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!

Princess J, July 16, 1943 - Beaumont Le Roger

Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2013-06-13 10:48:07
8th Air Force Support Command

July 16, 1943: 8th Air Force Support Command will send the 670th to the airfield at Beaumont Le Roger. (Historical Note: The first B-26 mission after the two low-level missions to Ijmunden in May was on July 16.)

After Action Report

We were hit in the nose by a BIP after the bomb run. I had to leave the formation. A 190A-5 with an ace attacked from 9 low and walked hits over the wings and bomb bay. He left after only one attack.

Fuel ran out but I managed to fly across the Channel and we bailed out over England.

PRINCESS J (1 missions)

513th Squadron, 670th Bomb Group B-26C Crew Chief: SSgt Marcus King/+0

Pilot: 2Lt Jess Blomberg (1 missions)

Co-Pilot: 2Lt Luke Bauer (1 missions)

Bombardier/Navigator: 2Lt Johnathan Wilkinson (1 missions) - KIA



Radio Operator: Corp Cliff Calahan (1 missions)

Engineer: Corp Bennet Ashburn (1 missions)

Armorer: Corp Neil Reiss (1 missions)

Fighters: Only 190A-5s attacked. Two were driven off. A third attacked when we were out of formation over the target. He walked hits over the wings and in the bomb bay.

Flak: Medium, weak, fair then Strong inaccurate. Weak, inaccurate.

Bomb Run: Superior, 100%

External Damage: BIP, Nose; #1 Oil Cooling (Smoke).

Internal Damage: Hydraulic System, emergency brake out; Bomb release; #2 Supercharger.

Superficial Damage: Right wing; Bomb bay; Right Wing.

Mechanical Failure:

Signed, 2Lt Jess Blomberg



This crew will test the new TZ-4 & TZ-5 Tables on the bomb run.


If you would like to play this mission:

DATE: July 16, 1943 (Mission Map: July to October 1943)

Target & Target Area: Airfield, Beaumont Le Roger

Size: L

GAZ and base GAZ Mod
Zone 1 - E
Zone 2 - E-W/-2
Zone 3 - W-F/-1 ¤
Zone 4 - F/+1 ¤ & t
Zone 5 -

Target Terrain: F

Weather over Target: Very Good (Weather for me changed to Fair)
Weather over base at take off: Very Good
Weather over base when landing: Very Good

Altitude: 7000 ft

Initial Point: 4

Expected Flak: Medium. (Ingress flak for me was Weak, Fair. Egress: Strong, Accurate)
Flak radar: RADAR

Enemy Airforce Resistance: Heavy (MT-2 is +1)

Little Friends: Close Escort - Fair

Flight Position: Roll for Flight Position on MP-8
Group: Lead
Roll for BOX

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