The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!


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...


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!

Lady Luck, Mission 7

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2013-06-04 03:03:47

B-26C Lady Luck

Pilot:1LT Oliver Underwood
MISSION DATE: 5 October 1943
Target: Triqueville, France: Airfield

Mission Profile: 14,000 Ft. Deputy Wing, #5, High Flight, Box II, Tail Group

Position – Rank (Previous Missions) [Previous Kills]
Pilot: 1LT Oliver Underwood (5) [0] KIA

Co-Pilot: 2LT Philippe Zapata (0) [0] BO - RTD
Bomb/Nav: 2LT Bruce Elliot (5) [2] KIA
Engineer: TSgt John Humboldt (3) [1] KIA
Radio Operator: Sgt Walter Smith (5) [0] KIA
Armorer: Sgt Thomas Thompson (0) [0] * KIA

* = 1 Kill This Mission
# = Shared Kill This Mission


Re 2001 1=1 Damaged by 78th

Fw 190A-4 3=1 KIA by 78th, 2 Undamaged

Fw 190A-5 1=1Undamaged

Fw 190A-6 1=1Damaged, 2 Undamaged

Bf 109G-6 3=1 Destroyed, 1 Damaged, 1 Damaged by 78th

Total 9

Bomb Run: DNB

Landing: AC destroyed over target

Damage: AC destroyed

Total Peckham Points AC destroyed


Sgt Thomas Thompson: Fw 190A-6

Award/Promotion Requests:

1LT Oliver Underwood: Purple Heart, posthumous

2LT Bruce Elliott: Purple Heart, posthumous

TSgt John Humboldt: Purple Heart, posthumous

Sgt Walter Smith: Purple Heart, posthumous

Sgt Thomas Thompson: Purple Heart, posthumous

After Action Report:

Though the rest of the crew were experienced, this was my first combat mission. I have to admit, things didn’t turn out the way I expected. Things started off well enough: Clear skies over England, an incident-free takeoff, and the Group assembling into a good formation. We didn’t have to worry about linking up with any Little Friends, the 78th was providing area cover throughout the AO.

As we approached the French coast Flight Lead brought us in a bit closer for a nice tight formation. None too soon as Jerry was waiting for us. An Fw 190A-4 flew by, apparently going after one of the other bombers in the formation. Not so the Bf 109G-6 that took up a position on our tail. Sgt Thompson winged the bandit, but not enough to keep him from hitting us. Coming in high, Jerry took out the top turret and the rubber raft while his 30mm punched a hole in our bomb bay. Fortunately the 30mm proved to be a dud. Not seeing the results of his fire, Jerry continued on deeper into the formation. Expecting attacks from some of the other fighters swarming about, Sgt Smith moved back to man the port waist gun while TSgt Humboldt left his useless turret to man the starboard waist. A pair of bandits came in on our tail. Another 190A-4 that seemed disinterested and another 109G-6. The latter flew right into Sgt Thompson’s sights and his twin .50s set off an explosion onboard the bandit. The enemy fighters left and I switched over to the main tanks, the auxiliaries running dry.

Things quieted down again until we approached Triqueville when all hell broke loose. The GADF was out in strength, three waves of enemy fighters attacking Lady Luck. First was a pair of Fw 190s. A P-47 from the 78th downed one, a brown chute billowing as the pilot left his stricken AC. The other 190 passed us by without firing. Sgt Smith again left the radio to man the port waist as the next wave came in. An Fw 190A-5 came in high on our tail, but simply passed overhead without firing a shot. The Bf 109G-6 on our starboard beam had a P-47 on his tail, the Little Friend pounding the bandit and throwing Jerry’s concentration off enough to miss Lady Luck. The third wave was a pair of Fw 190A-6s and an Re 2001. The 78th engaged the latter, sending the Re running with a smoking engine. 2LT Elliot did the same to one of the 190s. The third bandit showed no interest in engaging Lady Luck. Thus far, Lady Luck was living up to her name. That was about to change.

The Flak over Triqueville was heavier than predicted, as well as accurate. We took a direct hit to the left wing. As Lady Luck rolled over and begin tumbling to the ground 1LT Underwood gave the order to abandon ship. However, before anyone could act another shell burst in the radio room. In the resulting confusion, I think I was the only one to actually make it out of the plane, being thrown clear by the second blast as Lady Luck broke in half. Not having time to prepare, I quickly succumbed to oxygen deprivation, not regaining consciousness until almost too late to deploy my chute. Fortunately, it also left little time for ground observers to track my descent. Shortly afterward, I made contact with the Maquis and was returned to England.

Philippe Zapata, 2LT, USAAF

B-26C, Lady Luck

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