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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. We brought more planes home yesterday but with two aborts a Cat-E and one lost aircraft we still didn’t do well… ” 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, 13/02/17 ), 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 Twenty-five:
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Paris, France. I/A ( Industrial Area )
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 12 x 500 lb G.P. bombs
------ B-17G’s: 12 x 500 lb G.P. bombs

Bombing Altitude: 26,500 ft (Middle Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ High Squadron 26,750 ft (151st BS)
------ Lead Squadron 26,500 ft (152nd BS) Lead
------ Low Squadron 26,250 ft (153rd BS)
------ Low-Low Squadron 26,000 ft (154thBS) Tail


Gazetteer:
Outbound & Inbound: Zone 2: -2 W / Zone 3: 0 F / Zone 4: 0 F / Zone 5: 0 F

Target Flak O/B: Light
Target Flak I/B: None


Target Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud (no modifiers to O-2, O-6 M-4 & B-2 Tables)
Base Weather: Good 1/10 Cloud Cover (no modifiers to G-9 Table)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B and I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: poor
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: poor
Zone 3 inbound: fair
Zone 2 inbound: poor

Note:
---- - Gents, don’t forget to add your Squadron Positions modifiers to the above Gazetteer values.
---- - B-17G Rules are here
---- - Those using the GAF Placement Variant: Resistant is Heavy (No Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) None

Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
(from “The Mighty 8th War Diary” by R.A.Freeman)
Mission 125 The Mighty Eighth only sent the 422nd BS, 306th BG on a night mission to drop nickels on Paris.

The 303rd BG did not fly mission 125, Target was from “The Mighty 8th War Diary” and mission parameters were rolled up.
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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 125 [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: FO Rob Browning’s Crew in “Cloud Cover” (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Joseph Morgan’s Crew in “Angry Marmot” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252)

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Pat Flannigan’s Crew in "Dingo's Kidneys" (B-17F-105-B0 42-30461) [AAR]
1st Lt. C. Simmons Crew in "Bottle to Throttle" (B-17F-55-DL 42-3403) [AAR]
1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos Crew in "Visitor" (B-17F-95-B0 42-30237) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Thadeus Z. Thatcher’s Crew in “Thumper II” (B-17E 41-2606) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
FO Rob Browning’s Crew in “Cloud Cover” (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056) [AAR] Lead Aborted
1st Lt. John Belushi’s Crew in “Comedy of Errors” (B-17F-1-BO 41-24637) [AAR] Lost
1st Lt. G.B. McClellan Crew in “Peninsula” (B-17F-125-B0 42-30909) [AAR] Lost
1st Lt. Lance Stanley’s Crew in “Heart of Gold” (B-17F-BO-60-42-130210) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Calvin Jones Crew in “Knotty Pines” (B-17F-120-B0 42-30759) [AAR] Lost
2nd Lt. Ben York’s Crew in "Saratoga" (B-17F-90-B0 42-30167) [AAR]

153rd BS - GB:
Capt. Havelock Vetinari’s Crew in “The Fifth Elephant” (B-17F-70-BO42-29765) [AAR]
1st Lt Ciaphas Cain’s Crew in "Whiskey Rebellion" (B-17F-100-B0 42-30344) [AAR] Perfect Bomb Run 100%
1st Lt. George Thornton’s Crew in "Fickle Finger of Fate" (B-17G-20-B0 42-31560) [AAR] Lost
1st Lt. Anthony Waterhouse’s Crew in “Sword of Damocles” (B-17F-75-BO 42-29887) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Robert Shorter’s Crew in “Kick in the Rear” (B-17F-75-DL 42-3529) [AAR]

154st BS - GG:
Major Tony Lazzeri’s Crew in B-17: Knotty Knickers (B-17F-45-VE 42-6078) [AAR]
1st Lt. Wiley Durham’s Crew in "On the Mark" (B-17F-120-B0 42-30760) [AAR]
1st Lt. Joseph Morgan’s Crew in “Angry Marmot” (B-17F-45-B0 42-5252) [AAR] Tail
1LT. Joseph Wheeler IV’s Crew in "Wild Joe Wheeler Rides!" (B-17F) [AAR]
2 Lt. Israel J. Metcalf’s Crew in No Name (B-17F-50-B0 42-5441) [AAR]


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

(edits; Crews added)
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Quote:
High Squadron 26,750 ft (153rd BS)
Lead Squadron 26,500 ft (154th BS) Lead
Low Squadron 26,250 ft (151st BS)
Low-Low Squadron 26,000 ft (152nd BS) Tail


Hey, Sgt. Murphy, you'd better check those squadron positions again -you've got them all screwed up!
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Infomanohio wrote:
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High Squadron 26,750 ft (153rd BS)
Lead Squadron 26,500 ft (154th BS) Lead
Low Squadron 26,250 ft (151st BS)
Low-Low Squadron 26,000 ft (152nd BS) Tail


Hey, Sgt. Murphy, you'd better check those squadron positions again -you've got them all screwed up!


oops rotated the wrong way... Thankx
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jasta6 wrote:
Infomanohio wrote:
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High Squadron 26,750 ft (153rd BS)
Lead Squadron 26,500 ft (154th BS) Lead
Low Squadron 26,250 ft (151st BS)
Low-Low Squadron 26,000 ft (152nd BS) Tail


Hey, Sgt. Murphy, you'd better check those squadron positions again -you've got them all screwed up!


oops rotated the wrong way... Thankx


I think I've had propellers that did that once!!
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Robert Shorter
Plane: KICK IN THE REAR

Mission: 125(2)
Target: Paris, France
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low
Bomb run: 20%

Crew:
Pilot - 2nd Lt. Robert Shorter |▐██▌| (1) - LW, return 10-Nov-43
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Douglas Curley (1)
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Steve Fitzpatrick (0)
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Frank Quimby (0)
Engineer - SSgt. Larry Kiefer * (1) - credited with (3) Bf109
Radio Op.- TSgt. Louis Manor (1)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Roy Harrington |▐██▌| (0) - FB, lost tips of fingers right hand, invalided home
Port Waist - Sgt. Bruce Gist (1)
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Chris Keele (1)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Tim Haun * (1)

* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
TDY Temporarily assigned
( ) prior missions

Aircraft Status

#4 Engine Out (feathered), ball turret heat inoperable, starboard tailplane damaged, six superficial holes in fuselage and wings. (82 Peckham Points)

Enemy Aircraft Sorties

Total attacks (20): (13)Bf109, (0)Bf110, (12)Fw190

Enemy Aircraft Engaged

Destroyed-(3): (3)Bf109, (0)Bf110, (0)Fw190
Probable---(1): (1)Bf109, (0)Bf110, (0)Fw190
Damaged--(0): (0)Bf109, (0) Bf110, (0)Fw190

Replacement Crew Available

2nd Lt. Sean Stith (Co-pilot), 1 PH
- flew 5 missions with Barge crew (THAT MANGY CAT)
2nd Lt. Ernest Nowak (Bombardier), 1 PH, 2 E/AC
- flew 1 mission with Kidder crew (REDHAWK ROSIE)
SSgt. Sgt. Jeremy Westbrooks (Flight Engineer), 1 PH
- flew 1 mission with Barge Crew (THAT MANGY CAT)
TSgt. Edward Rogers (Radioman)
-flew 4 missions with Friday crew (JUST THE FLAK MA'AM)
-flew 2 missions with Kidder crew (REDHAWK ROSIE)

Hospitalized Crewman

Sgt. Joe Mannix (11-Nov-1943)
Sgt. Brandon Tooley (12-Nov-43)
2nd Lt. Alan Kahl (21-Nov-1943)

Mission Report

Fighter escort cleared a path for us today into the target. And what enemy fighters that did get through the screen, our gunners mostly knocked down. However, on the run in, one Bf109 did make it through the fighter screen and managed to brave the defensive fire and struck our No. 4 engine severing an oil line. Lt. Curley and I managed to get the engine shut down and prop feathered. Flak bounced us around some, but the only noticeable damage was to the electrical panel circuit that kept Sgt. Harrington's suit heater in the ball turret functioning. Throughout the flak Lt. Fitzpatrick kept a steady hand on the Norden and reported a good drop. We turned with the group and headed for the rally point.

Continued to be harassed by enemy fighters back across the continent. Bf109s and Fw190s pressed home attacks through the fighter screen. Fortunately our defensive fire diverted many of the German pilots' aim and we flew through it relatively unscathed. Our only casualty was a stray shell that passed through the cockpit and shredded itself in our armored bulkhead. The shrapnel bouncing around the cockpit caught me in the back of my right arm. It hurt very much but Lt. Curley reported no blood. He does thinks I'll have one hell of a bruise. Sgt. Harrington reported that he was beginning to shiver excessively from the cold. I suspected he was succumbing to the exposure, but we needed him in that turret so I kept him in there. Once over the channel, the enemy fighters broke off and the rest of the flight was uneventful.

Landing was smooth. The medics reported that Sgt. Harrington's fingertips are frozen and he will most likely lose one or two. His war in the air is over. After listening to my account of being hit in the arm by debris, the debriefing officer has ordered me over to the infirmary for x-rays and evaluation.

2nd Lt. Robert Shorter, Pilot, KICK IN THE REAR, 153rd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group (H)
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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Lance Stanley
B-17: Heart of Gold (B-17F-BO-60-42-130210) BB-B
Squadron: 152 Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 125 (this bomber 2)
Date: November 9, 1943
Target: Wesel, Industry
Position: Middle squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Lance Stanley (2) SW-IH
Copilot 2nd Lt. Morgan Smith (2)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Neil Sanford (2)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Otto Speicher (2)
Engineer MSgt. Pierre St. Clair * (2)
Radio Operator Sgt. Quentin Salomon (2)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Richard Schwartz * (2)
Port Waist Sgt. Theodore Slocum (2)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Vince Sedgewick (2)
Tail Gunner Sgt. Walter Sobel (2) LW
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: On Target
Accuracy: 60%

Fighters claimed: KIA-0 Prob-4 Damg-0

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
No substantive damage
19 Peckham points

Replacements:
Pilot 1st Lt. Xavier Tiernan

Debrief:
Precise bombing made our flight a great contribution to the war effort,
but it's a costly victory for our crew, as the bomb run was one of the
last things Lt. Stanley will ever see.

With sunny weather today compared to yesterday's high winds, resistance
was heavier today than yesterday, but the fighter cover was also better
and kept most of the resistance away. We had taken only two superficial
hits at IP, and with light and wild flak, we had a clear line of sight
to the target steel mill for our bomb run. We hit the bulls-eye with
our bombing pattern, getting seven bombs within the target accuracy and
all twelve in the same industrial park.

But as we left the target, a pack of FW-190s descended on us. Our
fighter cover drove several off, but we still had to face three.
MSgt. St. Clair badly damaged a fighter at 9:00, but he kept flying and
scored his own bulls-eye, putting shells all over the Heart of Gold, and
only then broke off the attack. Lt. Stanley was hit in the face,
leaving me to fly solo; the rest of the damage was superficial.

Lt. Stanley is now blind and will go back to the USA for
rehabilitation.

2nd Lt. Morgan Smith
Copilot, Heart of Gold

Pilot: 1st Lt. Lance Stanley
Command Pilot, Heart of Gold (B-17F-BO-60-42-130210) BB-B
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Sir, Cloud Cover will fly Lead.
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Sir, "Angry Marmot" requests the tail end spot if possible.
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Damjon wrote:
Sir, Cloud Cover will fly Lead.

Granted!


KOS83 wrote:
Sir, "Angry Marmot" requests the tail end spot if possible.

Granted!

Now I am making a request to everyone to PLEASE!! List your pilots name and the planes name and serial number when making these request. Otherwise I have to go serch down this information to populate the roster post.

Thank you for your understanding,
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Pilot: 1st Lt. GB McClellan
B-17: Peninsula B-17F-125-B0 42-30909 (Mission 4)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 125, November 9, 1943
Target: Paris, France. I/A (Industrial Area)


Bomb Run: 0%
Over Target: NO
Plane Status: Destroyed
Casualties: KIA: 10 WIA: 0 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 0 Probable: 1 Damaged: 0

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. WH French (3) {1} [KIA]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. WA Gorman (3) {2} [KIA]
Pilot: 1st Lt. GB McClellan (3) {0} [KIA]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. WW Burns (2) {0} [KIA]
Engineer: MSgt. J Miller (3) {2} [KIA] P: 1-190
Radio Oper.: Sgt. W Worth (5) {1} [KIA]
Ball Gunner: Sgt. J Quitman (5) {2} [KIA]
Pt Waist G: Sgt. T Parker (2) {0} [KIA]
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. R Nugent (2) {1} [KIA]
Tail Gunner: Sgt. EE Cross (4) {1} [KIA]

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 0, Average: 5, Green: 0

B-17 Damage: Plane destroyed when bombs detonated by enemy fire

Peckham Points: N/A

Landing: N/A

Special Note: N/A

In Hospital: See previous report

Mission Description: Filed by Capt. J W Cubica, squadron adjutant

Report filed based on eyewitness reports from the 152nd Squadron. As the squadron approached the French coastline (Zone 3), the Peninsula was observed to be attacked by five FW 190s. One plane was driven off by friendly fighters. The Peninsula’s gunners fought valiantly to drive the butcher birds off. The top turret gunner severely damaged a second 190. A third 190 coming in from 6 o’clock high blew walking hits down the length of the plane and detonated the bomb load. A nearby B-17 gunner reported that one second the Peninsula was there, and then in a flash of light and a cloud of black smoke she was gone. No parachutes reported.

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The crew of “Satan’s A’waitin’” flew the mission to Paris in a replacement B-17E while their bomber was under repair from the previous mission to Wesel. Their temporary aircraft, ”Thumper II”, approached its landing on three engines; onlookers could see segments of cowling missing from two of the other engines as well. But flaps and undercarriage were deployed satisfactorily and the big bomber touched down heavily but safely and taxied into its hardstand where the ground crew raced up for a preliminary inspection. The crew dropped out of the B-17 all thankfully uninjured.

After Action Report

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Thadeus Z. Thatcher
Aircraft: “Thumper II” B-17E 41-2606 (temporary replacement from the pool for “Satan’s A’waitin’” B-17F-120-BO 42-30756)
Squadron: 151st Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group

Mission: 125 [this bomber 1]
Target: Paris, France, I/A (Industrial Area)

Crew Assigned:
(Position: Rank, Name (# prior missions); Current Score;[Casualty]; Kills, Prob., Dam. this mission)
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Thadeus Z. Thatcher (1)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Grant A. Baxter(1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Tolley N. Meyer (1); 0
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Daniel T. Bonney (1); 0 ; 0-1-1
Engineer: M.Sgt Linus S. Stenzel (1); 0 ; ½-0-0
Radio Operator: Sgt. Brodie A. Thorne, PH (1); 0
Ball Turret: Sgt. Terence N, Abercrombie (1); 0
Port Waist: Sgt. Thomas O. Porter (1); 0 ; ½-0-0
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson (1); 0
Tail Turret: Sgt. Oscar P. Paddletoe (1); 0 ; 0-1-0

Fighters Encountered: 18 [4 Driven off first pass; 1 second pass] (Ace: 0, Average: 13, Green: 1)
7 x Fw190’s, 11 x Me109’s

Enemy Fighters Hit: 4 ; 1-2-1 (KIA-Probable-Damaged)
1 x Fw190 KIA ; 1 x Fw190, 1 x Me109 Probable ; 1 x Me109 Damaged

Individual Claims: Port waist gunner and Engineer share one Fw190 KIA

Bomb Run: Off; 0% [Bomb release mechanism inoperable]

B-17 Damage: 16 hits (0 from flak)
Engine #1 out, Engines #2 and #4 superficial hits, Starboard wing root hit, Port aileron inoperable, Bomb release mechanism inoperable, Top turret guns inoperable, Starboard waist gun inoperable, Rafts destroyed, 7 other superficial hits

Damage Points: 162 ; bomber available for operations in two days.

Landing: Safely at Elveden Hall

Mission Description: Filed by 2nd Lt. Thadeus Z. Thatcher CO “Satan’s A’waitin’” B-17F-120-BO 42-30756

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

We thought we were to fly as the middle squadron but at briefing that was changed to the high position so we felt not as jolly since we were to fly a B-17E “Thumper II” as a temporary replacement aircraft while “Satan’s A’waitin’” was under repair. We crossed the English Channel without incident but the fun started as we entered French airspace. Four Me109’s made us the object of their attention. A flight of P-47’s was following one and they disappeared from the scene. Our gunners missed the other three but only the Me109 at 9:00-high managed to get a superficial hit on the #4 engine. On a second pass he made a hit on the port wing aileron disabling it. In passing the tail gunner, Oscar Paddletoe, slammed shots into its cockpit and it fell away but we are unable to confirm it as a kill. Just after that, on the outskirts of Paris, a single Me109 appeared at 12:00-high but he seemed to be trying to escape a P-47 rather than intent on attacking us.

As we entered Paris airspace and were about to begin our bomb run we were attacked by the dreaded High 5 – five Fw190’s dived on “Thumper II” from all points on the compass. Luckily our escort was on the ball and they took care of two at 12:00 and 3:00 high. While two at 1:30-high and 6:00-high made firing positions and hit us badly, the poor devil at 9:00-high was obviously green, flew straight into the massed fire of the top and waist guns and went down in an exploding ball of flame. The damage from the other two was enough to ruin our mission with hits on the rafts, knocking out #1 engine (feathered), snapping some cowling off #2 engine, but another hit unfortunately damaging the bomb release mechanism. As they made another pass a further P-47 engaged the fighter at 1:30-high and when the other failed to hit us we were left to the flak.

Although we had lost an engine we were close to the target and able to stay in formation to continue the bomb run. Unusually the flak was light and “Thumper II” received no hits or buffeting but with the bomb mechanism out the drop had to be made manually and our bombs fell well off target - we did not feel very good about this as we do not know if they impacted on any Parisians. No flak affected our B-17 on the way out but as we reached the outskirts a single Fw190 came at our port cheek. Daniel Bonney, the Navigator, saw him coming and was on him with the cheek 30 calibre the whole way and obviously severely damaged the fighter – if it had been a heavier gun the fighter would have gone down for sure. In the event he was so badly shot up he failed to hit us and broke off.

But the German Air Force seemed to be out to get our old bomber. As we crossed France another wave of four Me109’s attacked. Tom Porter at the waist was able to deter the one at 9:00-high and the other three although missed by our guns were put off enough to miss also and pass on to other prey. Then at the coast a final wave of three aircraft – an Fw190 leading two Me109’s came on. Unfortunately we missed them all but they all hit us heavily – luckily most of the hits were superficial but two took out our Turret guns and Starboard waist gun; they all came round for another pass in which we failed to hit any but only the one now at 12:00-level hit us again putting a hole in our Starboard wing root; on a third pass this Me109 was damaged by the Navigator with the Port cheek gun again; the fighter missed and we were left then to make our way to Elveden where we landed safely.

I would like to commend the 56th Fighter Group for their excellent support. As well kudos to the old “Thumper II” – she brought us home safely in spite of our disparaging remarks.

With respect,

Thadeus Z. Thatcher, 2nd Lt, USAAF, CO “Thumper II” B-17E 41-2606 in lieu (“Satan’s A’waitin’” B-17F-120-BO 42-30756)
This day Elveden Hall, England

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"We're flying again today ? Boy, the Brass are really cramming the missions in, aren't they ?"

"There's a war on, Drumknott, hadn't you noticed ? Anyway, we'll be fine, it's a milk run to Paris."

"Aye, well, it might be if those slackers from the 56th show up today. Can't help feeling we're pushing our luck..."

"Relax, will ya ? Anyway, I got some good news for you - you're being promoted to Captain. The Fifth Elephant will be yours when my posting comes through."

"Any news on that ? They still offering that Intelligence job ?"

"Yep, but I requested a combat posting. Flying desks isn't what I volunteered for. Hopefully I'll get some good news when we get back from Paris. Hey, did I show you the latest picture of my kids ?"

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....crackle.... Lead to 152nd ..... Lead to 152nd... We've taken a burst into the bomb bay. Bomb bay doors have had it. We are turning back. Good luck chaps....


We need a new Lead onto Paris, starting zone 3.
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A jeep races through the gates and skids to a halt at the main offices at Elveden Hall. It is followed by a truck containing 1st Lt. Pat Flannigan and the crew of Dingo’s Kidney.

Major Seth Gecko leaps out of the jeep and dashes through the door to Col. Donnelly's office. "Man, that was one helluva trip...". Donnelly raises an eyebrow.

"...Sir." Seth adds. "Lt. Flannigan should hopefully be ready for this quick jaunt to Paris assuming his bird is ready. Well, I need a decent shower and a stiff drink. I've also picked up a damn fine bottle of Sicilian wine while we were down there. You can fill me in while we drink it. MURPHY! Get me my bag from the jeep!"

Armed only with a corkscrew, the two senior officers discuss the progress of the war in the Mediterranean and the continued strategic warfare in Western Europe.






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"Yep, but I requested a combat posting. Flying desks isn't what I volunteered for. Hopefully I'll get some good news when we get back from Paris. Hey, did I show you the latest picture of my kids ?"

...



OMG! Don't tell me any more - I've seen too many movies.cry
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Pilot: Squadron Leader Rob Browning
B17: Cloud Cover (B-17G-1-B0 42-31056)
Sqdn: 152nd, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission#: 125 (this bomber 18)
Target: Paris, France

Crew(Medal),*-previous Kills(v=5 kills),(mission) Casualties, Kill(K), Probable(P), Damaged(D)

Pilot: SL. Rob Browning
(19)
Copilot: PO Bruce Stanley (7)
Bomb Aimer: Flt.Sgt John MacLoed **(2)
Navigator: PO John Minogue **(3)
Engineer: Fl.Sgt Fred Gander
VV(18) K:190,109
Wireless Operator: Fl.Sgt Will Reid (19)
Ball Gunner: Fl.Sgt Dick Rowat
V***(19)
Port Waist: Sgt. Lawrence Arnell **(7)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Alex McKay (2) Light Wound
Tail Gunner: Fl.Sgt Tony Hays
VV(12) D:190

Bomb Drop: Did Not Bomb

Fighters Claimed:
Kills: 1*109, 1*90
Probable: None
Damaged 190

Medal/Promotion Recommendations:
Gander promoted to Warrant Officer.

B17 Condition Report: Hits – 3 from fighters, none from flak
Peckham Points = 13
One hit into the bomb bay doors.

1 superficial hit

Replacements:
None

Mission Debrief:
Not a lucky run for us.

Out over the Channel, first contact by 2 190’s and a 109. Gander downed the 109 but one of the 190s caught us with a burst into the bomb bay which lodged them shut. The other missed and scarpered.


Gander shot the offending Jerry as he was coming around for another go. We saw his parachute open and I think he’s in for a cold night in the Channel.

The damage to the bomb bay snookered the mission for us and we returned to base and gingerly landed the old bus.


McKay was hit by splinters but will be alright.



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gamer72 wrote:



"Yep, but I requested a combat posting. Flying desks isn't what I volunteered for. Hopefully I'll get some good news when we get back from Paris. Hey, did I show you the latest picture of my kids ?"

...



OMG! Don't tell me any more - I've seen too many movies.cry


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gamer72 wrote:


"We're flying again today ? Boy, the Brass are really cramming the missions in, aren't they ?"

"There's a war on, Drumknott, hadn't you noticed ? Anyway, we'll be fine, it's a milk run to Paris."

"Aye, well, it might be if those slackers from the 56th show up today. Can't help feeling we're pushing our luck..."

"Relax, will ya ? Anyway, I got some good news for you - you're being promoted to Captain. The Fifth Elephant will be yours when my posting comes through."

"Any news on that ? They still offering that Intelligence job ?"

"Yep, but I requested a combat posting. Flying desks isn't what I volunteered for. Hopefully I'll get some good news when we get back from Paris. Hey, did I show you the latest picture of my kids ?"

...




Paris AAR



Pilot : Captain Vetinari
B-17 : B17F-70-BO42-29765 The Fifth Elephant
Squadron : 153rd

Mission 125/Bomber 6

Crew :-

Pilot Cpt Vetinari, DFC (28)
CoPilot 1st Lt Drumknott, DFC (28)
Navigator Lt Thursley
Bombardier Lt Turvy
Engineer Mstr Sgt Cohen #####* (28)
Radio Operator SSgt Gaspode *** (19)
Ball Turret Tech Mstr Sgt Malich #######^ (28)
Waist Gunner Sgt Cake (1)
Waist Gunner Sgt Groat (4)
Tail Turret Sgt Lewton **^ (4)

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

Fighters claimed : 1 x FW 190 & 1 x Me 110 KIA.
Bombing results : 30%.
Injuries : nil.

Debrief


"We were hoping for a milkrun to Paris, and so it proved for us. Yesterday's fighter performance must have put a weed up Command's ass, because our little friends were out in force today. Also, what German fighters we did see seemed to be uncoordinated (game note : random event 'bad Luftwaffe Communications'). Our only problem came when approaching the target area : it was so cold that the tail and port waist guns froze ! We didn't need them though, as Cohen and Gaspode split a 190 between them, and with no flak to speak of, we bombed Paris at our leisure. The krauts definitely weren't expecting us to switch targets today.

We headed home with the fighters keeping the krauts off our backs. Cake managed to unfreeze his gun (don't ask me how), but Lewton's remained solid. The last German we saw was a 110 trying to climb vertically through the squadron, but Malich blew him apart with the twin .50s in the ball turret. The rest of the squadron drove off a scout over the Channel. That was it, and we landed at Elveden without problem. The crew is very happy to have such an easy mission with no casualties, and have asked me to ask you if we can go to Paris more often."

Captain Havelock Vetinari

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While over France, "Angry Marmot" is taken by assault from multiple enemy airplanes. After a burst from a ME109G, the radio compartment was crippled by fire and one of the starboard engines stopped moving after a burst of black smoke. The radio fell silent for some minutes before a voice cam from nowhere

"Angry Marmot crew reports loss of radio operator, we keep on the mission. Engine #3 is gone for good, but we press. Keep it up guys. Over and out"
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"Angry Marmot" after dropping bombs and turning on the steerpoint to commence the inbound leg, is swarmed with nontheless than 6 fighters. After a fierce fight, a single FW190 makes a walking hit. Pieces of metal shreds from the plane that shutters but remains able to fly. Suddenly, after the plane is shot down by long bursts from the top, bottom and starboard guns, makes a steep dive going out of formation. The plane seemed in control and kept following the formation.

"Sorry guys" Angry Marmot came to life suddenly "We have lost our oxygen control we have to drop out of formation, someone must take the tail end slot. God speed. See you at home."

The ones who could get a glimpse to the bomber with the red hatted marmot, could see a battered ship with holes everywhere.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Joseph Morgan
B-17: B-17F-45-B0 42-5252 “Angry Marmot”
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 125 (Bomber 17)
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Paris, France. I/A ( Industrial Area )
Position: LOW-LOW Position (Tail end)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Joseph Morgan (17) | AM | PH
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Frank Holster (4)
Bombardier: Captain Joseph Simpson (17) ** ½ | AM | PHx2 LW
Navigator: 1st Lt. Jack Norris, Navigator (13) ***½ | PHx2 | AM LW
Engineer: S.Sgt. Peter Smith (16) ###*** PH | | SS
Radio Operator: Sgt. Kamill Woodson (7) * KIA
Ball Gunner: S.Sgt. Clay Godfrey (17) #### | AM | DFC |
Port Waist: S. Sgt. Richard Abbott (16) ** PH | AM |
Starboard Waist: S. Sgt. Thomas Garner (13) # | PHx2 | AM |
Tail Gunner: S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger (15) ### ½ PHx2 | AM |

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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
SS : Silver Star

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

Enemy Fighters Killed Before Mission: (KIA 66 / Prob 33 / Damg 6)

Enemy Fighters Encountered: )

ME109F : 9 (ace 1 average 8 green – KIA 3 / Prob 2 / Damg 1)
ME109G : 4 (ace average 3 green 1 – KIA 2 / Prob / Damg )
FW190A : 14 (ace average 14 green – KIA 6 / Prob / Damg 1 )
ME110 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)
ME410 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)

Ace : 1
Average : 25
Green : 1

Driven off by escort :

Enemy Fighters Killed With this Mission: (KIA 77 / Prob 35 / Damg 8)

Claims:

Navigator, 1st Lt. Jack Norris, ½ FW190A (OB/4) with S.Sgt. Garner
Top Turret, S.Sgt. Peter Smith, 1 FW190A (OB/2), 1 FW190A (OB/4), 1 FW190A (IB/4), ½ FW190A with Abbott (IB/3)
Radio Op., Sgt. Kamill Woodson,
Ball Turret, S.Sgt. Clay Godfrey,
Port Waist, S.Sgt. Richard Abbott, ½ FW190A with Smith (IB/3)
Strb Waist, S. Sgt. Thomas Garner, 1 ME109F (OB/3), ½ FW190A (OB/4) with 1st Lt. Norris, 1 FW190A (OB/4)
Tail Turret, S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger, 1 FW190A (OB/2), 1 ME109G (OB/2), 1 ME109F (OB/3), 1 ME109F (OB/3), 1 ME109G (OB/4)

Medals and Promotions:

Purple Heart citation for Captain Simpson, 1st Lt. Norris and Sgt. Woodson (posthoumous).

B-17s damage report:

Sup. Damage x 7

Nose : Bombardier LW x 2 , Navigator LW

Pilot Compartment : Oxygen out, Ailerons controls damaged

Port Wing : Sup. Damage x 1, Wing root x 1, Landing gear brakes out

Strb Wing : Sup. Damage x 2, Wing root x 1, Engine #3 oil leak self seal, Engine #3 out (feathered), Aileron inop., Wing flap (no effect)

Bomb Bay : Sup. Damage x 4, Bomb bay doors (inop.), Bombs (no effect), Rubber rafts

Radio Room : Fire (extinguished), Radio operator KIA(+SW)

Waist : Sup. Damage x 1, Ball turret heat out, Control cables (1st hit)

Tail : Sup. Damage x 1, Tailplane (no effect) x 2, Strb. Elevator inoperable, Rudder x 2, Tail turret inop. , Tail gunner heat out, Oxygen supply hit (1)


Total Peckham Damage : 332 CAT.E

Medic report:

Bombardier, Captain Joseph Simpson, lightly wounded at right lower arm and on the upper head will return to his crew the next day.
Navigator, 1st Lt. Jack Norris, lightly wounded at left knee will return to his crew the next day.
Radio Operator, Sgt. Kamill Woodson, fatally wounded at the chest.

Crew Unavailable:

Pilot, Capt. Robert Browning (12) | AM | PH until November 10th 1943.

Spare Crew :

Navigator, 2nd Lt. Lamar Anson (3)
Top Gunner, Sgt. Aaron Jordan (2) **
Port waist gunner, Sgt. Ian Porter (1)
Sgt. Paul Boyd (3)
Tail Gunner, Sgt. Rupert Hanks (3) * ½

Landing : safely at Elveden Hall.

Replacements:

Plane: requesting new plane.
Crew: requesting new Radio Operator.
Commander: none.

Mission Description:
Subject:
09-November-43

Mission Debriefing:

We encountered heavy resistance for all the flight Sir. The Luftwaffe was like to be waiting for us when we reached the Channel and didn’t left us until we were battered. We were lucky enough to have good gunners onboard and a good ship, otherwise I think I wouldn’t be here.

Our bombing was awful, the ball gunner saw that we couldn’t get one bomb on the spot.

1st Lt. Joseph Morgan
Pilot of B-17F-45-B0 42-5252 “Angry Marmot” Pos. C
154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)


Mission Note:

Another mission off target with no bombs on target. And I’ve lost my ship. I’m a bit sad. “Angry Marmot” did a wonderful job to keep the crew alive. I couldn’t ask more from her.

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.
- 2nd Lt. Geoffrey Van der Hos, co pilot. WIA on mission #120 (13th for Angry Marmot) on 4th November 1943.
- Sgt. Kamill Woodson, radio operator, 7 missions. KIA on mission #125 (17th and last for Angry Marmot)
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Shortly after the bomb run, three FW-190 made a single pass against "Fickle Finger of Fate", all scoring multiple hits. One of them, though heavily damaged by defensive fire, concentrated its fire on the starboard wing. Suddenly flames erupted from the outboard fuel tank.

"Pushover Foxtrot reporting fuel fire. Pilots engaging now in steep dive to try to blow it out. Plane fully flyable but multiple injuries to crew. Next report to follow as soon as possible. Pushover Foxtrot over."

"Fickle Finger of Fate" dived abruptly followed by two of its agressors. The third one, trailing heavy smoke, was already fleeing.
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