Tables & ChartsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2018-09-25 10:26:07
Right Side Tail Guns Ammo Box
B-26 and B-26A: Superficial damage.
B-26B-G: Tail Guns’ right side Ammo Box damaged. When an Ammo Box has been hit it has been destroyed and the Tail Gun is inoperable after 4 more bursts and then the Tail Guns loose Twin Gun modifier and fire as a single Machine Gun.
When both boxes have been destroyed the Tail Guns become inoperable after 4 more bursts.
Tail Gun’s Ammo Track
B-26 and B-26A: Superficial damage.
Roll 2D6: 1-3: Left side Track hit. Tail Gun is inoperable after 3 more bursts. 4-6: Right side Track hit. Tail Gun is inoperable after 3 more bursts.
When a Track has been hit it has been destroyed and the Tail Guns loose Twin Gun modifier after 3 bursts. When both tracks have been destroyed the Tail Guns become inoperable after 3 bursts.
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:
Tables & ChartsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2018-09-16 09:37:40I cannot believe I have been so wrong!
Hold all MTO missions from Maison Blanche until I have corrected the maps and gazetteers! The location of Maison Blanche is totally wrong.
I was beginning to wonder why I did not have enough fuel to return to base after a mission to Zone 13 when I used the B-26 fuel consumption chart. I had to double check 319th reports and their first mission was to Sfax which is 13 Zones on the Mission Map. They made two-three passes and even strafed... dropped 69 300lbs bombs. The main bomb bay can hold 8 300lbs bombs, and there were 9 bombers, so each must have had eight each, that is 2400lbs, so I was wondering how could they carry a full load of 300lbs and make several bomb runs and return to Maison Blanche when it seemed to be too far and there were no records of emergency landing or staging at Telergam, which I have had to to.
It is even stated in the 319th records that "Maison Blanche Airdrome abides by Algiers."
It is not the Maison Blanche I have on the map which is near Tafaraoui, by Oran.