered a wave of 109's (again not JG-26) at 130 high and 9 level. The starboard cheek hit a FBOA on the 109 fighter and the ball gunner did the same on the 109 at nine level, however, the nine level wa sable to hit the bomber with three hits: radio room with superficial damage, the tail with superficial damage, and the port wing #2 engine which caused a oil tank fire which was quickly extinguished. Both fighter broke their attacks and the bomber moved into zone two which saw no enemy and they prepared to land in good weather. The plan landed and the stretcher bearers were waiting to the body of SGT Bennick home. SGT John Manning will be the replacement for the slain tail gunner.
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Mission 9 Meaulte Airfield

The bomber was flying again to bomb the airfields and the crew was trying to relax before the stuff hit the fan. Today they were being escorted ramrod by the 4th fighter group which included the Eagle Squadron. Zone two was void of enemy fighters but zone three held two waves of 190's. the first wave of a single 190 was driven off aa was 3 of the five 190's attacking in the second wave leaving a 190 at 12 high and one vertical dive. the bomber and 12 high missed but the vertical dive scored walking hits in the nose causing serious wounds to the bombardier (head) and navigator (leg); the pilot compartment hitting the co-pilot with a light wound to his shoulder; superficial damage to bomb bay and radio room and waist and a first hit to the control cables in the tail section. He was driven off on his successive attack. the weather was good which allowed medium flak to find the bomber and hit with on hit in the bomb bay with superficial damage and a rudder hit in the tail. Since the bombardier was seriously wounded the bomb run was off-target with zero pct. The bomber was jumped by four 109's (not JG-26) but three were driven off by good fighter cover and the 12 high missed the bomber. no fighters were encountered and the bomber landed with the bombardier, Lt Thompson and navigator LT Dillon being sent home. The co-pilot LT Scully recovered from his wounds.
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Mission 10: Rouen Rail yards

Another mission with no fighter cover. In addition, HQ sent word out that there was a chance that the Germans may use other aircraft to confront the bomber threat.

Captain Brady told his crew as they were test- firing their guns to be ready for anything. Zone two was a lone 109 at 12 high which the top turrets took out. In zone three a wave of a single aircraft at six high came in and as it got closet it turned out to be a JU-88 fighter-bomber which the top turret hit and it broke its attack after missing. In the target zone 4, the weather was good and another wave JU-88 coming at 3 low and 130 low. the ball turret took out the 3 low but the 130 low hit the bomber with four hits: jamming the bomb bay doors shut; hitting the first hit on the port tail plane; waist where the port waist gunner suffered a light wound in his foot and the starboard gunner suffered a serious wound in his hand and superficial damage to the bomber. the 88 came around for the second time but missed and left the area. The medium flak missed the bomber but the bomb run could not happen since the doors were damaged. The crew had no choice but to turn around and head home and hope nothing happens to the bombs. two 109's and 110 attacked at 1030 level,, 12 level and 1030 low respectively. the 110 scored three hits: superficial damage in the waist, hot on the starboard wing root and took out the port landing brake. the 1030 level hit with superficial damage. the fighters missed on their return attacks. the bomber encountered no fighters in zones three and two and with good weather, landed safely despite the port landing brake was out. The Port Waist Gunner recovered from his wound while the starboard gunner, SGT Posey was invalided home.
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Mission 11: Abbeville Airfield

The crew shuddered again when the bomber went aloft and they went through their gun test-firing thinking about the possibility of meeting up with the Abbeville Kids. Zone two came and went with no sign of the enemy. In the target zone in good weather, a lone 109 attacked at 6 high which the tail guns took out for his first kill. There was no flak but the bomb run was off-target with zero pct. As the bomber turned toward home, a wave of 109's from JG-26 jumped them at 12 high, 12 level and 130 level. There was no fighter cover for this mission and the B-17 defensive fire missed the fighters and the 12 high hit with one hit into pilot compartment and the control cables took 1 hit. as the fighter made its second attack, the top turret took hit down for his 4th kill. In zone two, three 190'ss 12 high, 12 level and 130 high attacked but both the B-17 and fighter missed each other. The weather over England was good and the bomber landed.
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Mission 12: Bremen Germany Aircraft factory
The news that the bombers were heading into Germany was received with happiness and fear. The last missions have been hairy enough with missed targets and now they were going into uncharted territory. There would be no fighter cover again for this mission. Zone two was void of German fighters but zone three had a wave of three 190's 12 high, 130 high and 3 high. the nose hit and dropped the 12 high 190 and the 130 high missed but the 3 high hit superficial damage in the radio room and bomb bay. it missed on its second attack. zones four, five and six saw no enemy and over the target zone with good weather , two 109's 12 level and 130 high attacked the bomber with the 12 level hitting the bomber with superficial damage. On its second attack at 130 level it hit the bomber with two superficial damage hits and missed on its third successive attack. The medium flak hit with four shell hits with superficial damage in the port wing, the waist (twice), and the nose causing a light wound in the should of the bombardier and a light wound in the upper arm of the navigator. The bomb run was on-target with 30% and the bomber turned homeward. Two waves of 190's attacked with the first of three at 1030 high, 12 high, and 130 high but the 12 high was knocked out of the sky by the nose guns and the other fighters missed and left the area. The second wave of 190's came in at 12 high, 3 level, and 3 high with the 3 level and 3 high being downed by the ball turret and top turret, respectively, earning both gunners Ace status and the 12 high missed. The rest of the mission went smoothly since no enemy fighters were encountered and the weather was good over the base and the bomber landed in high spirits over the achievement of the Ace status for both gunners. The two injured crewman recovered from their wounds.
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Mission Thirteen Target: Rotterdam Ship yards

Rosie's Riveters flew in to the morning sun headed this time with the 4th Fighter Group in Circus mode. Zones two and three came and went without sighting any enemy in the target zone, they encountered two waves of German fighters, the first being two 190's 12 high and 12 low; 109 at 130 level and 110 6 low. The top turret hit the 12 high 190 with FCA, the ball gunner and the tail gunner hit the 110 6 low with an FBOA and a kill, respectively. The 130 missed but the 12 high still hit the bomber with 3 hits which turned out to be walking hits in the nose causing a lw in the hand of the bombardier, LT Bergman; pilot compartment hitting the engineer with a light wound in the calf which took away his Ace; superficial damage in the bomb bay; the radio room hitting the radio operator with a serious wound in the upper arm; waist knocking out the ball turret; and one hit to the o2 supply in the tail. The next wave consisted of four 190's at 12 level, 130 level, 3 low and 9 high. the bomber defensive fire missed and the only fighter to hit was the 190 at 12 level with 6 hits, superficial damage to the bomber; the nose where the bombardier was hit in the neck with a serious wound and subsequently died; three superficial hits and the port wing on #1 engine was shot out and the prop was feathered. The weather was good over the target and the medium flak missed the bomber but since the bombardier was killed, the bomb run was off-target with zero percent. The return trip started with a wave of four 109's 12 high, 3 high, 9 high and 9 level. the port waist gunner hit the nine level with an FBOA and the rest of the bomber defense missed as the fighters did also. The last two remaining zones had no fighters but the weather was poor but Rosie managed to land. SGT Cox recovered but was invalided home and Master SGT Kang recovered from his wound. A new bombardier, LT Jobs and radio operator SGT Frazier was the new replacements.
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Mission Fourteen: Romily-Sur-Seine Aircraft factory.

This mission featured the RAF Spitfires in circus mode. Zone two saw no fighters and zone three saw on wave of 190's at 12 high, 1:30 high, and 12 level but these were driven off by good fighter cover. zone four was empty and the target zone started with good weather. two 190's 12 high and 12 low and a 109 at 130 level and a 110 at 6 low attacked Rosie. The bombardier scored a FBOA on the 12 level 190 and the ball gunner scored a FCA on the 110 while the tail gunner hit and destroyed the 110. the rest of the bomber and the fighters missed and so did the medium flak but the bomb run was off-target with zero percent. As the bomber turned home, two waves of fighters jumped them with the first wave of two 190's at 12 high and 12 low and a 109 at 130 level and 110 6 low. The ball gunner hit the 110 and destroyed it while the tail gunner scored an FCA. the 190 high hit the bomber with walking hits: nose where the navigator was injured seriously in the knee; pilot compartment knocking out the prop feathering instruments; hitting the bomb release mechanism in the bomb bay; superficial damage in the radio room; hitting the port gunner in the waist with a serious wound in the thigh; the first hit on o2 supply in the tail. The second wave consisted of the same planes as the first wave with the tail taking out the 6 low 110 while the ball gunner missed. The 109 130 level hit with walking hits which consisted of superficial damage to the nose, pilot compartment, bomb bay, and radio room; the ball turret was knocked out and the rudder was hit. The 109 came around for a second hit but the top turret took it down. While the bomber transited to zone four, the ball gunner got out of the ball turret and took over the port waist gun. The bomber encountered two waves with the first one being two 110's 12 low and 1030 low. The 1030 low hit hte bomber three times but hey all were superficial damage. The 110 at 12 low also hit hte bomber but they were also superficial damage in various parts of the plane. on the successive attack, the 110 6 level hit the bomber with four shells, two were superficial damage, one was in the tail knocking out the starboard elevator and the port wing taking out the port brake. then that plane missed on its third attack. The four 190's attacked at 12 level, 130 level , 3 low and 9 high. The 190 at 12 level scored 3 hits with superficial damage in the starboard wing but then hit the nose twice, once hitting the bombardier in the chest causing a serious wound and then hitting the navigator in the head killing him. The 190 at 130 level scored 3 hits in the port wing #1 engine with superficial damage and superficial damage again in the port wing and pilot compartment. The nigh high scored four hits with two superficial damage in the bomb bay and radio room but then hit the port wing engine #2 causing and oil tank fire which both extinguishers could not put out the fire and the pilot had to order the crew to bail out. There were 7 good chutes out of 10 and while the crew were safely away, the fourth shot of the 190 went in to the #2 engine finishing it. The crew landed in France and 5 were taken POW while two managed to escape, find the Resistance and Underground and returned back to England.

The three that did not bail out was LT Jobs, bombardier, seriously wounded; LT Rosie, navigator, KIA; SGT Davis, port waist gunner, seriously wounded.

Those that were captured and taken POW: Captain Brady, pilot; LT Scully, co-pilot; Master SGT Kang, engineer; SGT Lilly, ball gunner; and SGT Marks, starboard waist gunner.

**The two that escaped and returned to England: SGT Frazier, radio operator and SGT Manning, tail gunner.

They will meet up with the bomber taking the place of Rose's Riveters which will be Nine-O-Nine with the following crew:

Pilot: Captain Bryant
Co-Pilot: LT Levy
Bombardier: LT Kelly
Navigator: LT Howard
Engineer: MSGT Wofford
Radio Operator: SGT Frazier**
Ball Turret: SGT Gavini
Port Waist: SGT Anson
Starboard Waist: SGT Cook
Tail Gunner: SGT Manning**
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Interesting!!! Why not using the report that we use for the play by forum ? It might pinpoint more easily mission parameters, damage and whatsoever!

Keep it up! And never get the idea to manage an entire squadron alone, those are a PAIN to manage.
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I just thought it was easier to use the mission sheets from the box. I agree with the pain of managing a squadron and that is why I do one plane at a time.

I did look at the recent reports and they confused me but I will take another look at them.

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Mission 15 Nine-O-Nine (mission 1) Target: La Rochelle

Captain Bryant lifted the Nine-O-Nine in the air in the direction of La Rochelle. There would be no fighter cover on this mission. Zone two saw no enemy but zone three had a 109 coming in low at 3 o'clock and a 110 at 130 low. The ball gunner made short work of the 109 sending in down in flames and the 110 missed. Zone four saw two 190's coming in at 1030 high and 3 level. The three level was hit by the top turret with a FBOA and the other plane missed. Zone five saw no action as did zone 6. Zone seven saw four 109's coming in at 12 high, 3 high, 9 high and 9 level which the B17 defensive fire missed. the only 109 which hit was the 12 high which had walking hits: nose where the norden bombsight was hit and the bomb rum was now off-target; elevators controls in the pilot compartment were hit and out; superficial damage in the bomb bay; an O2 hit radio room; the starboard gunner was injured seriously in the arm in the waist and an O2 hit in the tail. The second attack missed. The plane moved into the target zone with good weather with no enemy planes but the flak was light which missed. The bomb run was 0% and the bomber turned towards England and was jumped by two waves of German fighters with the first being four 190’s at 12 high, 1030 level, 9 level, 6 high, and vertical dive. The top turret put a burst into the 6 high and gave him a FBOA and the tail did the same which flamed the 6 high giving both gunners credit for ½ each while the ball gunner got a FCA on the 9 level. The Nose hit the 12 high with a FCA. The German fighters missed and the second wave of two 109’s at 130 high and 9 level attacked. The port waist scored a FCA on the 109 at 9 level and after the planes missed, the tail gunner flamed the 109 coming from the 130 high. In zone seven, two 190’s attacked from 12 level and 130 low with the 12 level 190 hitting the B17 with a burst in the nose knocking out the navigation equipment and superficial damage to the bomber. As the 12 level passed by the tail gunner, he put a burst in and took out the fighter. Zone 6 saw no action but zone 5 saw one wave of three 190’s at 12 high, 3 level, and 3 high. The 3 level hit the plane with 3 shell hits in the starboard wing root hit, the waist where the port gunner was killed with a shot in the head and the radio operator who was operating the starboard guns was hit with a serious wound in the hand and then superficial damage to the bomber. This fighter came around for a successive attack on 12 high and hit the plane with two hits one in the pilot compartment where the pilot had a light wound and superficial damage to the bomber but the 190 never knew what hit him when the tail gunner got him with a passing shot and took him down. There were no more sightings of enemy fighters in the rest of the zones and the bomber landed. The pilot and radio operator made rapid recovery but Sgt Cook, the starboard gunner was sent home.
 
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Mission 16 Nine-O-Nine (mission 2) Target: Lorient
Captain Bryant lifted the Nine-O-Nine in the air in the direction of Lorient. There would be no fighter cover again on this mission. SGT Mike McCalister replaced SGT Anson as Port waist gunner after Anson was killed on the last mission and SGT Alden Donnelly replaced SGT Cook as starboard waist gunner after he was invalided home due to injuries suffered on the last mission. Zones two and three saw no enemy but zone four had a 109 coming in from a vertical dive which the radio room put low at 3 o'clock and a 110 at 130 low. The ball gunner made a burst and caused him to FCA. The bomber then moved into zone five when four 109’s came in at 12 high, 12 level, 12 low and 9 high. The 12 low hit with two hits to the pilot compartment knocking out the aileron controls and the radio room taking the radio out. The 12 level hit the bomber with superficial damage while the 12 high hit with walking hits: Nose with superficial damage; pilot compartment with a window hit; bomb bay with superficial damage; radio room and waist with superficial damage and the tail with a rudder hit. The 109 at 9 high hit with five hits: starboard wing with superficial damage; radio room causing a serious wound to the arm of the radio operator and the starboard wing inboard fuel tank causing a fire and then an explosion which destroyed the wing and caused the bomber to fall out of control. The navigator and pilot were the only ones able to bail out and the navigator, LT Howard, landed amongst the underground that got him to safety and escaped back to England while the pilot, CAPT Bryant was captured and became a POW.
 
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Mission 17 I'll be around (mission 1) Target: Emden industry

The new aircraft will be manned by:

Pilot: CAPT George Page
Co-Pilot: LT Chaz Rooney
Bombardier: LT Richard Ryder
Navigator: LT John Howard (from the Nine-O-Nine)
Engineer: MSGT Harold Lacklund
Radio Operator: SGT Crispus Kramer
Ball Gunner: SGT Ernest Ward
Port Waist Gunner: SGT Jose Robertson
Starboard Waist Gunner: SGT Raymond Baker
Tail Gunner: SGT Louis Mullen

The aircraft lifted off and discovered that once again there would be no fighter cover for this mission.

In zone two they encountered a wave of five 190's from 12 high, 130 high, 3 high 6 high and 9 high. The tail gunner got a piece of the 6 high with a FCA. The 190 at 9 high hit the bomber with four hits: pilot compartment knocking the heat out for the pilot and co-pilot; superficial damage to the bomb bay, starboard wing, and nose. He missed on his successive attack. The pilot decided to abort and dropped out of formation and below 10,000 feet and returned home. A wave of three 110's at 12 low, 1030 level and 6 low with a lone 109 at 12 level. the tail gunner hit the 6 low with a FCA and the ball gunner flamed him. The 110 at 1030 level hit the bomber with three hits: starboard wing with two superficial damage; port wing with a wing root hit. The 109 at 12 level hit with three hits: port wing knocking out the port aileron and another port wing root hit; and th epilto compartment knockignout the O2 for the Engineer. On their first successive attack, the top turret took out the 109 at 12 high but the 110 at 1030 level hit the bomber with four hits: starboard wing inboard fuel tank which self-sealed, the nose knocking out the navigation equipment, superficial damage to the port wing and overall superficial damage to the bomber. With good weather, the bomber touched down with one 109 and 110 kills.
 
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Mission 18 I'll be around (mission 2) Target Abbeville Airfield

For once in a long time, there will be a fighter cover from the 56th group with P47 Thunderbolts. Zone two was empty of Germans but the target zone 3 had a wave of three 190's coming out of good weather at 12 high, 3 high and 3 level. The poor fighter cover managed to scare off the 3 high and the 3 level was taken down by the ball gunner and the 12 high missed the plane. Flak was light but did hit the plane with four hits: radio room with superficial damage, the waist knocking out the starboard waist gun and superficial damage to the #2 engine on the port wing and finally, damaged the tail wheel. The bomb run was on-target with 40% and the plane turned for home. Then two waves of fighters attacked with the first being three 190's at 1030 high 12 high and 130 high but the fighters and bombers guns missed each other. The next wave was 110 on vertical climb but chased off by the fair fighter cover. The weather over England was good and the plane made a good landing despite having a damaged tail wheel.
 
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Mission 19 I’ll Be around (mission 3) Target: Lorient U-boat Pens
The bomber lifted from the base and turned toward Lorient and again they would have an escort from the 56th Fighter Group but it would be Poor for zones two to four out bound. Zone two was no fighters but zone three saw a lone 190 at 1030 high bit it was driven off by the escort. Zone four was a 109 at three low and a 110 at 130 low. The fighters missed but the tail gunner got the 110 with a FCA on a passing shot. Zone five saw five 190’s at 12 high, 1030 level, 9 level, 6 high and vertical dive and the 6 high hit the bomber with walking hits causing superficial damage in the Nose, pilot compartment, bomb bay and the radio room, the ball turret causing a light wound to the ball gunner and a hit on the port tail plane in the tail section. This plane came around on its first successive attack and the ball gunner hit the 190 with a FCA but the fighter still hits the bomber with four hits: a superficial hit in the radio room and two superficial hits on the bomber and the waist seriously wounding both waist gunners. On its second successive attack, it missed the bomber and left the area. In the target zone six, the weather was good and one wave of two 190’s attacked with one at 12 level and one at 130 low. The low fighter hits the bomber with two hits: in the waist killing the port waist gunner and the radio room knocking out the radio. The flak was light and missed the bomber but the bomb run was off-target with zero percent. As the bomber toward home, it was jumped by a 190 coming in a vertical dive which the top turret hit with a FCA but the radio operator also hit the same fighter and destroyed it. The radio operator then was told by the pilot to man the waist guns. The bomber moved into zone five and was jumped by five 190’s at 12 high, 130 high, 3 high, 6 high and 9 high. The nose guns hit the 12 high with a FBOA and the 190 at 130 high hit the bomber with two hits: the waist knocking out the port gun and the starboard gunner was moved to the port side so that the radio operator could man the starboard gun and the second shot was superficial damage to the bomber. The 190 at nine high hit the bomber with three hits with one in the radio room knocking out the intercom system, the pilot compartment knocking out the heat for the pilot and co-pilot and superficial damage to the radio room. The two fighters came around for their first successive attack with one at 12 level and the other at 6 level but the nose hit the 12 level with FCA and the 190 at six level hit the bomber with three hits: one rudder hit in the tail, superficial damage to the starboard wing and superficial damage to the plane. Due to the heat out in the pilot compartment, the pilot dropped out of formation and below 10,000 feet. The next attack was in zone four and it was again five 190’s at 12 high, 130 high, 3 high, 6 high, and 9 high and also a 109 at 12 level. The tail gunner hit the 190 at 6 high with a FBOA but the 12 high hits the bomber with two hits with a wing root hit in the port wing and superficial damage to the port wing. The three high 190 hit the bomber with walking hits with superficial damage to the nose, bomb bay, radio room and tail; the waist killing the ball gunner and the pilot compartment killing the pilot and co-pilot forcing the engineer to take over the flying duties and the navigator taking over the top turret. The six high hit walking hits with superficial damage to the nose, pilot compartment, bomb bay, radio room, waist and tail. On the successive attack, the top turret took out a 190 at 12 high but the 109 now at 130 level hit with three hits which were superficial damage to the port wing, starboard wing and bomber. The 190 attacking now at nine level, hit with three hits with superficial damage to the radio room, the pilot compartment knocking out the O2 system for the pilot and knocking out the port wing flap on the port wing. The second successive attack, the 190 now at 1030 level hit the nose knocking out the bomb controls and superficial damage to the plane. In zone three, three 190’s at 12 high , three level and three high with a 109 at 12 level attacked with the 190 at three high with three hits of superficial damage to the pilot compartment and radio room and lightly wounding the tail gunner. The 190 at three level hit with four hits, two of which were superficial damage; one was the #4 engine on the starboard wing which became a runaway but was feathered and was out and the tail knocking out the port elevator. On the first successive attack, the following fighters hit the bomber: 190 at 12 high with superficial damage and superficial damage to the starboard wing and the pilot compartment with another hit on the O2 supply; the 109 at 130 level with two hits of superficial damage to the nose and starboard wing; and 190 at three level with four hits, three of which were to superficial damages to the nose and one to the starboard wing and one other in the nose knocking out the heat for the navigator. The second successive attacks resulted in the 190 at three level hitting the nose knocking out the O2 system for the navigator a wing root hit for the starboard wing and superficial damage to the tail. In zone two, again five 190’s attacked at 12 high, 130 high, 3 high, 6 high and nine high and 109 at 12 level but the fighter cover chased off the 190 at nine high. The top turret ran out of ammunition and the 109 at 12 level hit with another wing root hit to the starboard wing and superficial damage to the pilot compartment. The 190 at three high hit with superficial damage to the port wing twice, the radio room and hit the control cables in the waist with the first hit. On the first successive, the 190 at nine level hit the rudder with the second hit, the nose killing the bombardier, the waist killing the starboard gunner that was sitting in the port waist gunner’s space and superficial damage to the port wing. The Navigator moved from the top turret to the nose to take over the nose guns. On the second successive attack, the 190 at 130 level hit the radio room with superficial damage and the nose lightly wounding the navigator. The plane moved into the zone 1 and after discussing with the remaining crew, decided to have the crew bail out and he would turn the plane toward the sea and set the autopilot to ensure that it would crash into the North Sea after the fuel ran out. Out of the ten crewmen that started the mission, only the navigator, engineer, radio operator and tail gunner made home alive after bailing out. The crew watched their bomber; I’ll be around, heading out to sea with their dead comrades aboard.
 
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Mission 20 Sack Time (Mission 1) Target: Lorient

The new bomber crew:

Pilot: CAPT James Tyson
Co-Pilot: LT George Weaver
Bombardier: LT Elton Carpenter
Navigator: LT John Howard*
Engineer: MSGT Harold Lacklund*
Radio Operator: SGT Crispus Kramer*
Ball Turret: SGT Paul Hagler
Port Waist Gunner: SGT Diego Burnham
Starboard Waist Gunner: SGT Jack Boscoe
Tail Gunner: SGT Louis Mullen*

* Previous crew of "I'll Be Around"

The bomber lifted off and headed for the target zone with the 56th Fighter Group providing escort with their P-47's and good cover for zones 2 thru 4. Zones two thru 4 showed no enemy fighter and zone 5 had two 109's at 130 high and 9 level and the 109 at 9 level was driven off by the 56th. The fighter missed and Sack Time was headed into zone 6 and the target zone. The weather was good and one wave of four 109's at 12 high, 1030 high, 130 high and 12 level which were not driven off. the Nose hit the 12 level with FBOA but two of the four hit the bomber. The 1030 high 109 hit the pilot compartment and seriously wounding the pilot while the 109 at 12 high hit the bomb bay doors with superficial damage. On their successive attack, the 12 high came in at 12 level and the 1030 high came in at 12 high and the nose hit the 12 level with FBOA and both fighters missed. The medium flak missed the bomber but the bomb run wsa off-target with zero percent. As the bomber turned homeward, two waves hit, the first being a 190 1030 high and 110 on vertical climb. The 190 at 1030 high was shot down by the port cheek gun and the 110 was downed by the ball turret and then the second wave attack. The attack consisted of three 190's at 12 high, 3 level and 3 high. The top turret hit the 190 at 3 high with FCA but he still hit the bomber knocking out the port elevator and superficial damage to the bomb bay twice. The 12 high hit with superficial damage in the pilot compartment, nose and port wing. The three level hit the starboard wing root with one hit and superficial damage and superficial damage twice on the bomber. On the successive attack, the 12 high came to the 6 level and was hit by the tail with FBOA but managed to hit the starboard wing with a second wing root hit and the waist seriously wounding the starboard waist gunner. The three high came around to 12 high but missed on its attack while the three level moved to 9 level was hit by the top turret with FCA but missed the bomber. Zone five saw a 109 at `12 high and the nose hit it with FBOA and missed. Zone 4 nothing and zone three saw a 190 at 1030 high which was driven off by fighters. The weather over England was good and the plane landed. The pilot, CAPT Tyson was sent home with his injuries but the starboard waist gunner recovered in time for the next mission.
 
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