The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!

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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...


PRE-ORDER B-26 HERE AT LEGION WARGAMES: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_B26.html

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!

A20-J Sweet Suzie, Mission #2

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2016-05-10 05:47:27

A-20J Sweet Suzie

Mission No: 2/2

Campaign: Normandy, 1-5 June 1944

Date: 5 June 1944

Primary Target: Airfield, Chartres, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 12,500 Ft, Flight Lead, Lead Flight, Box II, Tail Group

Results: DNB

EA engaged: Bf 109G-6

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 1LT William (Bill) Howell (1) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Kenneth (Ken) Rodgers (1) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Kang Zhao (1) (0)

Gunner: Cpl John Maxwell (1) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x4 (4), Starboard Oil Cooler (10), Rudder x2 (20), Windscreen x1 (5), Port Engine Out (15+25), Starboard Engine NE (15+5) = 99 Peckham Points, AC ready next day.

AAR:

This was not our lucky day. Then again, considering we made it back with our skins intact maybe it was. But it sure didn’t feel like it at the time.

Once again we found ourselves flying flight lead, though with the size of the target we were just one small part of a large formation. Things starting going awry almost from the beginning, with a near collision on takeoff due to someone else not paying attention to the departure schedule.

People still weren’t paying attention and as we headed out over the Channel people started drifting out of position, resulting in a loose formation. At least it wasn’t just my flight. Somehow we managed to link up with our escort and then headed toward France.

Formation Lead got confused and we encountered some Falk as we crossed the French coast south of Ault. A near burst took out a goodly chunk of the rudder. The German gunners must have vectored their airborne cousins onto us because shortly afterward the Luftwaffe came in with a vengeance, Sweet Suzie being targeted by a Bf 109G-6 with plenty of kill marks on his tail. This guy knew what he was doing, coming in low on our 10 O’clock where we couldn’t fire back. Our Little Friends were otherwise occupied so we had no choice but to sit and take it. Jerry hit both engines, taking out the port one while the starboard oil cooling system began streaming black smoke. I tried restarting #1 but it was dead. At least I managed to feather the prop. John (Cpl Maxwell) took a shot at Jerry as he dove away, but missed.

Jerry came back for a second attempt, this time coming in level on the nose. The P-38s were still busy elsewhere and I fired the nose guns but missed. No so Jerry, hitting the windscreen right in front of me. For a moment I thought I’ had it but the plexiglass held. My scare wasn’t near as gerat as Ken’s (2LT Rodgers). Jerry’s big 30mm put a couple rounds into the nose, apparently zipping past either side of Ken’s head. John took another shot and missed as the cocky Kraut flew by. Jerry must’ve run out of ammo as he broke of the attack after that.

With one engine out I had to turn the Flight Lead over to 1LT Blackstum in Randy Rhonda and drop out of formation. I ordered the crew to jettison all non-essential equipment so we could stay up on the one good engine, and dropped to a warmer altitude as we’d lost heat along with the port engine. I turned for home. Fortunately, the Luftwaffe was more interested in the bombers continuing on to the target and we were left alone for the trip back to Chalderton.

The landing was bit touchy with only one engine, but Sweet Suzie lived up to her name and we pulled onto the tarmac where TSgt Ballard’s face said it all. After chiding me about what I’d done to “His airplane,” TSgt Ballard calmed down a bit and promised he’d have her back in flying condition by tomorrow.

William Howell, 1LT, commanding

A-20J, Sweet Suzie

130th Squadron, 135th Bomb Group (L)


Here's the dieroll-by-dieroll:



And here are the rules questions that arose:




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Suggested TZ-4

Suggestions & IdeasPosted by Richard Morey 2015-10-27 03:27:55

Here's my proposed rework of TZ-4. I believe it addresses the questions I raised and meets the intent.




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A-20J Sweet Suzie, Mission #1

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-10-25 19:24:45

A-20J Sweet Suzie

Mission No: 1/1

Campaign: Normandy, 1-5 June 1944

Date: 1 June 1944

Primary Target: Field Battery, Calais/Marck, France (bombing by Flights)

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 9,500 Ft, Flight Lead, Lead Flight, Box II, Lead Group

Results: Target Destroyed

Individual: Off Target, 0%

Box I: 70%, Good

Box II: 75%, Excellent

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 1LT William (Bill) Howell (0) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Kenneth (Ken) Rodgers (0) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Kang Zhao (0) (0)

Gunner: Cpl John Maxwell (0) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x4 (4), Fuel Tank Self Seal (5), Rubber Raft Destroyed (10), Starboard Wing Root x1 (25) = 44 Peckham Points, AC ready next day.

AAR:

Something big is up! The 135th had its training cut short to get us in theater and then were given minimal familiarization flying before being sent on this, our first combat mission. The target was a field battery located near Calais/Marck on the French Channel coast. Maj. Hanson came down with the stomach flew at the last minute so I and Sweet Suzie were moved up to lead the second box. We were going in at medium altitude and once at the target would split up and attack by flights.

Heading out over the Channel we linked up with our escort, P-38s of the 474th FG. Nearing the French coast it appeared that Box I (Formation) Lead was slightly off course as we turned and headed up the coast. Weather over the target was clear and there were no EA to greet us, the 474th must have been doing its job. Overall Flak was moderate, but the German gunners seemed to have our number, Sweet Suzie taking multiple hits closely grouped. Despite the clear skies, smoke from Box I’s bombing partially obscured the target and Ken (2LT Rodgers) as late in dropping our bombs. Fortunately, the other flights did better, post-strike photo analysis showing the battery was destroyed.

We got hit again on target egress. Again Jerry seemed to have our number, Sweet Suzie taking more concentrated fire. Then it was time to reform the boxes followed by an uneventful flight home and landing back at Chalderton.

TSgt Ballard says his crew will have Sweet Suzie back in flying condition quickly, though not necessarily quickly enough to go out on the second mission scheduled for today.

William Howell, 1LT, commanding

A-20J, Sweet Suzie

130th Squadron, 135th Bomb Group (L)

(Note: Flak hit three out of four times and every time it was multiple hits to the same location!)

Here is the Play-By-Play:

And here are the rules question that arose:





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TZ-4b

RULESPosted by Richard Morey 2015-10-25 18:29:58

There has been some discussion on the utility/need for TZ-4b. From my reading, it is meant to serve two purposes.

One is to determine the effects damage to the player’s aircraft have on individual bombing accuracy. It seems this goal can just as effectively be met by adding the modifiers from TZ-4b to TZ-4a (some already exist in both tables). Furthermore, other than for personal play value, the effects of one bomber’s results on the overall mission are likely negligible except in the case of point targets (covered by the Low Level rules). That’s why targets were bombed by formations.

The second goal seeks to quantify the impact of temporarily being knocked out of formation. Other rules already cover the initiating conditions and effects of being permanently out of formation so that situation does not need to be addressed. The question then arises, does the play value of dealing with temporarily being out of formation (primarily the conditions around defending against enemy fighters for one turn) justify the play cost of having to consult and interpret another table (TZ-4b)? In my opinion probably not, especially in light of the frequency of both conditions (being temporarily out of formation and attacked by enemy fighters) occurring during my runs.

I think that with slight modification (mentioned above) to TZ-4a, TZ-4b can be eliminated.



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Boardwalk Beauty, A-20H: Low Level Mission #6

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-09-08 01:51:05

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 6/6

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 21 May 1944

Primary Target: No-Ball (Troops) at Ruisseauville, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft to target, 500 Ft at target, 500 Ft from target, 1 Flight/1 Group, 3rd Element, #2, Lead flight

Results: 110% Superior, Target destroyed

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: 1 A-20

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Giovanni (John) Capelli (5) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Michael (Mike) Tsarnowski (5) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Bartholomew (Bart) Barton (5) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x2 (2) from rocket shrapnel = 2 Peckham Points, AC ready next day

AAR:

The Maquis reported a Panzergrenadier battalion bivouacked outside Ruisseauville and the 134th got tasked with taking care of the problem. For this mission we were armed with M8 rockets to use against the German halftracks and armored cars. We went in low to catch them by surprise.

Ruisseauville was just a short hop across the Channel. Even so, some of the other AC started to get sloppy and the Major had to order everyone to close the formation back up as we hit the French coast. I transferred as much fuel as I could from the belly tank and then jettisoned it as we headed into France and the target.

The plan must’ve worked as we caught Jerry with his pants down. There were no interfering Luftwaffe fighters and the Flak gunners weren’t at their stations as we swooped in for our initial pass. I lined up on some armored vehicles and fired off a pair of rockets, being rewarded with a very satisfying explosion as one of the halftracks burst into flame. I then nosed over to rake a formation of troops with the six fifties in Boardwalk Beauty’s nose, Mike (Sgt Tsarnowski) and Bart (Cpl Barton) doing likewise with their guns. A number of German soldiers fell. I then started jinking to make things difficult for the German gunners who by now had reacted and were manning the 20 and 37 mm portable AA guns.

As I pulled out, I spotted some more soldiers making their waty toward another group of vehicles and aimed for that target. The Flak was now flying, but it wasn’t yet a coordinated effort and we avoided taking any damage. I fired off another pair of rockets, being again rewarded with a burning vehicle. I guess I was a bit overeager to get the fleeing occupants as pieces o the rocket and its target flew into Boardwalk Beauty’s path. Fortunately, no serious damage was done. Once more we let fly with all the fifties, though the results were not as good as on our first pass. The German gunners must’ve been occupied elsewhere as we didn’t receive nay fire coming out of the run.

By now most of the Germans who could move had found cover and those that hadn’t were at least partially obscured by the smoke from all the burning vehicles. The Major announced this would be out last pass, so we should make the most of it. I spotted what looked like it might be a supply dump and bore in, receiving sporadic but ineffective Flak. Still it was enough to put my aim of as I fired the last of my rockets in a single salvo, none hitting. While they didn’t do much damage to Jerry, the rockets did put s few more holes in Boardwalk Beauty. The rockets not having done the job proper, I dropped my bombs on the supply dump, leaving a little delay between each one in the hope of spreading them out enough to actually hit the target. It worked as there was a large fireball behind us as we pulled out from the attack.

As we circled to form back up, I glanced down at the target area. It looked like the rest of the Flight had been as successful as Boardwalk Beauty, fires raging everywhere. It wasn’t a total milkrun however, another of the ships catching some Flak that shot a wing right off. This low to the ground, there wasn’t any chance of the crew bailing out. The missing AC left a hole in the formation and the Major again hounded everybody to tighten it up, though it took until we were well over the Channel before we did so.

The Luftwaffe never found us and we returned safely to Shelton Cross where Boardwalk Beauty’s little scrapes will be put to right in no time.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)

Here is the Play-By-Play:

And here are the questions that arose (primarily around strafing and rockets, though with a few other topics as well):




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A-20H Boardwalk Beauty, Low Level Mission #5

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-08-09 22:58:00

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 5/5

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 17 May 1944

Primary Target: Highway Bridge at Courselles-sur-Seine, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft to target, 1500 Ft at target, 500 Ft from target, 2 Flights/1 Group, 3rd Element, #2, Lead flight

Results: Individual, 95%, Excellent

Formation, 100%, Superior

EA engaged:

Bf 410A-1 damaged

Fw 190A-7 undamaged

Formation Losses: 1 A-20

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Giovanni (John) Capelli (4) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Michael (Mike) Tsarnowski (4) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Bartholomew (Bart) Barton (4) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x1 (1), Cockpit Window x1 (5), Intercom: Mechanical Failure (10) = 16 Peckham Points, AC ready next day.

AAR:

Out target today was the highway bridge at Courselles-sur-Seine. We were going to go in on the deck, climb to minimum bombing altitude, and then dive back down to the deck for the flight home in the hopes of avoiding detection. That was the plan anyway. Reality was a little different.

We had good weather over Shelton Cross which facilitated take-off and assembly. Over the Channel we encountered some EA circling above, but apparently they decided there wasn’t enough room under us to pull out of a dive and so didn’t attack. All the same, it was now clear that we were no longer sneaking into France. Everyone went on heightened alert.

Nearing Courselles-sur-Seine, the formation climbed to 1500 Ft in preparation for the attack on the bridge. Despite being spotted by Jerry over the Channel we didn’t run into any bandits until we approached the target when Boardwalk Beauty was attacked by one of the newer twin-engine fighters, a Bf 410A-1, with and Fw 190A-7 flying on his wing. The 190 didn’t attack and Mike (Sgt Tsarnowski) let fly at the 410, shooting up one of Jerry’s engines. The bandit fired and missed, his rear gunner having no better luck, before breaking off the engagement. We caught the German gunners by surprise, no Flak coming up to greet us as we made our bomb run. Our bombs all fell near or on the bridge, the same holding true for the rest of the Group. We may not have destroyed the bridge, but we put it out of commission for a while.

As we egressed the target the intercom suddenly went dead, Boardwalk Beauty suffering mechanical problems two missions in a row. I was definitely going to have words with TSgt Morse when we got back to Shelton Cross. By now the German gunners had woken up, the flak being strong and fairly accurate. The windscreen in front of me developed a large crack from a piece of shrapnel. 2LT Clemson’s bird took a hit in one of the engines and burst into flame. We formed up and dove to the deck for the trip home. While the gunners were up and ready, the Luftwaffe apparently had left the scene and we were unmolested by EA.

The flight home was uneventful and with good weather still holding over Shelton Cross Boardwalk Beauty set down like the classy lady she is. Once in the hardstand I had more than a few words with TSgt Morse and his crew about maintenance. They weren’t; very happy with me but hey, I’m not very happy when the bird I’m flying starts to act up. Everything should, make that better, be ready for the next mission.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)

Here's the Play-By-Play:

No rules questions arose during this mission!



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Boardwalk Beauty Low-Level mission #4 Additional

RULESPosted by Richard Morey 2015-07-23 20:55:26

Forgot to include the Pay-By-Play:

and Rules Questions (only two this time):




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A-20H Boardwalk Beauty: Low-Level Mission #4

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-07-23 20:52:27


A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 4/4

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 10 May 1944

Primary Target: RR Bridge at Rouen, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft to target, 1500 Ft at target, 2 Flights/1 Group,

Results: Individual, On Target 500 Ft, 0%

Formation, 65%, Fair

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Giovanni (John) Capelli (3) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Michael (Mike) Tsarnowski (3) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Bartholomew (Bart) Barton (3) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: None

AAR:

Once again we had CAVU conditions over Shelton Cross. As the mission unfolded, that would prove to be one of the few occurrences of good fortune. Metro said the weather over the target wouldn’t be near as good, though it would be fair. We were part of a twelve-ship formation going after a RR bridge at Rouen.

We took off and assumed our position on the right wing of Major Holten, formation lead. No sooner had we done so then I could hear Mike (Sgt Tsarnowski) swearing. His invective was followed by the announced that the “#*^ turret was working!” I debated aborting, but decided to continue on.

Over the Channel there was a slight hiccup as Major Holten’s navigator forgot to account for drift. However, he quickly realized his mistake and we were soon back on course.

The weather over Rouen was anything but fair, thick clouds obscuring much of the ground below. Still, the Major initiated the climb to attack altitude. At least the lousy weather kept the Krauts from seeing us before we were on them. A lucky break in the clouds revealed the Rouen Bridge and we broke formation for individual bombing runs. To my surprise, no Flak greeted us. Our bombs fell wide of the bridge though some of the others did better. Still, it looked like the bridge was standing as we headed back down to the deck to reform and head for home. It was then that we suffered our next mechanical failure, the bomb bay doors threatening not to close. With the proper verbal coaxing they finally did. The bad weather continued to work in our favor, the Luftwaffe not finding us.

As we headed back over the Channel we flew right over an F-lighter. While our appearance was too sudden to allow him to shoot, there was little doubt our position had been reported. I began to wonder about the wisdom of flying with the top turret out of whack.

The experience must have rattled the Major’s navigator as where we made landfall there were towering arrays, I believe they were for the British radar. I barely managed to avoid snagging one. Mike and Bart both let me know what they thought of my flying.

The weather over Shelton Cross on our return was more typical of England and the landing went off without incident. Once the engines were shut down, I let TSgt Morse know what I thought of the work he and his crew were doing, two mechanical failures on one mission! He sheepishly assured me it won’t happen again. As I walked away I could hear Roger reading out his crew.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)



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