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!

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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A-20H Boardwalk Beauty Low Level Mission #3

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-05-29 04:25:23

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 3/3

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 7 May 1944

Primary Target: Airfield, Cambrai/Epinoy, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft to target, 1500 Ft at Target 1 Flight/1 Group, 2nd Element, #6

Results: Individual, On Target 500 Ft = 0%

Flight, On Target 250 FT, 90% Excellent

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

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

Engineer: Sgt Michael (Mike) Tsarnowski (2) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Bartholomew (Bart) Barton (2) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x1 (1), Ventral Gun Inoperable (Mechanical Failure) (10) = 11 Peckham Points, AC ready next day.

AAR:

We had a rare perfect day over Shelton Cross as our Flight lifted on its way to bomb the RR bridge at Orival, France. The CAVU conditions made assembly quick and easy and in no time we were skimming over the chop of the English Channel. As we were to soon find out, CAVU works for the other guys too.

We hit the French coast, with the target only a short ways inland. As we started our climb to attack altitude, 1500 Ft, the skies started to cloud up, but not excessively so. Capt. Gilbert, Formation Lead, announced that we would make two passes at the target, attacking individually.

The German gunners were waiting for us. Even so, Flak around the bridge was weak but what there was was accurate, Boardwalk Beauty taking a hit and losing our ventral gun. Bart, Cpl Barton, tied up the interphone for a full minute with his cussing. Fortunately while his pride was hurt, that was all. On our first pass I dropped half our bomb load, hitting close but not close enough to the bridge. While we weren’t hit by Flak on the way out LT Meade wasn’t as lucky, Darling Daisy losing a wing and augering into the far bank of the river. No chutes were observed.

We came around for a second pass. This time our bombs fell wide of the target. Though the Flak had grown stronger by this time it had also become less accurate and neither Boardwalk Beauty nor any of the other AC in the Flight suffered any damage.

We reformed and turned for home, staying at 1500 Ft, though the formation was a bit sloppy. No Flak chased us as we left. By now the Luftwaffe had arrived on the scene. An Fw 190A-8 bore in on Boardwalk Beauty but was unable to get into a good firing position. Mike, Sgt Tarnowski, fired on the bandit but missed and Jerry flew on.

It soon became apparent that our formation integrity wasn’t the only thing suffering on the flight home. We made a course correction over the Channel and then another one when we hit the wrong spot on the English coast. In fact, we were treated to a tour of quite a bit of the English countryside before finally locating Shelton Cross. By this time the fuel gauges were starting to bottom out.

The situation at Shelton Cross was still CAVU which should have made for an easy landing. However, when I applied the brakes they didn’t take, whether the result of battle damage or mechanical failure was irrelevant at this point. I quickly engaged the emergency brakes, but the delay brought Boardwalk Beauty right to the end of the runway! Taking a deep breath, I taxied to our hardstand, the engines sputtering to a stop even before I could hit the kill switch. Talk about cutting it close, all that mucking around over the Channel and England had burned up all our reserve fuel.

Post mission analysis revealed that the rest of the Flight did better than we did, inflicting significant damage on the bridge, though not enough to take it out of action. I told TSgt Morse to be sure and check the brakes as they didn’t seem to have suffered any battle damage.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)

Here's the Play-By-Play:

Here are the questions that arose:




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A-20H Boardwalk Beauty, Low-Level Mission #2

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-05-14 03:16:47

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 2/2

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 7 May 1944

Primary Target: Airfield, Cambrai/Epinoy, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft, 3 Flights/2 Groups, 3rd Element, #2

Results: Individual, On Target w/3 KIA

Overall, 2x Superior, Target Destroyed

EA engaged: None

Formation Losses: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Giovanni (John) Capelli (1) (0)

Engineer: Sgt Michael (Mike) Tsarnowski (1) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Bartholomew (Bart) Barton (1) (0)

Claims: None

Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x12 (12), Emergency Bomb Release Out (10), Nose Guns x1 (20), Rubber Raft (10), Intercom Out (10), Right Wing Root x1 (25) = 89 Peckham Points, AC ready next day

AAR:

We were going after the Luftwaffe airfield at Cambrai/Epinoy. This being a large target, we were sending a large force, two groups of three flights each. We were also going in low in the hopes of catching the Luftwaffe on the ground. Once there, the plan was to break up and seek out individual targets. For this mission we were carrying a special load, para-frags, in the hopes of tearing the German airplanes apart.

It was an overcast drizzly morning at Shelton Cross when we fired up the twin Wright R-2600s. When it came our turn, Boardwalk Beauty lifted into the soup, the rainy skies making it somewhat of a problem to find out position on the Left Wing of Flight Lead for the second flight of the lead group. There was some consolation however, the Metro boys reported that once we were clear of Shelton Cross we would have clear skies the rest of the way.

The gang must have been expecting trouble, especially after word that an English agent had reported our departure on the previous mission. As soon as we had good visibility the formation tightened up. If anyone got lax flying over the Channel, it ceased as soon as we hit the French coast, any stragglers pulling into position.

We zipped over the French countryside at treetop level and it must have worked this time because when we hit Cambrai/Epinoy the Jerry fighters were all still on the ground. Still, with a formation as large as we had it made enough noise to alert the gunners and they were ready for us. The airfield was spread out before us and the Flak opened up as we went in. It was like flying through a Fourth of July fireworks show, the sky alive with tracers; .50 raining down from above and 20mm and 37mm arcing up from the ground. I had an object lesson in the danger of target fixation, bearing down on a row of reveted Fw 190s with all guns blazing when suddenly Boardwalk Beauty was stitched from wingtip to wingtip by 20mm fire. Fortunately, the only real damage was to the emergency bomb release. I took a quick look around and could see that the other ships were experiencing similar results, lots of fire but little telling damage. Sgt Tsarnowksi, with a bit more mobility in his turret, managed to catch a fighter that was trying to take off. As he filled the cockpit the fighter veered off the taxiway and into another parked aircraft.

Having learned my lesson last time, I paid more attention to the timing of the bomb drop, the para-frags spreading themselves out over several of the revetments and I’m sure shredding the fighters inside. As we came out of the bomb run several large storage tanks appeared in front of us. Sgt Tsarnowski and I lt go with everything we had, heedless of the fact we might need some of that ammo on the trip home. It turned out we were firing on a fuel depot, several of the tanks blossoming into beautiful fireballs. Again I got caught up in the moment and another German gunner walked his fire from Boardwalk Beauty’s nose to tail as we flew over.

The Old Man sounded the recall, which was fine by me as we barely had any ammo left. We took a hit to the right wing root as we pulled out and away. Everyone’s adrenaline must have ben pumped and the formation wasn’t quite as tight as it had been going in.

While we figured Jerry had a pretty good idea of where we were going from here, we decided to stay on the deck in hopes that he wouldn’t be able to vector any interceptors using GCI. It must’ve worked as we weren’t bothered by the GAF on our flight home. Approaching England, Formation Lead had to make a slight course adjustment and then it was an easy landing, the weather over Shelton Cross having cleared up.

Apparently everyone had a good time, the initial assessment from the cameras being that there was little left in terms of useful equipment by the time we departed Cambrai/Epinoy. Boardwalk Beauty took a bit of a beating from all the Flak, but TSgt Morse promises she’ll be ready to fly again tomorrow. Surprisingly considering all the ground fire we took, there were no lost AC, nor did any of Boardwalk Beauty’s crew get injured.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)


Here is the Play-by-Play:


And here are the rules questions/interpretations that arose:




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A-20 Boardwalk Beauty Low-Level Mission #1

Mission ReportsPosted by Richard Morey 2015-05-05 04:35:45

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty

Mission No: 1/1

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 1 May 1944

Primary Target: Non Ball (Troop Assembly Area), Bonnieres, France

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: Low-Level, 500 Ft, 1 flight/1 Group, 3rd Element, #5

Results: Individual, NE; Group, 60% Fair

EA engaged: Fw 190A-7, Undamaged

Formation Losses: 1 A-20

Crew Mssns EA

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

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

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

Claims: None


Awards: None

Damage: Superficial x2 (2), Radio Out – Mechanical Failure (10) = 12, AC ready next day

AAR:

Word was the French Resistance had identified the assembly area for a Panzergrenadier Regiment and so we were going in to go in low and see if we could catch them by surprise. Metro forecast clear skies in the target area and, with the idea of hitting fast and low, I wasn’t particularly bothered by the fact we wouldn’t have any air cover.

Take off and assembly, such as it was with only one flight taking part, went off without any problems and we were soon skimming low over the English countryside and then the Channel. I could almost feel the spray in my face kicked up by the AC in front. We later learned that Intel had intercepted a signal form some German agent announcing our departure. So much for surprise. Lead had to make a slight course correction, probably helped us in the long run consider the spy report, and then we were off to France.

Fritz as in the air to meet us as we approached the target. Sgt Tsarnowski called out a bandit at 9 level, an Fw 190A-7, and opened fire with the twin fifties in the turret. Mike missed. Although the bandit did a bit better, hitting Boardwalk Beauty, his fire had no noticeable effect and he moved on in search of other game. It was then that I noticed the target, troops and vehicles spread across the landscape.

While the GAF may have been on the ball, apparently the word didn’t get passed to the Huns on the ground, there being no opposing Flak as we bore in. The formation broke up into individual AC and I quickly set my sights on a line of vehicles all obligingly parked in a row. While the vehicles may have been aligned with Teutonic precision, my M8 rockets were erratic, none hitting the target. As I pulled up to search for another target the Wehrmacht gunners still hadn’t reacted. That was to change quickly.

Cpl Barton called out a group of troops heading for cover and I dove at them. This time we received return fire. Though it was strong, the Germans were shooting wildly and we took no damage. I can't say the same for the rest of the boys, 2LT Parson’s bird going down. In an attempt to catch the fleeing Krauts before they reached the cover of the trees both I and Sgt Tsarnowski opened up with every gun we could bring to bear. We didn’t notice any appreciable results. I then toggled the bombs to fall in among the trees but was too quick to pull the trigger and they fell short. Fortunatley, the rest of the Group had better success. The Old Man sounded the recall and we pulled out, jinking wildly to avoid the Flak.

The flight home was uneventful except for the fact that the radio suddenly went dead over the Channel. When we reached Shelton Cross it was socked in solid. Even so, the Old Man decided not to go looking for another field and we went in, not that I’d have received instructions otherwise with the radio out. Boardwalk Beauty touched down and then taxied to our assigned hardstand. While we still had some fuel left, I’m glad the Captain didn’t have us waste it looking for a better landing site.

TSgt Moore says he’ll have the few holes patched up in no time and have his techs give the radio a good going over before our next mission.

Giovanni Capelli, 2LT, commanding

A-20H, Boardwalk Beauty

234th Squadron, 134th Bomb Group (L)

Here is the Play-By-Play:


And here are the rules questions and interpretations:






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New Header Photo

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Richard Morey 2015-04-08 00:46:13
I like the new header photo at the top of the page!

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