Good afternoon Sir. Well, I lost a couple of good men on this last mission to Tobruk. Both my Co-Pilot and my Engineer were killed. I have filed my AAR and will be going through the others and checking in with the squadron. Seems like most of the crews came through ok on this one. I also see we have a new crew and ship for the squadron. I will be sure to introduce myself and see what I can do to get them squared away.
Good afternoon sir. We have a short mission coming up sir. I would suggest perhaps we get some of the newer crews to fly Lead and TEC on this one. I can take the second position with the "Betty" and be ready to move up if needed.
Ok, Well then let's put Great Expectations at Lead and Osage Orange at Tail. Also, I looked at the AAR's for the last mission and did not see anything beyond exceptional for awards other than those requested. Please let me know if you feel otherwise. It looks like Desert Rat, Queen City, and ourselves, the "Betty" were the ones with personnel losses on this last trip. Otherwise it seems the rest of the crews came though alright.
Request granted Flak Dodger. Thank you for volunteering. I will be flying Lead in the Bombing Betty, get me on the radio if anyone in the Squadron begins to fall behind, or is hit badly enough to have to drop out of the formation.
Also Sir, It looks like my paperwork is the last filed for our last mission to Egypt. I have a man in the hospital that needed some things. Sorry it was late, I won't let it happen again. (out of character, sometimes the real aviation outfit I work for has to take precedent over the one I get to play with lol). I am still reviewing the other commander's aars and will have any final recommendations for you regarding Mission 16 soon. Thank you sir.
Good afternoon Major. I sent a request to 1st Lt. Bellvue, the Apocalypse Cow, to write up a quick summary for his requested DFC for MSgt McCoy. He should be submitting that to you for consideration for the award. Looks like MSgt is a two time Ace sir. I am interested to see the request.
Sir, I have the results from the Mission to Alam-ei-Halfa, Egypt.
I have filed this report with the Mission paperwork as well.
The 80th sortied 16 bombers and crews for this mission. Of those, four of them were flying less than a 5th mission. They were California Dream, Helzapoppin, Sleeping Lady and Farm League. They did well but Farm League suffered quite a few WIAs and some KIAs.
All of the bombers dropped their load with only three missing the target area. That averages to 30% of all bombs dropped being on target for the Squadron. The best performance was Desert Rat. Assessment indicates about 60% bomb load on target.
Here are the mission numbers:
B-17's sortied: 16 Great Expectations (Lead), Bombing Betty, Aunt Judy, Flak Dodger, Apocalypse Cow, Eureka, High Plains Grifter, Crater Creator, California Dream, Helzapoppin, Desert Rat, Sleeping Lady, Hunga Dunga, Lady B Good, Farm League, Osage Orange (Tail).
Crews Not Receiving Mission Credit: 0 B-17's Not Flying Mission: 0 B-17's DNB: 0 B-17's Aborting Mission: 0 B-17's Missing Target: 3 B-17's Lost This Mission: 0 B-17's CAT-E This Mission: 0
Squadron Bombing Success Rate: 30% Top Bombardier: 2 Lt. Walter Banasek, Desert Rat - 60%
Crewmen KIA: 6 Crewman died in hospital: 2 Crewmen wounded and In Hospital: 3 (current return status unk) Crewmen Invalided and removed from active duty: 5 Crewman Lightly wounded and returned to duty: 1 Crewman POW: 0
Medals/Awards: Summary: Purple Heart: 17 (8 Posthumous) Distinguished Flying Cross: 2 (Requests pending) Air Medal: 3 (1 Posthumous) Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal: 18 (1 Posthumous)
DESERT RAT PH (Ivd home): 2 Lt. George Martin Mendenhall (Navigator) PH (Ivd home): Sgt. Kevin Macy (Ball Turret Gunner)
SLEEPING LADY OC to AM: 2 Lt. Daniel Stern (Navigator) OC to AM: MSgt. Patrick O’Malley (Engineer) OC to AM: SSGT. Dimitri Penkovsky (Ball Turret Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Joshua Goldman (Port Waist Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Paul Moretti (Starboard Waist Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Andy Miller (Tail Gunner)
HUNGA DUNGA (spare) PH Posthumous: 2 Lt. Marty Calloway (Bombardier) PH Posthumous: 2 Lt. Lorenzo Costa (Navigator) AM Posthumous: 2 Lt. Marty Calloway (Bombardier)
LADY B GOOD PH Posthumous: 2 Lt. Dave LaClair (Bombardier) OC to AM Posthumous: 2 Lt. Dave LaClair (Bombardier) OC to AM: 1 Lt. Dave Bronson (Pilot) OC to AM: 2 Lt. Mark Parrish (Navigator) OC to AM: MSgt. Ken Christie (Engineer) OC to AM: Sgt. Ed Jackson (Radio Operator) OC to AM: Sgt. Larry Klucek (Ball Turret Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Woody Davis (Port Waist Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Sam Conroy (Starboard Waist Gunner) OC to AM: Sgt. Mel Levitt (Tail Gunner)
FARM LEAGUE PH Posthumous: 2 Lt. Larry Stein (Navigator) PH Posthumous: Sgt. Lyle McCoy (Tail Gunner) PH: 2 Lt. Paul Glover (Bombardier) PH: Sgt. Duane Huber (Radio Operator) PH: Sgt. Jim Hanson (Port Waist Gunner)
Enemy A/C Destroyed: 23 (CONFIRMED) It should be noted that there is no report for Fighters Encountered, Fighters Damaged, Fighters countered by Friendly Intercept, as these number are not completely or accurately reported by the entire Squadron. Rather than speculate, at this time the report contains only the number confirmed killed.
Special Note: Sgt. Monty McCoy, Engineer on the Apocalypse Cow made double Ace this mission. His Commander, 1 Lt. Peter Bellvue, has requested a DFC for the Sgt.
I would recommend we send the Base Chaplain to speak to the crew of Farm League as they were particularly hard hit this mission.
Also, Farm League and Flak Dodger were the most heavily damaged ships. Crews are working to repair the bombers and have them ready for the next mission. Farm League was about 50% damaged, Flak Dodger, about 33%. I do not have a status as of yet on Farm League but the crews think Flak Dodger should be ready to go for the next mission.
Commanders should be working to get replacements with S-1.
A new Lieutenant who looks too young to shave presents himself to the XO and salutes with the crispness of a complete newbie.
"Sir. I'm Lt Steven Graves reporting my crew and bomber, just in from the States.
My papers, Sir."
B17F-10BO-41-24444 The Widow Maker
Pilot -1st Lt Steven Graves Co-Pilot -2nd Lt David Barnes Bombardier- 2nd Lt Dale Selwood Navigator-2nd Lt Mike Kellogg Engineer-M/Sgt Frederic Tallon Radio Operator-Sgt Jack March Ball Turret-Sgt Raymond Dorey Port Waist- Sgt Sam Gates Starboard Waist- Sgt Cal Lockland Tail Gunner-Sgt Donald Kehoe
Good afternoon Major. I just filed paperwork for the mission to Crete. The Betty came though fine, minimal damage, no casualties. We got 2 enemy fighters this time. About time for my gunners. Better though, bomb run was 75%. I am buying beers for the crew tonight. Some bad news though, we lost the California Dream. She blew up over the target. Apocalypse Cow radioed that one forward. Have not had a chance to visit with the rest yet.
There is a brand new bomber on the field too. The Widow Maker I think. Is she getting assigned to the 80th?
"Sir, 1LT Goodrow reporting, I have the crew of the Lightning Strike here from the states. I understand we're taking these birds up at night? That's not something we trained for it was all day time at flight school." The young lieutenant says.
LT Goodrow, welcome to the 80th Bomb Squadron (H). I’m the squadron commander, MAJ Grant Johnson. CPT Leonard Herman is my executive officer. Our doors are always open and for suggestions. We’re also there for any bitching, but it better be a well-taken bitch. There’s a lot to assimilate and if you have any questions, well the only bad question is the one you don’t ask. Make sure your crew are situated and settled in. You will find that we party hard but we fly combat even harder. The group has flown eighteen missions already, two of which have been to Ploesti. Trust me. There will be many more.
MAJ Dave Bronson Commanding Officer 80th Bombardment Squadron (H) 509th Bombardment Group (H)
Good afternoon Sir. My AAR for the mission to Bengasi is in the inbox. Looks like the crews did alright on this one. It also looks like we are going back to Suda Bay huh? You know, that is where I got my second purple heart. That is one record I would like to keep where it is.
Good morning sir. I think we may have missed something here in the reading the AAR's for the Mission to Bengazi. It is my fault sir, I should have noticed it sooner. It looks like highest accuracy for the mission was about 100% from the Widow Maker. They reported some extreme damage indicators from their drop and several other ships in the Squadron noted it as well.
Even though it was a night Mission, I am inclined to believe The Widow Makers crew assessment and recommend their Bombardier, 2nd Lt. Dale Selwood for the DFC sir.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Thank you Sir.
(Capt. Herman leaves the office, ashamed at letting his Commander down by missing such and important detail. He vows to himself to do better.)
MAJ Johnson sighed as Herman disappeared from his office. He barked to his admin NCO, “Henderson! Drag your butt in here!”
CPL Henderson stuck his head in the door. “Sir?”
”Get in here!” The corporal walked in and stood at attention. Annoyedly, MAJ Johnson barked, “Stand at ease! How many times do I have to tell you that when no one else is around, you don’t have to play soldier with me.” The corporal relaxed. “Now. Could you please tell me wHat the f...” Johnson caught himself. He had promised his wife to try and cut down on the profanity. “I mean, what the hell is CPT Herman on about?”
“Sir, I’m not sure but it may have something to do with an error in the Benghazi mission summary.”
Johnson peered at him and said, “Well, find out. I don’t need him off on a toot about a clerical error!“
Henderson nodded and said, “Yessir! I will bend heaven and earth to comply with your request.” He beat a hasty retreat as Johnson threw the baseball on his desk at his retreating back.
Hello Sir. I wanted to let you know that, during the mission to Suda Bay, 1st Lt. Michael McIntyre, Commander of "Helzapoppin" was wounded badly enough to be sent home. Apparently, they already reported to S-1 for a new Commander. They also lost their Navigator, 2nd Lt. Andrew Fisher.
In all that mess, McIntyre and Fisher being killed, 2nd Lt. O'Toole, Co-Pilot, performed admirably, under fire, with a damaged ship, and got the ship and crew safely home. Meanwhile, the Bombardier, 2nd Lt. Corey Jones, was able to bomb the target at 93% effectiveness.
I think both of these officers should be considered for a DFC sir.
Good afternoon sir, I have filed my aar for Suda Bay. I lost a good man today. Sgt, Rodgers, my tail gunner, was killed by flak on the way out of the target zone. He is one of the crew that has been with us since we started this here with the 80th. We are going to miss him. I am buying beers in his memory at the Goat tonight. You are welcome to join us sir.
Otherwise, no other wounded. Three enemy shot down as the boys I think were upset at losing Rodgers and took it out on the enemy. Strangely, my bombardier, 2nd Lt. Davis, made ACE today. First on the crew.
I will continue to talk with the rest of the crews about how everyone is doing.
If there is nothing else sir, I need to get over to S-1 and do the paperwork for a Purple Heart, an Air Medal, my ball gunner, Sgt. Spignatelli celebrated his 5th mission by downing a 110, and write a letter to Sgt. Rodgers family.
<stepping out of character> As long as you think that Hezapoppin’s CP and B deserve a DFC I’ll approve. I didn’t want to put themselves up on my own recommendation because they’re crewmen from one of the aircraft I fly. Now back into character.>
After reviewing CPT Herman’s recommendations for DFC, MAJ. Johnson signed off on DFC on both. He looked up and said, “By the way. McIntyre and Fisher were WIA not KIA, but they’re both being sent home.”
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