Post by limburger59 on Sept 20, 2019 10:51:09 GMT -8
1LT Waldo, reports in, after he and seven of his crew are dropped off at the base gate by a British lorry. He regrets to inform you that The Good Shepherd was hit by that troublesome Italian Ace, Luigi, and was engulfed in flames. All ten men successfully bailed out, but two men floated down on the wrong side of the front lines.
Your clerk has already informed the Lieutenant that there is a brand new B-17F waiting at the Shepherd’s old hardstand. Waldo is relieved to hear that news as his men were afraid they would be given one of the ancient B-17Es out of the Spare Pool.
Lieutenant Waldo informs you that the name of the new bomber will be JAWBONE. He mysteriously comments that it has to do with something that happened in the neighborhood 3000 years earlier...
1 LT Pip Dickins - Commanding, Great Expectations; 80th Bomber Squadron Lt. COL Calhoun “Cal” Moody - Executive Officer; 509th (H) Bombardment Group, 9th AF
Good afternoon sir, I have filed my AAR for the Bombing Betty. We lost engine #1 over the target area and took a couple fuel tank hits but came through ok. Crew is unhurt. Would like to see our kill count go up a little so I am ordering my crew some target practice. Otherwise, we are in good shape.
Post by limburger59 on Oct 4, 2019 14:27:20 GMT -8
1LT Phillip Dickins and the crew of the Great Expectations reporting for duty. I understand we will occupy the hardstand formerly occupied by Jawbone.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Pilot: 1LT Phillip “Pip” Dickins Co-Pilot: 2LT Matthew Pocket Bombardier: 2LT Abel Magwitch Navigator: Clive Pumblechook Engineer: Joe Gargery Radio Operator: Luke Wopsle Ball Turret: Bentley Drummle PWG: Henry Hubble SWG: John Wemmick Tail Gunner: Mick Jaggers
Post by captainfubar on Oct 6, 2019 11:27:27 GMT -8
Major, I've filed my AAR and regret to inform you we lost the "Straight Shooter" after losing power just miles from base. We managed a controlled bailout, thankfully without casualties. The crew is a bit shaken, sir, but will be ready to go after a little R&R.
Our replacement aircraft is the B-17F Apocalypse Cow.
Pilot: First Lieutenant Frank Martinez Co-Pilot: Second Lieutenant Thomas Campbell Bombardier: Second Lieutenant John Jenkins (Gino) Navigator: Second Lieutenant Edward Cox Engineer: Master Sergeant William Brown Radio Operator: Sergeant Charles Bell (Charley) Ball Turret Gunner: Sergeant Robert Butler (Bobby) Port Waist Gunner: Sergeant Jon Jenkins (Jax) Starboard Waist Gunner: Sergeant James Lopez (Jimmy) Tail Gunner: Sergeant Burl Bates
Last Edit: Oct 8, 2019 19:12:00 GMT -8 by andyhall
Bombing Betty has returned. We lost our Norden Bombsight prior to the bomb run so ended up bombing off of the XO's ship, Joy's Boys. I am pretty sure we were off target. My bombardier tried to track the bombs on the fall using binoculars but he can't be sure he saw the impact. Again, pretty sure we were off target.
Also, I need to put in Sgt. Terry for a Purple Heart, two if we can swing it as he was actually wounded twice. Once in the arm and a few moments later in the chest. The chest wound is pretty serious and he will be laid up for about a week according to the Doc. If we have to fly again in less than a week, I will need a replacement for Sgt. Terry. If that happens, I would request the replacement be temporary as Sgt. Terry and my other waist gunner, Sgt. Kowolowski get along well and work the waist well together.
I took a piece of shrapnel to the leg but Doc released me to fly tomorrow if needed. And the crew chief is installing a new Norden. I will have my Bombardier calibrate and zero it as soon as it is installed. My Crew Chief assures me he will have the Betty ready for a mission tomorrow if needed.
Everything is in my AAR sir, which I have submitted.
-walking into the office- Good afternoon Sir. I have filed my AAR for the mission to Suda Bay. We put our bombs on target and took one enemy fighter with us. Everyone back safe and sound sir. We will be ready for the next one. My replacement, Sgt. Buckland, performed well. I have returned him to S-1. Hopefully I get Sgt. Terry back from hospital soon.
Post by linnyfish8 on Nov 18, 2019 10:06:06 GMT -8
Good afternoon Sir. Osage Orange has completed its mission to Pylos. While our bombing run was off target, the men under my command are starting to work as a cohesive unit, demonstrated by the teamwork it took to shoot down all 3 enemy planes we encountered. I have included this in my filed AAR, but as this was each of our crew's 5th mission, I request the Air Medal be awarded to each member of the Osage Orange. Thank you, sir.
Good afternoon Major. I have filed the AAR for our mission to Pylos Bay, Greece. The "Betty" had a great bomb drop with 92% on target. We had a minor wound, my tail gunner, Sgt. Rodgers, his second wound. I put in the paperwork for his Purple Heart. He will be ready to fly on the next mission. Also, my waist gunner, Sgt. Terry, who was released from the hospital the day before this mission, got a kill today on a -109. Very minor damage to the Betty, my Crew Chief will have her ready for the next one sir.
We can fly Lead or Tail End again if it is needed sir.
"Good afternoon, Lieutenant Baxter. Good to see you here following your crew's enforced vacation in Malta", said Major Dickerson. "Thankyou, sir, we are", the young lieutenant nervously replied. "We're well rested and glad to be back in action, sir." "That's good to hear. I haven't seen too much of you since your return and our hastily relocating. What brings you in here?" "As we've flown three missions since our return and our crew having completed their fifth mission in total, our crew wished to volunteer to take the tail on this coming mission", added Lieutenant Baxter. "You know the risks involved, I take it?" the major inquired. "Yes, sir. The bomber in the tail of every squadron, especially that of the low squadron, is most likely to get attention from the enemy. If I may be so bold, I've taken the liberty of putting 'Delaware Dream II' on the board. Major Frazer said that it would be alright and that I was a 'brave lad' for volunteering, but if you would rather someone else-", continued Baxter. "Trying to chicken out, lieutenant?" said the major interrupting. "No ... er, no, sir. Absolutely not", the lieutenant replied. "There may be a change if I need to juggle the team around, but unless you hear otherwise, consider your request granted", concluded Major Dickerson.
Thank you Sir for recommending 2nd Lt. Davis for the DFC. The entire crew have worked hard to become an effective unit, but 2nd Lt. Davis has been instrumental on several missions. I am sure he will be excited when he next writes his family. Thank you again Sir.
Pilot: First Lieutenant Frank Martinez Co-Pilot: Second Lieutenant Thomas Campbell Bombardier: Second Lieutenant Brendon (Bud) Jones (new as of 31 July 1942) Navigator: Second Lieutenant Franklin (Frankie) Soto (new as of 31 July 1942) Engineer: Master Sergeant William Brown Radio Operator: Sergeant Michael (Mike) Burke (new as of 31 July 1942) Ball Turret Gunner: Sergeant Robert (Bobby) Butler Port Waist Gunner: Sergeant Jon (Jax) Jenkins Starboard Waist Gunner: Sergeant Jeremiah (Jerry) Cohen (new as of 31 July 1942) Tail Gunner: Sergeant Burl Bates
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2019 14:02:40 GMT -8 by andyhall
Good afternoon Sir. I have filed our AAR on this mornings mission. I have one casualty to report, MSgt. Lee, My Engineer, has a minor leg wound. The Doc says I get him back in two days. Also, I should have The Betty ready for the next mission according to my crew chief. We put bombs on target sir, but I have to say, I am very disappointed in the gunnery of my crew. I am sure it is a hard job to do, but we just can't seem to knock the enemy out of the sky. I am sure I have seen some of these enemy pilots before. If this keeps up, I will probably start recognizing names.
Anyway sir, as I said, my report is filed. Thank you sir.
Good afternoon Sir. I have submitted the AAR for the Bombing Betty for the mission to Tobruk. Nothing to report sir, it was a quiet mission, no enemy to speak of, no damage, no casualties. We put bombs on target. Approximately 20% from what we could see based on previous drops.
“Somethin’s Brewin’” Crew Effective 10 August 1942
Pilot: First Lieutenant Frank Martinez Co-Pilot: Second Lieutenant Thomas Campbell Bombardier: Second Lieutenant Brendon (Bud) Jones Navigator: Second Lieutenant Franklin (Frankie) Soto Engineer: Master Sergeant William Brown Radio Operator: Sergeant Michael (Mike) Burke Ball Turret Gunner: Sergeant Robert (Bobby) Butler Port Waist Gunner: Sergeant Thomas Torres (new as of 7 August 1942) Starboard Waist Gunner: Sergeant Richard (Dick) Bell (new as of 7 August 1942) Tail Gunner: Sergeant Burl Bates
Last Edit: Dec 26, 2019 15:28:42 GMT -8 by andyhall
Sir, the Osage Orange and her crew performed phenomenally in the Aegean. We forced a supply ship to turn around and limp back to Italy.
Additionally, Sir, I would like to request the Distinguished Flying Cross for 2LT Hank Pym. He shot down 3 planes this mission, was awarded 2 confirmed kills by the review board, which brings him up to 5; enough to be called an "Ace".
I've submitted the formal paperwork, but please let me know if you need anything additional.
Another successful mission for the "Betty" Sir. It is all in my AAR, but 2nd Lt. Davis excelled again, Sir, and I would like to request a 2nd DFC for him. Once again, he bombed on target doing some damage, and in addition, on this mission he had three confirmed kills. Not sure if that qualifies him, but he sure has been performing at a very high level. I will leave the decision up to you.
Post by linnyfish8 on Jan 14, 2020 15:10:41 GMT -8
Sir, I have another outstanding mission AAR I've filed for the Osage Orange.
SGT Clark Kent seemed to take protecting the Squadron's back to heart, sir, as he shot down two enemy fighters in quick succession. I have filed the paperwork to grant him the Distinguished Flying Cross as those were his 4th and 5th kills sir. I'm really glad he's a member of the team.
2LT Wayne has also continued to find the targets we are assigned. Even though as soon as we entered the target zone we were swarmed, the crew stayed calm and collected and managed to fight them off.
Hello Sir. I have filed my AAR for the mission to Matruh, Egypt. Nothing to report. Bombs on target, ship had some minor damage. Sgt Kowolowski was wounded again, but nothing serious. He has already reported back. We will have "Betty" ready for the next one sir.
Hello Sir. I have filed my AAR for the Ploesti Mission. We bombed on target. The "Betty" took a beating but she should be ready for the next one. I lost my Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt. Hamilton on this one. The Ball jammed and then we lost the Port side main gear. MSgt. Lee and Sgt Rodgers did everything they could during the flight to get Hamilton out of the turret. I would have circled as long as it took but we were running low on fuel and I had to put her down. Sgt. Hamilton was killed on landing. He was able to dictate a letter that Sgt. White took down while they were working on the turret. I will write a letter to his wife and send his along with it. I will be at the Goat with my men sir, if you need anything.
onezuludelta: Alright, I ran through a mission on VASSAL and I think I got the hang of it, I think I'll join and just play VASSAL until I get the physical copy in the mail
Sept 19, 2020 11:05:02 GMT -8
linnyfish8: Awesome, thank you. that is what I thought. I'll edit my post with the "correct" numbers (I put both just so I wouldn't get confused)
Sept 18, 2020 13:45:16 GMT -8
crushedhat: Correct. You must either complete the mission or abort after having engaged the enemy.
Sept 18, 2020 13:11:26 GMT -8
linnyfish8: Just to make sure, for the latest mission we crashed on takeoff and are Cat-E. For the crew that survives, this does not count towards their mission total since we didn't even take off, right?
Sept 18, 2020 11:41:54 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Ah, nice, thanks for the link! "the 509th will be moving either to Algeria or England or Dakar or New Orleans"... being from New Orleans, I can confidently say y'all got shortchanged with the move to Algeria.
Sept 18, 2020 5:40:54 GMT -8
onezuludelta: And this is in Algeria, then the next in Italy?
Sept 17, 2020 5:03:44 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Thanks limburger59 it looks like a great time, I especially think it will be even easier to get into the game with all this wonderful campaign pre-planning already done for me!. Another question, the last campaign was based in Malta?
Sept 17, 2020 5:03:33 GMT -8
medic1: Actually, Lame Horse became a POW on mission 027
Sept 16, 2020 17:49:51 GMT -8
limburger59: Answer for onezuludelta - Active players depends on Real Life. One mission may have a dozen players assigned to a squadron submitting AARs. The next mission only 8. We don’t limit the number of players to 6 per squadron as enjoying the game is priority.
Sept 16, 2020 11:06:22 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Hey all, I'm new here and would like to join up. Will probably buy a copy of TfT soon. Just wondering: around how many people are active in the squadrons?
Sept 16, 2020 10:36:59 GMT -8
jasta6: theboyce, Yes, I had a 3/2 escort once and rolled up five Butcherbirds in the first of two waves. I took a lick'n that zone and didn't realize my error till two zones later... OH WELL, live and learn. Recounting for a friend!
Sept 15, 2020 17:13:49 GMT -8
limburger59: Kitkala Lame Horse flew on Mission 25, and was last seen on Malta flirting with that Scottish Red Cross volunteer who was passing out donuts and hot tea. Looks like he didn't make the transition between campaigns.
Sept 15, 2020 11:13:02 GMT -8
theboyce: Where is Kitkala Lame Horse these days? I do hope he makes it home....
Sept 13, 2020 20:17:11 GMT -8
jasta6: Cat Scratch Fever II and crew are Wheels Down, safe and sound... Uneventful AAR being crafted.
Sept 13, 2020 10:01:46 GMT -8
teufelhunde87: My friend forgets that he can only fire 2 of the 3 front guns!
Sept 13, 2020 9:15:21 GMT -8
theboyce: Anyone ever forget about air cover, roll loads of dice that end up killing several crew members, and then realize what they have done, and refreshingly wipe it all away? Asking for a friend
Sept 12, 2020 12:50:19 GMT -8
jasta6: Mission 30, Crew of Cat Scratch Fever II are Wheels up.....
Sept 12, 2020 3:47:03 GMT -8
theboyce: Just finished typing up the AAR for 29. Sad day for the bomber crew of MISS HAP. Going to catch up to the campaign tomorrow and fly 30. Hopefully this doesn't screw too much up.
Sept 11, 2020 21:50:36 GMT -8