Play-Test Mission Reports

On this page you can find Mission Reports from B-26 Play-Tests. These will be from the Core Game, but also from the A-20 and A-26 Add-On modules. With these bombers you can also fly low-level missions. The low-level mission add-on is also available for play-testing. In the 319th Bomb Group add-on you fly missions from Okinawa.

It seems that each report must be posted as a comment and be no longer than 4000 characters. 

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Comment by Magnus Kimura on May 10, 2016 at 4:47am

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...

Another great story and AAR by B-26 play-tester Richard Morey. The story continues here: 

A20-J Sweet Suzie, Mission #2 

Comment by Magnus Kimura on May 2, 2016 at 5:22am

I should have bombed the secondary!

This was an unsuccessful mission. The target was a no ball at Linghem. I improvised and sent Box 2 to a no ball at Clety. The weather was predicted to be poor in the target zone so I chose Cambrai/Niergnies airfield as a secondary. I bombed this about a month earlier, but with poor results.

When I arrived the weather was indeed poor. I was High Lead, Box 1. Lead Box 1 found the aim point and hit with good result. My B/N did not identify his aim point so he bombed through the clouds which covered the target (ie, new bomb run modifier on TZ-1). There were also heavy winds here which made the bombing even more difficult. (Bad weather from (MP-1e). His skill is -1 because he has less than 5 On Target Results. He was off target! Low, Box 1 did not identify the aim point and was off/no effect.

Box 2 did not identify the aim point at Clety and went to the secondary. Box 2 was On, but scored no more than a poor result.

I should have ordered both boxes to Cambrai when I knew the weather situation over the primary, especially since the weather over Niergnies was good!

Comment by Magnus Kimura on April 2, 2016 at 4:51am

A-20J Sweet Suzie, Mission #1

Posted 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 Suzietaking 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!)

Comment by Magnus Kimura on April 2, 2016 at 4:50am

No fighter cover = more action?

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-11-14 11:35:22


The answer to that question is yes.

On this mission I have bombed Lille MY in Zone 3. There was no RV with my fighter cover. I decided to stay one more turn in Zone 1 instead of continuing into Zone 2 (the rules say -5 for RV in the next zone). Still no fighters around. I decided this time to continue the mission.

In zone 2 one wave attacked. One 190A-4 from 12 high and another one from 6 low (I am #5, low, box 2). 

Zone 3 saw two waves before the bomb run and two after we bombed.

I am now in zone 2 (return). I rolled 65 - three fighters from 6 + the extra fighter at 6. The result was four 109F-4s. One Ace and one Alter Hase moved to 12 high. Two average from 6 low. The ventral gun has jammed and is out for the mission so the two at 6 low are out of my field of fire.

...and I see in my notes now that I fly a tight flight. I forgot about that when I rolled for fighter pilot status. I will not go back to re-roll.

Three came around for a successive attack. One was then a KAZ. One was from 7 hi and the last from 6 low. I survived.

In the next zone (Z1) four more 109s attacked (I rolled 66, three from 12 + one from 6 which was an Expert and moved from 6 to 12). One was a KAZ the other three attacked. The Expert hit WH-F (third on this mission). 6 high missed and 6 level was FBO by my nose gunner. None came around for a successive attack, they had to leave.
I belly landed because the nose wheel gear door was jammed shut. 

My B-26 took a total of 43 hits. 34 of these were superficial damage! I was lucky. I used one lucky charm on this mission and earned two (for 2x double 6s).

Comment by Magnus Kimura on October 9, 2015 at 4:55am

Hit by Flak on Low-Level over Carpiquet.

We came in undetected. Flak was weak and inaccurate. The flak gunner's missed my ship and no other B-26 was shot down. I had 10x 500lbs in two bomb bays, 8 in the main and 2 in the aft. It took a short moment before I decided to drop the two in the aft bomb bay first.

I used an Aimed Attack and hit! Good, that is a +1 mod on LLTZ-6, but flak also hit me and I took many hits! Flak intensity also increased. It was Very strong (light) and accurate now.

"2" - Hit! - 2 hits...
"2" - Hit! - 4 hits...
"9" - Hit! - Walking Hits, Fuselage...
"9" - Hit! - Superficial damage... Aft bomb bay.

The first hit killed my #1 engine, and I think the second destroyed my tail guns. As you see I also took several superficial damage hits, seven in total. My B/N was lightly wounded in the nose - why was he even there? Oh, yes, he is working on the jammed machine gun. It jammed when he fired at a fighter a few minutes before we reached the target. Two waves attacked. A Me109G-6 in the first and a FW190A-6 in the second.

A counter I may have to create is "Navigator's Equipment." Please let me know if you have suggestions of any other counters that must be created. I will include formation flying counters again.

My decision now is whether I should try to re-start the engine or use my Lucky Charm to negate the hit which killed it? If I use it, I can attack again. If the engine re-starts I can attack again. If the engines is still out after the attempt, I must dump my bombs and break off the attack...

Comment by Magnus Kimura on October 3, 2015 at 7:28am

A low-level mission to Amiens resulted in...

...a crash landing!


The attack was minimum level (500 ft). I dropped a pair of bombs and was going to drop my second pair seconds later, but was hit by flak in the right engine which killed it. My pilot did not lose control! The engine could not be restarted so I had to drop the bombs and break off the attack. At that point I was hit by flak again. The RO's intercom was damaged, the left gear dropped down, caused drag, the right gear was damaged and inoperable, the doors also jammed. The last hit was in the bomb bay.

At this low altitude with drag and an engine out there was nothing to do but to crash land. All in the crew except for the armorer were killed. He was lightly wounded, got away from the Germans, but is now MIA.

This mission was on May 14, 1943 and the second for The Ugly Duckling.

Play-Test notes: This mission was one in a series to find answers to a couple of questions on low-level missions.

Some of the questions to be answered:
How do you resolve the situation when multiple modifiers apply on LLMT-2?
According to the Low Level Rules an aircraft can fire rockets on the same pass it bombs, and it can strafe on the same pass it bombs. Can it fire rockets and strafe on the same pass?
What is the modifier if you want to drop all four bombs at once?

Comment by Magnus Kimura on September 29, 2015 at 7:16pm

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty, Low Level Mission #6 (Richard Morey, 09/08/15)

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...

Read the exciting conclusion at http://www.themarauderstrikes.magnuskimura.se/

Comment by Magnus Kimura on August 10, 2015 at 4:48am

A-20H Boardwalk Beauty, Low Level Mission #5 (Richard Morey, 08/09/15)

Mission No: 5/5

Campaign: Air Offensive Europe, May 1944

Date: 17 May 1944

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

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

Our 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...

Read the AAR: http://themarauderstrikes.magnuskimura.se/#post442

(Rick is testing the Low-Level Mission add-on module with his A-20 in Europe.)

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 23, 2015 at 8:47pm

Boardwalk Beauty, Low-Level Mission #4 (Richard Morey, 07/23/15)

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)

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:26am

July 30, 1945 - Tsuiki Airfield (A-26 Invader)

This was a long mission, 11 zones, plus one extra turn over the target because I was off course. I landed with 5 fuel boxes left in each main tank (A-26). 10 waves and 13 fighters attacked. One was shot down by the area cover, one was driven off, and two or three were damaged. My gunner claims four probables (FBO - none was confirmed later) and two lightly damaged. We saw Ki-84, Ki-44, A6M5, A6M6 and Ki-61s.

Flak was moderate, inaccurate on the way in and none when we left. I was hit by flak and a fighter (Ki-84-Ib) but I took only superficial damage.

Bomb run for box 1 was on, fair, 60% and my box (2) was on, fair, 50%. We had lost one ship before we reached the target and six more on our return leg.

Landed at night because this was my second mission on this day.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:18am

Boardwalk Beauty, Low-Level Mission 3 (Richard Morey 05/29/15)

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)

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:15am

She Devil (A-20), Bridge Busting Mission 3 - Part 1 (Richard Morey 03/28/15)

The gods of war were not with us today. Even though the skies over Shelton Cross were clear it took the Group some time to assemble into a proper formation. We would pay for the delay later. Despite other’s troubles, She Devil took up position off the left wing of flight lead.

As we hit the Channel coast and our assigned rendezvous the weather took a turn for the worse. That, and our delayed departure due to the SNAFU over Shelton Cross caused us to miss hooking up with the P-38s of the 20th FG. The Old Man descried to press on, hoping to link up with the 20th once we were clear of the soup. It didn’t happen.

Once the clouds dissipated over the Channel there was still no sign of our Little Friends. The CO came over the radio to inform us that we were proceeding to the target anyway, it being too important to ignore. Our Little Friends may not have been able to find us, but Jerry had no such troubles, a swarm of Bf 109s descending upon the formation. Lead put out a call for help that went unanswered. In the meantime, we prepared to do battle. One bandit appeared low on She Devil’s port side, well out of our field of fire. Fortunately, Jerry didn’t seem interested in us. As the EA dove away, Cpl Anderson let loose with the ventral gun, scoring a direct hit and having the satisfaction of watching the 109 break apt in midair (and earningShe Devil a Lucky Charm with a natural 12 on the damage roll).

As we approached the French coast the ailerons stopped responding to the controls. Even with the problem I wasn’t about to drop out of formation now, the sky was thick with German fighters (the beginning of a series of multi-AC waves that carried through for most of the mission). The call again went out for help and I have to admit feeling a sense of relief when the command channel carried the following response, “Kingmaker, this is Ramrod. Sounds like ya’ll got a target rich environment. ETA two zero seconds, Out.” That was followed by Bobbie’s (Sgt May) call on the interphone of, “Here they come!” Whether he was referring to the P-47s or the GAF wasn’t clear. Nor, was there time to ask. Three bandits made for She Devil, an Fw 190 and his wingman, and a lone Bf 109. The two 190s came in at twelve O’clock high while the 109 came in low on the nose. If Ramrod had arrived, he must’ve been busy elsewhere. As the 190s came in, Sgt May fired on the leader, missing. Jerry did a little better, though none of his shots were telling. His wingman didn’t fire and the 109 missed. As the latter dove past Bruce (Cpl Anderson) tried for his second kill but failed to score.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:15am

She Devil (A-20), Bridge Busting Mission 3 - Part 2 (Richard Morey 03/28/15)

The weather over the target was clear and the formation began rearranging itself to bomb the bridge by flights. I could now see that our escort (Ramrod) was a single flight of P-47s. Still, it was better than nothing at all. Bruce (Cpl Anderson) reported three Bf 109s coming in low on our tail. He fired on one and missed. Not so Jerry. Two of the three bandits hit, all fired on She Devil. One shot up the port wing root and the other shot out the port flap. We must not have been their first target as, despite obviously having hurt She Devil they broke off the attack after their initial run, presumably out of ammo. The Flak on target ingress was heavy but only of moderate intensity and inaccurate. While She Devil took no appreciable damage, at least one A-20 was seen to fall. Our Flight went in but was off target. The other two Flights in the Group did a little better, but not enough to bring the bridge down.

Despite the weaker Flak on target egress, and engaging in evasive maneuvers, She Devilreceived some superficial damage from a nearby burst. Two Fw 190s were waiting as we emerged from the Flak field. The leader came in low on our nose, but suddenly found a Jug on his tail and had to break off. His wingman followed but made the mistake of coming in level, right into the six fifties in She Devil’s nose. I let the wingman have it and he was trailing oily smoke as he passed underneath. The gods of war weren’t with this particular Hun toady either, Cpl Anderson scoring his second kill of the day as the crippled 190 flew by (Another natural 12 on the damage table and She Devil’s second Lucky Charm).

Other than running into the same patch of lousy weather over the English Channel coast, the flight home was uneventful. As we neared England Ramrod wished us well and turned for their own base. The poor weather had extended itself to Shelton Cross and that, along with the inoperable aileron controls made for a dicey landing, but both She Devil and crew touched down safely. SSgt Kilmer promises he’ll have She Devil patched up and ready to fly by tomorrow. Maybe we’ll go back and finish the job.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:09am

Aim Point Unidentified!

May 17, 1944: Paris/Poissy, HWB

Every time fighters attacked there were at least two waves, and over Paris there were both two and three waves. The first encounter was over the Channel. Two waves with 190A-7s. It was followed by two more waves. We had two 109G-6s coming in from a vertical dive, and then two Me 410s from 12. We had some moments to breathe between Poix and Beauvais when no enemies were seen. As we neared the IP (IP 1) the fighter defense really got intense. Two waves again. Two 190A-6s from 9 and soon thereafter a 109G-6 from 7.

Falk opened up. Strong and accurate. I was #4 deputy in lead flight of Box 2. Box 1 had missed the target. Flak shot down my lead so I had to take my flight around for another bomb run so that I could get into the lead slot. High and low followed. Both could not find the aim point. (DR was 4 and with modifiers the final result was 3. Good weather over target 4 is needed.) They came around with me. Flak was ineffective, but two waves attacked. 190A-6s in the first. One attacked my flight from 2 high. In the second wave an A-8 attacked from 7 high. Low had lost two ships to flak.

We were now back at the IP. High flight managed to fly a good tight formation. The fighters attacked with ferocity. Three waves this time. Me 109G-6s in the first, two from 9 high. A 190A-7 dived down at us from above and before flak fired we were attacked by another 190A-7 from 10 low.

Flak shot down two more ships in my flight, so we were only three B-26s on the bomb run. We missed the bridge. My other two flights could not find the aim point on this run either.(AGAIN... DR was 4 on both rolls, final result was 3!) Flak got a fourth B-26 in my flight.

We left Paris accompanied by another two waves of fighters. Me 110s at 3 high in the first and a 190A-6 in the second, it attacked from 5 high. This FW was the last fighter today. There were no more encounters on the route back to England.

We had lost a total of eight ships. Four in the lead flight and two in the low and high flight.

This was an unsuccessful mission.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:06am

She Devil (A-20), Mission 1 (Richard Morey, (02/14/15)

Date: 16 March 1944

Primary Target: Ijmuiden, NE, E-Boat Pens

Secondary Target:

Mission Profile: 3nd Element #6 TEC, Flight I, 200 Ft enroute, Poor Area Cover

Results: Straffing, 0%

EA engaged: None

Crew Mssns EA

Pilot: 2LT Charles (Chuck) LaSalle (0) (0) Lw(Rt Foot) – RTD 17 Mar 44

Engineer: Sgt Robert (Bobbie) May (0) (0)

Gunner: Cpl Lester Crout (0) (0) KIA(Upper Rt Arm)

Claims: None

Awards:

2LT Charles LaSalle: Purple Heart

Cpl Lester Crout: Purple Heart, posthumously

Damage: Superficial x6 (6),KIA x1 (10), LW x1(2), Rudder x2 (10), Nose Wheel Inoperable (25), Pilot O2 (5), Rubber Raft (10), Ventral Gun Inoperable (10), Belly Landing (90)=158 Peckham Points, AC ready 20 Mar 44

AAR:

Top Brass said the German PT Boats, ‘E-Boats’ they called them, were causing problems with coastal shipping and could be a threat to any planned cross-channel invasion, so they had to be taken out. The big Boys had tried several times without success to crack open the heavy bunkers protecting the E-Boats so now we were going to try something different. We were going to go in low to avoid detection and hopefully catch Hitler’s Navy in the open where we’d then attack individual targets.

The first part of the plan worked. We skimmed over the choppy waters of the North Sea and hit Ijmuiden without any interference from the GAF. Once on the scene, all hell broke loose. The Flak was light, but there was lots of it. And, smaller caliber fire from the shore, docks, and boat decks adder to the tracers lacing the sky as we broke off the formation in search of target of opportunity.

Lining up a sizable looking structure that looked to be a supply shed, I began my run. As we bore in, all She Devil’s guns were firing in an effort to suppress the Flak. While we saw several German gunners fall, we took our lumps as well. A 20mm grazed my foot, cutting through the boot leather and into the skin. We didn’t learn until later that Cpl Crout at the ventral gun ha his right arm taken off, bleeding to death. She Devil herself took damage as well. Sgt May and I blasted away at the building as it drew nearer and I released some bombs, but they fell wide.

Running another gauntlet of tracers and lead we pulled out and Sgt May shouted, “LT! Nine O’Clock!” Sure enough, there of our port beam was one of the E-Boats making a run for open water. I brought She Devil around and made for the German boat. We again threaded our way through the deadly skies, blazing as we went. But the German Skipper was good and managed to dodge our fire and bombs. As I was lining up for another pass the CO ordered everyone to break off the attack and head for home due to fuel considerations.

We stayed low, once more avoiding any encounters with the GAF. The weather back at base had deteriorated but with the entire squadron running on fumes we couldn’t go looking for a better field. It was then that I discovered our nose wheel wouldn’t lock down. Without the nosewheel, and the tricky runway conditions, I opted to bring She Devil in on her belly. There were a lot of sparks and protesting metal, but she held together.

SSgt Kilmer wasn’t very happy with the results, but he says She Devil can be fixed and back up in the air in a few days. I guess that’ll give my foot time to heal, and a replacement for Cpl Crout to arrive.

Charles LaSalle, 2LT, commanding

A-20, She Devil

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 5:03am

Bombs Salvoed over Bonnieres, No-Ball

January 6, 1944:

A lot went wrong soon after take-off while we were climbing to the assembly point. Being the lead of box 1 we took off first and ascended through the clouds in poor weather. We got lost in the clouds and when we reached our altitude we joined the wrong flight! We were now lead of the low flight. The major from group HQ was not happy!

There was no time to change position of the leaders now with the Little Friends waiting for us, and they were exactly where they were supposed to be and we were happy to see them.

Our target today was no-ball at Bonnieres. Bad weather was reported, but it had improved considerably when we arrived. (TZ-1, Fair, then MT-1, Weather, Very Good.) The sun was shining and we had clear skies with unlimited visibilty. That was good for us, but it was also good for the enemy. One wave of three Me109G-6s attacked the low flight from six o'clock. Two were damaged (Serious, -2) by the Spitfires. None of the bandits attacked us, but my gunners fired at them. My co-pilot, now in the tail on this mission, fired at the one at six low and we saw pieces of metal falling from the fighter (FBO).

We bombed by flights. Flak was medium (6500 ft), strong and accurate. #5 in the low flight was shot down by flak. We were hit in the bomb bay, pilot compartment and the armorer's station. Flak damaged the bomb release controls, so I could abort or stay in formation to lead the fligt over the target. I chose to stay.

With the flak damaged I had to salvo the bombs unarmed (-5%, Formation Casulty). The flight released and we were on target, 500 feet (good, 90%). Our box was on, 250 and excellent (90%). The other box was on, 500, good, 70%. This no-ball target was now, with damage from december 5 (80%, good & excellent, 95%), destroyed (2x Excellent = 1 Superior = Small Target destroyed).

No fighters were seen on our route back.

With bad weather over our station we landed at an emergency airfield.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 4:49am

8-Ball, Mission 15 (Richard Morey 08/06/14)

8-Ball took off into the partially cloudy skies over Rivenhall and assumed our position in the formation. Assembly went well and we were soon approaching the English coast and our rendezvous with the P-47s of the 4th FG.

The S-2 had briefed that the heavies were lying to day and most of the GAF would be focused on them. Whether it was that, or the presence of the 4th’s Jugs, we say nary a sign of Fritz until after we’d hit the target and were on our way home. That’s not to say that the mission was a milk run.

The Flak at Chievres was predicted to be b heavy and it was. The German gunners put up a very strong and accurate defense. Even so, we came through it relatively untouched. 8-Ballsuffered some superficial damage and nobody fell out of formation. We followed Maj Benson in, achieving 90% effects on target. The airfield was a shambles as we turned away. So far, so good.

The Flak on target egress was just as strong though not nearly as accurate. Still, we got the worse of it here, taking hits to both wings. Fortunately the damage was not serious. LT Hodges and his crew couldn’t say the same, Little Lulu falling out of formation afire. Jack, Sgt Falcon, reported seeing two chutes. The Flak must had confused the lead navigator as he led us over another Flak battery. We seemd to be takin strong fair accuracy fire from some medium caliber guns. 8-Ball took another pair of superficial hits as well as having the right side O2 knocked out. Thankfully we weren’t on oxygen. Another Ship fell to the German gunners.

Leaving the target area, we finally encountered the GAF near the French-Belgian border. A pair of bandits made a line for 8-Ball. The first was an Fw 190A-5 that, by his maneuvers, appeared to be inexperienced. He quickly acquired a Jug on his tail. The four .50s chewing up his rudder proved enough of a distraction that Jerry flew right into Sgt Wallace’s sights. Last we aw of the Fw he was turned for home and smoking pretty bad. The other fighter, a Bf 109G-6 sported enough hash marks to make him an ace. He slipped past the P-47s, coming in high on our 10 O”Clock. Vic, SSgt Washburn missed, but surprisingly so did Jerry. As he flew past our starboard side and tail, Jack caught him, claiming his second kill.

After that, things quieted down till we neared home. The weather over Rivenhall wasn’t as bad as had been forecast, but was still pretty nasty. Figuring it probably wasn’t any better anywhere else, I put 8-Ball down on the tarmac. TSgt Reynolds says he’ll have 8-Ball ready to fly again tomorrow.

Isaac Aaronosn, 1LT, USAAF, Commanding

B-26C, 8-Ball

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 4:47am

In the Target Zone over Coastal Defenses at Ault...

...A New Hope is hit by a fighter in the bomb bay and the bombs explode, but I negate the effect by using a Lucky Charm. The 30mm shell hits but it is only superficial damage.

Then there is flak. It is weak, but accurate. A New Hope is hit by a BIP (TZ-3a, DR12)... IT IS A DUD! (TZ-3d) Sometimes we're lucky without the Lucky Charms. However, even with this weak heavy flak three B-26s must leave the formation before the bomb run.

In poor weather, the AP is not identified and we must return to base.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 4:45am

No RV with Little Friends

One advice: Do not continue if you do not Rendez-Vous with your Little Friends!

There was a delay at assembly on two missions in a row for me and also no RV with the Little Friends on these two missions. On both missions I continued into Zone 2 and on both missions there was Heavy Enemy Resistance. I don't remember how many fighter waves I faced on the first mission, but I think I saw two waves going out and one when I returned.

On the latest mission six waves attacked! Three going out and three while I was returning. Three Old Hares, Two Aces, one Veteran, three Green pilots, four Kaczmareks, and two average were among the 15 Bandits that were attacking my flight.

I had two or three fighters in a row attacking from 12 high rolling "12" when they attacked me, and one rolled 12 for number of hits and the other 11.

Top Turret jammed once, but the gunner fixed it right before the next attack, it also ran out of ammo. He was also lightly wounded. The Armorer manned the waist guns and shot down a 190 which made him an ace. I used a lot of spray fire on these two missions. My crew on this mission was leading the group to the airfield at Chievres, so in the tail was my regular co-pilot. I had HQ in the right seat and as RO, navigator and bombardier.

The first fighter hit #2 which ran away. I could not restart it so I had to loose my bombs in order to stay in formation (which makes me relize when I write this that according to the rules I also should have jettisoned my equipment, if I am not mistaken.)

I had two WH-F. My fixed nose gun ammo boxwas damaged, package guns were destroyed, the raft destroyed, greenhouse hit, rudder hit, right tail plane root was hit. I used a Lucky Charm to negate a serious hit to the nose wheel which would have dropped down and casued drag, that would not have been good while flying on one engine.

I landed safely though. First a -3 mod on LT-1 which on a final result of "2" took me to LT-2 on which I rolled an unmodified "12" which, with my House Rule gave me a Lucky Charm.

The Crew Chief, SSgt Marcus King, recieved ½ a Skill Point.

Comment by Magnus Kimura on July 5, 2015 at 4:44am

8-Ball, Mission 13 - Part 1 (Richard Morey 06/11/14)

After 10 Missions I’ve apparently become one of the ‘old hands,’ selected to fly Deputy Lead for this mission. Among other things, this means 8-Ball has both a bombsight and a dedicated Navigator for this mission. Our Navigator is 2LT Robert Gardner. The target was going to be tough, the deepest yet we’d penetrated into France and guarded by heavy Flak with radar and word that the GAF was going to be up in force. Fortunately, we were going to have close escort by the P-47 of the 78th again.

Takeoff and Assembly went off without any problems. A few AC reported some problems as we headed toward the coast but managed to get them worked out without having to leave formation. The 78th was ready and waiting as we linked up and headed out over the Channel. Halfway across the Channel Vic announced, “Auxiliary tanks empty. Switching to main.”

We tensed up as the French coast came into view, expecting to hear the call, “Bandit!” at any time. But, contrary to the S-2’s briefing, there were no bogeys in the air. We passed Beauvais and still no sign of the GAF.

As promised, the skies over Cormeillies was clear, and filled with EA, two waves attacking 8-Ball. First up was an Fw 190A-6 that came in low on our starboard bow, leaving us no shot. One of the 78th’s Jugs hit him enough to throw off Jerry’s aim and the bandit dove for safety after missing his shot. The second wave consisted of a pair of FWs. An A-7 came in high on our tail, but didn’t seem particularly interested in us. His partner came in low but broke off the attack after being peppered by another of the Little Friends. You gotta love those P-47s.

The Flak on target ingress was heavy, strong, and accurate. Even so, 8-Ball took only superficial damage with the exception of a hit to the starboard tailplane root. Some of the others weren’t so lucky, three ships falling to the German gunners. Maj Olson was still in the lead and IDed the AP and we went in. The loss of the other ships was telling, with a poor showing of 45% effects on target.

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