The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!

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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...


PRE-ORDER B-26 HERE AT LEGION WARGAMES: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_B26.html

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!

B-25 in the MTO Mission #4

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-10-29 02:46:27

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 4/4

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 9 Dec 1942

Primary Target: Marshallling Yard at Gabes, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,500 Ft 3 Element Vee Formation, #3 ship, 1st Flight, 2nd Group

Results: Ind Off Tgt, Poor (0%)

Group On Tgt 250, Suprior (90%)

EA engaged: Fw 190-A3 KIA by P-38

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (3) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (3) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (3) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Clarence ‘Clancy’ Evers (1) (0)

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (3) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x2, Left Wing Main Fuel Tank Fire (extinguishd - Leak), Radio Out (Mech Fail), Intercom Out (Mech Fail), Belly Landing

AAR:

The target was the Marshalling Yard at Gabes, Tunisia. We were going in low in the hopes of avoiding detection. But, at least we had some good escort with us. With fair skies over Maison Blanche takeoff and Assembly went well, Miss Sadie taking the right wing slot in the lead flight of a three element Vee Formation. We would be following another group, though they would break off to hit a different target. Rendezvous with our Little Friend went off like clockwork and I began to think that we had left the gremlins from our last mission behind; wishful thinking as it would turn out.

No sooner (Zone 2) had we linked up with the P-38s then Cpl Wagstrom reported the radio was no longer working. After trying to bring it back into service, without success, Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom) moved back to man the tail guns. We weren’t the only ones to suffer problems, another AC reported difficulties but opted to stay with the Formation (Zone 3 Formation Casualties: NE). After that things settled down for a while.

The skies over Gabes (Zone 9) were cloudy. While it made acquiring the target difficult, it also helped hide our approach, as had coming in low to the deck. We caught the Luftwaffe unawares, facing no EA and the ingress Flak was weak and inaccurate. Of course, it also worked against us, Sandy (2LT Hanson) being unable to ID the AP, each AC making its own bomb run. Still, the rest of the Group managed and we weren’t going to make another pass; due both to not wanting to leave the formation and fuel considerations – Gabes is a long way and low level flying really burns up the avgas! While we missed, the rest of the Group faired better, really clobbering the target.

By now the Germans knew we were there and the Flak coming off the target, though no more accurate than before, was much stronger. With all that lead filling the air we were bound to be hit, and we were. Both the Radio and Nav compartments took hits, fortunately no one was in them at the time. The bigger problem was the fire that erupted in the left main fuel tank. Although the slipstream ended up extinguishing it, we now were hemorrhaging fuel, something we could ill afford. An Fw 190-A3 tried to interfere with our departure but fell to a twin-tailed devil. Then it was heads back home, hopefully.

Our situation continued to worsen as (Zone 8) Lead got his bearings mixed up; more precious fuel expended. Then the intercom went out (Zone 5) and the left engine sputtered to a halt with no more gas. Lead spent more time mucking around trying to get his bearings (Zone 3). By this time it was obvious we weren’t to make it home and I had Sandy (2LT Hanson) start looking for an alternate airfield. He found one (Zone 2) and even though the weather wasn’t the best, we couldn’t afford to spend more time searching for another one. With the Left engine out, neither the left landing gear nor flaps would deploy so I set Miss Sadie down on her belly. It was touch and go, but we made it. TSgt Sollon won’t be happy, but I think she’ll fly again, as will we. Hopefully by then our luck will have changed.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)



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B-25 in the MTO Mission 3

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-10-26 04:17:11

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 3/3

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 2 Dec 1942

Primary Target: Airfield at El Aouina, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,500 Ft 3 Flight Diamond Formation, #4 ship, 2nd Flight

Results: Weather Abort in Zone 2

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (2) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (2) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (2) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Clarence ‘Clancy’ Evers (0) (0)

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: None

AAR:

Some mornings it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. This was one of those mornings.

Our new engineer, Sgt Clancy Evers, joined us as we piled into the jeep and headed out to where Miss Sadie was waiting. TSgt Sollon had her preflighted and we were soon sitting in the queue on the rain dampened tarmac. That’s when things started going south.

The # 2 engine started to cough and sputter like it was going to quit. It didn’t (rolled a mechanical failure on Take-Off but ignored to continue the playtest). But the Wright radial settled down before it was make or brake time and we were soon in the air. That was strike one.

Airborne, we moved into the #4 positon in the second flight when Sgt Evers reported an unexplained vapor trail. Turns out we had a leak in the hydraulic system; strike two.

We managed to link up with our escort (Zone 1) and headed out over the Med (Zone 2) when Sandy (2LT Hanson) reported that he thought we were in the wrong position. Be that as it may, I knew that the Major wasn’t going to listen to me so we followed along. Then the sky started to turn really black and it became even harder to hold formation as the weather worsened. 1LT Jones, the Major’s navigator, finally got his bearings, but by this time the Major decided to call off the mission and we turned for home. Strike three!

As we got back over Algeria (Zone 1) we hit an isolated patch of clear sky and then it was back into the weather and a wet landing at Maison Blanche. Depsite the storm over the airfield the landing went well.

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing!

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)



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B-25 in the MTO Mission 2

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-30 03:37:06

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 2/2

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 30 Nov 1942

Primary Target: Harbor at Bizerte, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 3,000 Ft 3 Flight Diamond Formation, #4 ship, Lead Flight

Results: Individual, 1st Flight, & 2nd Flight: NE; 3rd Fight: Superior

EA engaged:

Bf 109G-2 2=2 Driven off by Escort

Bf 109G-2/R6 1=1 Undamaged

Bf 109F-4 4=1 LD (Escort), 3 Undamaged

Fw 190A-2 1=1 Undamaged

Total 8

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (2) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (2) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (2) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (2) (0) SW - IH

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: Sgt Robert Beloit: Purple Heart

Damage: Superficial x1, Serious Wound x1, Right Flap Inoperable

AAR:

“Bob’s been hit! Bahd!” Cpl Jeff Wagstrom’s shaken voice comes over the intercom. “Whahttah we gonnah do?”

“Take care of him!” 2LT Chuck Renquist responds, hoping he sounds calmer than his radio operator. Beside Renquist, 2LT Randy Malm silently mouths a prayer as the formation fends off more bandits.

While the weather over Maison Blanche (Zone 0) was far from ideal, it presented no real problems as we lifted off and took up our position as Tail-End-Charlie of the lead flight in a three flight Diamond formation. Fortunately the weather quickly improved and by the time we were to rendezvous with our escort (Zone 1) it was CAVU. The boys in the P-38s showed up right on time and we were soon on our way once more to Tunisia.

The clear skies, both in terms of weather and enemy fighters, maintained themselves until we hit the coast of Tunisia (Zone 7) when clouds put in an appearance, as did the Luftwaffe. A pair of Bf 109G-2s came at us, but the Twin-Tailed Devils chased them both off.

As we neared Bizerte (Zone 8) the enemy became a bit more aggressive, two waves contesting our approach to the harbor. First up were a pair of Bf 109F-4s, coming in low on our 5 and slipping past the escort. Cpl Wagstrom raced to the right waist and got off a shot at one of the bandits to no noticeable effect. Not so Jerry. I felt, more than heard, the sickening thud of impacting rounds and then Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom) was on the intercom saying Bob (Sgt Beloit) had been hit bad. There was little enough time to deal with Bob as Jerry came around for another pass. This time luck was on our side as Jerry couldn’t get into a good firing position and sought out a better target. Next an Fw 190A-2 came up from below but couldn’t draw a bead on us. Of course, we couldn’t hit him either. Then the Flak started. It may have been ‘light caliber’ guns put it was very intense, and despite the clouds the German gunners managed to find us; shrapnel putting a few holes in us and shredding the right flap. Lead had no problem ID’ing the AP but his drop was off. Needless to say that meant the rest of us were off too. The second flight did no better, though 2LT Ward leading the third flight got his timing right – I’m sure we’re all going to hear about that at the O Club tonight!

Coming off the Target, Lead took a hard left heading out over the Med. The maneuver managed to avoid any Flak or Bandits.

About halfway back home (Zone 5) and back over Algeria the Luftwaffe gave it one last shot, two waves attacking. Leading off was a Bf 109G-2/R6, the model with the extra gunpods under the wings. Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), who had been tending to Bob (Sgt Beloit) raced for the guns but wasn’t able to get there in time to fire. Fortunately for us, Jerry couldn’t get into firing position either. By the time the second wave, another pair of Bf 109F-4s came in Jeff had manned the tail guns. Not of much help as the bandits hit us head on, coming in at 12 level and low. I let go with the fixed nose and newly installed package guns at the one bandit while Sandy (2LT Hanson) fired at the other. Neither of us hit, nor did Jerry. One of the bandits came around for a second pass but couldn’t get into firing position and left.

The next challenge was finding our way home. There were a few tense moments as Lead seemed unsure just where we were (Zone 2) until he recognized some feature on the coast, though what there was to recognize is beyond me. Apparently it wasn’t much of a feature as there was still confusion as we neared home (Zone 1). But eventually things got straightened out.

The situation at Maison Blanche (Zone 0) wasn’t all that great, low ceiling and low visibility with rain. But with Bob’s (Sgt Beloit) injuries I decided not to waste time looking for a better landing field. Despite the rain Miss Sadie set herself down nicely and Sgt Beloit was rushed off in an ambulance. Doc says that he’ll recover, but Sgt Beloit won’t be flying anymore. I guess we’ll need a new engineer as TSgt Sollon says he and his boys will have Miss Sadie back in flying condition in no time.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)



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B-25 in the MTO Mission 1

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-18 18:36:07

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 1/1

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 28 Nov 1942

Primary Target: U-Boats at Ferryville, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,000 Ft 9 ship V Formation, #3 ship, Lead Flight

Results: No noticeable Effects on Target

EA engaged:

Bf 109E-7 1=1 Undamaged (1 Expert)

Bf 109F-4 2=1 SD, 1 Undamaged

Total 3

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (1) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (1) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (1) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (1) (0)

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (1) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Lt Engine Fire Extinguisher Out, Greenhouse Plexiglas Hit, Lt Aileron Out x2, Superficial x3, LW x1, Bomb Sight Destroyed

AAR:

“I thought the Desert was ‘sposed ta be hot,” Sgt Bob Beloit, the crew’s engineer, manages to get out between chattering teeth as the jeep load of men drives across the darkened sand at Maison Blnache.

“It is, durin’ the dah,” intones radio operator Cpl Jeff Wagstrom. “But with no vegetahtion ahn’ no moisture, it don’t retahn heat durin’ the night.”

“No kiddin’!” Beloit shoots back.

For my part, I was more interested in the shadow in the darkness before us taking shape as we drew closer. As the jeep came to a stop a man approached and said, “She’s all prepped and ready, Lieutenant.” The speaker was TSgt Mike Sollon, Miss Sadie’s crew chief and, a career Army man, older than the rest of us.

“Thanks, Sergeant.” I walked past Sollon to examine the B-25 that was to be our home for the next several hours.; had been our home for the past couple of months. Named after my girl back home, Miss Sadie was different now. I found myself momentarily wondering how much Sadie Morgan would change while I was away. Then, my attention returned to the bomber. She was a C model B-25, though TSgt Sollon and his boys had made some changes once we arrived in theater. The troublesome bottom turret was gone, and she sported new guns at her tail and waist. While the added guns were welcome, it would ave been even nicer had they come with an extra gunner. As it was, Sgt Beloit and Cpl Wagstrom would have to divide themselves among the four, including the top turret, gun positions.

“Should we saddle up, skip?” That was 2LT Sandy Hanson, my bombardier/Navigator and a self-described cowboy from Wyoming. I simply nodded, heading for the ladder in the bomb bay, followed by the rest of the boys. “Our first combat mission,” crossed my mind before the mission routine took over.

We were headed to someplace in Tunisia called, Ferryville, in the hopes of catching some U-Boats unawares. The S-3 decided we should go n low, Angels one, to minimize detection and give us a better chance of hitting such small targets. All I could think about was the extra fuel flying so low would eat up. We’d be pushing the limits.

Despite the lousy weather over Maison Blanche takeoff and assembly went well and we assumed our position on the right wing of the lead flight in the three Flight V. I guess everyone was a bit nervous, the Formation tightening up as we headed out over the Mediterranean. We didn’t have to worry about linking up with any escorting fighters, there wouldn’t be any. Somehow I wouldn’t have minded the added complication of making a rendezvous to have some Little Friends along.

Most of the flight to the target was uneventful and it didn’t take long for aircraft to start drifting out o position; not that there was much of a formation to maintain. Despite the absence of enemy activity, the early laxness disappeared and station keeping improved (Zone 4).

Our first encounter with the Luftwaffe occurred we drew nearer Tunisia (Zone 6). While none of the bandits attacked Miss Sadie, one Bf 109F-4 flew close enough to give Sandy (2LT Hanson) a shot, which he promptly missed.

Surprisingly, here were no bandits over the target (Zone 7). However, the FLAK was both strong and accurate. Shrapnel took out the fire extinguisher in the left engine as well as putting a few cracks in the Plexiglas in the nose. I had to remind Sandy (2LT Hanson) about radio discipline over the latter. Though we had no problem IDing the AP, the U-Boats proved to be elusive targets and no one in the Group claimed any hits. At least we didn’t lose any birds either.

Though still strong, the FLAK on target egress was far less accurate and we didn’t take any damage. By now the Luftwaffe had arrived and we found ourselves battling several bandits. First up was another F-4. Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), jumped to the right waist gun but didn’t have time to line up a shot. The Kraut did better, chewing up the left aileron. After that, Cpl Wagstrom moved to the tail guns, a prescient move as I turned out, the bandit coming back for another pass high on our six. The tail proved no more lucky for Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), though Sgt Beloit managed to put enough holes in the Kraut to discourage further attacks. Fortunately for us, the Bandit missed.

Then an older model (E-7) 109 came in level off our ten o’clock. Even without the kill marks on his tail, this guy’s approach from a direction we couldn’t hit showed him to be a man of experience – I gained a memento of that experience as hot lead burned through my arm! The ace made a couple more passes before running low on ammo, fuel, or both. While we couldn’t touch him, he only managed to put a few holes in us in non-critical locations.

After that the only enemy we had to fight was our fuel consumption, my co-pilot (2LT Randy Malm) providing steady updates on our dwindling supply. So it was that, despite the lousy weather over Masion Blanche I had no choice but to attempt a landing, the engines coughing out their last gasps as we inelegantly ‘landed.’ To say the least, TSgt Sollon was not happy. Still, Miss Sadie is repairable, as am I.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)


Here is the die roll-by-die roll for the mission:



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MTO AAR #1

Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2018-09-15 17:44:37
The first official MTO AAR of Mission #1 of the B-26 MTO Expansion, Nov. 1942.

It was a long mission, 12 zones, from Maison Blanche to Djedeida in Tunisia. The target was a marshalling yard. Light flak was was expected and the bombing altitude was 2000 feet.

Four bombers took off in fair weather and formed a Diamond and flew over the vast, emptiness of the Saharan Desert toward Tunisa. The B-26s entered enemy airspace, but no bandits were seen at this stage, probably due to the small formation and low level. The enemy here was poor weather as we we flew over Telergma. Soon there after two ships had to abort the mission, the lead and #2. Were they damaged by the poor weather? Hopefully they landed safely at Telergma.

Close to Tunisia a 110C-4 attacked from 10 high. It went for #3, who had taken over the lead, my B-26 was at first flying as #4 in the Diamond. My top turret gunner fired and hit that 110. One, maybe two, were seen to jump from the plane, but since we were at this low level we don't know the fate of those two enemy pilots. The mission continued without any further encounters with enemy fighters.

Two Zones later we reached our target are, but the weather was bad so we aborted, dumped our bombs and set course for Maison Blanche. In the same area where we had encountered that 110, two 109F-4s attacked from 6 o'clock. The tail guns jammed when Corporal Cornelius Thompson spray fired. One was hit and was later confirmed as a KIA. The second 109 made two successive attacks. The first was from 5 high, and then damaged by the top turret gunner. The tail guns were now inoperable, they had been too damaged by the long burst before. This fighter had hit my ship in the aft bomb bay, but the damage was superficial. The next attacked came from 9 low. The radio operator spray fired, jammed the gun and drove it off. It was not confirmed as a KIA.

There were no more enemy attacks.

We were off course twice on the route back, but the navigator in #3 had no difficulty in finding our way back to the station at Maison Blanche. Approximately 75 miles from home we encountered poor weather and #3 disappeared. We found ourselves alone when we reached the station in poor weather.

I decided to land, but it was a bad landing and the B-26 was damaged, but repairable and my crew injured. The pilot and tail gunner were seriously injured and sent home. Two men received only scratches and two were lightly injured. They will return 3 and 6 days, respectively.

The mission would have ended like this.... but I am cheating! (Please, don't tell anyone.) I have a House Rule, and this rule gave me a Lucky Charm on this mission. One of my gunners rolled "12" on the Spray Fire To Hit roll. That "12" also gave me a Lucky Charm. I used this lucky charm to save my B-26 when it landed... so it and my crew members are safe. We need some luck - actually, a lot of it... to survive this war.

PLAY-TEST COMMENTS/Thoughts 1: First impression is that it works fine. It is possible to fly different formations with 3 to 18 to more bombers. It seemed to be too much at first, but it doesn't seem to be difficult to understand and use. After a few more missions I will be able to tell if I have to change this somehow.

PLAY-TEST COMMENTS/Thoughts 2: Table MT-2 Small Formations. It is used when you fly with a small number of bombers when you check for enemy encounters. It is somewhat different from the regular MT-2 and after the last attacking wave you check again. On this mission, there were no other waves attacking after the first. I may have to change it or one or two DR modifications... for more action. It did not seem to be that much different from the regular MT-2. I assume a small formation is more difficult to spot, but once spotted and attacked, it will be attacked with more intensity.

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Play-Test AAR B-26C Loaded for Bear

Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2018-04-13 10:22:14

An AAR sent to me by a B-26 Test-Pilot. Thank you very much! I will also post more of his AARs. The answers to the comments and questions under "Play Test Comments" can be found in the Q&A Section.

B-26C Loaded for Bear

Mission No: 1

Campaign: JULY TO OCTOBER 1943, 8th AF Support Command, 8th Air Force

Date: 02-Jul-1943

Primary Target: Power station-Gosnay

Secondary Target: None

Mission Profile: Box 1, Lead Flight, #5

Results:

Box 1, Lead Flight: on target-500’/90%-superior

Box 1, Low Flight: off target, 0%

Box 1, High Flight: on target-500’/100%-excellent

Box 2, Lead Flight: on target-250’/100%-superior

Box 2, Low Flight: on target-500’/35%-poor

Box 2, High Flight: off target, 0%

Crew

Pilot: Allen Bell, 2nd Lt.

Co-Pilot: Dan Roberts, 2nd Lt.

Bombardier/Navigator: Arnold Moore, 2nd Lt.

Radio Operator: Bernard Richardson, Sgt.

Engineer: Marvin Coleman, Sgt.

Armorer: Gordon Stewart, Sgt.

Claims:

Bombardier/Navigator: Arnold Moore, 2nd Lt 1x109 Serious Damage

Awards: None

Damage:

1 outbound Nose Superficial

2 inbound Bomb bay Bomb bay door mechanism destroyed.

2 inbound Radio room Superficial

2 inbound Tail Superficial

2 inbound Waist Superficial

2 inbound Main bomb bay Bomb bay doors inoperable in open position.

2 inbound Right Wing Superficial

AAR:

Outbound

Zone 0 Take-off, no issues. Formation assembled with no casualties.

Zone 1 No formation assembly issues. Successful rendezvous with fighter support.

3 fighter waves attack:

1st wave: 2x109A-6 vertical dive, resulting in nose superficial damage.

2nd wave: 2x109A-6 12 high, no damage incurred.

3rd wave: 1x109G-6 driven off by friendly fighters.

Zone 2 Enter target zone. Formation tight box.

1 fighter wave attack:

1x109G-6 destroyed by friendly fighter cover (enemy plane exploded).

Target weather good, weak and inaccurate FLAK inbound to target resulting in no

aircraft damage or formation aircraft damage.

Inbound

Zone 2 Exit target zone. Encounter heavy accurate FLAK. Bomb bay damage and 4 superficial hits. Jumped by 2x109G-6. Call for fighter support not answered. 1 bandit broke off, driven off by top turret, 1 bandit seriously damaged by nose gun and inflicted no damage.

Zone 1 Weather bad, on course. No enemy aircraft activity.

Zone 0 Weather poor, on course. Uneventful landing.

Play-Test Comments

Should table CT-3 DR result that is currently 5-6 be 5-9 instead to reflect the possible +3 modifier with a roll of 6?

On table TZ-2 it took me a while to figure out that the modifiers for no FLAK radar was based on target weather. For some reason that wasn’t obvious to me.

The group run evaluation is cool, but I was confused by it. Application of the modifiers wasn’t always clear to me. Specifically, table TZ-5b says to check AP for each flight in my box with +1. Does this mean I ignore all of the modifires on TZ-1? It would seem to me like the target size would still apply. Anyway, that’s what I did. Also, do I add the percentages in the modifiers listed on TZ-5b to what I roll? Again, that’s what I did. What does “0” in the off target column of TZ-5b mean?

Table MT-1a, what does note d? “Check information on certain counters.” mean?

A.7.2.6 note references in the flight manual look out of sync.

Wasn’t clear to me how to handle fighter support when I was knocked out of formation by FLAK as I was exiting the target zone. Do I use the support-out of formation, or the formation fighter support? I used the support-out of formation table.

Successive attacks in 7.45.7 of the rules references 7.45.12.0. Think it should be 7.45.11.0.

When I determine enemy fighter status and roll a Kaczmarek, does that mean the enemy fighter doesn’t attack as long as I’m in formation? In this case I was out of formation and b) on CT-2a seemed to infer that the plane pressed the attack with a Green pilot which is what I did.







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Mission: Aug 6, 1944 to Argentan, Railroad Bridge & Embankment

Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2018-01-20 21:01:56
I am developing the Box 1 and 2 add-on, it will most likely be available as a free download. Also, testing the "Bomb Loads" add-on. Two different type of bombs, one type in each box. I think it will be possible to have different types in each flight when bombing by flights but that is nothing I am going to work on.

In the Bomb Loads add on, you have mods on TZ-4 and TZ-5a and some other effects depending on the type of bomb load. You have Fuel Factors if you use the Fuel Consumption add-on. Not done yet with that. In the B-26 you can have bombs in both the main and aft bomb bay, the same type or two different types if you would like. If you have two different types or the same you can make two bomb runs or bomb two targets. If you have the same type you can drop all at once.

Pattern bombing is possible too! More bombs on target but less effective.

And now my mission...

I am in Zone 1 with bad weather. My close escort has not shown up. I stayed one extra turn in the zone to see if they would arrive, but the bad weather is preventing them from either taking off or finding us. I have decided to go on to the target...

...and of course...

In Zone 2, I roll "11" on MT-2 and with modifications, one wave attacks and in this attack my ship is attacked by a veteran pilot in a 190A-6. My ace engineer in the top turret, missed and then this veteran scored a WH-W (walking hits - wings)...
Aileron hit, holes in wing, ventilation in bomb bay, bombs hit, engine hit, right inboard flap destroyed. I was lucky. The bombs could have detonated...

In the Target Zone, in the first wave of three, a persistant 109G-14 made two successive attacks before it left. Three ships in my box have also been hit. Box 2 does not see any fighter attacks.

A 109G-6 is a Kaczmarek and in the third wave a 190A-6 attacks twice. It is seriously damaged by my tail gunner on a passing shot. (7.38.7 If a fighter is SD (NEW ADDITION!), FBO or KIA on the Passing Shot it will not make a Successive Attack. (7.39 See Successive Attack.))

Flak (Medium guns, alt 7500) for Box 1 is very strong and accurate. Three ships plus mine is hit. I am take three bursts on TZ-3a and take 8 hits. Damage is mostly superficial, but right wing gear door cannot be opened.

Bombing is by flights. Box 1 has 8x300lbs bombs. Lead is poor. I am lead ship in the high flight and am also poor. The low flight cannot identify the aim point but drops on estimation and is 500 feet, good.

Box 2 has a bomb load of 6x500lbs. Lead is excellent, high is off and low is poor.

Leaving the target, flak for both boxes is very strong, inaccurate. No bombers are damaged in box 2, but two in box 1.

Several fighters attack. Three waves pound box 1 and two box 2. Again, no bomber is damaged in box 2, but a total of five plus mine are damaged. A green 109G-14 attacks from vertical dive. Lightly damaged by the top turret gunner and then when it attacks from 6 high the combined defensive fire by the armorer and engineer drives it off. The armorer in the tail will get the credit for the FBO. (Both gunners hit, SD, but the tail gunner had the highest to hit result on 2D6.) A FW190A-8 comes in from 12 high. This pilot is green. After being lightly damaged by the top turret (I don't have a flexible nose gun since I have a bomb sight - not in the rules) it scores six hits. An oxygen bottle (no oxygen installed in B-26 but I use the bottles for extra action should a fire occur. I see this as a different type of fire which could burst out) and the tail guns are destroyed. The bombardier in the nose is not happy now and hopes he doesn't have to bail out because his parachute was hit and is damaged. The other hits were superficial. The 190 makes a successive attack from 6 high but cannot get into a position to fire (Kaczmarek). My engineer hits but there is no effect on the bandit. The radio operator has moved to the waist guns and attempts a passing shot when it dives to a vertical climb position.

We leave the target zone behind but not the enemy fighters. One wave attacks both boxes. This time no bomber is damaged. There are three 109G-6s in the wave attacking my flight which are close enough for my defensive fire. All three are Kaczmarek. The top turret guns jam!

The formation is off course so the lead navigator must check his maps and instruments. He gets the formation back on course and we fly closer to England and over the Channel. We are still in enemy defense areas but they have lost interest in us now.

We reach our station near the coast and all land safely. Because of my jammed gear door I have to make a belly landing. My ship will be repaired in two days.

The total damage on the target (Railroad Bridge & Embankment) is Fair.

One B-26 was shot down. 11 were hit once and 2 twice.






















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A20-J Sweet Suzie Mission #3

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-01-07 03:32:36

A-20J Sweet Suzie

Mission No: 3/3

Campaign: Normandy, 6 June 1944

Date: 6 June 1944

Primary Target: Coastal Defenses, Trouville, France

Secondary Target: Fortifications, Juno Beach, France

Mission Profile: 8,000 Ft primary, 4,500 Ft secondary, Deputy Flight Lead, Low Flight, Box II, Tail Group

Results: Individual 90% Excellent

High Flight 95% Superior

Lead Flight 85% Excellent

Box I DNB

Overall: Target Destroyed

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 1LT William (Bill) Howell (2) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Kenneth (Ken) Rodgers (2) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Kang Zhao (2) (0)

Gunner: Cpl John Maxwell (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: O2 system leakage: NE (5), Superficial 1 (1), Port Main Landing Gear Inop (25), Starboard Wing Generator Inop: Mechanical Failure (10) = 41 Peckham Points, AC ready next day. 2 days if using B-26 TMS rule 11.3: 1 day each wing, other damage is superficial.

AAR:

This was it, the big one! The invasion of Europe and we were going to play our part. Of course, no one knew what a roller coaster ride this was going to be.

We were to provide a diversionary attack against some coastal defenses at Trouville in hopes it would draw some of the German forces away from the main landing beaches. At the same time, we were briefed on an alternate target should the boys on the beaches need more direct help.

Takeoff and assembly went well with the Group forming up nicely. We headed out over the Channel, linking up with P-47s from the 367th FG. Everyone was taking this thing seriously, the formation tightening up even more as we continued on across the Channel.

Then, as we were getting ready to form up for the bomb run (given the size of the target the plan was to bomb by flights), the word came from on high to switch to our secondary target. Apparently there were some fortifications on Juno Beach that needed to be neutralized.

Up to now things had been going like clockwork; tight formations, plenty of air cover. But, as we turned onto the new target heading the starboard wing generator started acting up. Still, it wasn’t enough to force us to abort.

Coming up on Juno Beach we could see all the activity below thanks to the weather being even better than forecast. What a show it was! But there was little time for sightseeing, some Krauts needed their day messed up and we were just the ones to do it. With the improved weather, the plan was again altered, we were now going to hit the target from 6,000 Ft. Like I said, this mission was a roller coaster, both emotionally and physically as we made our third altitude adjustment. With all the action, Capt Johnson flying lead got temporarily disoriented, but we were soon back on course. So far the Luftwaffe had been conspicuous by its absence and that didn’t change as we began the bomb run. We ran into medium Flak, weak but accurate. Sweet Suzie took several hits, the most telling being to our port landing gear as we’d later find out. All three flights in our box were right on the money with our bombs. And a good thing it was as the lead box failed to even find the AP!

All the explosions must’ve woken up the German gunners as there was a lot more Flak in the air as we pulled off the target. While it was greater in quantity, it lacked in accuracy and neither we nor anyone else in the formation were hit. Still no EA as we turned for home.

The flight home was pretty uneventful. I guess the lack of targets got to the boys from the 367th as they took off on their own back over the Channel.

Coming in for landing back at Chalderton we learned that the about the damaged port landing gear. Still, I managed to bring her in in on piece. Tony (TSgt Ballard) says he and his boys’ll have Sweet Suzie back in shape in no time. In the meantime, me and the crew are going to celebrate being a part of one of the greatest days in history.

William Howell, 1LT, commanding

A-20J, Sweet Suzie

130th Squadron, 135th Bomb Group (L)



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