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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. I know we continue to take it on the chin boys but we are asked to go back today and continue the pressure on Hitler’s war industry… ” Sgt. Murphy Pull the curtain please…”

We are always accepting new planes to join the group, as we start a sixth 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, 13/04/21 ), 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.


”... Gelsenkrich Germany… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and Thirty:
Date: Friday, November 19, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Primary Target: Gelsenkrich Germany. I/A ( Industrial Area ) [not bombed]
Secondary Target: Targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border [bombed]

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 12 x 500 lb M43 GP
------ B-17G’s: 12 x 500 lb M43GP

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


Gazetteer: (Note: Weather modifications have been added to zone values.)
Outbound & Inbound: Zone 2: -3 E / Zone 3: -2 W / Zone 4: -2 W / Zone 5: -2 N / Zone 6: -1G

Target Flak O/B: Light
Target Flak every turned loitered: Light
Target Flak I/B: Light

Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (no modifiers to G-9 Table)
Between Base and Target: Z2- P / Z3- P / Z4- B / Z5-B (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Stormy 10/10 Cloud (no bombing, move to ToO)
Target of Opportunity: Poor 4/10 Cloud (-1 modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & -1 modifiers to, O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(56th Fighter Group P-47’s O/B and 78th Fighter Group P-47’s I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: fair
Zone 3 outbound: fair
Zone 4 outbound: fair
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: poor
Zone 5 inbound: none
Zone 4 inbound: none
Zone 3 inbound: poor
Zone 2 inbound: none

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 again (2D6=8) 6/2 (0 Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) Target of Opportunity (ToO):
As in the historical mission we will loiter at the target while the PFF’s attempt to get a viable military image to bomb. In game terms this means you will spend three turns, minimum, in the target zone looking for the target and then bombing Targets of Opportunities.

----o First turn; is as per normal rules.

----o Second turn; you are loitering as the PFF’s look for the target. During this turn you will Not be attacked by fighters but you will have to endure a second attack from the flak batteries.

----o Third turn; you will make for the German Dutch boarder to find Targets of Opportunities. During this trek you will first be attacked by Flak for the third time, are you glad I rolled up light flak? After this flak attack you will be attacked by enemy fighters on the B-2 Table. After the enemy fighters have attack then you may roll 1D6 to acquire a target. Follow the results below;
On a roll of 5-6 you have acquired a military target and may roll for bombing the target as normal, with all appropriate modifiers. Additionally if your roll was a 5 your target will be under light to moderate cloud cover and you will have a -1 “To Hit” modifier. If the roll was a 6 your target is under moderate to heavy cloud cover and your “To Hit” modifier is -2. These two modifiers replace the normal modifier for weather. Accuracy rolls will be as per normal rules.

On a 1-4 you have failed to locate a target and will have one of two choices. One you can continue on with the formation to base or two you may continue to loiter, searching for a viable target to bomb.
If you can continue on with the formation you will keep your bombs on board till you reach the North Sea where you can now drop them in the water.

If you elect to continue searching for a Target of Opportunity to bomb you take on certain risk. You will continue your mission Out of Formation from zone 5 IB on. You will be attacked prior to each search by enemy fighters on the B-2 table. And you will have to make a “Search Roll” each turn.

If you chose to look for Targets of Opportunity you may continue to search in Zone 6, rolling 1D6 once each turn till you get a 5 or 6. You may do this for up to two more turns (a total of three searches) before you jeopardize your fuel load. This procedure of searching is the same as above. Remember each turn you will encounter enemy fighters. But you will also have escort fighters.

Furthermore, if you take a fuel leak before the target zone you Cannot elect to continue searching for a Target of Opportunity. As this would be pure suicide. This next rule is on top of the normal fuel leak rules and the 281st BG’s fuel leak house rules. If you take a fuel leak during one of your searches you will have to role 1D6 at the start of each turn to see if you have enough fuel left to get home. This replaces the “Turns of Fuel” roll on Bl-1,10,(g) rule, though if this is a second or a third fuel tank hit, resulting in a leak, the results remain as per normal rules. If the above 1D6 roll is below the number of turns since the leak event took place you will have one more turn of fuel left. As per the above restriction, a fuel leak event will put an end to searching for any Targets of Opportunity.


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*-Historical Mission:
-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman)
Mission 130 TBD

(from www.usaaf.net) (Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission 134: 127 of 161 B-17's and 3 of 6 B-17 PFF aircraft are dispatched to Gelsenkirchen, Germany but the malfunction of blind-bombing equipment and the weather causes the force to attack targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border at 1241-1251 hours; 1 B-17 crashes after takeoff; the crew of 10 are KIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 135: 6 B-17's drop 2.316 million leaflets on Amiens and Reims, France; Brussels and Ghent, Belgium; and Amsterdam and The Hague, The Netherlands at 1915-2011 hours; no losses. (GM Note: Mission 133 was flown by 422nd BS / 305th BG on the night of the 18th/19th.)

The 303rd BG did not fly mission 134 (19, Nov-’43).

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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
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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 130 [Gelseckrich , Germany. I/A]

- Player's Squadron Assignment can be found at this thread: Player Squadron Assignment

- Squadron Positions for this mission can be found at this thread: Squadron Positions

Mission : (Volunteers)
---- Lead: Capt. Havelock Vetinari’s Crew in “The Fifth Elephant” (B-17F-70-BO42-29765)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos Crew in "Visitor" (B-17F-95-B0 42-30237)

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Zacariah Barnes Crew in "Luscious Lucy" (B-17 20 DL 42-37911) [AAR]
1st Lt. Joseph Lintz’s Crew in “Long Odds” (B-17G-15-B0 42-31381) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton’s “Heaven’s Gate” (B-17F-60-B0 42-29546) [AAR]
1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos Crew in "Visitor" (B-17F-95-B0 42-30237) [AAR] Tail
1st Lt. Ian Thorpe’s Crew in Twenty-Five and Alivet (B-17G-30-B0 42-31919) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
1st Lt. George Coachman’s Crew in “Flying Colors” (B-17G-10-BO-43-130317) [AAR]
1st Lt. SP Heinzelman’s crew in “Seven Days over Virginia” (B-17F-65-B0 42-29717) [AAR] Aborted

153rd BS - GB:
Capt. Havelock Vetinari’s Crew in “The Fifth Elephant” (B-17F-70-BO42-29765) [AAR] Lead
1st Lt. Richard Longfellow’s Crew in "Coup De Grace" (B-17F-70-BO 42-29762) [AAR]
1st Lt. Anthony Waterhouse’s Crew in “Sword of Damocles” (B-17F-75-BO 42-29887) [AAR]
2nd Lt. Keith Lund’s Crew in "Hell Bent" (B-17F-105-B0 42-30525) [AAR] Aborted
2nd Lt. Robert Shorter’s Crew in “Gunslinger” [AAR]

154st BS - GG:
Capt. Robert Browning’s Crew in “Angry Marmot II” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31195) [AAR]
1st Lt. Louis Botha’s Crew in “Catskill Milk Maid” (B-17G-20-BO 42-31471) [AAR]
1 Lt. Israel J. Metcalf’s Crew in “Cupid” (B-17F-60-B0 42-29546) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Bud Parsons Crew in "Contessa's Revenge" (B-17G-35-B0 42-32075) [AAR]
1st Lt. Jack Webley’s Crew in “Belly Flop” (B-17F-10-B0 41-24478) [AAR] MIA

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

(edits; Crews added)
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Sir! Dimitris Sofianopoulos and his crew in Visitor volunteer for the tail position!
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Great mission construction Jim.I must try to fly it before going on holiday.
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kastrologos wrote:
Sir! Dimitris Sofianopoulos and his crew in Visitor volunteer for the tail position!


Granted!
1st Lt. D.Sofianopoulos Crew in "Visitor" (B-17F-95-B0 42-30237) is TEC
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Colonel Donnelly...

As the crew of Nevermore are just returning from their swim in the Channel, they will not be flying this mission. If the mission had been another day later they probably would have made it...

Also, thanks for permanently assigning Sweet Dreams to Lt. Poe's crew...although someday I really would like to try a B-17G out...(I know, I know, that's not how the dice roll came out...).

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kastrologos wrote:
Sir! Dimitris Sofianopoulos and his crew in Visitor volunteer for the tail position!


The Fifth Elephant will take lead position.

Major Havelock Vetinari

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The Fifth Elephant led the formation all the way to Germany and back, all munitions aboard as we failed to locate a target.

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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. George Coachman
B-17: Flying Colors (B-17G-10-BO-43-130317)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 130 (this bomber 3)
Date: November 19, 1943
Target: Gelsenkircher, industrial area (actually bombed target of
opportunity in Dusseldorf)
Position: High squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. George Coachman (3)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Eric Squires (3)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Wilfred Gardner (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Henry Archer (1) LW
Engineer MSgt. Vincent Poor (1)
Radio Operator Sgt. Walter Butler (3)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Otto Lackey * (3)
Port Waist Sgt. Lawrence Groom (3)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Peter Cook (3) LW
Tail Gunner Sgt. Alfred Baker (3)
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: On Target
Accuracy: 20%

Fighters claimed: KIA-0 Prob-2 Damg-0

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall
Chin guns out
Starboard outboard tank leak; enough fuel to reach home
Tail guns out
57 Peckham points

Replacements:
None

Debrief:
After we saw the storms over the Netherlands and Germany, this mission
looked like a mistake. But for us, it wasn't a mistake; we couldn't
find our primary target, and had no secondary, but we targeted a factory
outside Dusseldorf and bombed it successfully, then made it home safely.

Probably because of the weather, both fighter resistance and flak were
light. We reached Gelsenkirchen undamaged; we had only seen one
fighter, and it fled in a hail of spray fire.

With solid overcast above the target area, there was no way we could
find the target, and prospects of a second pass weren't good. Instead,
we waited in the area for our Pathfinders to acquire a target. After
half an hour, we found a gap in the clouds and targeted a factory just
west of Dusseldorf. A pack of Me-109s found us through the same gap,
knocked out our chin guns, and shot a leak in one of our fuel tanks. We
were still able to line up the target, and despite heavy turbulence,
the Norden sight did its job and we got several bombs onto the
buildings.

Resistance on the return trip was still light, but we took a few more
hits from one fighter which was badly damaged but somehow made a walking
pass from our starboard wing. It destroyed the tail turret just before
Sgt. Baker was about to take a passing shot at another fighter, but that
fighter didn't come back, and nothing attacked us after that.

I watched the fuel gauge, ready to break formation to slow down if we
ran low, but it stayed OK, and read zero just as we made our approach to
Elveden Hall. The hole in the fuel tank and minor injuries to
Lt. Archer and Sgt. Cook will be patched by tomorrow's mission.

1st Lt. George Coachman
Command Pilot, Flying Colors (B-17G-10-BO-43-130317)
152nd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Very good method to find and bomb Targets of Opportunity.
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Infomanohio wrote:
Colonel Donnelly...

As the crew of Nevermore are just returning from their swim in the Channel, they will not be flying this mission. Another day later and they probably would have made it...

Also, thanks for permanently assigning Sweet Dreams to Lt. Poe's crew...although someday I really would like to try a B-17G out...(I know, I know, that's not how the dice roll came out...).



You and me both brother, you and me both...

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Did you see my replacement roll for mission 130... a stinking 41. Figures!


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rolled a 68 for new bomber....then looked and found that I'd already been assigned a G..... looks like an interesting mission.....search and destroy!
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Shortly after leaving England behind, the new bomber, Long Odds, is jumped by several waves of German fighters totalling 6 Bf 109s and an Fw 190. Falling out of formation, Long Odds reports, "Pilot Comaprtment O2 out. Aborting and heading for home." Not long afterwards the radio crackles to life with, "Mayday! Mayday! This is Long Odds. Uncontrolled fuel tank fire. Crew bailing out over North Sea, coordinates (Zone 2 IB)."

(This makes three bombers lost on the last three missions.)
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Pilot: 1LT Joseph (Badger) Lintz
B-17: Long Odds, B-17G-15-B0 42-31381, BG-F
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 130/1, Low-Low Squadron, 26,000 Ft
MISSION DATE: 19 November 1943
TARGET: Gelsenkrich, Germany – Industrial Area
Lost to Fuel Fire over North Sea – Mission 130

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Joseph (Badger) Lintz (0) [0]MIA - PD
Co-Pilot: 2LT Adam Elliott (0) [0] MIA - PD
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (0) [0] * BO - RTD
Navigator: FO Curtis Thompson (0) [0] MIA - PD
Engineer: TSgt Jay Anderson (0) [0] * MIA - PD
Radio Operator: Sgt Herbert Moore (0) [0] MIA - PD
Ball Gunner: Sgt Adam Roberts (0) [0] MIA - PD
Port Waist: Sgt Charles Falcon (0) [0] * MIA - PD
Starboard Waist: Sgt Oliver Nobles (0) [0] * BO - RTD
Tail Gunner: Sgt Paul O’Malley (0) [0] BO - RTD

* = 1 (shared)Kill This Mission

Fighters Encountered: (KIA = 3, Probable = 3, Damaged = 1)
190: 1=1 Undamaged
109: 11=3 Destroyed, 3 Probable, 1 Damaged, 4 Undamaged (1 Ace, 1 Green)
Me 410 1=1 Undamaged
Total: 13

Bomb Run: DNB

B-17 Damage: Lost to fuel fire over North Sea

Peckham Points: Ac Lost

Landing: AC Lost over North Sea

Claims:
2LT Thomas Washburn: Bf 109
TSgt Jay Anderson: ½ Bf 109
Sgt Oliver Nobles: ½ Bf 109
Sgt Charles Falcon: Bf 109

Award/Promotion Requests:
None

After Action Report:

Shaortly after leaving the English coast behind we were jumped by two waves of bandits. The first consisted of four Bf 109s. I sent one limping home while TSgt Anderson made life difficult for another. All four missed and moved on. They were followed by another two 109s and an Fw 190. I sent one of the 109s down in flames while TSgt Anderson and Sgt Nobles put paid to another, though not before he started an oxygen fire on the flight deck. 2LT Elliott quickly had the fire under control even as we continued to fight the bandits. With the O2 out, 1LT Lintz had to drop below 10,000 Ft, pulling Long Odds out of formation. The decision was made to abort and head for home.

As the rest of the formation continued on, we were attacked by another five 109s and an Me 410. Sgt Falcon downed one of the 109 and Sgt Roberts winged another. FO Thompson crippled a third, though not enough to prevent Jerry from igniting our starboard outboard fuel tank. 1LT Lintz put Long Odds into a dive in an attempt to extinguish the blaze, but it only got worse and we had to bail out. Sgts Nobles, O’Malley, and I were picked up by a British MTB, but the rest of the boys are still missing.

Submitted by Thomas Washburn, 2LT USAAF, Bombardier
B-17: Long Odds, BG-F
B-17G-15-B0 42-31381
151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group

(I’ll need another new bomber for mission 131.)
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B-17 "Hell Bent"B-17F-105-B0 42-30525
Mission:130 (this bomber 9 )
Date: November 19th,1943
Target: Gelsenkrich Germany. I/A ( Industrial Area ).
Position: Lead Middle (-1)

Crew:
Pilot Lt.Keith Lund (24)(Rabbit's Footx2)
Co-Pilot Lt.Bob Lees (4)Novice
Bombadier Lt.Glen Houston (13)(Ace)(Rabbit's Foot)
Navigator Lt.Clark Conte (4) (N0vice)
Engineer Mst.Sgt.Vincent Bond (23)(Ace)(Rabbit's Footx2)
Radio Operator Sgt.Dale Gable (4)(Novice)
Ball Gunner Sgt.Lee Lugosi (21)(Ace)(Rabbit'sFootx2)
Port Waist and
Starboard Waist Sgt.Lonnie Rice (14)(Rabbit's Foot used this mission)
Tail Gunner Sgt.Richard Evans (4)(Novice)

Bomb Run Did Not Bomb

Enemy Aircraft 2 x Me109 K
1 x Me109 damaged -2
1 x FW190 damaged -2
Tired and aching we made our way to the Fort.Although yesterday was a
straightforward mission it did drain us mentally and emotionally.
This constant tension and awareness of our mortality is hard to bear.

Firing up and flight checks then taxiing focused the men.Our take-off
was text book and attaining alititude and squadron position went well.
As forecast the weather was terrible .It was hard to maintain the Fort
in the slot.Visibility and wind changes acted to veer us off course
all the way to the target.
When we arrived there were no markers to be seen.Cloud smothered the
entire landscape.The PFF's found nothing or we couldn't see any
markers.We saw Flak activity,this was not troublesome,
Finally it was evident we had to seek a target elsewhere.So we headed
around and back,following instructions.

Four Hun found us in the swirling clouds.With more luck than skill our
defensive fire took out two (K) and damaged two(-2).The visibilty was
awful.Unable to secure a reasonable sighting for a target I chose to
return to base with some of the formation,as opposed to further seeking.

Just as we were leaving the target area Engineer Vince Bond reported a
heating failure for the suits.I had a short time to decide about
dropping OOF.But suddenly an elated Vince claimed he had sorted the
fault;our return could be with the rest of the Forts.

We had left the land mass and were over water but could not release
the payload as we were engaged by GAF.There were short exchanges.
We did not manage to hurt Jerry,but he took out our top turret gun and
knock out the intercom.
With Blighty supposedly coming up quickly we had to release the
bombs.The bird lifted as they dropped away.We hoped no vessels were
beneath us.

Safely landed we felt relieved that this one was over.It had not been a
long mission but being virtually blind all the way out and back,and
also failing to obtain a target,meant it was a failure which we can ill- afford.

Reported by Lt.Keith Lund

Our Ground Crew confirmed that there had been a mechanical failure of
the gun turret,that Sgt.Evans ,in the tail,could not report to me with
the Intercom. out.
Damage value in total just 32 points

Players Note.....Had two mechanical failures during the flight,always
nervey of these.
Have fingers crossed for Lt.Lund,his 25th mission next time.Think
that's why I chose to return rather than scout out target this time.
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jasta6 wrote:
Infomanohio wrote:
Colonel Donnelly...

As the crew of Nevermore are just returning from their swim in the Channel, they will not be flying this mission. Another day later and they probably would have made it...

Also, thanks for permanently assigning Sweet Dreams to Lt. Poe's crew...although someday I really would like to try a B-17G out...(I know, I know, that's not how the dice roll came out...).



You and me both brother, you and me both...

Spoiler (click to reveal)
Did you see my replacement roll for mission 130... a stinking 41. Figures!


What, no -1 DRM for the Colonel's experience (or just pulling rank)?
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After Action Report (AAR)
Pilot: 1st Lt. Zacariah Barnes
Mission: 130 (1)
B-17: B-17 20 DL 42-37911 "Luscious Lucy"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Low
Target: Gelsenkirchen (Industrial Area)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt Clement Harper (1) *
Navigator 2nd Lt Albert Buckley (1)
Pilot 1st Lt Zacariah Barnes (1)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Robert Blaine (1)
Engineer Msgt Floyd Marino (1) **
Radio Operator Sgt Bernard Doyle (1)
Ball Gunner Sgt Sam Wilson (1) ***
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Henry Gallantine (1)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt Herbert Williams (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt Melvin Downing (1)


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Claims: Engineer F. Marino (2) ME109's, Bombardier C. Harper (1) ME109, Ball Gunner S. Wilson (3) ME109's

Probables: (5) ME109's, (1) ME110

Damaged: (1) ME 109

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Engineer F. Marino (LW), Tail Gunner M. Downing (SW-REC), Starboard Waist Gunner H. Williams (KIA)

Bomb Drop: DNB (Bombs Salvoed)

B-17's Disposition: #1 and #4 engines out and feathered, Tail Gunner Heat out, Tail Gunner Oxygen out, Starboard Brakes inoperable, Port Wing Root hit, (10) hits of a superficial nature. (202) Peckham Points.

Mission Description:

Made our way to the target without no activity. Once over the target, we managed to down the first two of six bandits. Terrible weather over the area so we flew circles waiting for the PFF ship to drop. That's what did us in. Flak was light but a shell struck the tail knocking out Mel's O2 system. We got into another scuffle with fighters and claimed two more, but knew we'd need to make for home early.

Being out of formation was an uneasy feeling, but it appeared that the Luftwaffe was concentrating on the main force rather than stragglers. We took a few more hits on the way back, including having both outboard engines knocked out and the starboard brakes shot away. Fortunately, both engines feathered and good weather gave us a good look at taking a long stretch down the concrete to a rolling stop. Not an easy task trying to steer a big bird like this using only inboard fans!

Melvin in the tail was hit pretty good, but will recover. Herbert in the waist was not so lucky. He survived the first mission, but was hit twice on the way home, the second time killing him.

Reported by 1st Lt. Zacariah Barnes, Pilot Luscious Lucy



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Zychik wrote:
Shortly after leaving England behind, the new bomber, Long Odds, is jumped by several waves of German fighters totalling 6 Bf 109s and an Fw 190. Falling out of formation, Long Odds reports, "Pilot Comaprtment O2 out. Aborting and heading for home." Not long afterwards the radio crackles to life with, "Mayday! Mayday! This is Long Odds. Uncontrolled fuel tank fire. Crew bailing out over North Sea, coordinates (Zone 2 IB)."

(This makes three bombers lost on the last three missions.)



Welcome to the Bloody 151st !



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Pilot: 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman
B-17: Seven Days over Virginia (B-17F-65-B0 42-29717) (Mission 5)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 130, November 19, 1943
Target: Secondary: Targets of Opportunity along German/Dutch Border

Bomb Run: Did not bomb
Over Target: No, aborted over Zone 2
Plane Status: Ok, repairable for next day
Casualties: KIA: 1 WIA: 1 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 0 Probable: 0 Damaged: 1

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. C Grover (4) {0}
Navigator: 2nd Lt. D Sickles (4) {0} [KIA]
Pilot: 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman (5) {0}
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. E Sumner (4) {0}
Engineer: 1st Sgt R Mason (15) {14} [LW] D: 1-109
Radio Oper.: Sgt. AH Terry (9) {1}
Ball Gunner: Sgt. R Cowdin (5) {2}
Pt Waist G: Sgt. PT Wyman (1) {0}
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. G Marston (1) {0} [LW]
Tail Gunner: Sgt. W Blaisdell (5) {3}

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 0, Average: 3, Green: 0

B-17 Damage: Navigator heat, Rafts, Tail Turret, Radio Room Oxygen Fire

Peckham Points: 94

Landing: Safe landing at base in England

Special Note: N/A

In Hospital:
1st Sgt R Mason, LW 1 day
Sgt. G Marston, LW next day

Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman
A regrettably short mission for the Seven Days.
In Zone 2, while still over England, we were jumped by a butcher bird and a pair of 109s. Despite our best efforts, including Mason damaging one of them, all three broke through our defenses and hit the plane. Two of them scored walking hits wounding Sickles, Mason, and Marston. All three came around for a second pass and all three hit us again. Sickles was hit again and died instantly. We heard Terry yell over the intercom: “Fire! Fire!. Terry grabbed his extinguisher and put the fire out quickly. The third pass brought more damage to the plane.

With no oxygen in the radio room, we had to do something. Terry could not move up to the navigator’s seat since there was no heat. With no place to put my veteran radio man, Sumner and I dropped the plane to 10,000 and turned for home.

After we parked the plane, my visibly frustrated co-pilot threw his helmet at the windshield and yelled: “Damn it sir, at this rate we are never going win this war. Sickles is dead and we have nothing to show for it but a shot up plane!”
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After Action Report (AAR) #130

Pilot: 1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos
B17F: "Visitor" B-17F-95-B0 42-30237 (BG-C)
Sqdn.: 151st, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 130 (Bomber 7)

Target: Primary Target: I/A ( Industrial Area ) [not bombed], Gelsenkrich , Germany
Secondary Target: Targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border [not bombed]
Position: Low-Low, Tail
# Missions: ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
A/C Claims: ++++++++++

Crew Status

Pilot: 1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos, (6)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Agamemnon Kyriazidis, (7)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Dimitrokalis, (6)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Hlias Stamatiou, (7)
Engineer: SSgt. Laios Christoulis, *(7)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Eteoklis Pyrgiotis, (7)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Ioannis Lambrikos, **(4), 1xMe109
Port Waist: Sgt. Tasos Mistriotis, (7-), SW = D.O.W.
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Nikolaos Zavos, PH, *(7), LW
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Panagiotis Ierapetras, ****(7), 1xMe109 = ACE

Bomb Drop : DND

Fighters Encountered: 19 (0 Experts / 1 Aces / 1 Greens)
Fighters Driven off: 4
Claims: (KIA – 2 / Prob – 2 / Damg – 0
Flak Hits: NIL

B-17's Disposition: Returned to Base

Total Superficial Damages: 5/6 Hits
Peckham Damage Points: 12

PORT SIDE: s.f.
STBD SIDE: NIL
MAIN BODY: s.f.
HEAT OUT: NIL
O2 OUT: NIL

Recommendations:
Purple heart and cluster to KIA and wounded personnel

Replacements
rookie port waist gunner

Promotions
NIL

Mission Description:

Took off ok, target was deep in Germany again and the weather was stormy. The flight was good, and few enemy harrassed us until the bombing zone flak was light and intense but they missed us completely. My bombardier was searching for the target but the clouds acted as a barrier, i was thinking for a search of an opportunity target but my waist gunners were both injured and i had toreturn to base ASAP. few enemy fighters sighted again but no further harm done. We landed at the base but it was too late, Tasos was dead, poor lad, i ll write to his parents of how a good airman he was, r.i.p. Overall an easy flight and i wish this to be continued.

Sincerely,

1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos
Pilot, "Visitor" B-17F-95-B0 42-30237
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Game Notes
A nice mission, it was quite quiet actually (i have in mind previously hellish missions, maybe i ll let Charilaos to roll a few dices next time!)....
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() : missions completed
½: half fighter previously claimed
*: 1 fighter previously claimed
#: 5 fighters previously claimed = ACE , : rabbit foot
KIA, PH w/cluster, LW, FB, SW, I.H, P.O.W.
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After Action Report (AAR) #130

Pilot: 1st Lt. Ian Thorpe
B-17: Twenty-Five and Alivet (B-17G-30-B0 42-31919)

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission/[b]: 130 (Bomber 1)
[b]Date
: November 19th, 1943
Target: Gelsenkrich, Germany. I/A
Position: Low-Low

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Ian Thorpe (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Hermes Gambit (2)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Zeus Mango (2)* KIA
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Apollo Williams (2)
Engineer: MSgt. Thor Svenson (2)**
Radio Operator: Sgt. Phillip Poseidon (1)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Odin Widowmaker (2)
Port Waist: Sgt. Odysseus Blank (2)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Set Johnson (2) LW
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Anubis Ali (1)*

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

Bomb Run : DNB
Accuracy: DNB%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 14 : (KIA – 3 / Prob – 2 / Damg – 0)
Fighters Driven off: 3

B-17s disposition: Returned.
Tail Turret and PW Guns out. Instruments damaged. Rudder hit.

Total hits: 10

Peckham Points: 66

Mission Description:

It was a pretty smooth mission flying low-low. We never spotted a target so dumped our payload in the north sea.

We were almost home when a German Ace spotted us and delivered a walking hit along our fuselage. A second pass saw him hit us with a single shell in the nose that killed Lt. Mango. Thor nailed him right in the cockpit on a third pass, likely killing the pilot as quick as Lt. Mango.

The rest of us made it home.

1st Lt. Ian Thorpe
Pilot, “One Shot” (B-17F-125-B0 42-30873)
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parson's
B-17: "Contessa's Revenge" (B-17G-35-B0 42-32075)
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 130 (Bomber 2)
Date: Friday, November 19, 1943 (1 day from last mission)
Target: Gelsenkrich Germany. I/A (Industrial Area)
Position: Low (-1)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parsons (2)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Harvey Skinner (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Kirk Rowland (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Phillip Palmer (1)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin (1)
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Bart Richmond (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Luther Gilbert (3) #*
Port Waist: Sgt. Joseph Gallagher (3) ½
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Earnest Craig (1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart (1)

Key:
½ = Half an Enemy A/C KIA
* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA
[LW] = Light Wound
[SW] = Serious Wound

Reserves:
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (2) #**½ One More Day Recuperation
Engineer: M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (2) Returns Next Day
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Harley Mccray (1) Two More Days Recuperation
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Joey "Sparky" Wynn (2) One More Day Recuperation



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

Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 0 / DOF - 0
Claims:



B-17 Damage Report:



Crew Report



Peckham Points: 0


Mission Debriefing:
No fighters encountered, bombing Off Target completely. Home Safe


Wow... Never did I roll up being attacked by fighters. Dice hardly ever rolled above a four. In the target zone, I did get 1 wave result, but rolled a "46" for No Attackers. Then at the ToO I rolled for 1 wave, but rolled a "66" for a random event, which gave me the rabbit's foot. I missed my roll to acquire a target so used the rabbit's foot for that and rolled a "5". Target missed completely though and I got a 0% result. Fastest mission I've ever completed.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Longfellow
B-17: "Coup De Grace" (B-17F-70-BO 42-29762)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 130 (this bomber 2)
Date: November 19th, 1943
Primary Target: Gelsenkrich, Germany. I/A (Industrial Area)
Secondary Target: Targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border
Position: Lead squadron

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Longfellow (5)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Billy Campbell (2)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Alden Abel (4)
Navigator: 1st Lt. Eugene Chandler,AM ****(9)
Engineer: TSgt. Andrew Lock (1)
Radio Op.: Sgt. Joseph Brooks (5)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Erik Burnett ****(5)
Port Waist: Sgt. Robert Nash (2)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Clark Freeman (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Thomas Grant ***(8) *

* = 1 Enemy A/C KIA
# = 5 Enemy A/C KIA

Bomb Run: DNB

8 Enemy Fighters Encountered: 1 FW-190; 7 Bf-109 (3 green)
Destroyed: 1 (1 green Bf-109)
Probable: 0
Damaged: 1 (1 Bf-109)
F. Cover: 0

Claims:
Sgt. Thomas Grant (TLG): 1 green Bf-109

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s Disposition: Plane will be ready for next mission.
no Hits
Starboard Waist Gun broken.
Damage Points: 10.

Replacements:
None

Reserve and Recuperation:
(NAV) 2nd James Mathis (1)

Mission Debriefing:

Target Zone 6 Outbound: Engaged by 4 Bf-109 including 3 green pilots!
Execrable weather and no friendly cover. What seemed to be a training patrol engaged us. One of the green pilot was foolish enough to attack from 6 o'clock low. He dodged Sgt. Burnett ball turret fire only to meet the accurate fire from our tail gunner. He exploded an instant later. The other Bf-109 made more prudent frontal approaches but all missed.

Target Search: 3 Light flak barrages.
Impossible to find the main target due to cloud cover.

Target Zone 6 Inbound: Engaged by 1 FW-190 and 3 Bf-109.
Starboard waist gun jammed. One Bf-109 was lightly damaged by tail gunner Sgt. Grant. They all missed us. Now searching for target of opportunity, we couln't find one. We opted to return home with the rest of formation, but decided to keep our bombs for another day.

Zone 2 Inbound: Starboard waist gun definitively broken.

Home Base: Landed safely at Elveden Hall with bombs still aboard.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Longfellow
Command Pilot, "Coup De Grace" (B-17F-70-BO 42-29762)
153rd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Pilot: 1LT Louis Botha
B-17G: Catskill Milk Maid (B-17G-20-BO 42-31471)
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 130 (this bomber 1)
Date: November 19th, 1943
Primary Target: Gelsenkrich, Germany. I/A (Industrial Area)
Secondary Target: Targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border
Position: LOW squadron

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: 1LT Louis Botha (1)
Copilot: 2LT John Timms (1)
Bombardier: 2LT Gus Inkerman (1)
Navigator: 2LT Steven Carver (1)
Engineer: TSgt Gerry Melnik (1)
R.O.: Sgt. Edward Sampson (1)
BTG: Sgt. Carl Waverly (1)
PWGt: Sgt. George Paulson (1)
SWG: Sgt. Robert Webber (1)
TG: Sgt. W. Travis Autry (1)


Bomb Run: OFF 10%

Luftwaffe Fighters Encountered: 2 1xFw190, 1xBf-109
Chased off by P47's - 1xBf109

Destroyed: O
Probable: O
Damaged: O

Claims: None


Medals and Promotions: None

B-17s Disposition: Light damages. Starboard aileron inoperable, 4 misc hits. Catskill Milk Maid will be ready for next mission.


Replacements: None

In Hospital: None

Mission Debriefing:

We took off and joined formation without incident. We did not encounter enemy aircraft until we reached primary target. A single Fw190 made three passes at us, doing very minor damages and wounding noone. We couldn't see the primary target so we circled around again, hoping for a break in the clouds. We encountered a lone Bf109 coming at us from 12 high. As Jerry was lining up on us, a P47 streaked down, filling the sky around that 109 with tracers. Jerry quickly banked to port and dove to try to shake that P47. With no break in the clouds, as per orders, we turned around and headed for the Dutch-German border. Although we could see an occasional burst of flak in the distance, no flak came close to us.
As luck would have it, we found a break in the clouds and Lt. Inkerman hollered that he could see train tracks below us. We lined up on the tracks the best we could, and Inkerman let the bombs loose. The clouds started closing up again, but we did see that most of our bombs missed the tracks. But we think one or two did hit the tracks.

We encountered no enemy fighters on the flight back to England.

Respectfully Submitted,

Louis Botha, 1LT., USAAF
Pilot - B17G CATSKILL MILK MAID
154th BS / 281BG
Elevden Hall, England
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