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!

B-25 in the MTO Mission 2

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-30 03:37:06

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 2/2

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 30 Nov 1942

Primary Target: Harbor at Bizerte, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 3,000 Ft 3 Flight Diamond Formation, #4 ship, Lead Flight

Results: Individual, 1st Flight, & 2nd Flight: NE; 3rd Fight: Superior

EA engaged:

Bf 109G-2 2=2 Driven off by Escort

Bf 109G-2/R6 1=1 Undamaged

Bf 109F-4 4=1 LD (Escort), 3 Undamaged

Fw 190A-2 1=1 Undamaged

Total 8

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (2) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (2) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (2) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (2) (0) SW - IH

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: Sgt Robert Beloit: Purple Heart

Damage: Superficial x1, Serious Wound x1, Right Flap Inoperable


“Bob’s been hit! Bahd!” Cpl Jeff Wagstrom’s shaken voice comes over the intercom. “Whahttah we gonnah do?”

“Take care of him!” 2LT Chuck Renquist responds, hoping he sounds calmer than his radio operator. Beside Renquist, 2LT Randy Malm silently mouths a prayer as the formation fends off more bandits.

While the weather over Maison Blanche (Zone 0) was far from ideal, it presented no real problems as we lifted off and took up our position as Tail-End-Charlie of the lead flight in a three flight Diamond formation. Fortunately the weather quickly improved and by the time we were to rendezvous with our escort (Zone 1) it was CAVU. The boys in the P-38s showed up right on time and we were soon on our way once more to Tunisia.

The clear skies, both in terms of weather and enemy fighters, maintained themselves until we hit the coast of Tunisia (Zone 7) when clouds put in an appearance, as did the Luftwaffe. A pair of Bf 109G-2s came at us, but the Twin-Tailed Devils chased them both off.

As we neared Bizerte (Zone 8) the enemy became a bit more aggressive, two waves contesting our approach to the harbor. First up were a pair of Bf 109F-4s, coming in low on our 5 and slipping past the escort. Cpl Wagstrom raced to the right waist and got off a shot at one of the bandits to no noticeable effect. Not so Jerry. I felt, more than heard, the sickening thud of impacting rounds and then Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom) was on the intercom saying Bob (Sgt Beloit) had been hit bad. There was little enough time to deal with Bob as Jerry came around for another pass. This time luck was on our side as Jerry couldn’t get into a good firing position and sought out a better target. Next an Fw 190A-2 came up from below but couldn’t draw a bead on us. Of course, we couldn’t hit him either. Then the Flak started. It may have been ‘light caliber’ guns put it was very intense, and despite the clouds the German gunners managed to find us; shrapnel putting a few holes in us and shredding the right flap. Lead had no problem ID’ing the AP but his drop was off. Needless to say that meant the rest of us were off too. The second flight did no better, though 2LT Ward leading the third flight got his timing right – I’m sure we’re all going to hear about that at the O Club tonight!

Coming off the Target, Lead took a hard left heading out over the Med. The maneuver managed to avoid any Flak or Bandits.

About halfway back home (Zone 5) and back over Algeria the Luftwaffe gave it one last shot, two waves attacking. Leading off was a Bf 109G-2/R6, the model with the extra gunpods under the wings. Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), who had been tending to Bob (Sgt Beloit) raced for the guns but wasn’t able to get there in time to fire. Fortunately for us, Jerry couldn’t get into firing position either. By the time the second wave, another pair of Bf 109F-4s came in Jeff had manned the tail guns. Not of much help as the bandits hit us head on, coming in at 12 level and low. I let go with the fixed nose and newly installed package guns at the one bandit while Sandy (2LT Hanson) fired at the other. Neither of us hit, nor did Jerry. One of the bandits came around for a second pass but couldn’t get into firing position and left.

The next challenge was finding our way home. There were a few tense moments as Lead seemed unsure just where we were (Zone 2) until he recognized some feature on the coast, though what there was to recognize is beyond me. Apparently it wasn’t much of a feature as there was still confusion as we neared home (Zone 1). But eventually things got straightened out.

The situation at Maison Blanche (Zone 0) wasn’t all that great, low ceiling and low visibility with rain. But with Bob’s (Sgt Beloit) injuries I decided not to waste time looking for a better landing field. Despite the rain Miss Sadie set herself down nicely and Sgt Beloit was rushed off in an ambulance. Doc says that he’ll recover, but Sgt Beloit won’t be flying anymore. I guess we’ll need a new engineer as TSgt Sollon says he and his boys will have Miss Sadie back in flying condition in no time.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)

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