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B-17 #15 – Sack Time

Pilot Special Ed (12)
Copilot alanm (12)
Bombardier gh4chiefs (12)
Navigator seclark (12)
Engineer KC2003 (12)
Radio Op. redhed (12)
Tail Gunner Hydrae (8)
Ball Turret Gunner Fat Elvis (2)
Right Waist Gunner Zebedee DuBois (3)
Left Waist Gunner Iowanian (2)

Target: Kiel, a tough u-boat base in eastern Germany (extra flak)
Lead bomber in formation, high vertically (extreme vulnerability)
Distance: 8 zones

Zone 1 Out: Britain

No enemy

Zone 2 Out: English Channel

No enemy

Zone 3 Out: North Sea

No enemy

Zone 4 Out: North Sea

4 Fw190s attack – 1 is driven off by fighters

Seclark fires, misses
Kc2003 fires, misses
Hydrae fires, misses
Fat Elvis fires, misses
Zebedee Dubois fires, misses

3 Fws miss, break off attack

Zone 5 Out: North Sea – out of fighter range

1 Fw190, 1 Me109 attack

Iowanian fires, misses
Hydrae fires, misses
Seclark fires, misses
Kc2003 fires, misses

Fw, Me miss, break off attack

Zone 6 Out: North Sea

2 Me109s attack

Gh4chiefs fires, hits Me109
Seclark fires, misses
Kc2003 fires, damages Me109
Hydrae fires, misses

2 Mes miss, break off attack

Zone 7 Out: North Sea

No enemy

Zone 8 Out: Germany (Entering Target Zone)

6 Fw190s attack (It stinks to be the lead bomber, doesn’t it?)

Gh4chiefs fires, misses
Seclark fires, misses
Kc2003 fires, misses
Redhed fires, misses
Fat Elvis fires, kills Fw190
Zebedee Dubois fires, misses
Iowanian fires, misses

3 Fws miss, break off attack

Fw scores 2 hits
-starboard wing – landing gear brake is out
-superficial damage to nose

Fw scores 1 hit
-superficial damage to #2 engine

2 Fws circle, attack again

Kc2003 fires, kills Fw190
Hydrae fires, misses
Gh4chiefs fires, misses
Seclark fires, misses

Fw misses, breaks off attack

1 Fw190, 1 Me109, 1 Me110 attack

Gh4chiefs fires, damages Me109
Kc2003 fires, kills the same Me109
Seclark fires, misses
Hydrae fires, damages Me110
Fat Elvis fires, misses

Fw, Me miss, break off attack

Entering Bomb Zone
Good Weather
Medium Flak – 1 hit
-hydrae takes a light wound to the stomach

Bomb run off target due to flak – 0% score

Zone 8 Out: Germany (LeavingTarget Zone)

5 Fw190s attack

Gh4chiefs fires, misses
Seclark fires, kills Fw190
Kc2003 fires, misses
Hydrae fires, misses
Fat Elvis fires, misses
Iowanian fires, misses

3 Fws miss, break off attack

Fw scores 2 hits
-nose – gh4chiefs takes a particularly nasty serious wound to the stomach. He goes down for the count, trying to scoop up internal organs on the deck
-superficial damage to pilot compartment

Fw circles, attacks again

Kc2003 fires, misses
Seclark fires, damages Fw190

Fw scores 3 hits
-superficial damage to tailplane
-superficial damage to nose
-port wing – the #2 engine blows up spectacularly. When the smoke clears, most of the engine is gone.

Fw breaks off attack due to damage

The pilots aren’t overly worried about the lost engine because they can keep up with the formation on only three engines. They just don’t want to lose another one.

Zone 7 Out: North Sea

No enemy

Zone 6 Out: North Sea

No enemy

Zone 5 Out: North Sea

No enemy

Zone 4 Out: North Sea – back in fighter range

No enemy

Zone 3 Out: North Sea

2 Fw190s, 2 Me109s, and 1 Me110 attack – 1 Fw190 and 1 Me110 are driven off by fighters

Seclark fires, kills Me109
Kc2003 fires, hits Me109
Redhed fires, damages the hit Me109
Iowanian fires, misses
Hydrae fires, kills the hit and damaged Me109 (That one was doomed.)

Fw misses, breaks off attack

Zone 2: English Channel

2 Me109s attack – 1 is driven off by fighters

Kc2003 fires, damages Me109
Redhed fires, misses
Seclark fires, misses

Me misses, breaks off attack

Zone 1: England

Good weather
Good landing

Aftereffects

Gh4chiefs managed to survive another week, but alas, he went to Valhalla.

Eligible for next mission

Pilot Special Ed (12)
Copilot alanm (12)
Bombardier seclark (12), promoted
Navigator KC2003 (12) , promoted
Engineer redhed (12) , promoted
Radio Op. Hydrae (8) , promoted
Tail Gunner Fat Elvis (2) , promoted
Ball Turret Gunner Zebedee DuBois (3) , promoted
Right Waist Gunner Iowanian (2) , promoted
Left Waist Gunner XXX

I’m actually impressed that they made it all the way to the target and back.
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