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.