Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-30 03:37:06
Mission No/this bomber: 2/2
Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14
Date: 30 Nov 1942
Primary Target: Harbor at Bizerte,
Mission Profile: 3,000 Ft 3 Flight
Diamond Formation, #4 ship, Lead Flight
Results: Individual, 1st Flight, & 2nd
Flight: NE; 3rd Fight: Superior
109G-2 2=2 Driven off by Escort
109G-2/R6 1=1 Undamaged
109F-4 4=1 LD (Escort), 3
190A-2 1=1 Undamaged
Formation Losses: None
Crew Mssns EA
2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (2) (0)
2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (2) (0)
2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (2) (0)
Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (2) (0)
SW - IH
Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (2) (0)
Awards: Sgt Robert Beloit:
Damage: Superficial x1, Serious Wound x1, Right Flap
“Bob’s been hit! Bahd!” Cpl Jeff Wagstrom’s shaken voice comes
over the intercom. “Whahttah we gonnah
“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.
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.
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.
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!
off the Target, Lead took a hard left heading out over the Med. The maneuver managed to avoid any Flak or
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.
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
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.
Renquist, 2LT, commanding
Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)
Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-18 18:36:07
Mission No/this bomber: 1/1
Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14
Date: 28 Nov 1942
Primary Target: U-Boats at
Mission Profile: 1,000 Ft 9 ship V
Formation, #3 ship, Lead Flight
Results: No noticeable Effects on Target
109E-7 1=1 Undamaged (1 Expert)
109F-4 2=1 SD, 1 Undamaged
Formation Losses: None
Crew Mssns EA
2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (1) (0)
2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (1) (0)
2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (1) (0)
Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (1) (0)
Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (1) (0)
Damage: Lt Engine Fire Extinguisher Out, Greenhouse
Plexiglas Hit, Lt Aileron Out x2, Superficial x3, LW x1, Bomb Sight Destroyed
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.
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.”
kiddin’!” Beloit shoots back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renquist, 2LT, commanding
Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)
Here is the die roll-by-die roll for the mission:
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.
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
Primary Target: Power station-Gosnay
Secondary Target: None
Mission Profile: Box 1, Lead Flight, #5
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%
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.
Bombardier/Navigator: Arnold Moore, 2nd Lt 1x109 Serious 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
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.
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.
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 18.104.22.168. Think it should be 22.214.171.124.
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.
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.
Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-01-07 03:32:36
Mission No: 3/3
Campaign: Normandy, 6 June 1944
Date: 6 June 1944
Primary Target: Coastal Defenses, Trouville,
Secondary Target: Fortifications, Juno
Mission Profile: 8,000 Ft primary,
4,500 Ft secondary, Deputy Flight Lead, Low Flight, Box II, Tail Group
High Flight 95% Superior
Lead Flight 85%
Box I DNB
EA engaged: None
Formation Losses: None
Crew Mssns EA
1LT William (Bill) Howell (2) (0)
2LT Kenneth (Ken) Rodgers (2) (0)
Sgt Kang Zhao (2) (0)
Cpl John Maxwell (2) (0)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Howell, 1LT, commanding
Squadron, 135th Bomb Group (L)
Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2017-09-19 22:02:21
This was on a mission to Maintenant, a bridge. First a flak zone and then the flak defense over the target. Right wing is hit several times, both before and after the bomb run. The wing root takes four hits! One more and it would have ripped off.
I also used a lucky charm to negate #1 out so I could stay in formation and bomb the target.
Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2017-07-10 12:12:47
There is flak over the target at La Pollonieres rail road viaduct. It's very strong but inaccurate...
I roll 4 times on inaccurate... 3... 12... 5... 10... and that is hit, hit, miss, hit... of course.
So how many hits? I roll 2... 10.... & 5... and that is, 6 hits, 5 hits and 3 hits in one area...
6 hit: left wing, tail, waist, tail, radio room, armorer's station
5 hits: pilot compartment, right wing, waist, tail, left wing
3 hits in the pilot compartment
I have to use three lucky charms. A 109G-14 has hit my ship earlier and I used another lucky charm at that point. With the three lucky charms now there is a total of 6 superficial damage. Other damage is a punctured wheel, inoperable landing gear and the raft destroyed.
On route to the target three 109G-14s have attacked in one wave from 6 (DR6 in zone 3). Three 109A-7s came in from 6 (DR65 in zone 4) and three 109G-6s attacked from 12 (DR 66 in zone 5) before flak over the target.
I am high flight lead in box 2, lead group and we are now going to bomb this viaduct...