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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. Duren was a good mission to get back to it after Schweinfurt, now HQ has scheduled a Holiday to the city of lights… ” Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…”

We are always accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a fifth 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, 12/12/09 ), 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Seventeen:
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Paris, France. I/A ( Industrial Area - Center of City )
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs
------ B-17G’s: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs
No Nickels, Leaflets, this mission

Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft ( bomber stream )

Gazetteer:
Outbound / InBound: Zone 2: W / Zone 3: F / Zone 4: F / Zone 5: F


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


Primary Target Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud (No modifiers)
Base Weather: Poor 2/10 Cloud Cover ( -1 modifier for landing) whistle

Fighter Escort:
(No fighter cover for night missions)

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. (-1 Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) See Night Rules Thread: here.


Mission Map:


-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 117 for The Mighty Eighth saw the 422nd BS, 305thh BG (H) 1BD flying with the RAF, they went to Paris on a night mission. This mission was to deliver Nickels, Leaflets, to the enemy population, content unknown. The 422nd BS sortie five B-17s with no losses. This was all the info listed

Bomber Command Web sight

Leipzig: 358 Lancasters of 1, 5, 6 and No 8 Groups. 16 Lancasters lost, 4.5 per cent of the force. This was the first serious attack on this distant German city. Weather conditions were very difficult - Bomber Command records describe them as 'appalling' - and the bombing was very scattered.
28 Mosquitos to Berlin, Cologne, Brauweiler and Emden, 12 Stirlings minelaying in the Frisians, 26 OTU sorties. 2 Mosquitos lost.

Editors Notes: This site does not mention the 422nd BS’s participation in any mission.

The 303rd operation notes, the 303rd BG (H) did not 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!

For a more detailed report please proceed to the memo


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 117 [Paris , France. 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: N/A
---- Tail: N/A

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. V. Giles Crew in (B-17F-55-DL 42-3403) "Bottle to Throttle" [AAR]
1st Lt. Spike Scallion’s Crew in “Back in Action” (B-17F-35-VE 42-5929) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Clare T. Dallas Crew in “Coconuts” (B-17G-15-B0 42-31377) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
Capt. I. McDowell’s Crew in “Manassas Junction” (B-17G-1-B0 42-31060) [AAR]
1st Lt. Wilbur Ottoman’s Crew in “Tinker Belle” (B-17F-35-VE 42-5950) [AAR] Crash Landing - Cat-E
1st Lt Walter "Roach" Williams Crew in “Brimstone” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31209) [AAR]
2nd Lt Jack Cooper’s Crew in “The Lady Luck” [AAR]

153rd BS - GB:
Capt Tony Lazzeri’s Crew in “Knotty Knickers” (B-17F-45-VE 42-6078) [AAR]
Capt. Vetinari’s Crew in “Jingo!” (B17G-1-BO42-31129) [AAR]
1st Lt Morgan Cross’s Crew in “Wayward Wendy” (B-17F-115-B0 42-30620) [AAR]
1st Lt. Robert Preston’s Crew in "Fickle Finger of Fate" (B-17G-20-B0 42-31560) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Jason Barge’s Crew in “THAT MANGY CAT” [AAR]
2nd Lt. Keith Lund’s Crew in "Hell Bent" (B-17F-105-B0 42-30525) [AAR]

154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Robert Browning’s Crew in “Angry Marmot” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252) [AAR]
1LT. John Christoff’s Crew in “Flapper Girl” (B-17F-40-B0 42-5236) [AAR]
1st Lt. Wiley Durham’s Crew in "The Huntress" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31169) [AAR]
1Lt Christopher Koster’s Crew in “Green Mountain Girl” (B-17F-45-BO 42-5280) [AAR]
1st Lt. Peter Parker’s Crew in “Black Widow VII” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31178) [AAR]
2Lt Orrin Bartlett’s Crew in “Lighthouse Louise” (B-17F-45-BO 42-5338) [AAR]

Finished 25 missions:
Capt Tony Lazzeri (25) in “Knotty Knickers” (B-17F-45-VE 42-6078) (johnnymustang)

Col. Ronald Donnelly
Commander
281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elveden Hall, UK
3rd Bombardment Wing HQ

(edits; Crews added)
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Is it me or is the target/base weather switched? (There are references to charts not used at the base...)
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Is it me or is the target/base weather switched? (There are references to charts not used at the base...)


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jasta6 wrote:
-Historical Mission:(from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Mission 117 for The Mighty Eighth saw the 422nd BS, 305thh BG (H) 1BD flying with the RAF, they went to Paris on a night mission. This mission was to deliver Nickels, Leaflets, to the enemy population, content unknown. The 422nd BS sortie five B-17s with no losses. This was all the info listed


Are our bombers carrying nickel leaflets (in addition to our bombs)? The last time we carried them, they had no effect on the mission but were an extra detail to mention in our mission reports.

Also, we shouldn't have formation details for this mission since we fly a bomber stream under the night rules.
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It won't matter if this is a night mission, but the squadron bombing altitudes are at odds with the squadron positions page.

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...that's what I get for doing this at 4:30am modest Sorry gang!!
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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: 117 (Bomber 10)
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 1943
Target: Paris, France. I/A ( Industrial Area - Center of City )
Position: Bomber stream (night mission)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert Browning (10) | AM |
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan (10) | AM |
Bombardier: 1st Lt. Joseph Simpson (10) * ½ | AM |
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Lamar Anson (1)
Engineer: Sgt. Peter Smith (9) # PH
Radio Operator: Sgt. Kamill Woodson (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Clay Godfrey (10) ##**** | AM | DFC |
Port Waist: Sgt. Richard Abbott (9) ½ PH | AM |
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Paul Boyd (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Ewan Krieger (8) #* ½ PH | AM |

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

LW : Light Wound
SW : Severe Wound
KIA : Killed In Action
PH : Purple Heart
AM : Air Medal
DFC : Distinguished Flying Cross

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; ON TARGET
---- Accuracy; 40%

Enemy Fighters Killed Before Mission: (KIA 37 / Prob 29 / Damg 5)

Enemy Fighters Encountered: )

ME109E : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg )
ME109F : 1 (ace average 1 green – KIA / Prob 1 / Damg )
ME109G : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg )
FW190A : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg )
ME110 : 1 (ace average 1 green – KIA 1 / Prob / Damg)

Ace :
Average : 2
Green :

Driven off by escort :

Enemy Fighters Killed With this Mission: (KIA 38 / Prob 30 / Damg 5)

Claims:

- Sgt. Clay Godfrey, ME110 over target zone

Medals and Promotions:

Requesting promotion for following crewmembers for reaching ten missions ,

- 1st Lt. Robert Browning, pilot, to Captain.
- 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan, co-pilot, to 1st Lieutenant.
- 1st Lt. Joseph Simpson, bombardier, to Captain.
- Sgt. Clay Godfrey, ball gunner, to Master Sargent.

B-17s damage report:


Nose : Superficial Damage x 1

Pilot Compartment :

Port Wing : Wing root x 1 , outboard fuel tank leak (6 turns)

Strb Wing : Superficial Damage x 1

Bomb Bay : Bombs – no effect

Radio Room :

Waist :

Tail :


Total Peckham Damage : 42

Medic report:

No injuries to report.

Crew Unavailable:

- Sgt. Thomas Garner, Starboard Waist Gunner, Missions 6, Kills *½, PH | AM | , will return on October 23rd 1943
- 2nd Lt. Jack Norris, Navigator, Missions 9, Kills **½ , PH | AM | , will return on October 23rd 1943

Spare Crew :

Tail Gunner, Sgt. Rupert Hanks (3) * ½
Port waist gunner, Sgt. Ian Porter (1)
Top Gunner, Sgt. Aaron Jordan (2) **

Landing : Landed safely at Elveden Hall.

Replacements:

Plane: none.
Crew: none.
Commander: none.

Mission Description:
Subject:
21-October-43

Mission Debriefing:

Our first night mission was over Paris. We were welcomed over target by a single ME110 that caught us by surprise. Luckily provoking no damage and being shot down by our ace gunner.

We passed through heavy flak with relatively no damage and on target we got hit by a single ME109 that made a good pass on our ship provoking a fuel leakage and almost an explosion in the bomb bay. Sgt. Peter Smith was able to drive the bandit off and we were able to drop our load before passing through once again in the flak.

On the return we had thoughts about the fuel level but we managed to get the ship back safely.

Bomb run seemed pretty fine with good explosions over what our ball gunner thought to be the target.

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:

Nice night flight. I almost got my bombs ignited due to a Wild Boar that attacked my ship after being lid by a searchlight. The bandit was able to place a couple shots on my port wing and on the bomb bay. I couldn’t believe it! When the bombs did not explode and the outboard tank managed not to make me crash land on the Channel, I just wanted retribution on that single ME109. Lucky for him the gunners managed only to badly damage it before forcing it to leave the area.

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.
- Sgt. Eugene Del Grecio, radio operator, 5 missions, ½ kills. KIA on mission #115 (8th for Angry Marmot) on October the 14th 1943.
- Sgt. Ronald Longfield, radio operator, 1 mission. KIA on mission #116 (9th for Angry Marmot) on October the 20th 1943.
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Pilot: 1st Lt Walter "Roach" Williams
B-17: Brimstone (B-17G-5-B0 42-31209) BB-i
Squadron: 152st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Date: October 21th 1943
Primary Target: Düren, Germany. I/A (Industrial Area - Center of City)
Secondary Target:None
Mission 117 (Bomber 2)
Position: Bomber stream (night mission)

Crew Assigned: Position: Rank & Name (mission #) [Casualties]
Pilot: 1st Lt Walter "Roach" Williams (2)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt Raymond Davis (2)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt Jack Johnson (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt Ralf Best (1)
Engineer Mst Sgt Arthur Jones * (2)
Radio Operator: Sgt Eugene Baker (1)
Port Waist: Sgt. Albert Miller * (2)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Harold Smith (2)
Ball Turret: Sgt. David Wilson * (2)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Harry Moore (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 Encountered:
2 (KIA = 1, Prob = 0, Damg = 0, driven off 0)

Claims:
Ball D. Wilson 1x Me110 TameBoar

B17 Status: landed safely

4 out of 8 superficials
Peckham Points: 44
2x rudder, sb elevator


Mission Description:
"This one was very quiet, the first real threat was the Flak which hit us
5 times. Luckily we only took some scratches from this. Although we somehow dodged the search lights a single Wild Boar welcomed us to the target area.
Bombing was fine, and on our way home everybody was quite drowsy. So to noone's surprise we were surprised by an Ace Me110 shredding our ass. I countered with Standard Evasive Maneuver 3a and David picked him right out of the air. That's it."

1st Lt Walter "Roach" Williams
B-17: Brimstone (B-17G-5-B0 42-31209) BB-i
Squadron: 152st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
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Red on Yellow made an emergency landing yesterday at a remote field and didn't get back to Elveden Hall in time for repairs. We'll be flying the Tinker Belle.

1st Lt. Wilbur Ottoman
152st BS, 281st BG (H)

Update: the Tinker Belle crashed at Elveden Hall. Seven injured crew were pulled out.
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Wilbur Ottoman
B-17: Tinker Belle (B-17F-35-VE 42-5950)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardmment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 117 (this bomber 5)
Date: October 21, 1943
Target: Paris, industry
Position: No formation, night mission

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Wilbur Ottoman (2) LW
Copilot 2nd Lt. Omar Astor (5) KIA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Arnold Epstein (2) 2LW
Navigator 2nd Lt. Isaiah Flint **** (10) 2LW
Engineer MSgt. Brandon Armour * (2) SW-DOW
Radio Operator Sgt. Francois Graham (1) 2LW
Ball Gunner Sgt. Taylor Wilhousky *** (6) SW-IH
Port Waist Sgt. George Abercrombie (1) KIA
Starboard Waist Sgt. Homer Peterson (1) KIA
Tail Gunner Sgt. Philip Howard ** (3) SW-IH
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb Run: Off target
Accuracy: 0%

Fighters claimed: KIA-1
Tail Gunner Sgt. Howard: 1 Me-110

Awards and Promotions:
Navigator Isaiah Flint promoted to 1st Lt.

B-17 Status:
Crashed on landing (roll 3-4 = -1)
Bomb controls out
Bombardier heat out
Starboard wing root-1 hit
Landing gear out

Replacements:
Red on Yellow will be repaired for next mission
Copilot 2nd Lt. Irving Howell
Engineer MSgt. Jared McComb
Ball Gunner Sgt. Karl Gunther
Port Waist Sgt. Leslie Donaldson
Starboard Waist Sgt. Marcus Pendleton
Starboard Waist Cpl. Davis Leadbetter (per Col. Donnelly's orders)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Neville Sparks

Debrief:
The Tinker Belle has been a spare plane in the 281st for a long time,
but she fell indirectly to flak tonight. I tried to land her in poor
visibility, but we went in too sharply, and when the landing gear
failed, we had a crash landing.

We encountered only one fighter; German cover is much less effective at
night. And Sgt. Howard spotted that one fighter before it spotted us,
then shot it down.

But the flak was another story. Even though the searchlights didn't
spot us, a flak barrage over target hit us several times, with shrapnel
all over the nose. Lt. Epstein and Lt. Flint were both cut but not
seriously hurt, Lt. Epstein's heater died, and the bomb controls were
wrecked. We tried a manual bomb drop but had lost our alignment and
missed wide. Another flak barrage after we downloaded also hit us but
did no serious damage.

And with the bombardier's heat out, we dropped to 10,000 feet to avoid
frostbite. That put us within range of searchlights, and several
spotted us, giving the flak gunners a better aim. Sgt. Peterson was hit
in the head, and the starboard landing gear was damaged.

The full cost of the damage was only clear when we crash-landed. I was
lucky to escape with a bruised shoulder. Sgt. Peterson was unconscious,
couldn't brace himself, and was dead on landing with a broken neck.
Sgt. Abercrombie was crushed when an ammo box came loose. Lt. Astor had
a fatal head injury from hitting the control panel. MSgt. Armour had a
compound leg fracture, was pulled from the plane alive, but died in
surgery. Sgt. Wilhousky and Sgt. Howard survived the crash with broken
bones but won't be flying again.

Only three of the seven survivors of the Red on Yellow will be flying
her again, plus Sgt. Graham, who was on his first mission. I have lost
my copilot, but Lt. Flint is recovering well, and will have a silver bar
to go with his Purple Heart.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Wilbur Ottoman
Command Pilot, Tinker Belle (B-17F-35-VE 42-5950)
152nd BS, 281st BG (H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

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Pilot: 1st Lt. V. Giles
Mission: 117 (3)
B-17F: 55 DL 42-3403 "Bottle to Throttle"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Night Mission - Bomber Stream
Target: Paris (Industrial Area)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Donald Miller (3)
Navigator 2nd Lt Stewart Riggle (1)
Pilot 1st Lt Victor Giles (3)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Samuel Dawson (3)
Engineer Msgt Henry Parrish (3) **
Radio Operator Sgt Delbert Scott (3) *
Ball Gunner Sgt Elmer Gibbons (3) *
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Lonnie McNab (1)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Arch Fuller (3)
Tail Gunner Sgt Francis Townsend (1) *


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Claims: Tail Gunner F. Townsend (1) ME110 Tame Boar

Probables: (0)

Damaged: (0)

Crew Injuries/Casualties: None

Bomb Drop: On Target - 30%

B-17's Disposition: no damage incurred

Mission Description: Night mission and part of a big stream of Big Ass Birds. Managed to avoid any fighters until over the target when an ME110 Tame Boar tried to surface from 6:00 low. Fortunately, it caught the attention of our wide eyed new tail gunner Francis. He opened up on it before even calling it out to the rest of us and sent it down over the city of Paris. Searchlights were trying to stab through the cloudy overcast but none caught up to us.

Flak was thick, but we avoided all of it, both inbound to the target and out. Bomb run was on target and 30% of the ordinance found it's way onto the industrial area assigned.

We had no further action from bandits and landed safely at the base without a single scratch. That should give the ground crews a small amount of extra sleep.

Submitted by 1st Lt. Victor Giles
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Pilot: 1st LT Morgan Cross request the use of the spare bomber
B-17F-115-B0 42-30620 “Wayward Wendy” [0 Mission w/281st BG (H)] for this mission while his bomber B-17: Sword of Damocles B-17F-75-BO-42-29887 is undergoing repairs.
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Mission:117 (this bomber 4)
Date: October 21st,1943
Target: Paris,France,I/A.
Position: Streaming Formation (Night Mission)

Crew:
Pilot Lt.Keith Lund (20)(Rabbit's Footx2)
Co-Pilot Lt.Spike Dilman (4) LW
Bombadier Lt.Glen Houston (9)
Navigator Lt.Brad Jones (2) (Novice)
Engineer Mst.Sgt.Vincent Bond (19)(Ace)(Rabbit's Foot)
Radio Operator Sgt.Ray Brodie (24)(Rabbit's Foot No2)
Ball Gunner Sgt.Lee Lugosi (17)(Ace)(Rabbit'sFoot)
Port Waist and
Starboard Waist Sgt.Lonnie Rice (10)(Rabbit's Foot)
Tail Gunner Sgt.Joe Lanier (2)(Novice)

Bomb Run On Target 30 %

Enemy Aircraft Destroyed(K) 1 x Me110
Damaged (-2) 1 x Me110
(-1) 1 x Me110

Another flight into the night.So happens today is my wife's birthday;
I hope she got the card I mailed.I hope next year this'll all be over
and we'll be together.
For now we have Gay Paree to destroy.What's the value of war?

We lifted into the night.Muted lights glowed in the compartment.
Shadowy forms could be seen ahead as we gained altitude and began
our streaming style of formation.
We were jumped by a Me110 about 40 miles short of Paris.He knocked
out Lugosi's compartment heat;Lugosi said he'd be ok for a while.
As the e/a returned Lugosi paid him back by putting a burst through
his engine.(K)The plane exploded.

Flak and searchlights illuminated the sky over Paris.A Jerry we
spotted took damage from us(-1,-2)and left us alone.No beams caught
us but Flak got us.The worst was a light wound suffered by my
co-pilot Dilman.
Although we were buffeted bombadier Glen Houston gor a good sighting
and laid about 30% of our payload on target.
More Flak punctured our wings but was not serious;these birds can
take it.

Returning home I dropped altitude to make life a little easier for Lee
Lugosi;he appreciated that.
Other anti aircraft action was light and we came home without being
hit or engaged by Jerry.
Landed safely and all of us thought the mission was a success.

Report complied by Lt.Lund

Ground crew determined damage as 97 points.

On a personal note my crew wished me luck with my forthcoming
surgery.Col.Donnelly having granted the necessary leave of absence.I
told them that I have put them forward, together with "Hellbent",as
being available replacements whilst I am not here.
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Pilot: Captain I McDowell
B-17: Manassas Junction (B-17G-1-B0 42-31060) (Mission 8)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 117, October 21, 1943
Target: Paris, France. I/A (Industrial Area – Center of City)

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

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. AM McCook (7)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. RC Schenck (8)
Pilot: Capt. I McDowell (8)
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. D Tyler (8)
Engineer: MSgt. R Mason (7)
Radio Oper.: Sgt. PC Hains (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. JL Chatfield (8)
Pt Waist G: Sgt. JH Carlisle (4)
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. IF Quinby (4)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. WB Tompkins (8) [SW]

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

B-17 Damage: Bomb Controls, Port Brake, Superficial damage to fuselage

Peckham Points: 26

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A

In Hospital: Sgt. WB Tompkins, [SW], 5 days recovery

Mission Description: Filed by Captain I McDowell

Tonight was our first night mission. My men used the afternoon to speculate as to what they would be doing in Paris tonight if they had R&R in the city and not a bombing run. Most speculations revolved around “getting bombed” rather than “bombing.”

The outbound flight was uneventful allowing Tyler and I to concentrate on not running into the plane in front of us. When we arrived over Paris, searchlights and flak explosions lit up the night sky. The searchlights missed us, but the flak did not. We took four hits that destroyed the bomb controls, damaged the brakes, and seriously wounded Sgt. Tompkins. With the plane bouncing around and the bomb controls destroyed, McCook did his best (rolled a 6), but the drop was way off target (-4 modifier).

The inbound flak missed us and we saw no German fighters on the way home. The Manassas Junction sustained minor damage. The doc tells me that Sgt. Tompkins will be ready to fly again in under a week.
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...that's what I get for doing this at 4:30am modest Sorry gang!!


Update that I picked up reviewing the Briefing. There will be on Resistance Level this game, though I did post one. If you have already flown and used it, just leave it as is, if you have yet to fly, don't remove any fighters, as there will only be one at a time.

Sorry!!
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After Action Report (AAR) #117

Pilot: 1st Lt. Spike Scallion
B-17: Back in Action (B-17F-35-VE 42-5929)

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission/[b]: 117 (Bomber 6)
[b]Date
: October 21st, 1943
Target: Paris, France. I/A ( Industrial Area- Center of City)
Position: Bomber Stream

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Spike Scallion (5) LW
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Gary Roachburn (6)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Marty "Kaboom" Moffat (3)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Kirk "Static" Stevenson (9)*
Engineer: MSgt. Murray "Moses" Ebstern (2)* LW
Radio Operator: Sgt. Vincenzo Massimo (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Glen "Boss" Hatchet (9)#
Port Waist: Sgt. Tom Keene (8)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Biff Apscott (9)* SW/DOW
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Frank "Hitman" Hennessy (6)**

(Mission Number)
* = fighters shot down
^= ½ fighter shot down
# = 5 Fighters shot down (ACE)

Bomb Run : Off Target
Accuracy: 5%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 2 : (KIA – 0 / Prob – 2 / Damg – 0)
Fighters Driven off: 0

B-17s disposition: Returned.
Damage to engines, ruder, wings, radio, control cables and crew.

Total hits: 22

Peckham Points: 144

Mission Description:

Damn it. That was a rough one. We were only targeted by two Tame Boars but both go the surprise on us. Also the flak rocked us really hard and knocked Kaboom off target although he still got 1 bomb (5%) within 1000ft.

Flak also injured Moses and myself and gave Biff a fatal injury. He was still alive when we landed, but the docs were unable to save him. We lost an engine to the flak over the target and had an engine fire in another one. I guess we were lucky to make it back, particularly when that shell hit our bombs and they didn’t detonate. Lucky that.

Oh well, we’ll heal up (except for Biff) and give those Snapperheads a “what-for” next mission.

1st Lt. Spike Scallion
Pilot, "Back in Action" (B-17F-35-VE 42-5929)
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Landing in the pre-dawn light was unusual for “Coconuts”; with one engine out the set-down was a bit shaky but at least the aircraft had returned safely but for one crew member it would be his last mission.

After Action Report

Pilot: 2nd Lt. John L. Moorhouse
Aircraft: B-17G-15-B0 42-31377 “Coconuts”
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: 117 [this bomber 2]
Target: Paris, France, Industrial Area

Crew Assigned:
(Position: Rank, Name (# prior missions); Current Score;[Casualty]; Kills, Prob., Dam. this mission)

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Trenton L. Burgoyne (2); 0
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Walter M. Milligan (2); 0
Pilot: 2nd Lt. John L. Moorhouse (0)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. William E. Wallace, PH (2)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Thomas S. Payne (2); 2½
Radio Operator: Sgt. Andrew L. Jonson (2); 1/2
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Zachery T. McKinnon (2); 0
Port Waist Gnr: Sgt. William O. Wagner (1); 0
Starb. Waist Gnr: Sgt. David A. Barash (1); 0 [SW-IH]
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Edgar A. Packenham (1); 1; 0-0-1
Fighters Encountered: 3 x Me110

Enemy Fighters Hit: 0-0-1 (KIA, Probable, Damaged)
1 x Me110 Damaged

Bomb Run: On; 30%

B-17 Damage: 18 hits (3 from flak)
Engine #1 out (feathered); Radio out; Port wing root hit; Starboard tailplane root hit; Fire extinguisher instruments out; Starboard aileron inoperable; Starboard gunner heat out; Starboard gunner serious wound; Bombs two hits no effect; Superficial x 8

Landing: Safely at Elveden

Damage Points: 178; bomber available for operations tomorrow

Mission Description: Filed by 2nd Lt. John L. Moorhouse

To: Major Seth Gecko, CO 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (H)

Let me say that this was not the way I wanted to visit Paris. Although an unfamiliar mission, having only a couple of hours training in night flying, our crew were feeling confident in their ability to complete this relatively short flight successfully. As we were on our own, not having to concern ourselves with keeping formation, it was a matter of keeping our eyes peeled for the appearance of enemy night fighters. We were briefed that, most likely, we would not meet any before reaching the continent. As it happened the first enemy we met was at Paris as we approached the target. “Sneaky bastard” came from Ed Packenham over the intercom as he let out a stream of 50cal ammo at an Me110 that was seen coming from behind and below. He missed but the experienced German did not and we winced as we heard bullets striking the bombs but luckily nothing happened although at the same time I felt the starboard aileron go inoperable. I put “Coconuts” into evasive manoeuvres and the fighter missed on his next pass but he had our measure on the next putting four shells into us but they were all superficial. Then he disappeared into the darkness.

We saw searchlights coning aircraft ahead of us but luckily none found us. Then we had to run the gauntlet of heavy flak; flashes were appearing all around us but none were near enough to cause us damage or shake the aircraft; because of this our bomb run was steady and Trent Burgoyne put 30% on the marked target. The flak home was not quite as heavy but one shell burst close enough to knock out the radio and the starboard gunner’s heat. We had been briefed to watch out for Me109’s in the target area but none appeared. Another Me110 did though; but he was seen by Ed Packenham and was damaged by the tail gunner although this did not stop the fighter’s pilot from putting another hit on our now empty bomb racks and a solid hit on the port wing root. Our evasive action didn’t help much as the damaged fighter knocked out our #1 engine; but he failed to hit us on his next pass and he went off to lick his wound. We dropped to 10,000’ to keep Dave Barash the waist gunner from developing frost bite and were subjected to the attentions of some light flak as we returned home but none caused us damage.

We left the target area with some relief at having sustained no serious damage and maybe we relaxed a little because we had almost reached the French coast when we were surprised by another Me110 “Tame Boar” (now there’s a misnomer) which struck us unseen seriously wounding Dave Barash at the starboard waist and hitting the starboard tailplane root. Our evasive action didn’t save us from further damage as, in two more passes, the night fighter hit again three times, one destroying the engine fire extinguisher instruments in the pilot compartment but the other two were only superficial. After the attack was over we attended to Dave’s wounds and began our flight over the Channel. Walt Milligan’s navigation was spot-on and we landed at Elveden a little shakily on my part but safely. Dave Barash unfortunately will be out of action for a long time and is unlikely to return to flight operations.

With respect,

John L. Moorhouse, 2nd Lt. B-17G-15-B0 42-31377 “Coconuts
This day Elveden Hall, England

Recommendations: Purple Heart for David A. Barash

Replacements: Starboard waist gunner (to be posted later)
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Paris AAR



Pilot : Captain Vetinari
B-17 : B17G-1-BO42-31129 Jingo !
Squadron : 153rd

Mission 117/Bomber 2

Crew :-

Pilot Cpt Vetinari, DFC (21)
CoPilot 1st Lt Drumknott, DFC (21)
Navigator Lt Oats (2)
Bombardier Lt Sideways (1)
Engineer Mstr Sgt Cohen ###** (21)
Radio Operator Sgt Gaspode * (11)
Ball Turret Tech Mstr Sgt Malich #####* (21)
Waist Gunner Sgt Stollop (1)
Waist Gunner Sgt Likely ^ (15)
Tail Turret Sgt Ahmed (1)

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

Fighters claimed : 1 x Me 109 & 1 x Me 110 KIA, 1 x Me 110 Damaged.
Bombing results : 10%.
Injuries : Light wounds for Master Sergeant Cohen, Sergeants Likely and Ahmed.

Debrief

"Yet another night mission to help out the Brits. What the hell happened to 'precision bombing' ? We'd had precious little sleep, as well, because Brass decided on a little medals ceremony during the day. Drumknott and I picked up a DFC apiece just for landing Reaper Man safely after she'd been shot to pieces on that Schweinfurt affair. Actually, I think we got 'em just for surviving : half the Group went down that day, so somebody must have thought that our morale would be improved by something shiny, instead of, say, long-range fighter escorts...

At least it was a milk run to Paris. Except, of course, it didn't work out that way. We had a quiet flight to the target ("industrial area" my ass !), but got coned in searchlights and became a target for an entire flak division ! Flak was intense, Malich's oxygen lines were damaged and Cohen was wounded, his guns reduced to scrap. A 109 sought us out from starboard, but Malich sent him down in flaming ruin before he could get a shot off. Our bomb run was off, but over the centre of the city we must have hit something, right ? I banked hard to try and evade the barrage, but the searchlights stayed with us and the flak hit us again, lightly wounding Ahmed and knocking out the radio. The wings were getting holed too.

As we finally got out of the barrage, a 110 - the Brits call 'em Tame Boars, God alone knows why - came up on our tail. Ahmed spotted him but couldn't hit the foxy little bastard, and he beat the crap out of the wing roots. He disappeared, then came up below us in a vertical climb. Malich hit him without downing him, and he disappeared again, but then reappeared exactly as before and strafed us from nose to tail ! Cohen was hit again, his dogtags deflecting shrapnel, and Likely was hit too, luckily by a spent shell. Our persecutor left then, but him or one of his comrades attacked us near Le Bourget. Again Ahmed spotted but failed to hit him. He missed us, though, and when he came up from below Malich was ready for him and shot his wing off. That was the last German we saw, and we had a silent flight home while Gaspode bound up our injuries. To cap it all, it was raining in England, and we got bloody soaked waiting for the truck to take us back to Ops for debriefing. Still, at least we survived - only three more missions to go for myself, Drumknott, Cohen and Malich."

Captain Havelock Vetinari (wet and disgruntled)

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF WAR
HEADQUARTERS 281ST BOMB GROUP (H) VIII BOMBER COMMAND EIGHTH AIR FORCE
EIGHTH AIR FORCE STATION 200 ELVEDEN HALL ENGLAND APO 667




Pilot: 1st Lt. Peter Parker
B-17: Black Widow VII (B-17G-5-B0 42-31178) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 117 (Bomber 2)
Date: October 21st/22nd, 1943
Target: Paris, France. I/A (City Center)
Position: Bomber Stream

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Peter Parker (7)
Copilot: 2nd Lt Nicolie Sabien (3) ** LW
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Jerome Lewis (2)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Seth A. Cook (6) *
Engineer: MSgt. Bruce S. Kestner (5) ##**½
Radio Operator: TSgt. Walter O'Reilly (6) ½
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Wilfred M. Crane (6) ****
Port Waist: Sgt Kirk Copland (4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Buddy Dogwood (4)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. CJ Edenburger (3) 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; 30%

Enemy Fighters Activity: Encountered – 1; (KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0)
---- Bf110: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 0-Damg (1 Attacked)
---- Driven-off: Total: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 1-Damg / 2-Driven-off (by P-47’s)

Claims:
None

Medals and Promotions:
none

B-17s disposition:
Msgt. Cory Berkely “Black Widow VI” Returned with light damage. All superficial damage except, 1 hit causing wounds, causing no fatalities, no serious and one light wound. Five of Six hits were of a superficial nature (24pts Peckham Points)

In Hospital:
2nd Lt Nicolie Sabien (Copilot) (3) ** Returned to Lt. Parker’s Crew on 25th Oct ‘43
2nd Lt. Bryngeir Sigjónsson (Bombardier) (3) Returns Home on the 4th Nov ‘43

Awaiting Assignment:
2 Lt. Israel J. Metcalf (Copilot) Returns to active duty on the 11th Oct ‘43
2nd Lt. Seth A. Cook (Navigator) (4) * Returns to active duty on the 20th Oct ‘43

Replacements:
None

Mission Description:
Subject: Paris, France. I/A (City Center)
21/22-October-43 Mission Report C5M117-178A

Mission Debriefing:
First night mission went of well. We got off alright and slotted in to the bomber stream making our way to France. Just about 100 miles outside of Paris we were attacked by a Bf110, think the Brit’s call them Tame Boars. Well this fella put a few holes in us but nothing mattered. On the way into the drop point the flak was heavy yet inaccurate. We avoided being caught in any of the numerous searchlights. As for our drop we believe around 30% hit the target zone. As we left the target flak was less intense but we caught a stray burst and took more minor damage that slightly wounded lieutenant Sabien.

The rest of the trip home was uneventful and we made it back in time for breakfast. Doc says Sabien should be back in a few days.

1st Lt. 1st Lt. Peter Parker
Command pilots, B-17G-5-B0 42-31178 ”Black Widow VII”
154th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Mission Note: An easy mission with only a few zones of combat we made it home in good order.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Wiley Durham
B-17: "The Huntress" (B-17G-5-B0 42-31169)
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 117 (Bomber 1)
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Paris, France. I/A (Industrial Area - Center of City)
Position: Bomber Stream

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Wiley Durham (1)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Trent Payne (1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Bruce Franco (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Lenny Glover (2)
Engineer: M.Sgt. John Woods (1)
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Caleb Oneil (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Darryl Hurley (2) **
Port Waist: Sgt. Williams Wilder (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Quincy Chaney (1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Steven Warren (1)

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


Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; 0%
---- Accuracy; 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: (KIA – 1 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0 / DOF - 0)
---- Claims:
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Darryl Hurley: ME110 (D)

B-17 Damage Report:
Nose: Superficial(x2) {2}
Port Wing: Superficial {1}, Aileron Inoperable {10}
Radio Room: Superficial(x2) {2}, Oxygen Supply 2/2 {15}
Starboard Wing: Superficial {1}
Tail: Superficial {1}, Starboard Elevator Inoperable {10}, Heat Out {10}
Waist: Superficial {1}

Peckham Points: 53

Crew Report
No injuries

Mission Debriefing:
Somewhat easy mission. Got a bit banged up by flak as we approached the target zone and caused us to be off target. Everyone returned in good health.
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B-17: Wayward Wendy B-17F-115-B0 42-30620 temp aircraft
While B-17: Sword of Damocles B-17F-75-BO-42-29887 is being repaired
Squadron: 153th Bomber Squadron, 281th Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 117 (Bomber 1)
Position: Bomber Stream
Date: October 21, 1943
Target: Paris, France Industrial Area

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot – 1st Lieutenant Morgan Cross (8) [0]
Co-Pilot – 2nd Lieutenant Anthony Waterhouse (5) [0]
Navigator - 2nd Lieutenant Peter Drake (0) [0]
Bombardier - 2nd Lieutenant Wendel Fitchly (0) [0]
Engineer (temp) – MSG Guy Harrison (0) [0]
Radio operator – SGT Val Broden (0) [0]
Ball Gunner - SGT Willy Prescott (8) [6.5]
Port Waist Gunner - SGT Andrew Leman (2) [0]
Starboard Waist Gunner (temp)- SGT Adam Marsh (0) [0]
Tail Gunner – SGT George Kerry (1) [3] * LW – 1 day recovery


½ = Half Kill This Misson
* = 1 Kill This Mission
# = 5 Kills This Mission

Fighters Encountered: 2 ( 1 Killed, 1 Probable, 0 Damaged, 0 to air cover)
ME-109: 0
FW-190: 0
ME-110: 2 (1 killed, 1 probable)

Bomb Run:
Off Target
0%

B-17 Damage:
Auto-pilot out, Radio out, Navigation Equipment out, Tail Guns inoperable, Waist Oxygen system out, Multiple superficial damages,
Tail Gunner - LW

Peckham Points:
81

Landing:
Safely Landed in England

Claims:
SGT George Kerry – ME110

Award/Promotion Requests:

After Action Report:
We took off and took up our position in the bomber stream. After having passed southwest of Rouen SGT Kerry called out ‘bandit six low’ and then quickly proceeded to shoot it down. Then as we neared Paris SGT Kerry spotted another ME110 approaching from behind. He hit this one too but thinks it was able to break off and get away. As we lined up for the bomb run all h@#l broke loose as the flak started to explode all around us. As we came out of it SGT Kerry reported being lightly injured and that the tail guns were inoperable. SGT Broden reported the radio was destroyed and LT Drake notified me the navigation equipment was also destroyed. But worst of all was when LT Waterhouse mentioned the auto-pilot was not working anymore. So despite his best efforts LT Fitchly was unable to drop our bombs on the target. As we turned for home disappointed in our missing the target, the flak opened up once more. After a couple of nearby bursts I heard over the intercom the dreaded word ‘FIRE!’. The last burst set the waist gunner’s oxygen system on fire. Luckily the gunners were able to put in out but without the oxygen system I was forced to drop to 10000 feet, which probably also helped LT Drake navigate without his instruments. It seems the enemy fighters were not looking for a plane that low because we were not attacked by a fighter again. As we had to slowly find our way back we saw a lot of flak but none of it came close to us. We eventually made it back to Elveden Hall and made a safe landing. SGT Kerry should be back to duty by tomorrow.

Submitted by 1st Lieutenant Morgan Cross
Pilot, Commander, B-17: ‘Wayward Wendy’ B-17F-115-B0 42-30620


Replacements:

In Hospital:
SGT Keery (1) [4] – back Oct 22
MSG John Drexall (8) [4.5] – back Oct 22
SGT Sanchez Delarosa (8) [0] – back Oct 22







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Pilot: 1LT. John Christoff
Plane: Flapper Girl B-17F - 40 -BO42 - 5236

Mission: 117 (2) Paris, France - Industry
Date: 21 October, 1943
Squadron: 154th
Position: Night mission, bomber stream


Crew:
Pilot: 1LT. John Christoff (2)
CoPilot: 2LT Nathan Yost (2)
Bombardier: 2LT. Karl Fogel (2) LW: Broken nose, facial contusions -
Navigator: 2LT Ian MacClellen (2)
Engineer: SSgt. Wellman Bailey (2)
RO: Sgt. James Hamilton (2)
BTG: Sgt. Gunther Thunberg (2) - 1
PWG Sgt. Frank Carrera (2)
SWG: Sgt. Paul Zagurski (1)
TG Sgt. Thurman Bell (1)

Other enemy aircraft shot down on prior missions: 5

Bomb Run: ON Target 40%

Aircraft Status: Plane safely landed. Minor damage- Port aileron inoperable, hit to control cables, two misc.holes in aircraft.

Enemy Fighters encountered: 2 (1xBf110, 1xBf109)

Claims: Sgt. Thunberg shot down one Bf110

Mission Report: Smooth flight until we approached Paris. From out of nowhere, a nightfighter appeared and put a hole in our starboard inboard fuel tank. Fortunatly, we were "full" for this mission and had just enough fuel to make it home. On Jerry's second pass at us, Sgt. Thunberg hit him with the bt guns, causing him to explode! That big flash got the attention of the ground defense and the next thing you know, we were lit up by their damn searchlights. That attracted another Jerry nightfighter who mad a pass at us and missed his shot, followed by some accurate flak, hitting us five times with the most serious damage being Lt. Fogel (Bombardier) getting hit by a chunk of shrnapel in the face hard enough to drive his oxygen mask into his nose, breaking it (his nose), the port aileron being disabled and a hit to the control cables.

With all that, bleeding all over the bomb sight, Lt. Fogel still put our bombs on target, hitting with an est. 40%.

The flight home was uneventful with the exception of much gagging cursing from Lt. Fogel about his broken nose. Flight Surgeon believes Lt. Vogel will be out several weeks for his nose to heal. Flapper Girl should be repaired in time for the next mission.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Christoff, 1LT., USAAF
Pilot: B-17 FLAPPER GIRL / 80 BS/281 BG
Elveden Hall, England


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The flight home was uneventful with the exception of much gagging cursing from Lt. Fogel about his broken nose. Flight Surgeon believes Lt. Vogel will be out several weeks for his nose to heal. Flapper Girl should be repaired in time for the next mission.


So, is it Lieutenant Fogel or Vogel? whistle I lived next to the Vogel's when I was a kid.

Kozzackkelt wrote:
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John Christoff, 1LT., USAAF
Pilot: B-17 FLAPPER GIRL / 80 BS/281 BG
Elveden Hall, England


When did we pick up a new squadron?

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