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This is my 6th play, the 4th with 15/08 Scenario. I have never won this scenario but I feel I'm learning from my past errors.

It will be right...but not enough...


Today is 15 August 1940, Weather is clear over LF2 East and Patchy Clouds elsewhere...and German motors are warming up...


06h00 :

No Raid.


08h00 :

2 Raids are coming from LF2 South. 8 Squadrons (Sq) will patrol towards them. It will be 2 minor raids, in track B and C which Detection Level are respectively Sufficient/Poor and Late/Accurate. In fact, thre will be only Me-109 Gruppen in Hunt Missions, 1 towards Kenley (Raid 2) and 2 towards Rye Radar (Raid 1).
Raid 1 is intercepted by 5 Sq with Altitude Advantage for a draw and no loss for either side. Raid 2 is intercepted by 2 Hurricane Sq with Altitude Advantage but no fight occurs.


10h00 :

3 Raids are approaching, one in each Region. I place nearly all my Squadrons (14/15) on Patrol at High Altitude to counter them :
1 Major Raid coming from Track A in LF2E Area, Detection Level Very Early/Limited ;
1 Major Raid coming from Track C in LF2S Area, Detection level Early/Poor ;
1 Major Raid coming from Track C in LF3 Area, Detection Level Sufficient/Limited.

A lonely Spitfire Sq intercepts Raid 3, only 1 Ju-88, escorted by 3 Me-110 and 5 Me-109 with Hunter Tactics. All my other Sq will move towards Raid 2. Without surprise, heroic Spitfire Sq is downed as Light Loss. Raid 2, 2 Ju-87 and 1 do-17, escorted by 1 Me-110 and 4 Me-109 Gruppen is intercepted by 4 Sq (3 with Altitude Advantage). 1 Spitfire is downed as Light Loss, like 1 Me-109 but all Ju-87 must leave the Raid. Raid 1 (2 He-111, escorted by 1 Me-110 and 2 Me-109) is intercepted by 1 Hurricane Sq, for no result.

Raid 3 bombs Middle Wallop Airfield for 1 Bomb Damage Point. Raid 2 bombs Kenley Airfield for 1 Bomb Damage Point and Raid 1 bombs Martlesham Airfield for 2 Bomb Damage Points.

Home-Bound Raid 2 is intercepted by 3 Sq with Altitude Advantage for 1 D0-17 downed as Heavy Loss. Home-Bound Raid 1 is intercepted by 2 Sq for no loss.


12h00 :

3 Raids are approaching, one again in each Region. All available Squadrons (6) will Patrol at High Altitude to counter them :
1 Minor Raid coming from Track C in LF2E Area, Detection Level Sufficient/Limited ;
1 Major Raid coming from Track B in LF2S Area, Detection level Very Early/Limited ;
1 Major Raid coming from Track B in LF3 Area, Detection Level Early/Limited.

Raid 1 with 2 Me-110 Strafers bombs Manston Airfield for 2 Bomb Damage Points. Raid 2 (4 Bombers Gruppen escorted by 3 Me-109 and 3 Me-110) is intercepted by 1 Hurricane Sq which is downed as Light Loss. Raid 3 (2 Ju-87 escorted by 4 Me-109) is intercepted by 1 Hurricane Sq, for no result.

Raid 3 is again intercepted, by 1 Hurricane Sq with Altitude Advantage which downs 1 Me-109 as Light Loss. Raid 2 now bombs Rye radar for 2 Bomb Damage Points, a severe blow for future detection from Brighton to Foreness !

Raid 2 is again intercepted by 3 Sq with Altitude Advantage. Despite this and confronting only Me-110, I can inflict any loss !! Raid 3 bombs Middle Wallop Airfield for 1 Bomb Damage Point.


14h00 :

1 Major Raid will come from LF3. Detection Level is Very Early/Limited. 6 Sq will patrol towards it. They intercept the Raid (3 Ju-88, escorted by 3 Me-109 and 2 Me-110) with Altitude Advantage, so 1 Me-109 and 1 Me-110 are downed as Light Loss. Farnborough City is bombed for 1 Bomb Damage Point.


16h00 :

1 Major Raid will come from LF2 South. Detection Level is Sufficient/Limited. 7 Sq will patrol towards it. 1 Hurricane Sq intercepts the Raid (2 He-111, escorted by 3 Me-109 and 1 Me-110) and 1 Me-109 is downed as Light Loss !! Lympne Airfield is bombed for 1 Bomb Damage Point.

Recovering Raid is intercepted by 6 Sq (including 4 with Altitude Advantage). 1 Me-109 is downed as Light Loss, and 1 Elite Me-110 and 1 He-111 as Heavy Loss.


18h00 :

No Raid.


It's time to determine Victory Points :
3 Gruppen in Heavy Loss : +6 VP ;
6 Gruppe in Light Loss : +6 VP ;
3 Squadrons in Light Loss : - 3 VP ;
11 Bomb Damage points : - 11 VP.

Final Score is -2 VP, for a British Tactical Defeat.

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