While working on B-25 I now realize that Hydraulic Failures are too complicated to use. I will revise it all.
The B-26 has arrived in the European Theater of Operations. It has now joined the B-17, B-24 and the Lancaster over the skies of war torn Europe...
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Martin B-26 Marauder: The Wingless Wonder was the name of a variant of Avalon Hill's B-17: Queen of the Skies solitaire boardgame. A draft of B-26 was available for play testing which used the B-17: Queen of the Skies rules and B-17 was needed to play. Everything has changed since then, and B-26: The Marauder Strikes! has completly new mechanics and is a stand alone game. It is a solitaire game set on board a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War Two in the European Theater of Opearations from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945.
B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is a big game in that there are many target lists, rules, mission maps and details which are not found in B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan. For example, the Damage Tables are more detailed than the earlier games and the combat system is similar, but completely new. The Target Lists include a large selection of targets attacked by B-26s from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945 and are placed on 13 maps (movement boards) which are different depending on where your base is located, from England to the Netherlands. Different models of the B-26 is also included from the early B-26 in 1941 until the B-26G which entered combat in October 1944. The earlier models are not used in the European Theater of Operations (the ETO) in which B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is set, but will be used in 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia, an add-on variant set in the Pacific in the war against Japan in New Guinea.
The rules in this Flight Manual try to reflect the twin engined B-26 Marauder and situations and events which the crews saw on their missions and historical accuracy has been an important guideline during the development of this game.
Players familiar with B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan recognize the mechanics used in B-26. One or more 6-sided dice are rolled on tables to plan the mission, to determine if enemy fighters appear, to hit with machine gun fire and to determine damage and wounds and much more. B-26 is as easy to play as B-17 with its basic system which is similar to the mechanics in B-17: Queen of the Skies. Players who have flown missions in B-17 may find that B-26 is similar, but more detailed and there are ideas included in B-26 which can be found in the B-17: Queen of the Skies community. If you add the advanced and optional guidelines you will find B-26 to become deep, detailed and complex, but still does not stray far from the simple mechanics of the basic system. You will also find yourself in situations where you have to make a decision.
The Core Game Flight Manual will be used to play the A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader and B-25 Mitchell add-ons.
You can begin your campaign flying missions from bases in England or jump in later in the war when the B-26 groups had moved to the continent and you will find Mission Maps with your station either in England, France, Belgium or the Netherlands depending on when you fly your missions. Put together a crew, name your B-26 and fly missions over France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria and Chechoslovakia!
As long as the Fuel Transfer pump is operating the first leak on two separate tanks are no effect. The second leak on one tank is Treated as a Leak on a third thank (Player’s choice). The first and second tanks will be considered empty from this point.
When the third tank is empty, the fourth tank is Treated as a Leak. If the third tank leaks before a second leak on another tank see 1st leak on main/outboard tank.
Should the fourth tank leak before the third tank is empty see first leak on main/outboard tank and keep track of how much fuel remains in each tank.
When the third tank is empty, fuel from the fourth tank supplies both engines. Divide the remaining fuel turns by 2 rounded up.
Mechanical Failures or combat damage can result in drag or slowing down your bomber. An unfeathered propeller, landing gear down, flaps down, cowl flaps open, BIP damage and Aft Bomb Bay Doors jammed open will cause drag.
7.42.1 The B-26 is out of formation (see 7.45.0 Out of Formation) immediately after the attack (Initial/Successive/FLAK/Mechanical Failure - see A.5.26) and after all actions are finished in the current Turn the B-26 must begin the next Turn returning to base. (See also 7.42.4 to 6.)
7.42.2 Bombs must be dropped. If the bombs cannot be dropped the B-26 must crash land or the crew bail out at the end of the second turn at the latest. Jettison ammunition and machine guns to gain one more turn.
7.42.3 With one engine out and drag the crew must bail out Table BO-1b. If at 2000ft or lower Table BO-1c or crash landing on LT-1a (Land) or LW-1 (Water). Bail out or land at the end of the Turn.
7.42.4 If DRAG damage in the Target Zone by Mechanical Failures/Fighters: The B-26 is out of formation and the bombs must be dropped. It will not go through FLAK nor bomb with the Formation. After all actions are finished in the current Turn the B-26 must begin the next Turn returning to base. (See 7.42.6.)
7.42.5 If DRAG damage in the Target Zone by FLAK: The B-26 is out of formation and the bombs must be dropped. It will not bomb with the Formation. After FLAK in the current Turn the B-26 must begin the next Turn returning to base. (See 7.42.6.)
7.42.6 When returning the B-26 must go through two Turns in the current Turn and two turns in each of the following zones.
7.42.61 If returning in the Target Zone after FLAK, the first Turn has first FLAK (TZ-2) then Fighters on MT-2. The second Turn has only Fighters on MT-2. (If Advanced Table MT-1a is used, roll on it first each Turn.)
7.42.62 If already returning from Target the B-26 is out of formation and must go through one more turn in the current zone.
7.42.4 The mission may be aborted.
7.42.5 No Evasive Action (7.46.0) is allowed.
7.42.6 Drag & Fuel Consumption. (MAY CHANGE!)
7.43 SLOWED has been deleted. ALL FOLLOWING SECTIONS WILL BE RENUMBERED.