Today saw another couple of scenarios on the campaign ladder. Both having their challneges
Game 10 - RAF resources stretched
The RAF are having to deploy any aircraft that can fly... in this case a pair of Boulton Paul Defiants on patrol ,who have to deal with a pair of Me109's. Now if you know your WW2 aircraft you can see the problem here... in real life this didn't go well , how would it go..
It was set up as dog fight encounter amongst the clouds. As this game was based on shortages it saw the return of PO McMillan who had recovered from his previous encounter but was flying with only one good eye. He was accompanied by PO Scott.By dice roll the pair were bounced at short range as the German ace and his wingman burst through a cloud at close range.
|of all the angles to get bounced ... |
|however the Germans powered straight on , and pair of Brits engaged the plane flying past their companion,, .. ouch smoke was seen! result|
|I split the British pair up , turning in circles to try and see if I could get something on the German pair ..|
|As the Brits came back round from their circles , one Me109 was behind both.. PO McMillans gunner hit home hard and with bits flying off the Me109 the pilot was seen to bale out! .. result!|
shortly after the other Me109 blasted PO Mcmillans kite , wounding the gunner who could no longer fire . At this he tried to fly home , but the next burst downed the Boulton Paul , the pair bailed out,..
|At this point a pair of Hurricanes joined the fray and they soon had the best of the lone German who was seen to bale out,.|
Certainly a surprising result!
PO McMillan , they had shot down the German ace ,,,the pair had baled out. Campaign XP 4
PO Scott.. crash landed , two wounds, one minor , 1 serious eg wound , missed 2 turns , campaign XP 1
Flt Lt Thompson , shot down an Me109, he's 1 off being an ace.. landed ok campaign XP 13 , no promotion , no medals
PO Wallace, damaged mE109 , campaign XP - 4 landed ok
Lt Steinburger , shot down , baled out ...but captured , POW
Lt Franze , shot down baled out ...lands amongst the land girls and uses his parachute silk to distract them, makes his escape to the coast and steals a boat ... escapes across the channel.. now "lucky!"
Game 10 - Crystal trouble
This saw a mistake by the germans as a unit of Do17s had failed to pick up an abort call and had carried out a bombing mission where the fighter escorts had headed home early ..
Two Spitfires with PO Cooke and PO Anderson were vectored to intercept ..
The German bombers had the full length of the table to make, and the Spitfires were soon on the tail of one hammering away . it didn't take long before the first fell
The Germans had dispatched some fighters to try and protect the bombers , and they showed up just as the second bomber blew up in a ball of flame as PO Anderson blasted away at it .
The German fighters were determined to get some revenge . The first long range cannon shot wounded PO Cooke , the next saw chunks engine flying off .PO Cooke was seen crash landing his Spitfire into a Kent field...
PO Anderson who had the chance to head off home had turned to help instead was blasted by cannon fire in two shots too which had added to the damage he had picked up from the bombers .. he went down too.. the Germans flew a victory roll and headed home back across the channel .
Game 11 - Draw
PO Cooke, crash landed , 2 wounds, 1 minor , 1 more serious however while convalescing he took. shine to a nurse and took her out to a restaurant .. where he suffered food poisoning and misses 2 turns. He however has been promoted to Flight Lt .. no medals though . Campaign XP 17
PO Anderson , crash landed , 2 wounds , one minor, and serious leg wound misses two turns , campaign XP3
Both German bomber crews crash landed with serious wounds and are all POW's
The two fighter jocks made it home landing safely...
Campaign , British 6 , German 4 , draws 1