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

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


“Gentlemen at ease. With improved weather conditions over the European continent we are off to… ” 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, 13/07/07 ), 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.


”... Emden… Good luck and Gods speed boys!”

MISSION One Hundred and Thirty-six:
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1943 (6 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Emden, Germany. P/A ( Port & Dock Area )
Secondary Target: None

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

Bombing Altitude: 23,000 ft (Low Combat Box in the bomber wing)
------ High Squadron 26,950 ft (154th BS)
------ Lead Squadron 26,700 ft (151st BS) Lead
------ Low Squadron 26,450 ft (152nd BS)
------ Low-Low Squadron 26,200 ft (153rd BS) Tail

Gazzetter: (Note; ALL weather modifications have been added, only squadron altitude modifiers need to be added by players)
Outbound: Zone 2: None E / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W / Zone 5: -2 W / Zone 6: -1 W / Zone 7: 0 W-G
InBound: Zone 2: None E / Zone 3: -1 W / Zone 4: -1 W / Zone 5: -1 W / Zone 6: -1 N / Zone 7: 0 G

Target Flak O/B: 2x Heavy (Only roll twice, this mission, on this chart, not three times as per normal rules)
Target Flak I/B: 2x Moderate (Only roll twice, this mission, on this chart, not three times as per normal rules)

Weather Modifiers:
Base Upon Return: Good 2/10 Cloud Cover (no modifiers to G-9 Table)
Outbound to Target: Z2-G / Z3-G / Z4- G / Z5-B / Z6- G / Z7-G (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
Inbound to Base: Z2-P / Z3-G / Z4- G / Z5-G / Z6- P / Z7-G (Mods already added to Gazetteer)
At Target: Good 3/10 Cloud (no modifier to B-2 & M-4 table & no modifiers to, O-6 Tables)

Fighter Escort:
(355th Fighter Group P-51’s O/B and I/B)
Zone 2 outbound: n/a
Zone 3 outbound: poor
Zone 4 outbound: good
Zone 5 outbound: fair
Zone 6 outbound: fair
Zone 7 outbound: good
Zone 7 inbound: poor
Zone 6 inbound: poor
Zone 5 inbound: fair
Zone 4 inbound: good
Zone 3 inbound: fair
Zone 2 inbound: n/a

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 once again (2D6=5) 3/2 (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) Our Mission 136 was The Mighty Eighth’s mission 151. The 1BD went to Emden, 2AD sorties to Emden as well with the 3BD also flying to Emden. 490 Fortresses and 93 Liberators’ sortie to Germany with 437 B-17 and 86 B-24s making it to their targets. There were seventeen planes lost and two crewmen were killed in action on returning bombers. Twenty crewmen were wounded with One hundred and Eighty-five reported MIA on this mission. Fighter Command credited twenty enemy fighter aircraft shot down and only four of their own fighters lost.

(Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission 151: 437 of 490 B-17's and 86 of 93 B-24's hit the industrial area at Emden, Germany at 1220-1312 hours; they claim 86-22-23 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17's and 2 B-24's are lost, 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 120 B-17's and 18 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 20 WIA and 185 MIA. This mission is escorted by 31 P-38's, 313 P-47's and 44 Ninth Air Force P-51's; they claim 21-0-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-47's and 1 P-51 are lost; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are damaged beyond repair and 3 P-47's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 4 MIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 152: 4 of 4 B-17's drop 800,000 leaflets on Laval, Rennes, Le Mans and Nantes, France at 2026-2039 hours; no casualties.

The 303rd operation notes, for their mission report: mission 87,
The 303rd flew this mission with good results. The 303rd didn’t loose a single plane, as no German plane attacked their group, and only seven planes had damage due to flak. Flak was reported as sparse but very accurate, hence the modified flak entry.”[/i]

Historical Note: This was the second mission where P-51’s were used to escort the Bombers to their targets.

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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" (B-17F-1-BO 41-1001)


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 136 [Emden , Germany. P/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: 1LT Michael Garfield’s Crew in “Sitting Pretty” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31142)
---- Tail: 1st Lt. Raymond McGowen’s Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)

151st BS - BG:
1LT Michael Garfield’s Crew in “Sitting Pretty” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31142) [AAR] Lead
1st Lt. Truman Hollenbeck’s Crew in "Reich Raider" (B-17F 130-B0 42-30988) [AAR]
1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton’s “Heaven’s Gate” (B-17F-60-B0 42-29546) [AAR]
1st Lt. Ian Thorpe’s Crew in Twenty-Five and Alive! (B-17G-30-B0 42-31919) [AAR]

152nd BS - BB:
1st Lt. John Fowler’s Crew in “Six Shooter” (B-17G-30-B0 42-31854) [AAR] Aborted
1st Lt. D Tyler’s Crew in “Return to Bull Run” (B-17G-15-DL 42-37849) [AAR]
1st Lt. Devon Dodgson’s crew in “Swiss Mistress” (B-17F-50-VE 42-6120) [AAR] MIA
1st Lt. Vernon Weatherby’s Crew in “Connection” (B17F-100-BO-42-130421) [AAR]

153rd BS - GB:
Mjr. Havelock Vetinari’s Crew in “The Fifth Elephant” (B-17F-70-BO42-29765) [AAR]
1st Lt. Richard Tucker’s Crew in "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097) [AAR] Tail
2nd Lt. Sean Stith’s Crew in “Outlaw Man” (B-17G-20-B0 42-31550) [AAR] Aborted


154st BS - GG:
1st Lt. Louis Botha’s Crew in “Catskill Milk Maid” (B-17G-20-BO 42-31471) [AAR]
1st Lt. Bud Parsons Crew in "Contessa's Revenge" (B-17G-35-B0 42-32075) [AAR]
2 Lt. Dennis Munn’s Crew in “Mysterious Monika” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31172) [AAR]

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

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8th Air Force Support Command (Historical Note: The B-26 units were transferred to the 9th Air Force on Oct 16.)
December 11, 1943
670th Bomb Group

The 8th Air Force Support Command sends the 670th to Leeuwaarden. The objective of this mission is to keep the fighters based there on the ground when the main strike force is returning from Emden and to do as much damage to the airfield as possible. (Historical Note: Leeuwaarden was not bombed in December. It was bombed by B-26s in February during Big Week.)

After Action Report
514th Squadron, 670th Bomb Group
B-26B-4 Crew Chief: Msgt Nick Hammond/+2

MYSTERIOUS MADAM MILLICENT (17 missions)

Crew
Pilot: 1Lt Gabriel Cahill (30)
Co-Pilot: 1Lt Sheldon Wilkes (17)
Bombardier/Navigator: 2Lt Keith Winthrop (12)
Bombardier:
Navigator:
Radio Operator: Corp Warren Rand (7)
Engineer: Sgt Leon Gibson (23)
Armorer: Sgt Edgar Feuer (23) - 1x 109 FCA

Position in Flight: Deputy Flight Lead, Low Flight, Box 2, Tail Group
Fighter Cover: Fair Close Escort.
Fighters: Fighters were encountered only in the target area and only 109G-6s. Most of them were driven off or damaged by the fighter cover. Two attacked Mysterious Madam Millicent but their attacks were unsuccessful. Sgt Feuer in the tail damaged one of them with spray fire.
Flak: Medium flak, strong, inaccurate going in. Medium, strong accurate when we left.
Bomb Run: Superior (250 ft, 100%).
External Damage: Right aileron; Left elevator.
Internal Damage:
Superficial Damage: Left wing; Tail.
Mechanical Failure:



Signed,

1Lt Gabriel Cahill

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Sitting Pretty volunteers for Lead position.

1LT Michael Garfield, USAAF, commanding
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Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield
B-17: B-17G-5-B0 42-31142 “Sitting Pretty”, BG-F
Squadron: 151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group
MISSION NBR. 136/4, Lead Squadron, Lead AC, 26,700 Ft
MISSION DATE: 11 Dec 1943
TARGET: Emden, GE, Port/Dock Area On Target, 30%
Fighters Encountered: 21 (KIA=4, Probable=2, Damaged=0, 355th=10)

Crew
Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Michael Garfield (5) [0]
Co-Pilot: 2LT Vincent Thompson (3) [0]
Bombardier: 2LT Thomas Washburn (6) [3]
Navigator: FO Bradley Neuman (5) [0]
Engineer: TSgt Edward Jones (5) [0] *
Radio Operator: Sgt Hubert Latimer (5) [0]
Ball Gunner: Sgt Alan Underwood (5) [1 1/2]
Port Waist: Sgt Thomas Richards (5) [0]
Starboard Waist: Sgt Oliver Nobles (6) [1] SW(Rt Hip)+SW(Abdomen)=KIA
Tail Gunner: Sgt Juan Falcon (3) [1] ***

* = 1 (shared)Kill This Mission

Enemy Fighters: (Kill=4, Probable=2, Damaged=0, 355th=10)
Bf 109 15=2 Destroyed, 2 Probable, 6 Driven off by Friendly Air, 5 Undamaged (1 green)
Fw 190 2=1 Destroyed, 1 Driven off by Friendly Air (1 green)
Me 110 0
Me 410 2=1 Destroyed, 1 Driven off by Friendly Air (1 Smasher)
Ju 88 2=2 Driven off by Friendly Air (1 ace, 1 Smasher)
Total 21

Bomb Run: On Target, 30%

B-17 Damage: Superficial x8 (8), System: NE x2 (10), Structure: NE x 2 (20), SW x2 (10), Ball Turret Inoperable (20), Starboard Flap (10), Starboard Wing Root x1 (25), Rudder x1 (10), Tailwheel (10), #4 Engine Out (25), Tail O2 x1 (10).

Landing: AC & crew safe at Elveden Hall

Claims:
TSgt Edward Jones: Bf 109
Sgt Juan Falcon: Bf 109, Fw 190, Me 410

Award/Promotion Requests:
Sgt Oliver Nobles: Purple Heart, posthumous

After Action Report:

Weather was good over Elveden Hall and Takeoff and assembly went smoothly with Sitting Pretty assuming the lead position.

The 355th certainly earned their keep on this mission, being there almost every time bandits put in an appearance, though at first it didn’t seem the Little Friends were necessary. We were almost across the North Sea before we encountered any EA. We were passing north of the Dutch coast when Sitting Pretty was jumped by a trio of Bf 109s and a lone Fw 190. The P-51s chased off the 190 and one of the 109s. Of the two remaining 109s, one missed and moved on while the other inflicted only minor damage before he too fell victim to the 355th.

Crossing the German coast we approached Emden where more bandits put in an appearance. However, they were unable to make their way through the formation, either being driven off by or falling to the fire from other bombers. The Flak was heavy though inaccurate, Sitting Pretty taking no damage. Tom (2LT Washburn) took over control and guided us over the port where Sgt Underwood reported multiple hits on the docks and moored shipping, estimate 30% effects on target.

Flak on target egress was lighter but just as inaccurate. Then the GAF came out in force. The first wave to hit Sitting Pretty consisted of one each, Fw 190 and Bf 109, and a pair of Me 410s, with other EA firing rockets into the formation. The P-51s were Johnny-on-the-spot and took care of one of the twin engine fighters while Sgt Falcon flamed the other. The 109 missed and moved on. The Fw 190 was a different story. Despite appearing to be a green pilot, he managed to evade out fire and hit Sitting Pretty, concentrating his fire on the waist; disabling the ball turret and trapping Sgt Underwood inside and shattering Sgt Nobles’ hip with fragments of 20 mike-mike. It must have been beginner’s luck cause Jerry then came in slow and steady on our tail, allowing Sgt Falcon to score his second kill of the mission. The second wave was four Bf 109s. The Little Friends engaged one and Sgt Falcon got another, his third this mission. 2LT Washburn sent another limping off with flames and smoke pouring out of his engine, call it a probable. The fourth 109 hit Sgt Nobles again, 20mm shells making a shambles of his guts and finishing Oliver off. We were unable to avenge Sgt Nobles’ despite Jerry’s coming around for two more passes, in which he damaged the tailwheel and rudder.

Heading over the Netherlands more EA tried to reach Sitting Pretty but again couldn’t make it through the rest of the formation. Therefore we were all surprised when the #4 engine quit. Ed (TSgt Jones) said it looked like we’d been hit by friendly fire; the closest we came to getting shot down was by our own side! We encountered two more waves of enemy fighters over the North Sea on the trip home. First were two pairs, Bf 109s and Ju 88s. The P-51s certainly looked lovely as they swarmed around the 88s. The two 109s managed to hit the starboard wing root and the inboard fuel tank, which luckily self-sealed, before finally running out of ammo and turning for home. Further on we encountered five Bf 109s. The 355th eventually drove off three, with TSgt Jones shooting the wing off one and claiming a probable on the other.

There was no more GAF activity and, despite running on three engines Sitting Pretty made it back to Elveden Hall still leading the rest of the formation. I touched down, after which we managed to get Sgt Underwood out of the ball turret. TSgt MacAllister says it’ll take a few days to patch up the damage to Sitting Pretty (14 Dec), and we’ll need a replacement for Sgt Nobles at the starboard waist position.

Submitted by Michael Garfield, 1LT USAAF, commanding
B-17: B-17G-5-B0 42-31142 “Sitting Pretty”, BG-F
151st Squadron (Geek), 281st Bomb (H) Group

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1st Lt. Richard Tucker, newly appointed pilot (in replacement of 1st Lt. Raymond McGowen) of "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, request to fly "Tail End Charlie".

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”Heaven’s Gate” landed in its turn; she scraped her way to her bay on a damaged tail-wheel and shut down engines on the hardstand. Two of the crew nursed light wounds as they left the aircraft but otherwise there was little apparent sign of the recent mission.

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: 136 (Bomber 7)
Date: 11th December, 1943
Target: Emden, Germany, P/A (Port and Dock Area)
Position: Middle; Middle sqdn

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

Pilot: 1st Lt. Stephen H. Norton (8)
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Grant A. Baxter, PH*, prf (11)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Tolley N. Meyer, PH*, prf (11); 0 ;
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Daniel T. Bonney, prf (11); 0
Engineer: M.Sgt. Linus S. Stenzel, prf (11); 3 ; 0-1-0
Radio Operator: Sgt. Brodie A. Thorne, PH, prf (11); 0
Ball Turret: Sgt. Terence N. Abercrombie, prf (11); 0 ;
Port Waist: Sgt. Thomas O. Porter, prf (11); 1 ; [LW]
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson, prf (11); 0 ; [LW]
Tail Turret: Sgt. Oscar P. Paddletoe, prf (11); 2 ;

PH = Purple Heart; * = cluster; prf = Personal Rabbit’s Foot

Bomb Run: Off; 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 4; (Ace – 0; Average – 4; Green – 0)

Claims: 0-1-0; 1x Bf109 hit for Probable by Top-gunner M.Sgt. Linus S. Stenzel

B-17s disposition: Damage 17; repairable by tomorrow

Awards: Purple Heart for Sgt. Thomas O. Porter and Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson

Mission 13 Description:

We didn’t use our guns - except for testing after take-off - for the whole flight to the target. One Me110 tried a climb on us just before the German coast but it was engaged by a P-51. In the target area a group forming up never made it to “Heaven’s Gate” but one Bf109 coming in from 6:00-high was also engaged by an escorting fighter.

It was again the flak that caused our damage. On the way out a close burst put holes in our port wing and tail and badly damaged the tail-wheel. The bomb run was unsuccessful in spite of Tolley’s experience with the aircraft thrown off by the flak hit. The flak in also burst nearby putting a hole in the nose and another piece of shrapnel flew through the waist clipping both the waist gunners.

As we left the target a Bf109 dove unexpectedly on “Heaven’s Gate” which the Top-gunner damaged heavily before it sputtered off. Halfway across the North Sea another Bf109 dove on us but it missed and disappeared towards Germany. We made a safe landing but gouged the tarmac a bit.


Stephen H. Norton, 1st Lt., USAAF, Command pilot, "Heaven’s Gate” B-17F-60-B0 42-29546
151th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Hospital:
Port waist gunner Sgt. Thomas O. Porter available tomorrow
Starboard waist gunner Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson three day recuperation

Notes: Starboard waist gunner Sgt. Arnold T. Grayson wound was originally a KIA but converted to LW with prf
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Truman Hollenbeck
Mission: 136 (1)
B-17: B-17F 130-B0 42-30988 "Reich Raider"
Squadron: 151st Rapture Time
Position: Middle
Target: Emden (Port Area)

Crew Assigned:

Bombardier 2nd Lt John DeSanders (1)
Navigator 2nd Lt Loren Wright (1)
Pilot 1st Lt Truman Hollenbeck (1)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Ross Pratt (1)
Engineer Msgt Paul Frings (1)
Radio Operator Sgt Stanton Wardle (1)
Ball Gunner Sgt David Landon (1) *
Port Waist Gunner Sgt Norbert Garrison (1)
Starboard Waist Gunner Sgt George Larkin (1)
Tail Gunner Sgt Andrew Hildebrand (1) *


* one enemy fighter
# five enemy fighters
( ) missions

Claims: Ball Gunner D. Landon (1) JU88, Tail Gunner A. Hildebrand (1) ME109

Probables: (1) ME109

Damaged: (2) FW190's

Crew Injuries/Casualties: Co-Pilot R. Pratt (SW-IH), Port Waist Gunner A. Garrison (SW-IH), Starboard Waist Gunner G. Larkin (KIA)

Bomb Drop: Off Target (10%)

B-17's Disposition: Rafts lost, Tailwheel damaged, Control Cables hit in tail section, (10) hits of a superficial nature. (105) Peckham Points.

Mission Description:
Being a new crew to the 281st, I thought we'd get stuck out on the fringes of some low group. Instead we were surprised to see we drew the middle squadron. Apparently, it doesn't matter since we lost three guys on our first trip out.

We though being close to the coast, we wouldn't get any action until over the mainland or even the target. We no sooner entered zone 3 when two wandering 109's appeared. The managed to knock out the tail wheel and the rafts were shot out of their hold. Andrew in the tail called in saying we had no chance of staying dry since he saw them flash by.

We had good support in zone 5 from the 151st, but encountered a trio of JU88's in zone six. Fighter cover drove off a pair and David in the ball knocked the other one down.

Over the target, it was a mixed bag of enemy fighters, but we managed to avoid any real damage. The flak was pretty heavy but accuracy wasn't as what we'd been briefed for. We did pick up a couple of holes in the port wing. Although our bomb run was off the mark, we did manage a 10% strike.

Avoiding the less intense inbound flak, we saw another concentrated attack of different German bandits. We changed fire, but no damage was incurred by either side.

Clear sailing until we saw the coast. That's where we were introduced into Hell in a B-17. Two Focke Wulf 190's drove home walking hits from nose to tail. After the first pass, Ross in the right seat was in bad shape from a shot to the chest, and one waist gunner was dead and the other down with an arm almost severed. One of the bandits sent ten shells into us from 7:30 high. Fortunately, three of them struck the empty bomb bay, and some of them passed through the wings, but the others were deadly.

We spotted the airfield and our engineer assisted in landing the ship with the broken tail wheel causing only a few minor vibrations.

We will see three new guys next mission and have decided not to get to chummy with them.

Submitted by 1st Lt. Truman Hollenbeck, Pilot "Reich Raider"

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Pilot: 1st Lt. Vernon Weatherby
B-17: Connection (B17F-100-BO-42-130421)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 136 (this bomber 5)
Date: December 11, 1943
Target: Emden, port
Position: Low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Vernon Weatherby (5)
Copilot 2nd Lt. Terence Upshaw (5)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Art Bonham ** (5)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Samuel Trent * (4)
Engineer MSgt. Frederick Grant ** (5)
Radio Operator Sgt. Lawrence Masterson (5)
Ball Gunner Sgt. Ivan Jackson **** (5)
Port Waist Sgt. Claude DesMaisons (5)
Starboard Waist Sgt. Bruce Chamberlain (3)
Tail Gunner Sgt. George Howell * (5) SW-DOW
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: Off target
Accuracy: 0%

Fighters claimed: KIA-0 Prob-0 Damg-1

Awards and Promotions:
None

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

Replacements:
Tail Gunner Sgt. Oliver Portman

Debrief:
After a much-needed six-day break, we returned to the sky for a quiet
but unsuccessful mission. Our bombs landed in the sea, we only
damaged one fighter, and Sgt. Howell will not be returning home.

Despite the long trip, fighter cover and our well-protected position
kept most of the fighters away. Two fighters got through our cover as
we approached the target, but we damaged one and their fire went wild.

We almost dodged the flak, but one burst put shrapnel into the tail,
hitting Sgt. Howell in the chest. We were already out of line for the
bomb run, and the flak made it worse, as we saw our bombs fall far
beyong the target, into the water.

The retturn trip was almost as quiet. Sgt. Masterson took over the tail
guns, but he never got to fire them. The P-51's drove off most of the
incoming fighters, but two came through in vertical dives out of the
P-51s' range. We couldn't hit either one, but we were also hard to hit;
one put a minor dent in our wing.

Sgt. Howell was still alive when we landed, but he bled to death from
internal injuries before we could get him to surgery.

1st Lt. Vernon Weatherby
Command Pilot, Connection (B17F-100-BO-42-130421)
152nd 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: 136 (this bomber 7)
Date: 11 December 1943
Target: Emden, Germany - (Port Facilities)

Squadron Position: High

BOMB RUN: ON - 6O%

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: 1LT Louis Botha (7)
Copilot: 2LT John Timms (7) PH (2x)
Bombardier: 2LT Sean Myslichuk (3) PH LW - torn right gluteus muscle - out 2 weeks
Navigator: 2LT Stephen Aubrey (3) (++) PH LW - but serious: torn left Achilles tendon! Rotated Home

Engineer: TSgt Gerry Melnik (7) (+)
R.O.: Sgt. John Herringer (3)
BTG: Sgt. Carl Waverly (7)
PWG: Sgt. George Paulson (7)
SWG: Sgt. Robert Webber (7) PH
TG: Sgt. Gerald Oakley (2)


Luftwaffe Fighters Encountered: 11 (3xFw190, 6xFw109, 2xBf110)
Chased off by our supporting fighters - 3

Destroyed:2: 1xBf110 (Lt. Aubrey) 1xBf110 (Sgt. Melnik)
Probable: 1: 1xBf109
Damaged: 2: 1xBf110, Fw190

DAMAGES TO CATSKILL MILKMAID: tail guns rendered inoperable by flak hit, port aileron inoperable, radio destroyed, 5 superficial hits.


MISSION REPORT/DEBRIEFING: Took off and joined formation without incident. We were barely over the sea when several Bf110's attacked us. We got both of them, but not before they did some minor damages to us. Shortly afterward, a flight of Fw190's came at us - our escort fighters chased them off and only one took a shot at us, missing his shot and departing with several P-51's after him.

On approach to target, we were not hit by flak and no enemy fighters came near us. Lt. Myslichuk kept up a steady rate of muttering to himself about what happened last time; and let out a loud WHOOP when he saw at least 60% of our bombs hit the port facilities 26,950 feet below us! As we turned for home, we were hit by flak, which shook up Sgt. Oakley in the tail turret as a big chunk of flak busted through the turret and destroyed our tail guns.

Flight home was smooth and we encountered a number of Bf109's that did no real damage to us. Lt. Myslichuk hit one coming at us straight on, and he left wobbling and trailing smoke. As we neared the coast of England, Sgt. Oakley hollered that a Jerry was coming at us from 6 high - but several P-51's saw that '109 and chased him off.

We fired off a red flare as w landed safely at Elevden Hall. Both Lts. Aubrey and Myslichuk were assisted from the nose compartment due to Lt. Aubrey's leg wound; he will not be flying for awhile, apparently his Achilles tendon was severed by enemy gunfire. Lt Myslichuk was hit in - the doctor said "gluteus muscle" and could not walk without great pain. Minor damages will be quickly repaired and Catskill Milkmaid will be ready for the next mission.

Respectfully Submitted,

Louis Botha, 1Lt. USAAF
B-17G: Catskill Milk Maid (B-17G-20-BO 42-31471)
154th Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Elevden Hall, England
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parsons
B-17: "Contessa's Revenge" (B-17G-35-B0 42-32075)
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 136 (Bomber 8)
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1943 (6 days from last mission)
Primary Target: Emden, Germany. P/A (Port & Dock Area)
Position: High (+0)

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parsons (8) [LW]
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Murray Hays (5)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (8) ###
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Harley Mccray (7)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (8) #*½
Radio Operator: T.Sgt. Tomas Bell (4) ½
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Luther Gilbert (9) #***½
Port Waist: Sgt. Joseph Gallagher (9)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Joey "Sparky" Wynn (8)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart (7)

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; Off Target
---- Accuracy; 10%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: KIA – 3 / Prob – 6 / Damg – 3 / DOF - 7
Claims:
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Luther Gilbert: KIA - 109(½) / Prob - 109(1) / Damg - 190(1)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney: KIA - 190(1),110(1) / Prob - 190(2),109(1)
Engineer: M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean: KIA - 109(½) / Damg - 190(1),109(1)
Tail Gunner: 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart: Prob - 190(1),110(1)



B-17 Damage Report:
Superficial {1}
Bomb Controls Inoperable {10}
Nose: Sup. {1}
Port Wing: Sup. {1}
Stbd Wing: Sup. {2}, Wing Root 1/5 {25}
Tail: Sup. {1}, Rudder 1/3 {10}, Tailplane [No effect] {10}, Tail Turret Inoperable {20}



Crew Report
Pilot: 1st Lt. Bud Parsons: Light Wound {2}
Returns next day


Peckham Points: 83 Repairable over night


Mission Debriefing:
Zone 3 Out:
Engaged by three FW190s
One FW190 driven off by fighter escort
One FW190 probable kill by Bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (ace)
One FW190 damaged by Ball Gunner Sgt. Luther Gilbert (ace)
First Pass: Both FW190s miss and break off

Zone 5 Out:
Engaged by single ME109, driven off by fighter escort.

Zone 7 Out - Target Zone:
Engaged by an FW190 and two ME109s (wave 1)
One FW190 driven off by fighter escort
One ME109 KIA by both Ball Gunner Sgt. Luther Gilbert (ace) and Engineer M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (ace)
First pass: Pilot reports light wound
One ME109 turns for second pass
One ME109 Probable kill by Ball Gunner Sgt. Luther Gilbert (ace)
Engaged by two ME110s (wave 2)
One driven off by fighter escort
One probable kill by Tail Gunner 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart before first pass
Engaged by five FW190s (wave 3)
Two driven off by fighter escort
Two probable kills by Bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (ace) and Tail Gunner 2nd Lt. Marty Stuart
One damaged by Engineer M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (ace)
First pass: Bombardier reports Bomb Controls are inoperable
No hits by flak
Bombs dropped off target, but 10% did some damage

Zone 7 back - Target Zone:
No hits by flak
Engaged by an FW190 and three ME109s. (wave 1)
No fighter escort
One ME109 probable kill by Bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (ace)
One ME109 damaged by Engineer M.Sgt. Mitch Loyd Bean (ace)
First pass: Superficial damage reported on fuselage and nose
Engaged by one FW190 (wave 2)
No fighter escort
Gunners and fighter missed and broke off from attack

Zone 6 back
Engaged by two ME110s
One driven off by fighter escort
One KIA by Bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (ace)

Zone 4 back
Engaged by three FW190s
One driven off by fighter escort
One KIA by Bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren Kinney (ace)
First pass: Superficial damage to the port wing reported
Second pass: Reports of superficial damage to tail and starboard wing, Tailplane hit with
no effect, rudder hit, tail turret inoperable, and starboard wing root hit.
Third pass: Superficial damage to the starboard wing

Notes: I liked the way Infomanohio was doing his debriefing so I sorta stole the format a bit... Lots of low rolls tonight. I missed a lot, but they did too, thankfully. With three passes, I really thought that last FW190 was going to be the end of me...
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Devon Dodgson
B-17: Swiss Mistress (B17F)
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squardron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 3 (this bomber 2)
Date: December 11, 1943
Target: Emden, Shipping docks
Position: Middle squadron

Crew Status:
Pilot 1st Lt. Devon Dodgson (2) KIA
Copilot 2nd Lt. Martin Peters (2) KIA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Marcos Manetti (2) KIA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Harold Petrowsky (1) KIA
Engineer MSgt. Kenny Granger (2) * KIA
Radio Operator Sgt. Ricky DelGrecio (2) KIA
Ball Gunner Sgt. Terrence Adder (2) *** 1/2 KIA
Port Waist Sgt. Clive Lipovsky (1) KIA
Starboard Waist Sgt. Abner Tarleton (1) KIA
Tail Gunner Sgt. Bruce Reeves (2) * 1/2 KIA
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Bomb drop: DNB
Accuracy: ><

Fighters claimed: KIA-0 Prob-1 Damg-0

Awards and Promotions:
Purple Heart, posthumous: Devon Dodgson, Martin Peters, Marcos Manetti, Harold Petrowsky, Kenny Granger, Ricky DelGrecio, Terrence Adder, Clive Lipovsky, Abner Tarleton, Bruce Reeves

B-17 Status:
Radio out, Starboard flap inoperable, flak burst inside plane: tail section, destroyed

Replacements:
B-17: Into the Blue

Pilot 1st Lt. Norman Makuch
Copilot 2nd Lt. Jeremy Whitelaw
Bombardier 2nd Lt. James Algee
Navigator 2nd Lt. Emmett Terrien
Engineer MSgt. Joseph Krieger
Radio Operator Sgt. Felix Dahler
Ball Gunner Sgt. Jacob Kates
Port Waist Sgt. Levi Kovalchik
Starboard Waist Sgt. Milt Newman
Tail Gunner Sgt. Wesley Page

Debrief:
Compiled by witnesses from crewmen of other planes in the formation regarding the loss of Swiss Mistress:
“She looked to have a mostly uneventful flight to Emden. Some Fw-190s moved in on her as we approached the target but she seemed to weather it okay. Then the flak started. It was pretty bad and apparently the Krauts got lucky. A shower of flame and shrapnel blew out of the rear. Once the smoke cleared we could see the port tailplane and the rudder were completely ripped apart. The tail section completely tore away seconds later. The front wind-milled out of control and dropped rapidly from the sky. No parachutes. Poor green bastards. Hopefully, the wreckage damaged something worthwhile when it hit.”
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1st Lt. Richard Tucker, newly appointed pilot (in replacement of 1st Lt. Raymond McGowen) of "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097), 153rd BS, request to fly "Tail End Charlie".


"Mission Belle" completed the mission to Emden and safely returned at Elveden Hall with minimal damage. Report to follow...
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After Action Report (AAR) #136

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: 136 (Bomber 7)
Date: December, 1943
Target: Emden
Position: Middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Ian Thorpe (8)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Hermes Gambit (8)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Hector Black (6)****
Navigator: 2nd Lt. Apollo Williams (8)***
Engineer: MSgt. Thor Svenson (8)#
Radio Operator: Sgt. Phillip Poseidon (7)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Odin Widowmaker (8)***
Port Waist: Sgt. Castor Dioscuri (1)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Pollux Dioscuri (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Anubis Ali (7)**

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

Bomb Run : Off Target
Accuracy: 0%

Enemy Fighters Encountered: 6 : (KIA – 0 / Prob – 0 / Damg – 1)
Fighters Driven off: 4

B-17s disposition: Returned.

Minimal damage to port wing, aileron and tail oxygen

Total hits: 3

Peckham Points: 40

Mission Description:

Very quiet mission with not much to say. The P-51s did a great job keeping us safe. We only got shot at a couple times. The only damage to our plane was from the heavy flak. Which also rocked us off target.

So, this mission was a bit of a wash.


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





Pilot: 2 Lt. Dennis Munn
B-17: Mysterious Monika (B-17G-5-B0 42-31172) GG-A
Squadron: 154th Bombardment Squadron, 218th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 136 (Bomber 1)
Date: December 11th, 1943
Target: Emden, Germany. P/A (Port Area)
Position: High Squadron

Crew Status:
Pilot: 2 Lt. Dennis Munn (5) Frostbit-Recovered
Copilot: 2 Lt. Russell F. Walker (5) Frostbit- Recovered
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Brian J. Flores (12)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. William I. Burmbaugh (1)
Engineer: MSgt. Greg K. Sanders (1) SW-IH
Radio Operator: TSgt. Peter Cross (2)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Donald D. Murray (1) *
Port Waist:Sgt. George T. Barker (1) SW-IH
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Dennis P Goodwin (4) LW
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Chester L. Stalling (4) ****

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

Bomb Run:
---- Bomb Drop; Could not Drop
---- Accuracy; DNB

Enemy Fighters Activity: Encountered – 16; (KIA – 3 / Prob – 1 / Damg – 1)
---- Bf109: 1-KIA / 1-Prob / 0-Damg (10 Attacked)
---- Bf110: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 0-Damg (1 Attacked)
---- FW190: 2-KIA / 0-Prob / 1-Damg (7 Attacked)
---- Me410: 0-KIA / 0-Prob / 0-Damg (1 Attacked)
---- Driven-off: Total: 0-KIA / 2-Prob / 1-Damg / 0-Driven-off (by P-38’s & P-47’s & P-51’s)

Claims:
Sgt. D. Murray; 1x FW190 Destroyed & 1x Bf109 Probable & 1x Bf109
Sgt. C. Stalling; 1x FW190 Destroyed & 1x Bf109 Destroyed

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s disposition:
Msgt. Cory Berkely Mysterious Monika 42-31172 Moderate damage with 3 hits causing wounds, 0 fatalities, two serious and one light wounds. Thirteen of the Twenty-three hits were of a superficial nature (179pts Peckham Points)

In Hospital:
Returning to duty:
Pilot: 2 Lt. Dennis Munn (5) Returns to duty on 12th December
Copilot: 2 Lt. Russell F. Walker (5) Returns to duty on 13th December
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Dennis P Goodwin (4) Returns to duty on 14th December

Returning Home:
Port Waist:Sgt. George T. Barker (1) Returns home on 22nd December
Engineer: MSgt. Greg K. Sanders (1) Returns home on 26th December

Replacements:
(Engineer) MSgt. Michael A. Acton
(Left Waist Gunner) Sgt. Samuel M. Uribe

Mission Description:
Subject: Emden. P/A (Port Area)
11-December-43 Mission Report C6M136-172

Mission Debriefing:
Assembly and form up went as briefed. We made it all the way to the target till any enemy aircraft approached us, though they had hit other squadrons in our group. They hit with vengeance when they did show up. The first attack was a squadron of Butcherbirds, Gosh how I hate these birds, with five of them pick out our ship. Sgt Stalling destroyed one and Sgt Murray winged a second plane. Two of the remaining FW190’s landed hit accumulating to thirteen rounds. After the fur had flown we were down two men with serious wounds and a jammed bomb bay doors. Upon their attempt at a second run Sgt Murray dispatched one of the two by removing its port wing. The last enemy fighter shot wide and bugged out. The second wave was scattered to the four winds as our little friends came in, in force. Three Bf109s went down trailing smoke. The lone survivor took a hap hazard shot and left for home.

Being our ability to bomb was jammed up we road out the flak in and out of the target. I made the call that we would be bringing the eggs home as I would not chance having the doors open and then not retract causing us sever drag that would most likely force us out of formation. The flak on the way in did some minor damage but the egress flak was less intense. But we did see the “Swiss Mistress” take a shell in the tail on the way in. This hit eventually severed the tail section causing her to spin out of control. We failed to observe any chutes, tough luck for the rookies.

As we departed the target and its flak zones the Luftwaffe came in at full strength. They came in three waves. The first group, two Bf110s, was driven away by the ace shooting from Lieutenant Botha’s crew in “Catskill Milkmaid.” They chased the bandits away. The second wave, a mix of 10s, 109s and a 410, pressed in form the rear.

Stalling downed his second when the Bf109 from the six erupted into flames with a tracer penetrating his fuel supply. Only the Me410 landed shells doing minor damage. He pressed the attack to no effect. Our encounter with the third wave say four Bf109s buzzing around with only one plane hitting the port wing root. Upon there successive attack Sgt Murray severely damaged one sending all of them home licking their wounds. Back over the North Sea a small contingence of Bf109s shadowed our group with a few making weak attacks which were deterred by our coordinated squadron fire. Just before land fall in England we encountered a lone Me110 that dropped a bomb on the formation, with no effect, and then made a lame attempt at shooting us..

Due to lose of heat in the cockpit, on the return trip, Lt Walker and I acquired a mild case of frostbite to our hands. Doc said we will be fine to fly tomorrow.

The rest of the trip was text book with the “Mysterious Monika” being ready for operations tomorrow.

Respecfully,
Second Lieutenant Dennis Munn
Command Pilot of, “Mysterious Monika” (B-17G-5-B0 42-31172)
154th BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK


Mission Note: A better mission than 135. I did think it was all over in the target zone when we took such numerous shells on one pass, ten from the second plane. But the new plane held up well.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. D Tyler
B-17: Return to Bull Run (B-17G-15-DL 42-37849) (Mission 5)
Squadron: 152nd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group
Mission: Mission 136, December 11, 1943
Target: Emden, Germany (Port Facility)

Bomb Run: N/A
Over Target: No
Plane Status: Crashed in Germany
Casualties: KIA: 0 WIA: 0 POW: 10 MIA: 0
Fighters: Destroyed: 1 Probable: 1 Damaged: 1

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

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. C Grover (6) {1} [POW]
Navigator: 2nd Lt. TH Meagher (7) {1} [POW]
Pilot: 1st Lt. D Tyler (12) {0} [POW]
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. I Richardson (8) {0} [POW]
Engineer: 2nd Lt. R Mason (21) {18} [POW]- KIA P: 1-190, D: 1-190
Radio Oper.: Sgt. WL Brown (5) {1} [POW]- KIA
Ball Gunner: SSgt. R Cowdin (11) {6} [POW]
Pt Waist G: Sgt. CA Craig (3) {1} [POW]
Stbd Waist G: Sgt. MB Lakeman (3) {0} [POW]
Tail Gunner: SSgt. W Blaisdell (11) {10} [POW] K: 1-110

Fighters Encountered: Ace: 1, Average: 10, Green: 0

B-17 Damage: Destroyed

Peckham Points: N/A

Landing: N/A

Special Note: SSgt. W Blaisdell awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for gunnery


In Hospital: N/A

Mission Description: Filed Capt. Cubica based on eyewitness reports

As the Return to Bull Run approached the target the plane was hit twice by flak. The first hit disabled Engine #3. The second hit started a fuel fire in the port wing. The plane dove rapidly attempting to extinguish the flames, however the dive only served to fan the flames. Eyewitnesses counted ten parachutes leave the plane. The International Red Cross reports that the entire crew of the Return to Bull Run was captured by German troops and the men were transferred to a POW camp.

Post Script May 1945: In early May of 1945 allied troops liberate a large POW camp in Northern Germany. Among the camp’s occupants are 1st Lt. Tyler and seven of his men. In his hand are two letters ready to be mailed to the families of Sgt. Brown and 2nd Lt. Mason. Both men had died of tuberculosis last winter.
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Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Tucker (newly appointed in replacement of 1st Lt. Raymond McGowen)
B-17: "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
Squadron: 153rd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 136 (this bomber 4)
Date: December 11th, 1943
Primary Target: Emden, Germany. P/A (Port & Dock Area)
Position: Low-low Squadron, Tail Position

Crew Status: previous kills(current mission) kills [status]
Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Tucker (1)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. Arte Watson (4)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Joe Burke **(4)
Navigator: 2nd Lt. James Mathis (2)
Engineer: TSgt. Jack Canyon (1)
Radio Operator: Sgt. Donald Lewis (4)
Ball Gunner: Sgt. Evan Mayer (1) *
Port Waist: Sgt. Louis Gregory *(4)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. Eugene Wofford (1)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Donald Tanner (4)

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

Bomb Run: OFF / 0%

14 Enemy Fighters Encountered: 9 Bf-109, 5 Bf-110 (1 ace)
Destroyed: 1 (1 ace Bf-110)
Probable: 3 (1 Bf-109, 2 Bf-110)
Damaged: 0
F. Cover: 10 (8 Bf-109, 2 Bf-110)
Box Def.: 1 wave driven off

Claims:
Sgt. Evan Mayer (BTG) : 1 ace Bf-110
Sgt. Donald Tanner (TLG): 1 probable Bf-109 + 1 probable Bf-110
2nd Lt. Joe Burke (BMB] : 1 probable Bf-110

Medals and Promotions:
None

B-17s Disposition: Returned and ready for next mission
3 Hits (all by Flak)
Engine #3 Runaway (Prop feathered and engine out).
Superficial: 2

Damage Points: 27

Replacements needed:
None

Reserve and Recuperation:
(ENG) TSgt. Finlay Coleman (3) seriously wounded: recuperation til December 19th, then rotated home.


Mission Debriefing:

Zone 4 Outbound: Engaged by 3 Bf-110 and 1 Bf-109. One Bf-110 and the Bf-109 were driven away by friendly cover. The two remaining Bf-110, coming from opposite directions, were damaged by tail gunner and bombardier. They both missed and left. A second wave of 2 Bf-109 was intercepted by P-51s and aborted its attack.

Target Zone 7 Outbound: Engaged by a Bf-110 and a Bf-109. Fighter cover drive away both.

Bomb Run: Heavy Flak ingress, moderate Flak egress. A burst from the heavy barrage hit us in the starboard wing just before the drop. Engine #3 was hit and start to run away but we were able to feather it. Lt. Burke couldn't however correct the drifting and missed the target.

Target Zone 7 Inbound: Enemy fighters driven away by other B-17s.

Zone 4 Inbound: Engaged by 3 Bf-109 and 1 Bf-110 (ace). Friendly P-51s take care of the 3 Bf-109. The Bf-110 dodged the chin turret fire, only to meet the deadly bullets fired from the ball. Good shooting and first claim for Sgt. Mayer.

Zone 3 Inbound: Engaged by 2 Bf-109. The first one inefficiently lobbed some rockets into the formation before being driven off by friendly cover. The second one came in our six high and was unable to hit us after taking damage from both top turret and tail guns. Lucky day for that guy to survive damage from two tween MGs in a 109!


A unexpected easy mission in tail slot due, in a large measure, to the imperial cover of our new little shiny friends from the 355th FG. Unfortunately, we couldn't take advantage of this opportunity, because of that damned flak that threw us off target.


Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard Tucker
Command Pilot, "Mission Belle" (B-17G-1-BO 42-31097)
153rd BS, 281st BG(H), 3rd Bombardment Wing
Elveden Hall, UK

Comments:
After having lost two planes in my last two Tail End Charlie missions, I was pleasantly surprised by how easily this one was carried out. But how I hate rolling '3' after being hit by flak!
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Pilot: 2nd Lt. Sean Stith
Plane: OUTLAW MAN
Serial# B-17G-20-B0 42-31550

Mission: 136(1)
Target: Emden-Port/Dock Faciities
Sqdn: 153rd
Position: Low-low
Bomb run: DNB

Crew:
Pilot - 2nd Lt. Sean Stith |▐██▌| w/cluster (11)
Copilot - 2nd Lt. Rhett Howe |▐██▌| (4)
Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Orlando Carter |▐██▌| * (1)
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Ronald Wilcox TDY |▐██▌| * (5)
Engineer - SSgt. Jeremy Westbrook |▐██▌| ½ (5)
Radio Op.- TSgt. Francis Koster (0)
Ball Gunner - Sgt. Brandon Tooley |▐██▌| ****½ (9)
Port Waist - Sgt. Cornell Rhodes (4)
Strbd Waist - Sgt. Chris Keele (3)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. Hobert Bellinger * (3)

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

Aircraft Status

Multiple machine gun failures due to extreme temperatures. Mission aborted zone 3.

Enemy Fighter Report

Bf109 - sorties 0
Bf110 - sorties 0
Fw190 - sorties 0

Replacement Crew Available

2nd Lt. Alan Kahl 1 PH, 1 EA (Navigator)
-flew 5 missions with Barge Crew (THAT MANGY CAT)
-flew 2 missions with Rose Crew (THAT MANGY CAT)
Sgt. Robert Lewis (Ball Gunner)
-flew 1 mission with Shorter Crew (KICK IN THE REAR)
Sgt. Jarrod Seidner 1 PH (Waist gunner)
-flew 1 mission with Shorter Crew (GUNSLINGER)

Hospitalized Crewman

Lt. Frank Quimby 3 PH (Navigator) (19-Dec-43)
-flew 2 missions with Shorter Crew (KICK IN THE REAR)
-flew 2 missions with Shorter Crew (GUNSLINGER)
-flew 1 mission with Stith Crew (GUNSLINGER)

Mission Report

We took off cleanly and formed up over England with the rest of the 153rd. As we cleared English air space I gave the crew the clearance to fire-check their weapons.

"Engineer to Pilot, Lt. the top turret guns are malfunctioning"
"Tail to Pilot, sir the tail guns will not fire"
"Radio to Pilot, skipper the radio room gun is jammed"
"Navigator to Pilot, skipper, both cheek guns are jammed, I think they are affected by the cold"

The other positions reported no problems with their guns.

With half my machineguns out of commission I made the decision to abort.

"Pilot to crew, we are going to abort the mission, Sgt. Koster, inform squadron lead of my decision."

"Pilot to crew, those of you with working guns, keep a sharp lookout."

"Radio to Pilot, squadron lead acknowledges"

I eased back on throttles, letting myself drop down and away from the formation before banking left and away. We encountered no enemy aircraft on our short flight home.

2nd Lt. Sean Stith, Pilot, OUTLAW MAN, 153rd Bomber Squadron, 281st Bomber Group (H)

Note: Random event #10, NOW I roll a bunch of sixes! Sheesh.

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After Action Report

Pilot: 1st Lt. John Fowler
B-17: Six Shooter (B-17G-30-B0 42-31854 )
Squadron: 152nd Bombardment Squadron, 281st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Mission: 136 (this bomber 3)
Date: December 11, 1943
Target: Emden, Port and dock
Position: Low squadron, middle

Crew Status:
Pilot: 1st Lt. J. Fowler (3)
Copilot: 2nd Lt. V. Browning (3)
Bombardier: 2nd Lt. A. Morrow (3)*^
Navigator: 2nd Lt. F. Garafalo (3)^
Engineer: MSgt. J. Brockwell (3)***
Radio Operator: Sgt. J. Hughes (3)*
Ball Gunner: Sgt. A. Udell (3)
Port Waist: Sgt. C. Burris (3)
Starboard Waist: Sgt. S. McGee (3)
Tail Gunner: Sgt. E. Edmondson (3)
^ = 1/2 kill
* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills
(x) = Total missions

Bomb drop: Off target
Accuracy: 5%

Fighters Encountered: 2 x Fw-190 // 8 x Bf-109
Driven off by escort: 1 x Fw-190 // 4 x Bf-109
Kills: Confirmed-4 Prob-1 Damg-0
2Lt A. Morrow (B) - Bf-109 - Confirmed
2Lt A. Morrow (B) & MSgt Brockwell (FE) - Bf-109 - Confirmed
2Lt Garafalo (Nav) & MSgt Brockwell (FE) - Bf-109 - Confirmed
MSgt Brockwell (FE) - Bf-109 - Confirmed
Msgt Brockwell (FE) - Bf-109 - Probable

Awards and Promotions:
None

B-17 Status:
Landed safely at Elveden Hall with only superficial damage

Replacements:
None

Debrief:
Uneventful takeoff and form-up with the group. This was the first time our crew had flown with P-51 escorts and they were impressive. No contact was made with enemy fighters until half way to target when we spotted two Fw-190s. Fighter cover drove off the wingman while the lead made one ineffective pass.

Heavy defensive fire from other B-17s drove off some German fighters as we approached the coastline. Sgt Burris, our Port Waist Gunner, reported that we took some medium caliber hits to the waist section, possibly from friendly defensive fire since no German fighters were seen making attack runs on our aircraft at this time.

Our P-51 escort cleared the way to target, driving off 3 of 4 attacking Bf-109s. Our Engineer, MSgt Brockwell, downed the remaining fighter with several well-aimed bursts from the top turret as it approached from 6 o'clock high.

The target run itself was pretty bad for our squadron. While the flak was heavy, it was not initially very accurate. This all changed as we closed on the target and our formation was hit by a volley of remarkably accurate fire. I had already given control of the aircraft to Lt Morrow when the tail of our aircraft was suddenly lifted by a close flak detonation. I had to take back control of the aircraft to steady it, but was able to re-engage the autopilot and give control back to Lt Morrow in time for him to release the bombs. This last minute correction apparently made our bombs land slightly off target, although we couldn't be certain.

Damage reports from the tail were slow because Sgt Edmondson (tail gunner) reported seeing a B-17 that was originally at our 4 o'clock, slight low, drop out of formation with the #3 engine out and the left wing on fire. We suspect this bird was Lt Tyler's "Return to Bull Run" and was hit by the same flak barrage that knocked our aim off target. While Edmondson watched the B-17 as long as he could and reported seeing all 10 chutes, one of our waist gunners looked over the tail section and reported via intercom that we'd received several holes from the flak, but nothing serious. I could barely get in a word edgewise over the intercom between the damage reports, updated count of the number of chutes from "Return to Bull Run", and then a report from MSgt Brockwell in the top turret that "Swiss Mistress" had taken a direct hit to the tail. Brockwell reported that the rudder and one tail plane of "Swiss Mistress" were missing, then that the tail section had completely ripped off and that she was gone. No one saw any chutes from "Swiss Mistress". The flak lessened off target as we turned for home and closed the formation to account for the loss of Lt Dodgson's and Lt Tyler's aircraft and crews.

The Luftwaffe was back as soon as the flak stopped. Two Bf-109s dove at us, our fighter escort again chasing off one of our attackers. The other flew straight and level and the pilots' aim was far off the mark. Luckily for us, Lt Morrow and MSgt Brockwell scored multiple hits on the 109, tearing it's right wing off and sending it spiraling to the ground. One final 2-ship of 109s took advantage of a short break in our fighter cover to attack us after we'd been over water for about 30 minutes. The wingman missed us while Msgt Brockwell again got half-credit for a kill, this time sharing it with our navigator Lt Garafalo.

The rest of our return trip was uneventful and gave us too much time to think about the friends we'd lost on "Swiss Mistress" and "Return to Bull Run". They'll be missed.

1st Lt. John Fowler
152nd BS
Elveden Hall, UK
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Lt. Carl Talbot and his co-pilot, Len Conner, stood watching, with envious eyes, as the planes of the 281st took off on their mission. Rumor had it the would be bombing the port in Emden.
Talbot and his crew has just recently arrived at Elveden Hall. Almost as soon as the had landed the shiny, new B-17G they had flown from the U.S. had been taken and assigned to an older crew. So, now the waited.

“Think we’ll get a assigned a plane by the next mission, Tal?” asked Conner.

“Hope so. I didn’t come to England just to sit around and drink bad coffee.” was Talbot’s reply.

“I hope we get a 'G'.”

“I wouldn’t get your hopes up.” said Talbot “We’re the new crew, we’ll probably get the most shot-up bird they can patch together.”

“You’re always such a ray of sunshine, Tal. Come on, I’ll buy you a cup of joe.”

“What did I ever do to you, Len?”

Smiling the two men walk toward the mess hall. Talbot glanced over his shoulder at to vanishing planes and thought, Next time we’ll be up there with them.


Being new to the campaign I'm not sure what the procedure is of getting a replacement plane, my apologies if I've missed the explanation somewhere along the line.
Looking forward to the next mission.

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Groo56 wrote:
Lt. Carl Talbot and his co-pilot, Len Conner, stood watching, with envious eyes, as the planes of the 281st took off on their mission...

Being new to the campaign I'm not sure what the procedure is of getting a replacement plane, my apologies if I've missed the explanation somewhere along the line.
Looking forward to the next mission.


Nice write up!

I will assign the serial numbers for your replacement planes. Usually I will post in the Campaign News thread all the Replacement Planes just prior to posting the new mission. But with all that went on yesterday I haven't made it that far yet. I will do that in the next hour. I will make a public roll for each plane, using the die roller provided by BGG, and then assign the proper plane and serial number. You can see the percentages needed in the house rules thread for the B-17G here.

If you need/want your plane type sooner than I get it to you, just make a public roll for one like StocktonDave did after mission 135. I will then get you a proper serial number as soon as I see it. Or if you're adventurous, just take one of the spares listed in the last Replacement Plane post by making a request in the mission thread you plan on using the plane.

I hope this answered your question,
Jim P cool

PS just rolled you up a brand new, ah shiny, ah war horse;
jasta6 previously rolled 1d100 = (97) = 97 (Groo56 ) (B-17F)
B-17F-130-B0 42-30988 after Mission 135
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If you need time to get mission 136 in let me know and I'll give you till midnight, your time, this coming Wednesday, 10th of July, to get it in. If you can get it in today that is great but no hurry if you need time. Just let me know and I will hold off on posting the end of mission report till later.

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John,
Your replacement after mission 135 is;

jasta6 previously rolled 1d100 = (65) = 65 (infomanohio) (B-17F)

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B-17F-130-B0 42-30959 after Mission 135
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