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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. After last weeks mission the top brass have taken a week to get us back to operations. Though the weather is still iffy we are still a go for today… ” 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, 13/05/05 ), 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.


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

MISSION One Hundred and Thirty-one:
Date: Friday, November 26, 1943 (7 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Bremen Germany. C/A ( City Area )
Secondary Target: None

Bomb Load:
------ B-17F’s: 8 x 500 lb M43 GP & 20 x 65 lb M47A2 Incendiary bombs
------ B-17G’s: 8 x 500 lb M43 GP & 20 x 65 lb M47A2 Incendiary bombs

Bombing Altitude: 26,500 ft (Lead Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ 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

Outbound: Zone 2: –3 W / Zone 3: -2 W / Zone 4: -2 W-N / Zone 5: -2 N / Zone 6: -1 N / Zone 7: 0 G
InBound: Zone 2: None E / Zone 3: -3 W-E / Zone 4: -2 W / Zone 5: -2 W / Zone 6: -1 W / Zone 7: 0 G

Target Flak O/B: 2x Moderate (Only roll twice, not three times on this table)
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-P / Z6-G (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Bad 10/10 Cloud (-1 modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & -2 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: poor
Zone 3 outbound: poor
Zone 4 outbound: poor
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: poor
Zone 7 outbound: good
Zone 7 inbound: none
Zone 6 inbound: none
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: fair
Zone 3 inbound: good
Zone 2 inbound: na

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 Moderate (2D6=8) 6/2 (-1 Enemy A/C removed per wave)

Mission Special Rules:
A) None.

Mission Map:


*-Historical Mission:
-Historical Mission: (from “The Mighty 8th War Diary by R.A.Freeman) Our Mission 131 was The Mighty Eighth’s mission 138. The 1BD, 2BD and 3BD flew to Bremen with part of the 3BD going to Pairs. 404 Fortresses and 101 Liberators sortie to Bremen and 128 Fortresses going to Paris. There were twenty-nine planes lost and ten crewmen killed in returning bombers. Thirty-eight men were wounded. Two-hundred and fifty-five were listed MIA.

(from www.usaaf.net) (Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission 138: Bremen, Germany and Paris, France are targetted. 1. 350 of 390 B-17's, 77 of 101 B-24's and 13 of 14 B-17 PFF aircraft attack the port area of Bremen at 1145-1228 hours; they claim 16-3-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 22 B-17's and 3 B-24's are lost; 3 B-17's and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 139 B-17's, 19 B-24's and 7 PFF B-17's are damaged; casualties are 10 KIA, 35 WIA and 215 MIA. 2. 128 B-17's are dispatched to Paris but they abort the mission on arrival over the target because of complete cloud cover which totally obscures the objective; they claim 8-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 18 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 40 MIA. These missions are escorted by 28 P-38's and 353 P-47's; they claim 36-3-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 P-47's are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; casualties are 4 MIA.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission 83, The 303rd Led this mission with the Top Brass riding along. I would highly recommend you go to this 303rd mission report and read the intoduction.

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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 131 [Bremen , Germany. C/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. Robert Browning’s Crew in “Angry Marmot II” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31195)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman’s crew in “Seven Days over Virginia” (B-17F-65-B0 42-29717)

151st BS - BG:
1st Lt. Michael Garfiled’s Crew In “Sitting Pretty” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31142) [AAR]
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]
1st Lt. Ian Thorpe’s Crew in Twenty-Five and Alive! (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] Lost
1st Lt. SP Heinzelman’s crew in “Seven Days over Virginia” (B-17F-65-B0 42-29717) [AAR] Tail
1st Lt. Edgar A. Poe’s Crew in “Sweet Dreams” (B-17F-10-BO 41-24483) [AAR]

153rd BS - GB:
Mjr. Havelock Vetinari’s Crew in “The Fifth Elephant” (B-17F-70-BO42-29765) [AAR]
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. Sean Stith’s Crew in “Gunslinger” [AAR]

154st BS - GG:
Major Anthony Lazzeri’s Crew in “Justin Time” (B-17F-27-B0 41-24595) [AAR]
Capt. Robert Browning’s Crew in “Angry Marmot II” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31195) [AAR] Lead
1st Lt. Louis Botha’s Crew in “Catskill Milk Maid” (B-17G-20-BO 42-31471) [AAR]
1st Lt. Gustav Braun’s Crew in “Justin Time” (B-17F-27-B0 41-24595) [AAR]
1 Lt. Dennis Munn’s Crew in Lady Liberty (B-17F-100-B0 42-33264) [AAR] Cat-E
1st Lt. Bud Parsons Crew in "Contessa's Revenge" (B-17G-35-B0 42-32075) [AAR]


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

(edits; Crews added)
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Sir,

Seven Days over Virginia volunteers to fly Tail.

1st Lt. Heinzelman



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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: 131 (this bomber 4)
Date: November 26, 1943
Target: Bremen, city area
Position: Low-low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. George Coachman (4) KIA
Copilot 2nd Lt. Eric Squires (4) KIA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Wilfred Gardner (2) KIA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Henry Archer (2) KIA
Engineer MSgt. Vincent Poor (2) KIA
Radio Operator Sgt. Walter Butler (4) KIA
Ball Gunner Sgt. Otto Lackey * (4) KIA
Port Waist Sgt. Lawrence Groom (4) KIA
Starboard Waist Sgt. Peter Cook (4) KIA
Tail Gunner Sgt. Alfred Baker (4) KIA
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: DNB
Accuracy: 0%

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

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Destroyed by bomb explosion

Replacements:
New bomber: Connection (B17F-100-BO-42-130421)
Crew TBA

Debrief:
(reported by Seven Days in Virginia, which was behind Flying Colors)

We were over the North Sea when a lone fighter passed above us just out
of our firing range, and approached the Flying Colors from the tail.
The defensive gunnery from Flying Colors was wild and nearly hit us, and
the fighter went right on through, attempting to make a pass of walking
hits. It didn't finish the pass, though; the bombs on Flying Colors
exploded and the B-17 broke up in mid-pass.

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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Zone 6 Inbound

"Seven Days to group. Oxygen out. Dropping formation. Out."

Someone else will have to take over the tail for the inbound flight!
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Zone 6 Inbound

"Seven Days to group. Oxygen out. Dropping formation. Out."

Someone else will have to take over the tail for the inbound flight!


1st Lt. Poe's crew in Sweet Dreams will take over the Tail slot in Zone 6 Inbound - if she makes it that far, that is.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman
B-17: Seven Days over Virginia (B-17F-65-B0 42-29717) (Mission 6)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 131, November 26, 1943
Target: Bremen, Germany (City Area)

Bomb Run: Off target: 0%
Over Target: YES
Plane Status: Cat- E, not repairable
Casualties: KIA: 2 WIA: 4 POW: 0 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 5 Probable: 0 Damaged: 3

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. C Grover (5) {1} [SW, FB] K: 190
Navigator: 2nd Lt. TH Meagher (2) {0} [LW]
Pilot: 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman (6) {0}
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. E Sumner (5) {0} [SW]
Engineer: 1st Sgt R Mason (16) {16} K: 109, 190
Radio Oper.: Sgt. AH Terry (10) {1} [SW]
Ball Gunner: Sgt. R Cowdin (6) {3} K: 110
Pt Waist G: Sgt. PT Wyman (2) {0} [KIA] D: 109
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. G Marston (2) {0} [KIA}
Tail Gunner: Sgt. W Blaisdell (6) {4} K: 109 D: 109, 110

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 5, Average: 16, Green: 1

B-17 Damage: Starboard Tailplane Root, Port & Starboard Wing Roots, Radio, Autopilot, Waist O2 Fire, Navigation Equipment, Norden Bombsight, Port Inboard Fuel Tank

Peckham Points: 263

Landing: Emergency Landing in SE England

Special Note:
2nd Lt. TH Meagher recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross
1st Sgt. R Mason recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross
Sgt. R Cowdin recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross
Sgt. W Blaisdell recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross

AH Terry promoted to Staff Sergeant


In Hospital:
2nd Lt. C Grover, SW, 14 days
2nd Lt. TH Meagher, LW, 2 days
2nd Lt. E Sumner, SW, 21 days
Sgt AH Terry, SW, 3 days

Mission Description: Filed by 1st Lt. SP Heinzelman

The crew got a whole week of much needed rest before this one. The men got a couple of days off, we got some extra training, and Lee caught up on some maintenance on the plane. It turns out at we needed it.

Today we were sent back to Germany. I volunteered us for Tail End Charlie. Sumner and I agreed that it was probably our turn anyway.

On the outbound flight over the North Sea, a single fighter whizzed pass us on its way to the Flying Colors. Flying Colors tried to shoot him down with no luck. The German’s pass scored walking hits. Shells must have hit the bombs because there was huge explosion. One second the Flying Colors was in front of us, the next she was gone. No parachutes sighted.

We flew over the Dutch coastline and the fighters began to attack in force. It quickly began to take a toll on the crew and the plane. In Zone 6 Terry was hit. In Zone 7 Grover, Meagher, and Marston were hit. With the Bombardier incapacitated, I ordered Meager to make the drop. The navigator managed to open the bomb bay doors and drop the bombs. We have no idea what we hit, but it was not the target. Flak clipped us on the way out and the fighters swooped in for more. Sumner was hit and Wyman was killed. The navigation equipment was shot up. To make matters worse the oxygen system exploded in the waist. Cowden, the only man available in the waist, scrambled out of the ball (am not even sure how he did that) and put the fire out. For quick and heroic action that saved us all, Cowdin is recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross. With no oxygen for Cowdin or the wounded Wyman I was forced to dive the plane to 10,000 and leave the formation.

Flying out of the target zone we were in serious trouble. We were alone at 10,000 feet. The port waist gunner was dead and the bombardier, copilot, radio operator, and starboard waist gunner were seriously wounded. Plus, with the navigation equipment out, Meagher was forced to navigate with his old Boy Scout compass. I moved Meagher up to the cockpit to help fly. For his heroic ability to get navigate the plane home alone on his wits and a compass while helping fly the plane, I am recommending Lt. Meagher for the Distinguished Flying Cross. I left Mason, Cowdin, and Blaisdell to man the twin guns. In between fighter waves Blaisdell, who it turns out was studying to be an army medic before he volunteered for the air corps, worked his way up and down the plane trying to keep unconscious wounded men alive. Thanks to Blaisdell, all of the wounded men made it back to England alive and I am recommending him for the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.

In Zone 6 the fighters went after the group and ignored us. In Zone 5 they attacked again without serious damage. They hit again in Zone 4 and ripped open the port inboard tank. As the precious fuel bled away, Mason pumped as much of it as he could to the outboard tanks. Thanks to Mason’s quick thinking, enough fuel was saved to get us home. For his heroic engineering ability and picking up his sixteenth kill, I am recommending Sgt. Mason for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

As we worked our way across Southeastern England, the fuel finally gave out. Meagher was able to spot an RAF fighter base and we landed safely.

We helped the wounded men onto the ambulances. Marston died on the way to the hospital, but all the others will recover. My crew chief, 1st Sgt. Lee, arrived with his crew and a truck about an hour later. Lee and I went over to the plane. She was a smoking mess covered in bullet holes and dripping fuel and oil. Lee shook his head and declared the plane a Category E. The crew stripped the Seven Days of anything useful. I took one last look at my first command, the tough and valiant Seven Days over Virginia who got us home one last time and climbed on the truck for home.
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After Action Report (AAR) #131

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

Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission/[b]: 131 (Bomber 2)
[b]Date
: November 26th, 1943
Target: Bremen, Germany. C/A
Position: Low

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Ian Thorpe (3)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Hermes Gambit (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Hector Black (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Apollo Williams (3)
Engineer: MSgt. Thor Svenson (3)***
Radio Operator: Sgt. Phillip Poseidon (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Odin Widowmaker (3)*
Port Waist: Sgt. Odysseus Blank (3) SW-IH
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Set Johnson (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Anubis Ali (2)*

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

Bomb Run : Off Target
Accuracy: 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 9 : (KIA – 2 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 0)
Fighters Driven off: 4

B-17s disposition: Returned.
Minimal damage.

Total hits: 4

Peckham Points: 17

Mission Description:

Twenty-Five and Alive! continues to be good luck! Through the clouds this seemed almost like a training run. If it wasn’t for the fact that the flak hit us and knocked out Odysseus it would’ve been a perfect flight. Thor and Odin knocked out 2 fighters over the target and significantly damaged another one.

Hector missed.
Sgt. Blank will be heading stateside as his concussion has affected his senses. He has been deemed unable to resume active duty.

Aside from the action over the target, the flight was completely uneventful.

1st Lt. Ian Thorpe
Pilot, “Twenty-Five and Alive!” (B-17G-30-B0 42-31919)
151st BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Sir,

me and my crew requests permission to fly lead for this mission, if it's not a problem.

Sicnerely,

Captain Robert Browning
"Angry Marmot II"
154th BS
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KOS83 wrote:
Sir,

me and my crew requests permission to fly lead for this mission, if it's not a problem.

Sicnerely,

Captain Robert Browning
"Angry Marmot II"
154th BS


Granted
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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 2)
Date: 26 November 1943
Target: Bremen, Germany - (City Targets)

Squadron Position: Middle

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


Bomb Run: DNB

Luftwaffe Fighters Encountered: 5 (5xFw190)
Chased off by P47's - 2 +1

Destroyed: O
Probable: O
Damaged: O

Claims: None

As we approached the Dutch coast, in the bad weather, five Fw190's dove at us. Two were chased off by our P47's. Two missed their shots at us but the guy diving at us from 9 high raked our wings, setting off an oil fire in engine 1 and holing our starboard wing outter fuel tank.
Even in the bad weather, we could clearly see a stream of fuel spilling from the ruptured tank. Sgt. Melnik did some quick calculations and informed me that we could not fly to the designated target and make it back to England. Regretably, we radioed group leader of our situation and turned for England. Bombs dropped into sea.

Had no other encounters with enemy aircraft on flight back to England.

Respectfully Submitted,

Louis Botha, 1LT., USAAF
Pilot: B-17G CATSKILL MILK MAID
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The crew was pretty buoyant as they dropped to the ground from “Heaven’s Gate”. They patted the undamaged bomber as they left the hardstand.

After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton
B-17: “Heaven’s Gate” B-17F-60-B0 42-29546
Squadron: 151st Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Mission: 131; (Bomber 2)
Date: 26th November 1943
Target: Bremen, Germany, C/A
Position: Middle; Low

Crew Status:
(Position: Rank. Name, Awards (Previous missions); Enemy KIA’s; [Casualty] ; Claims

Pilot: 1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton (3)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Grant A. Baxter, PH* (6)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Tolley N. Meyer, PH (6); 0 ; 0-1-0
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Daniel T. Bonney (6); 0
Engineer: M.Sgt. Linus S. Stenzel (6); 1 ;
Radio Operator: Sgt. Brodie A. Thorne, PH (6); 0
Ball Turret: Sgt. Terence N. Abercrombie (6); 0
Port Waist: Sgt. Thomas O. Porter (6); 1 ;
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson (6); 0
Tail Turret: Sgt. Oscar P. Paddletoe (6); 1 ; 0-0-1

Individual Claims:
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Tolley N. Meyer 1xFw190 Probable
Tail Turret: Sgt. Oscar P. Paddletoe 1xFw190 Damaged

Bomb Run: Target of Opportunity; Off; 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 7; (KIA – 0 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 1)
3xFw190, 3xMe109, 1xMe110 (0 Ace; 2 Average; 1 Green)
4 driven off by Fighter Cover first pass
1xFw190 Probable, 1xFw190 Damaged

B-17s disposition: No damage; ready for operation


Mission 131 Description:

Mission Debriefing: by 1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton

This was a long and frustrating mission - a struggle against bad weather and nothing to show for it. On the other hand we returned without any damage and with all the crew in one piece. This was our first combat mission in “Heaven’s Gate” as her first flight with the 281st on the 19th had been with a temporary crew while we returned from a dunking in the Channel.

As far as encountering bandits was concerned, three Fw190 jumped us about 100 miles over the Channel where escorts were in short supply. Tolley, the bombardier, hit a green heavily as it came in from 12:00-high – the Jerry then missed us - and Oscar, the tail gunner, damaged it some more as it passed the tail; a second was forced to break-off without firing by a curtain of tracers from the waist and top; a third coming from 1:30-high had a shot but missed and flew off.

Nothing more approached us as we continued our Channel crossing, but as we traversed Holland, nearing the German border, aircraft forming above looked threatening but did not reach us. When we neared Bremen an Me109 and Me110 approached us but our escort was heavily in attendance now and engaged them before they could attack.

Flak was sparse before the bomb run and no damage was sustained but it didn’t matter as the bad weather caused Tolley Meyer to miss the target. The flak home didn’t trouble us either and we saw no more enemy fighters until halfway across the Channel when two Me109 came toward us; but again the escort appeared and took them on leaving us to fly on unmolested to England and base. The landing was uneventful too.

1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton, Command Pilot, “Heaven’s Gate” B-17F-60-B0 42-29546
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK
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Col.- Permission to put a crew together for B-17F-27-B0 41-24595 and fly this mission.

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Gustav Braun, 1LT. USAAF
Pilot - four engine bomber rated
80th BS / 281 BG
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Pilot: Capt. Robert Browning
B-17: B-17G-5-B0 42-31195 "Angry Marmot II"
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 131 (Bomber 05)
Date: Friday, November 26, 1943 (7 days from last mission)
Target: Bremen Germany. C/A ( City Area )
Secondary Target: None
Position: MIDDLE - LEAD

Crew Status:
Pilot: Capt. Robert Browning (18) | AM | PH
Copilot: 1st Lt. Joseph Morgan (23) | AMx2 | PH
Bombardier: Captain Joseph Simpson (23) # ½ | AMx2 | PHx2
Navigator: 1st Lt. Jack Norris, Navigator (19) ****½ | PHx2 | AM
Engineer: S.Sgt. Peter Smith (22) ####**½ PHx2 | | SS | AM
Radio Operator: Sgt. Thomas Wayland (5) *** | PH
Ball Gunner: S.Sgt. Clay Godfrey (23) ##### | AMx2 | DFC |
Port Waist: S. Sgt. Richard Abbott (21) *** ½ PHx2 | AM
Starboard Waist: S. Sgt. Thomas Garner (18) #* ½ | PHx3 | AM
Tail Gunner: S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger (21) ####*** PHx4 | AMx2 | KIA

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
SS : Silver Star

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; ON TARGET
---- Accuracy; 20 %

Enemy Fighters Killed Before Mission: (KIA 19 [86] / Prob 8 [37] / Damg 2 [9])

Enemy Fighters Encountered: )

ME109F : 4 (ace average 4 green – KIA / Prob / Damg )
ME109G : 7 (ace average 7 green – KIA 2 / Prob 2 / Damg 1)
FW190A : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg )
ME110 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)
ME110G-4/R3 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)
ME410 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)
JU88 : (ace average green – KIA / Prob / Damg)

Ace :
Average : 11
Green : 0

Driven off by escort : 6

Enemy Fighters Killed With this Mission: (KIA 21 [86] / Prob 10 [37] / Damg 3 [9])

Claims:

Bombardier, Capt. Joseph Simpson, ½ ME109G [OB/4] with S.Sgt. Smith
Navigator, 1st Lt. Jack Norris,
Top Turret, S.Sgt. Peter Smith, 1 ME109G [OB/5]
Radio Op., Sgt. Thomas Wayland,
Ball Turret, S.Sgt. Clay Godfrey,
Port Waist, S.Sgt. Richard Abbott,
Strb Waist, S. Sgt. Thomas Garner,
Tail Turret, S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger,

Medals and Promotions:

Purple heart awarded posthoumously for S.Sgt Ewan Krieger.

B-17s damage report:


Nose : Port cheek gun inoperable

Pilot Compartment :

Port Wing : Sup.Damage x 1

Strb Wing : Aileron inoperable

Bomb Bay : Bomb bay doors – sup. damage

Radio Room : Radio out

Waist :

Tail : Tail gunner KIA


Total Peckham Damage : 32

Repair Time : Aircraft repairable over night.

Medic report:

S.Sgt. Krieger, tail gunner was mortally wounded at the hip and died for blood loss while on flight.

Crew Unavailable:

No crew is unavailable.

Spare Crew :

Pilot, 2nd Lt. Frank Holster (4)
Navigator, 2nd Lt. Lamar Anson (3)
Top Gunner, Sgt. Aaron Jordan (2) **
Radio Operator, Sgt. Louis Hanger (1)
Port waist gunner, Sgt. Ian Porter (2)
Strb. Waist Gunner, Sgt. Paul Boyd (4)
Tail Gunner, Sgt. Rupert Hanks (3) * ½

Landing : safely at Elveden Hall.

Replacements:

Plane: none.
Crew: Our spare crew Sgt. Rupert Hanks will replace the loss of S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger.
Commander: none.

Mission Description:
Subject:
26-November-43

Mission Debriefing:

[OB/1]

No report, we managed to join formation and get along with the rest of the group.

[OB/2]

Nothing to report.

[OB/3]

Nothing to report.

[OB/4]

Over sea we’ve been met by a single ME109 that pierced through fighter cover and we managed to shoot it down with no problem whatsoever.

[OB/5]

Swarmed by a group of 4 ME109s, they came and tried to strike us from different directions but we managed to knock them off enough to bring the little friends by and save us.

[OB/6]

Luftwaffe attacked us but with no result thanks to the escort.

[OB/7]

While over target we got inside sporadic flak and fighter encounter. Flak managed to kill S.Sgt. Krieger while at his post. We bombed the target and managed to fly away.

[IB/7]

While making the turn back to England, we got some fighters that managed to land some hit on us. Besides the damage reported, nothing else has been suffered. We decided to move our port waist gunner to S.Sgt. Krieger position.

[IB/6]

Nothing to report.

[IB/5]

Nothing to report.

[IB/4]

Nothing to report.

[IB/3]

Nothing to report.

[IB/2]

Nothing to report.

[IB/1]

We circled over the area until it was our turn to land.

Capt. Robert Browning
Pilot of B-17G-5-B0 42-31195 "Angry Marmot II" Pos. C
154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)


Mission Note:

Poor Krieger… he was going to make it. Only 5 missions.. 5… and he would have ended the tour. Dammit.

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)
- S.Sgt. Ewan Krieger, tail gunner, 21 missions, 23 confirmed kills. KIA on mission #131 (5th for Angry Marmot II) PHx4 | AMx2
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Col.- Permission to put a crew together for B-17F-27-B0 41-24595 and fly this mission.

Respectfully Requested,

Gustav Braun, 1LT. USAAF
Pilot - four engine bomber rated
80th PMS 154th BS / 281 BG (H)


Granted, but you will fly out of the 154th BS (Bombardment Squadron) not the 80th PMS (Provisional Maintenance Squadron).

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Bremen AAR



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

Mission 131/Bomber 12

Crew :-

Pilot Major Vetinari, DFC (34)
CoPilot Captain Drumknott, DFC (34)
Navigator Lt Thursley (6) **
Bombardier Lt Turvey (6)
Engineer 1st Sgt Cohen ######**^ (34)
Radio Operator SSgt Gaspode #*^ (25)
Ball Turret 1st Sgt Malich ########**^ (34)
Waist Gunner Sgt Cake ^ (7)
Waist Gunner Sgt Carcer (4)
Tail Turret Sgt Verence (4) #***

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

Fighters claimed : nil.
Bombing results : 0%.
Injuries : Light wound for Staff Sergeant Gaspode.

Debrief


"Yet another milkrun for us in the high squadron, although the lower-level squadrons suffered somewhat. We saw no Germans until over Bremen, when two Fockes made a pass at us. However, our escort was on the ball, and peeled them both off. Gaspode got a scratch and Verence lost his suit heater to the flak, which otherwise rattled harmlessly around the radio room and bomb bay. We couldn't see a thing over the city - I doubt a single plane hit the target. We made a quick exit, avoiding the flak on the other side, and the formation tightened up in anticipation of further attacks. However, there were none, and we flew home without incident."

Major Havelock Vetinari

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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: 131 (Bomber 3)
Date: Friday, November 26, 1943 (7 days from last mission)
Target: Bremen Germany. C/A (City Area)
Position: Middle (-1)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parsons (3)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Harvey Skinner (4) [SW] = [KIA]
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (3) ##
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Harley Mccray (2)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (3)
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Bart Richmond (5)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Luther Gilbert (4) #*½
Port Waist: Sgt. Joseph Gallagher (4) ½
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Joey "Sparky" Wynn (3)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart (2)

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. Kirk Rowland (1)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Jordon Austin (1)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Phillip Palmer (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Earnest Craig (1)


Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; On Target
---- Accuracy; 30%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 3 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 1 / DOF - 1
Claims:
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Luther Gilbert: KIA - 190(½)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney: KIA - 190(½),110(1),109(1)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean: Prob - 110(1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart: Damg - 110(1)


B-17 Damage Report:
Bomb Bay: Bombs (n/e) {5}
Radio Room: Sup. {1}
Port Wing: Inboard Tank Leak {10}
Starboard Wing: Sup. {2}, Inboard Fuel Tank, Self Seal {5}, Flap Inoperable {10}
Waist: Stbd Gunner Heat Out {10}


Crew Report
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Harvey Skinner: Serious Wound {5} KIA
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Joey "Sparky" Wynn: Frostbite - Recovery, may fly next mission.


Peckham Points: 48


Mission Debriefing:
Zone 7 Out - Target Zone: No engagements till the target zone. Engaged by two
FW190s. One Driven off by fighter escort. One destroyed by ace gunner 2nd Lt.
Warren Kinney on the chin gun and ace gunner Sgt. Luther Gilbert on the ball
gun (shared).
Bombs hit on target, approx 30%.
Zone 7 Back - Target Zone: Engaged by an FW190 and two ME109s. ME109 destroyed by
ace gunner 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney on the chin gun. No damage reported.
Zone 6 Back: Engaged by three ME110s. One destroyed by ace gunner 2nd Lt. Warren
Kinney on the chin gun. One damaged by 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart on the tail turret.
Superficial damage to the starboard wing and radio room. Copilot 2nd Lt. Harvey
Skinner seriously wounded. Starboard waist gunner suit heater damaged. Bomb bay
hit, but no bombs inside. Starboard wing inboard fuel tank leak, but self seal.
Second pass, one ME110 probable kill by Mitch Loyd Bean on top turret.
Starboard wing flap damaged, inoperable. Port wing inboard fuel tank leak. (6
turns) Superficial damage to starboard wing.
Third pass. Nothing to report.
Zone 2 Back: Starboard waist gunner Sgt. Joey "Sparky" Wynn gets frostbite.
Home: Safe landing. Copilot 2nd Lt. Harvey Skinner died from wounds. Sgt. Joey
"Sparky" Wynn recovered from minor frostbite.


EDIT: In Zone 7 back, "ME109 destroyed by ace gunner 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney on the chin gun." This kill was correct in the Mission debriefing, but incorrect in the stats. This kill was listed in the stats under the Ball Gunner by accident but is now corrected.
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According to reports from ships in the 151st squadron, B-17G "Luscious Lucy" was destroyed when the bombs detonated after leaving the target and dropping from formation.

It appears that the plane's #1 engine quit after being struck by flak and could not be feathered. In addition, her bomb bay doors never opened over the target indicating a malfunction.

It dropped from it's low position in the squadron and was immediately set upon by several German aircraft. Despite valiant attempts by covering fighters, they could not keep the bandits from singling her out.

On three engines and loaded down from bombs still loaded in their racks, her progress back to base was agonizingly slow and she was last seen under attack from a 109 whose shells walked along the fuselage. The ship exploded in a massive fireball probably due to a strike in the bomb bay.

Game notes: Wow. Had excellent modifiers all the way to the target and never saw a fighter. Even over the target, rolled a 36! Still no fighters!! Medium flak started the whole downfall. Couldn't feather #1, so that meant 2 turns per zone and all modifications were reset to zero. Not that it mattered, but lost oxygen in the pilot compartment, tail compartment, 2 wing root hits, dead engineer, dead navigator, no gear, bombs on board and facing bad weather. Looking at a minimum of -9 for landing! She never had the chance to give it a try..
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Zychik wrote:
How do I determine what model B-17 I have for this mission? I lost my bomber on mission 130.


Sorry been busy and haven't gotten to this...

You can always;

1) just assign yourself a B-17F... shake

2) roll up a bomber in the news page...

3) or wait till I get to it...snore

Sorry for the delay!

Zychik 1d100 = (28) = 28 B-17G

TA DA! you will have a B-17G (1-40 = a "G")

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PILOT: 1LT Gustav Braun
B-17G KOKOMO KITTEN (no number yet) (rolled a 31!)

Mission: 131; (Bomber 1)
Date: 26th November 1943
Target: Bremen, Germany, City Area
Squadron: 154th BS / 281st BG (Heavy)
Position - Middle

Crew Status - Previous missions); (Enemy KIA) - claims [Casualty Status]

Pilot: 1LT Gustav Braun (1)
Co-pilot: 2LT. Silivo DaMarco (1)
Bombardier: 2LT. David Reston (5) (++)
[flew 4 missions with BOMMY BRENDA]
Navigator: 2LT. David Steinburg (2) (+) SW- Head - will be fine tomorrow! [flew one mission on ANASAZI MAIDEN]
Engineer: Sgt. Paul Eastman (1) LW: will continue combat duties as assigned
RO: Sgt. Peter Vizcaino (3) LW: two weeks
[flew two missions on ESSENCE OF ALABAMA]*
BTG: Sgt. Michael Cory (2)
[flew two missions on ESSENCE OF ALABAMA]*
PWG: Sgt. Eldon Pratt (1)
SWG: Sgt. Longfish Jones (5) [flew 4 missions with BOMMY BRENDA]
TTG: Sgt.Serge Blodsarovik (1)

* Sgt.Vizcaino and Cory returned to duty after having been shot down in early Oct (mission 109), evading capture and finally made it back to England.

Individual Claims: NONE

Bomb Run: OFF (0%)

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 8

KIA – 0
Probable – 1xBf109
Damaged – O)
Enemy fighers driven off by escort fighters: 3

Damages to JUSTIN TIME: radio hit twice - must be replaced. Three (3) superficial hits

Three crewman wounded - Two will be available for next mission, one will be out approximately two weeks.


Mission Debriefing:
We took off and joined up with formation without problems. Shortly after leaving land, we were attacked by a group of four Bf109's. Our defensive gunfire did not persuade them to stop their attacks. Three of them fired at us, missed and disappeared. However one Jerry, coming in at 9 level, hit us, rendering Lt. Steinburg unconscience, cutting Sgt. Eastman's leg and the destroying the radio. On his next pass, we hit him, he fired at us, missed and flew away, so we must of damaged him in some manner.

No other enemy fighters near us until reaching the target area. A lone Bf110 coming up at us in a verticle climb hit us, putting a few holes in our aircraft and further turning our radio into smaller pieces. Sgt. Vizcaino got hit with a piece of the radio, causing a leg wound that will put him out for a week or two.

No flak near us, but in bad weather, missed target - we are sure we hit Bremen, but O% on target. As we exited the area, again, no flak near us, but several Luftwaffe fighters made an approach at us, only to be pounced on by several P47's!

Smooth flight home. I am told Lt. Steinburg will be fine.

Respectfully Submitted,

Gustav Braun, 1LT., USAAF
Pilot: B-17G KOKOMO KITTEN
154th BS / 281st BG

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B-17F-27-B0 41-24595 “Justin Time” ???

Addenum: Sir, may we change the name of our aircraft? I am from Indiana and would like to call her KOKOMO KITTEN. Thank you for your consideration, Sir.


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I'll just take this one from the pool and keep it.

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Denied! As this aircraft has already been spoken for, and flown. surprise

Besides, the group spares were not intended for players to takeover. These are for the missions where people need a plane due to excessive damage or a temporary plane till they get another one. I would appreciate if these were left for their attended purpose.

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Leader Squadron this is Visitor, we are abandoning mission due to fuel leakage at Z5 O/B, good luck lads...see you at base...

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i am at zone 2 over England and 10 planes attacked me in 2 waves!!! where in hell are the damned ESCORT FIGHTERS!!!
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After Action Report (AAR) #131

Pilot: 1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos
B17F: "Visitor" B-17F-95-B0 42-30237 (BG-C)
Sqdn.: 151st, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 131 (Bomber 8)

Target: Primary Target: C/A ( City Area ), Bremen, Germany
Position: Low
# Missions: ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
A/C Claims: ++++++++++++

Crew Status

Pilot: 1st Lt. Dimitris Sofianopoulos, (7)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Agamemnon Kyriazidis, (8), SW = I.H
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Ioannis Dimitrokalis, (7), 1xMe109
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Hlias Stamatiou, (8-), SW = D.O.W.
Engineer: SSgt. Laios Christoulis, *(8), LW
Radio Operator: Sgt. Eteoklis Pyrgiotis, (8)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Ioannis Lambrikos, ***(5), LW
Port Waist: Sgt. Evagelos Papastergiou, (1), LW, 1xMe109
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Nikolaos Zavos, PH/ cluster, *(8), SW = I.H
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Panagiotis Ierapetras, #(8)

Bomb Drop : DND

Fighters Encountered: 25 (0 Experts / 3 Aces / 1 Greens)
Fighters Driven off: 1
Claims: (KIA – 2 / Prob – 5 / Damg – 2
Flak Hits: NIL

B-17's Disposition: Landed at the emergency Base

Total Superficial Damages: 12 / 39 Hits
Peckham Damage Points: 288 (2d6 = 4-5 repaired) otherwise Cat - E
1d6 = (1) = 1
1d6 = (1) = 1

PORT SIDE: wing's root 20% damage (3 sf), tailplane root hit 33%, flap inoperable, aileron inoperable (1 s.f.),
STBD SIDE: wing's root 20% damage, outboard fuel tank leakage (4 turns was hit at Z5 O/B), inboard fuel tank (self sealed)phew!!! (3 s.f.), cheek gun destroyed, Flap s.f., In Zone 2 i/b inboard fuel tank leakage (6 turns but its already empty due to the previous leakage), No2 engine oil tank hit leakage (shut off after 2 turns)
MAIN BODY: Top Turret's MG's destroyed, tailplane 1 s.f., Radio destroyed, bomb bay hit (s.f.)
HEAT OUT: In Zone 2 i/b Port Gunner's,
O2 OUT: NIL

Recommendations:
Purple heart and cluster to KIA and wounded personnel

Replacements
rookie stbd waist gunner, co pilot and navigator

Promotions
NIL

Mission Description:

Took off ok, target was deep in Germany again and the weather was stormy. The flight was intense, many enemy fighters attacked us at zone 3 ad 5, there we got hit to our engines fuel tank and i was forced to abandon the formation, my co pilot was severed wounded also, my engineer pulled the poor fellow from his seat and laid him in a safe position, afterwards he helped me fly the plane, besides his turret MG's had been damaged. The return trip was hellish, waves after waves the enemy fighters attacked us constantly but my sweet girl sustained the damages patiently, my crew is another story, after many agonizing hours most of them were seriously wounded or just wounded, i was lucky and the bullets missed me, even my engineer got hit slightly. At zone 2 when we saw the English countryside we were reliefed but the nazis thought otherwise, 10 enemy planes attacked us in a final blow trying to shoot us down, we sustained plenty damages but we managed to continue our flight. After that we had to land at the emergency landing strip. Ambulences came to pick up the wounded but we had lost Hlias, the others will continue their duties at the fatherland. I just hope that the future missions will be more peaceful. Ah! i forgot to mention that the bombs are still onboard!

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
Overall 2 walking hits (b), 6 crew members were hit and at zone 2 10 planes making each one 3 passes had us as an excerise target! A quite thrilling mission i should say!
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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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