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.
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.