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!

Bombs detonate when a B-26 stalls and lands when taking off in Australia...

Mission ReportsPosted by Magnus Kimura 2012-06-18 12:15:05

DATE: April 12, 1942

TARGET: Lakunai Airfield, New Britain

B-26 - Sir Walkabout

Crew Chief: Sgt Nelson Marshall - KIA

Pilot: 2LT Godfrey Crawford - KIA

Co-Pilot: 2LT Thomas Lubin - KIA

Bombardier-Navigator: 2LT Neil Weeks - KIA

Radio Operator: Corp Nicholas Pastore - KIA

Engineer: Corp Mickey Flynn - KIA

Armorer: Corp Gene Rutledge - KIA

The crew of The Death Defying Swallow returned from Port Moresby on the 10th and were assigned to fly a mission to Lakunai airfield near Rabaul. The weather in Australia was poor at the time of take-off. They were flying Sir Walkabout on this mission. In the poor weather, with bombs on board the B-26 stalled. Lieutenant Crawford made an emergency landing, but the ship crashed and exploded. There were no survivours. The Crew Chief Sergeant Nelson Marshall was also on board.

Play-Test Comment: Take off roll was 5 and 1. -1 for pilot skill; -1 for bombs on board; -1 for B-26 take-off modifier; -1 for poor weather. Result: Roll on Landing table LT-1b. Landing roll was 5 and 1 with same negative modifiers. Result: 2 - Crash! and note e) with bombs on board roll D6: Result "6 - bombs detonate."

QUESTION: Is it my dice or is B-26: TMS! in itself really deadly?

Mission Result: Quickly checked take-off for 7 other ships. One crashed when taking off, one stalled, landed ok and took off again. The bomb run was off and 0% damage on the airfield.

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