Target Lists and Maps are done from Nov 1942 through October 1943, including emergency routes to Malta/Sicily and Sardinia.
Your stations are in North Africa:
* MAISON BLANCHE
* BISKRA (B-26 detachment)
* SOUK EL ARBA (B-25)
* BERTAUX & AIN M’LILA (B-25)
* SEDRATA & MONTESQUIEU
* DJEDIDA & MASSICAULT & EL BATHAN
Rule 6.1 states that in the Target
Zone the Tail Group has in increased chance of encountering enemy fighters, but
there is no modifier for Tail Group listed on MT-2.
A: That must be corrected. When I changed MT-2 from tail group to lead group I did not think about changing it in the rules also. MT-2 and MP-7 are correct. 6.1 should be Lead Group.
If required to spend an extra turn
in the target Zone due to MT-1e DR6, I assume the first turn is treated as a ‘normal
zone’ – no roll for Flak, IP or Bomb Run.
A: Yes, that is correct. I will put that on MT-1e.
3. TZ-2 Accuracy: Modifiers for ‘Box/Flight Evasive Action after Bomb Run’ and ‘If Out of formation’ state “-1 &Radar Flak is Inaccurate.” I assume the -1 applies to the accuracy roll for non-radar equipped Flak and the Inaccurate automatically applies to radar equipped Flak.A: That is correct. I will change it to read "No Radar: -1; Flak Radar: Inaccurate."
220.127.116.11 If the final result is “On Target (250 feet) roll on TZ-5a, On Target, 250 feet. If the final result is “On Target (500 feet) roll on TZ-5a, On Target, 500 feet. If the final result is “Off Target” roll on TZ-5a, Off Target. If TZ-5a, Off Target is 0 add %-age from Bombing by Boxes/Flight and Player (see bottom of TZ-5a).
Comment (not in the Flight Manual)
A superior result can only come from "On Target (250 feet)" on TZ-4a or b, plus modifications on TZ-5a. If you are "On Target (500 feet)" on TZ-4a or b the maximum result you can score is Excellent, even if you have modifications which give you 100% or more. In this case 100% of your bombs falls within 500 feet of the target. Some have also hit within 250 feet of the target, but not enough to score a superior result. A superior result can only come from 100% on target (where all bombs have hit within 250 feet). If the result on TZ-4a or b is On Target (250 feet), and the result is lower than 100% most of the bombs fall within 250 feet of the target, but if the final result is lower than 80% the result is only good or less.
Q1. 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?
A1: I changed it from 5-6 to 5+
Q2. 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.
A2: “Weather” added and it reads now IF NO FLAK RADAR: Lead Flight: +1; Weather - Poor: -2; Bad: -3; Very Bad: -5;
Q3a. 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.
A3a: Yes, ignore all modifiers on TZ-1. I like that you also used Target Size. I will add that.
Q3b. Also, do I add the percentages in the modifiers listed on TZ-5b to what I roll?
A3b: Do you mean TZ-5a? Those are added to the result on TZ-5a, under 250 or 500 feet. See 18.104.22.168 You find modifiers which you add to the dice roll, %-age or both. The %-age can increase or decrease your final score.
Q3c. What does “0” in the off target column of TZ-5b mean?
A3c: If TZ-5a, Off Target is 0 add %-age from Bombing by Boxes/Flight and Player (see bottom of TZ-5a).
Q4. Table MT-1a, what does note d? “Check information on certain counters.” mean?
A4: On page 5 in the Flight Manual you can find an explanation to this. Today I also changed d) to read “See General Information on Counters, Flight Manual, Page 5” which I hope makes note d) easier to understand.
Q5. A.7.2.6 note references in the flight manual look out of sync. It looks to me like the note references in the rules don’t match the table notes. Item 4 in the list associated with A.7.2.6 references note e) on table TZ-3a and talks about being Out of Formation. When I look at table TZ-3a note d) is the Out of Formation reference. Similarly, item 5 references note f) when it looks like it is note e) in the table.
A5: It has been corrected.
Q6. 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.
A6: You used the optional table and were correct. Use CT-1d (Optional) Out of Formation Fighter Support when out of formation. If you use the Core Game Rule 7.45.10 Fighter Cover when flying Out of Formation Area Cover does not change. Close Escort Fighter Cover is not available.
Q7. Successive attacks in 7.45.7 of the rules references 22.214.171.124. Think it should be 126.96.36.199.
A7: Yes, that is correct. I have missed that. Has been corrected!
Q8. 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.
A8: That is correct. As long as you are in formation the Kaczmarek will not attack. I added this status to increase survivability and to try to give the player a stronger sense of flying in a formation when enemy fighters can attack the other bombers also, not just the player’s ship. The Kaczmarek is a fighter who does not attack the player’s ship. When you are out of formation all bandits will be attackers and what you did on this mission was correct.
Q9. I assume that the FLAK modifier for the Mission and Target Details box comes from the target list. If this is mentioned somewhere I missed it.
A9: There are flak modifiers for some targets in the target lists in the FLAK Column, and also on MP-3, Initial Point.
Q10. Table MP-7. Does the “+1 fighter at XX” mean I add an additional fighter to the battle board when the initial fighter comes from the noted position if EAR is HEAVY?
A10: Yes, that is correct, if you are referring to note f, g, h, k and n. Box II, Tail group (note j) always has an extra fighter when attacks come from 5,6 &7.
Q11. Table CT-2a. Looks like it’s possible to obtain a result below 2 with the appropriate roll modifiers. Should the table show on the first entry to accommodate this?
A11: I have changed it to 0-3.
Q12. Table CT-2a. If I roll fighter pilot status of Kaczmarek does that mean the fighter does not actually attack your aircraft? The rules (A.7.30.1) seemed to imply that and that’s how I played it.
A12: That is correct. (See also #8 above.)
Q13a. If the attacking fighter has a 30mm cannon and I’m resolving the number of hits on TZ-3b do I resolve the area hit on TZ-3c or CT-5c. I used CT-5c.
A13a: CT-5c is correct.
Q13b. Also, how do you handle TZ-3b note (b)? I assumed all the hits were in the same are determined in CT-5c.
A13b: I did not think about this when it comes to the 30mm. All hits in the same area on CT-5c is correct. I have added that to note b).
Q14. TZ-5b. In the last paragraph, do you mean to say that you check AP for each Lead Flight in each Box?
A14: Yes, when bombing by boxes you make one AP check for each box and when bombing by flights you make one AP check for each flight. (TZ-5b has been revised. Please check the attached image.)
Q15a. My crew was forced to bailout prior to the bomb run by a fighter attack. So my aircraft is out of the game. Is it your view that I continue with the mission and roll for target damage with the rest of the group? I’m thinking yes, just for campaign continuity.
A15a: If you are shot down before or on the bomb run, use TZ-5b for the boxes.
Q15b. If so, do I roll for the lead bombardiers flight on TZ-4a and the rest of the flights on TZ-4b?
A15b: If you have created a Pilot and Bombardier for all Flight Leaders, you can use TZ-4a. If you use the Core Game rules, where you only have your own crew, you will use TZ-4b for all flights or boxes. There are no rules for creating other crews in B-26, but with table AM-3 (After the Mission Table 3) you can create lead crews for all your flights. It covers only Bombardiers and Navigators, but you can use it to create pilots too.
Q16. Half of my crew was returned to England by the underground after a successful bailout. Is it your intent for the player to carry them over to the next aircraft crew?
A16: I have now added to Bailout Table 2a (BO-2a) Bailout Landing: The procedure of returning a rescued airman back to England or sent back to the US to be rotated to another therater of war will not be covered in B-26. It could take several weeks or months for a rescued airman to return to England and in B-26 it will be simplified as follows and not entirely historically correct: Roll D6 for the number of weeks (1 to 6) it will take for the airman to return to England, and then another D6 to see if he will return to the group or be sent to the US for another assignment; 1-4: The airman stays with the group and will become a member of another crew, eg. the Player’s crew. 5-6: The airman is sent to the US.
Q17. I’m leaving the target zone and rolled for FLAK. I rolled a 9 on table TZ-3a under the accurate column resulting in a hit with two notes, d) and e). I don’t understand what the notes are directing me to do. Any hints?
A17: Notes d and e refer to rule A.7.2.6 Me 262 and the R4M.
Q18. Well, I’ve had the unfortunate honor of suffering a BIP FLAK hit while inbound to bomb the target in Mission 3. The BIP table, TZ-3d said to roll on TZ-3c. On TZ-3c I rolled a 9, Aft Bomb Bay/Armorer’s Station so I went to DT-7. On DT-7 I rolled a 12, superficial damage. Does that mean that I can ignore all of the ominous impact described in section 8.5.2 of the rules?
A18: What it means is that you roll on TZ-3c to see in which section of the bomber the BIP hits. You rolled Aft Bomb Bay/Armorer's Station and that entire area is affected by the BIP. (See rule 8.5.2 for closer information about the effect of a BIP.)
On the Example of Play:
-- The bomber took one Superficial Damage from Flak during Turn 4 as it made its bombing approach. Two questions:
Q1. Should the fighter intercept occur before the Flak attack since Luftwaffe fighters normally pulled back as the Flak barrage commenced?
A1: In B-26 fighters attack before flak on the bomb run, but after flak when you return. Not really sure how I can illustrate it, but think about a circle around the target, or better two circles. In the center of the inner circle is the target, and the flak zone is the inner circle. The outer circle is the fighter defense zone. Going to the target you first pass through the fighter defense, and then move into the flak zone and your bomb run. You are still within the inner circle after the bomb run and you turn your formation 180*. After flak has fired, then fighters will - or could - attack when you have moved out of the flak zone into the fighter defense zone.
Q2. Does the 1 Flak superficial damage marker remain on the board and is it added to the four Turn 6 SDs inflicted by the Second Wave Me 109G-6, or is it removed after the Flak run is completed? If it is added to the later SDs, then the Me 109G-6 should make a successive attack in Turn 6.
A2: When I read the Example of Play more correctly now, I noticed that I had missed the first superficial damage from the flak. It should remain on the board. Very sorry about that. Since there are a total of five SD counters on the B-26 now, that last 109G-6 would have came around for a successive attack. I will add Successive Attacks to the EoP. The Superficial Damage Counters stay on the board and are added together. When you have five Superficial Damage Counters on your B-26, you have Visible External Damage. These counters stay on the board like any other damage counters, but the first four can be removed after the 5th has been placed, since it is that last one which affects your mission in a negative way when it makes attacking fighters come around for successive attacks. I have had missions with only superficial damage, but I cannot recall now if fighters made successive attacks.
Q3. I'm a bit confused about the bomber's MG ammo consumption. Does an aimed burst cost only one ammo box to be crossed off? If it is a twin turret, would it be 2 boxes? I'm sorry but I couldn't find an answer to this in the flight Manual text, but I may have simply missed it.
A3: For twin machine guns you cross off one box only. Each gun has the listed number of ammo boxes, but since they fire in pairs, you will cross off only one box. I think I will add something about this under 7.32.0 Combat Table 4a – B-26 Gunner To Hit (CT-4a). In B-17:QOTS you have a +1 damage mod for twin guns, but in B-26 you have a column on CT-4c, Damage on Fighters for twin 50s. Added: Mark off one Ammo Box for each firing Single or Twin Mount Machine Guns on your Mission Chart.
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)
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.
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)
TZ-5b (OPTIONAL) The Other Box/Flights Bomb Run
This method can be used to determine the success for each Flight in each Box when Bombing by Flights and for the other Box in your Group when Bombing by Boxes. You can even use this method to determine the success of other Groups.
To determine how successful the other box is or each of your other flights in your box are:
1. Check Aim Point on TZ-1 (Use only +1 and Target Size modifiers.).
2. If AP is identified roll once on TZ-4b with modifiers for Target Size and Bridge only.
3. Roll on TZ-5a for damage.
4. Damage Assessment: You may combine the two results, ie, two Good become one Excellent.
When Bombing by Boxes do step 1-4 for the other Box. When Bombing by Flights do step 1-4 once per other Flight in your Box in Lead, High, Low order and once per Flight in the other Box, in Lead, High, Low order.
When Bombing by Flights you will have six chances to score Superior results, but it will take longer to complete a mission. To simplify this method when Bombing by Flights, follow 1-4 only once for an average result for the other Box and 1-4 once for an average result for the other two Flights in your Box.