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...


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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 #4

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-10-29 02:46:27

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 4/4

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 9 Dec 1942

Primary Target: Marshallling Yard at Gabes, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,500 Ft 3 Element Vee Formation, #3 ship, 1st Flight, 2nd Group

Results: Ind Off Tgt, Poor (0%)

Group On Tgt 250, Suprior (90%)

EA engaged: Fw 190-A3 KIA by P-38

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (3) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (3) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (3) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Clarence ‘Clancy’ Evers (1) (0)

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (3) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x2, Left Wing Main Fuel Tank Fire (extinguishd - Leak), Radio Out (Mech Fail), Intercom Out (Mech Fail), Belly Landing

AAR:

The target was the Marshalling Yard at Gabes, Tunisia. We were going in low in the hopes of avoiding detection. But, at least we had some good escort with us. With fair skies over Maison Blanche takeoff and Assembly went well, Miss Sadie taking the right wing slot in the lead flight of a three element Vee Formation. We would be following another group, though they would break off to hit a different target. Rendezvous with our Little Friend went off like clockwork and I began to think that we had left the gremlins from our last mission behind; wishful thinking as it would turn out.

No sooner (Zone 2) had we linked up with the P-38s then Cpl Wagstrom reported the radio was no longer working. After trying to bring it back into service, without success, Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom) moved back to man the tail guns. We weren’t the only ones to suffer problems, another AC reported difficulties but opted to stay with the Formation (Zone 3 Formation Casualties: NE). After that things settled down for a while.

The skies over Gabes (Zone 9) were cloudy. While it made acquiring the target difficult, it also helped hide our approach, as had coming in low to the deck. We caught the Luftwaffe unawares, facing no EA and the ingress Flak was weak and inaccurate. Of course, it also worked against us, Sandy (2LT Hanson) being unable to ID the AP, each AC making its own bomb run. Still, the rest of the Group managed and we weren’t going to make another pass; due both to not wanting to leave the formation and fuel considerations – Gabes is a long way and low level flying really burns up the avgas! While we missed, the rest of the Group faired better, really clobbering the target.

By now the Germans knew we were there and the Flak coming off the target, though no more accurate than before, was much stronger. With all that lead filling the air we were bound to be hit, and we were. Both the Radio and Nav compartments took hits, fortunately no one was in them at the time. The bigger problem was the fire that erupted in the left main fuel tank. Although the slipstream ended up extinguishing it, we now were hemorrhaging fuel, something we could ill afford. An Fw 190-A3 tried to interfere with our departure but fell to a twin-tailed devil. Then it was heads back home, hopefully.

Our situation continued to worsen as (Zone 8) Lead got his bearings mixed up; more precious fuel expended. Then the intercom went out (Zone 5) and the left engine sputtered to a halt with no more gas. Lead spent more time mucking around trying to get his bearings (Zone 3). By this time it was obvious we weren’t to make it home and I had Sandy (2LT Hanson) start looking for an alternate airfield. He found one (Zone 2) and even though the weather wasn’t the best, we couldn’t afford to spend more time searching for another one. With the Left engine out, neither the left landing gear nor flaps would deploy so I set Miss Sadie down on her belly. It was touch and go, but we made it. TSgt Sollon won’t be happy, but I think she’ll fly again, as will we. Hopefully by then our luck will have changed.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)



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B-25 in the MTO Mission 3

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-10-26 04:17:11

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 3/3

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 2 Dec 1942

Primary Target: Airfield at El Aouina, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,500 Ft 3 Flight Diamond Formation, #4 ship, 2nd Flight

Results: Weather Abort in Zone 2

EA engaged: None

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 Clarence ‘Clancy’ Evers (0) (0)

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

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: None

AAR:

Some mornings it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. This was one of those mornings.

Our new engineer, Sgt Clancy Evers, joined us as we piled into the jeep and headed out to where Miss Sadie was waiting. TSgt Sollon had her preflighted and we were soon sitting in the queue on the rain dampened tarmac. That’s when things started going south.

The # 2 engine started to cough and sputter like it was going to quit. It didn’t (rolled a mechanical failure on Take-Off but ignored to continue the playtest). But the Wright radial settled down before it was make or brake time and we were soon in the air. That was strike one.

Airborne, we moved into the #4 positon in the second flight when Sgt Evers reported an unexplained vapor trail. Turns out we had a leak in the hydraulic system; strike two.

We managed to link up with our escort (Zone 1) and headed out over the Med (Zone 2) when Sandy (2LT Hanson) reported that he thought we were in the wrong position. Be that as it may, I knew that the Major wasn’t going to listen to me so we followed along. Then the sky started to turn really black and it became even harder to hold formation as the weather worsened. 1LT Jones, the Major’s navigator, finally got his bearings, but by this time the Major decided to call off the mission and we turned for home. Strike three!

As we got back over Algeria (Zone 1) we hit an isolated patch of clear sky and then it was back into the weather and a wet landing at Maison Blanche. Depsite the storm over the airfield the landing went well.

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing!

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)



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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

AAR:

“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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B-25 in the MTO Mission 1

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-09-18 18:36:07

B-25C-5 Miss Sadie

Mission No/this bomber: 1/1

Campaign: Tunisia, 28 Nov – 14 Dec 42

Date: 28 Nov 1942

Primary Target: U-Boats at Ferryville, Tunisia

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 1,000 Ft 9 ship V Formation, #3 ship, Lead Flight

Results: No noticeable Effects on Target

EA engaged:

Bf 109E-7 1=1 Undamaged (1 Expert)

Bf 109F-4 2=1 SD, 1 Undamaged

Total 3

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles ‘Chuck’ Renquist (1) (0)

Co-Pilot: 2LT Randal ‘Randy’ Malm (1) (0)

Bomb/Nav: 2LT Thomas ‘Sandy’ Hanson (1) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Robert ‘Bob’ Beloit (1) (0)

Radio Operator: Cpl Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Wagstrom (1) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Lt Engine Fire Extinguisher Out, Greenhouse Plexiglas Hit, Lt Aileron Out x2, Superficial x3, LW x1, Bomb Sight Destroyed

AAR:

“I thought the Desert was ‘sposed ta be hot,” Sgt Bob Beloit, the crew’s engineer, manages to get out between chattering teeth as the jeep load of men drives across the darkened sand at Maison Blnache.

“It is, durin’ the dah,” intones radio operator Cpl Jeff Wagstrom. “But with no vegetahtion ahn’ no moisture, it don’t retahn heat durin’ the night.”

“No kiddin’!” Beloit shoots back.

For my part, I was more interested in the shadow in the darkness before us taking shape as we drew closer. As the jeep came to a stop a man approached and said, “She’s all prepped and ready, Lieutenant.” The speaker was TSgt Mike Sollon, Miss Sadie’s crew chief and, a career Army man, older than the rest of us.

“Thanks, Sergeant.” I walked past Sollon to examine the B-25 that was to be our home for the next several hours.; had been our home for the past couple of months. Named after my girl back home, Miss Sadie was different now. I found myself momentarily wondering how much Sadie Morgan would change while I was away. Then, my attention returned to the bomber. She was a C model B-25, though TSgt Sollon and his boys had made some changes once we arrived in theater. The troublesome bottom turret was gone, and she sported new guns at her tail and waist. While the added guns were welcome, it would ave been even nicer had they come with an extra gunner. As it was, Sgt Beloit and Cpl Wagstrom would have to divide themselves among the four, including the top turret, gun positions.

“Should we saddle up, skip?” That was 2LT Sandy Hanson, my bombardier/Navigator and a self-described cowboy from Wyoming. I simply nodded, heading for the ladder in the bomb bay, followed by the rest of the boys. “Our first combat mission,” crossed my mind before the mission routine took over.

We were headed to someplace in Tunisia called, Ferryville, in the hopes of catching some U-Boats unawares. The S-3 decided we should go n low, Angels one, to minimize detection and give us a better chance of hitting such small targets. All I could think about was the extra fuel flying so low would eat up. We’d be pushing the limits.

Despite the lousy weather over Maison Blanche takeoff and assembly went well and we assumed our position on the right wing of the lead flight in the three Flight V. I guess everyone was a bit nervous, the Formation tightening up as we headed out over the Mediterranean. We didn’t have to worry about linking up with any escorting fighters, there wouldn’t be any. Somehow I wouldn’t have minded the added complication of making a rendezvous to have some Little Friends along.

Most of the flight to the target was uneventful and it didn’t take long for aircraft to start drifting out o position; not that there was much of a formation to maintain. Despite the absence of enemy activity, the early laxness disappeared and station keeping improved (Zone 4).

Our first encounter with the Luftwaffe occurred we drew nearer Tunisia (Zone 6). While none of the bandits attacked Miss Sadie, one Bf 109F-4 flew close enough to give Sandy (2LT Hanson) a shot, which he promptly missed.

Surprisingly, here were no bandits over the target (Zone 7). However, the FLAK was both strong and accurate. Shrapnel took out the fire extinguisher in the left engine as well as putting a few cracks in the Plexiglas in the nose. I had to remind Sandy (2LT Hanson) about radio discipline over the latter. Though we had no problem IDing the AP, the U-Boats proved to be elusive targets and no one in the Group claimed any hits. At least we didn’t lose any birds either.

Though still strong, the FLAK on target egress was far less accurate and we didn’t take any damage. By now the Luftwaffe had arrived and we found ourselves battling several bandits. First up was another F-4. Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), jumped to the right waist gun but didn’t have time to line up a shot. The Kraut did better, chewing up the left aileron. After that, Cpl Wagstrom moved to the tail guns, a prescient move as I turned out, the bandit coming back for another pass high on our six. The tail proved no more lucky for Jeff (Cpl Wagstrom), though Sgt Beloit managed to put enough holes in the Kraut to discourage further attacks. Fortunately for us, the Bandit missed.

Then an older model (E-7) 109 came in level off our ten o’clock. Even without the kill marks on his tail, this guy’s approach from a direction we couldn’t hit showed him to be a man of experience – I gained a memento of that experience as hot lead burned through my arm! The ace made a couple more passes before running low on ammo, fuel, or both. While we couldn’t touch him, he only managed to put a few holes in us in non-critical locations.

After that the only enemy we had to fight was our fuel consumption, my co-pilot (2LT Randy Malm) providing steady updates on our dwindling supply. So it was that, despite the lousy weather over Masion Blanche I had no choice but to attempt a landing, the engines coughing out their last gasps as we inelegantly ‘landed.’ To say the least, TSgt Sollon was not happy. Still, Miss Sadie is repairable, as am I.

Charles Renquist, 2LT, commanding

B-25C, Miss Sadie

223rd Squadron, 310th Bomb Group (M)


Here is the die roll-by-die roll for the mission:



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Questions from Sweet suzie Mission #3

Q & APosted by Richard Morey 2018-01-10 02:04:29

Rules Questions

1. Rule 6.1 states that in the Target Zone the Tail Group has in increased chance of encountering enemy fighters, but there is no modifier for Tail Group listed on MT-2.

A: That must be corrected. When I changed MT-2 from tail group to lead group I did not think about changing it in the rules also. MT-2 and MP-7 are correct. 6.1 should be Lead Group.

2. If required to spend an extra turn in the target Zone due to MT-1e DR6, I assume the first turn is treated as a ‘normal zone’ – no roll for Flak, IP or Bomb Run.

A: Yes, that is correct. I will put that on MT-1e.

3. TZ-2 Accuracy: Modifiers for ‘Box/Flight Evasive Action after Bomb Run’ and ‘If Out of formation’ state “-1 &Radar Flak is Inaccurate.” I assume the -1 applies to the accuracy roll for non-radar equipped Flak and the Inaccurate automatically applies to radar equipped Flak.

A: That is correct. I will change it to read "No Radar: -1; Flak Radar: Inaccurate."



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A20-J Sweet Suzie Mission #3

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2018-01-07 03:32:36

A-20J Sweet Suzie

Mission No: 3/3

Campaign: Normandy, 6 June 1944

Date: 6 June 1944

Primary Target: Coastal Defenses, Trouville, France

Secondary Target: Fortifications, Juno Beach, France

Mission Profile: 8,000 Ft primary, 4,500 Ft secondary, Deputy Flight Lead, Low Flight, Box II, Tail Group

Results: Individual 90% Excellent

High Flight 95% Superior

Lead Flight 85% Excellent

Box I DNB

Overall: Target Destroyed

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 1LT William (Bill) Howell (2) (0)

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

Engineer: Sgt Kang Zhao (2) (0)

Gunner: Cpl John Maxwell (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: O2 system leakage: NE (5), Superficial 1 (1), Port Main Landing Gear Inop (25), Starboard Wing Generator Inop: Mechanical Failure (10) = 41 Peckham Points, AC ready next day. 2 days if using B-26 TMS rule 11.3: 1 day each wing, other damage is superficial.

AAR:

This was it, the big one! The invasion of Europe and we were going to play our part. Of course, no one knew what a roller coaster ride this was going to be.

We were to provide a diversionary attack against some coastal defenses at Trouville in hopes it would draw some of the German forces away from the main landing beaches. At the same time, we were briefed on an alternate target should the boys on the beaches need more direct help.

Takeoff and assembly went well with the Group forming up nicely. We headed out over the Channel, linking up with P-47s from the 367th FG. Everyone was taking this thing seriously, the formation tightening up even more as we continued on across the Channel.

Then, as we were getting ready to form up for the bomb run (given the size of the target the plan was to bomb by flights), the word came from on high to switch to our secondary target. Apparently there were some fortifications on Juno Beach that needed to be neutralized.

Up to now things had been going like clockwork; tight formations, plenty of air cover. But, as we turned onto the new target heading the starboard wing generator started acting up. Still, it wasn’t enough to force us to abort.

Coming up on Juno Beach we could see all the activity below thanks to the weather being even better than forecast. What a show it was! But there was little time for sightseeing, some Krauts needed their day messed up and we were just the ones to do it. With the improved weather, the plan was again altered, we were now going to hit the target from 6,000 Ft. Like I said, this mission was a roller coaster, both emotionally and physically as we made our third altitude adjustment. With all the action, Capt Johnson flying lead got temporarily disoriented, but we were soon back on course. So far the Luftwaffe had been conspicuous by its absence and that didn’t change as we began the bomb run. We ran into medium Flak, weak but accurate. Sweet Suzie took several hits, the most telling being to our port landing gear as we’d later find out. All three flights in our box were right on the money with our bombs. And a good thing it was as the lead box failed to even find the AP!

All the explosions must’ve woken up the German gunners as there was a lot more Flak in the air as we pulled off the target. While it was greater in quantity, it lacked in accuracy and neither we nor anyone else in the formation were hit. Still no EA as we turned for home.

The flight home was pretty uneventful. I guess the lack of targets got to the boys from the 367th as they took off on their own back over the Channel.

Coming in for landing back at Chalderton we learned that the about the damaged port landing gear. Still, I managed to bring her in in on piece. Tony (TSgt Ballard) says he and his boys’ll have Sweet Suzie back in shape in no time. In the meantime, me and the crew are going to celebrate being a part of one of the greatest days in history.

William Howell, 1LT, commanding

A-20J, Sweet Suzie

130th Squadron, 135th Bomb Group (L)



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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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