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Old 05-01-2004, 09:43 PM   #11
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B17 #10 – Gunther’s Thunder III – Rise of the Machine

Pilot JOhn (6)
Copilot KC Jones (12)
Bombardier Taliswoman (7)
Navigator Dartgod (6)
Engineer Mohillbilly (6)
Radio Op. roger (6)
Tail Gunner Bug (6)
Ball Turret Gunner 4th and Long (6)
Right Waist Gunner Dave Lane (5)
Left Waist Gunner bowser (1)

Target: Antwerp
Mid-formation horizontally, low vertically (high vulnerability)
Distance: 4 zones

Zone 1 Out: Britain

No enemy

Zone 2 Out: English Channel

No enemy

Zone 3 Out: Belgium

No enemy

Zone 4 Out: Belgium (Entering Target Zone)

2 Me110s attack

Bowser fires, misses
4th and long fires, hits Me110
bug fires, hits Me110

Me misses, breaks off attack

Me scores 2 hits
-superficial damage to tail
-tail – bug takes a serious wound to the left chest

Me circles, attacks again

4th and long fires, misses
mohillbilly fires, kills Me110

1 Fw190 attacks

Bowser fires, misses
mohillbilly fires, damages Fw190
roger fires, kills the same Fw190
KC Jones orders Dave Lane to switch positions with the wounded Bug to ensure that the plane’s 6 o’clock is protected. Dave Lane leaves his position to make the switch.

Entering Bomb Zone
Good Weather
Heavy Flak – 1 hit
-superficial damage to starboard flap
Taliswoman has a talent for this – 40% score

Zone 4 Out: Belgium (Leaving Target Zone)

Dave Lane is now ensconced in the tail gun pod, while bug is strapped into Dave Lane’s old position.

2 Fw190s are driven off by other B-17s

Zone 3 Out: Belgium

No enemy

Zone 2: English Channel

No enemy

Zone 1: England

Bad weather – major fog
Despite the weather, John brings GT in for a good landing

Aftereffects

Bug is sent home on a nice slow cruise on the Queen Elizabeth, with a tube in his sucking thorax wound. The war is over for him.

Eligible for next mission

Pilot JOhn (6)
Copilot KC Jones (12)
Bombardier Taliswoman (7)
Navigator Dartgod (6)
Engineer Mohillbilly (6)
Radio Op. roger (6)
Tail Gunner 4th and Long (6), promoted
Ball Turret Gunner Dave Lane (5), promoted
Right Waist Gunner bowser (1), promoted
Left Waist Gunner XXX

It was a textbook mission except for that hit on Bug.
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