Bomber Name: Lucky Strike Crew Members Name: Brent Buchard Crew Members Rank: 2LT Mission Number: 026 Mission Date: 16 Nov 42 Award Requested: Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Award Paragraph: For extraordinary achievement in flight while serving as Bombardier aboard the Lucky Strike. While on combat mission, the Co-Pilot was killed over the target, just after the bomb drop, (during which he achieved a 40% drop rate). He immediately went to the flight deck, removed the decapitated Co-Pilot from his seat and assumed the station as an untrained flight officer. He assisted the pilot for five zones, including egress from the target zone. Finally, as they approached Chelghoum el Aid, (with the landing gear inoperable, and damaged rudders), the aircraft commander determined the remaining crew would bail out and he would take the plane in, by himself, in an attempt to belly land. Lieutenant Buchard, instinctively knowing how hard the pilots job would be without him, and without any hesitation, insisted he stay and help the pilot with the landing - which was successful. Rank and Name Requesting this award: Stewart Lupton, 1LT, USAAF, Commanding, B-24 Lucky Strike, 78th (H) Composite Bomb Squadron Squadron Commander's Endorsement: Forwarded, recommending approval. MAJ Winston Martindale, Commanding 78th (H) Composite Bomb Squadron
MAJ Winston "Wink" Martindale Commanding Officer 78th Bombardment (H) Squadron (Composite) "The Flying Boxcars" 509th (H)vBG ----------------------------- CPT Stewart Lupton Commander, B-24 "Chickenhawk" 78th Bombardment (H) Squadron (Composite)
teufelhunde87: Jess is trying tyo crash land in zone 3 Algeria (fuel leak) , wish us luck!
Jul 29, 2020 21:26:55 GMT -8
teufelhunde87: Jess is headed for Bizerte , couldn't locate ships as target area was completely obscured.
Jul 29, 2020 20:58:53 GMT -8
teufelhunde87: Jammin Jess is wheels up looking for some ships at sea.
Jul 29, 2020 20:15:39 GMT -8
blaird: Lou, but can all of the Colonels mechanics, and all of the mechanics jeeps put Humpty Dumpty together again?
Jul 27, 2020 20:27:42 GMT -8
blaird: out of formation only in zone 6, rejoining after fighter encounter in zone 6, if you spot ships first pass, or chose to rejoin formation having failed to spot ships.
Jul 27, 2020 20:27:04 GMT -8
blaird: Tinker Toy touches down safely
Jul 27, 2020 20:26:27 GMT -8
limburger59: Humpty Dumpty may not have been the best name for a bomber. It is in pieces all over the runway at Maison Blanche.
Jul 27, 2020 20:08:14 GMT -8
crushedhat: kozzakelt, only OOF in the Target Zone unless you choose to hang around or fail to link back up. In either case, the 3x is a QotS rule. Even if OOF in TFT enemy fighters don't automatically conduct subsequent attacks.
Jul 27, 2020 19:09:44 GMT -8
kozzackkelt: Mission 27 ~ So, we are flying OOF? So if attacked, can possibly be attacked 3x by each enemy fighter? Please clarify.
Jul 27, 2020 18:57:11 GMT -8
blaird: Tinker Toy wheels up
Jul 27, 2020 18:39:54 GMT -8
blaird: just make sure to not feed those gremlins after midnight.
Jul 27, 2020 18:38:05 GMT -8