I finally have my computer after nearly 4 months!!!!!!! Am busy unpacking boxes. Before they arrived I sent off the first draft of Squadron Forward to Rich. He won't look at it for at least 2 weeks as he is up to his elbows in IABSM 3 but at least it is done.
Wanted to do a new ambush scenario for vietnam but there wasn't enough time or space yet so instead ran a third mission with my trusty french Hawks. Also I now can include some pictures to keep your attention.
Col Renard called Lt Leroy into HQ. "Lt, a reconnasense plane spotted german trucks near Saarbrucken moving supplies to the front lines. If you hurry we can give the Boche a nasty surprise. Remember, your mission is to take out the trucks."
Lt Leroy hurried back to the Escadrille and discussed the mission quickly with Lt Martin his right hand. they only had 6 planes operational. Leroy would lead the main strafer patrolle while Martin led the secondary. They would leave Cpl Chef Grasse behind as the new guy. A quick brief and they were off!
|The 2 patrolles on their way to Saarbrucken|
pretty well I thought)
Shortly before the German border Lt Leroy sensed 3 ME 110s headed their way at their 5 o clock. Lt Leroy decided he would continue on and Martin should try to delay the Me 110s for several turns and then join him.
3 on 3
(the ME 110 on the left has an experimental camo scheme)
As Martin's Patrolle tangled with the Germans the new SLt (that had cheated at the academy) Caron missed his half loop and became separated. After several minutes Martin called to break off and head for Germany and Caron was lagging. Then Caron preceeded to try to line up shots at the ME 110s. Martin snapped off a direct order to move out as he wheeled his hawk back west to get his wayward charge. Caron duly broke off and headed east. Sgt Lisle continued east as well. As SLT Caron straightened his hawk out a ME 110 came up and blasted him from the sky. He managed to get out of the stricken fighter over no mans land as Martin saw a good chute.
Suddenly Lt Martin found himslef alone with 3 ME 110 fighters. While his hawk was more manuverable, the germans had a definite speed advantage.
The hunter becomes the hunted
Lt Martin called Sgt Lisle back for help but his plane caught several blasts of fire from the germans as he twisted and turned. His gas tank was punctured and his radio knocked out but he managed to escape west. He swore he would ask for censure of SLt Caron when he got back to base.
Lt Martin's adventure had allowed Lt Leroy's troupe to arrive over Saarbruken unscathed. They found their targets and went to work.
Lt Leroy's strafing attack. At this speed the trucks look like little
In 2 passes they damaged 3 trucks and Cpl Chef Prideux destroyed 2 while pinning infantry and AA. [Used my Brag the Hun rules]. SLt Brun's plane was hit by ground fire but took minimal damage.
The 5 Hawks made it safely back to base. I chalked it up as a minor victory for the French as they took out all 5 trucks, their primary mission, but did lose a plane.
Post mission Lt Leroy was finally promoted to Capitain, sealing his position as CO. While he has not upgraded to veteran pilot yet he has developed an uncanny sense as to where the enemy is. This would be called "radar like" if we knew what radar was! [eagle eye]. Lt Martin fumed about SLT Caron and waited for his return. After 3 days he began to worry and made several calls to front line units. A week later word was recieved through the Croix Rouge that SLt Caron was a POW with the Germans. Lt Martin was racked with guilt and lost his cheery disposition. Capt Leroy told him to forget about, Caron had it coming after what he did but Martin still felt responsible. The Flight Surgeon has grounded Lt Martin for 2 missions to work through this. [ Event rolled that grounded Martin for 2 missions; way cool!] A replacement pilot has also show up: Slt Challe a classmate of Caron's from the academy Pragmatic/religion and green.
We are down to 5 planes plus one in depot and 6 pilots plus Martin. Worse we have no veterans and our reputation is still average.
Great game as strafing for the Hawks is unusual to roll up. The system is a blast as the interactions affect the tabletop which is what I am after. If the squadron can hold it together for 1-2 more battles I think their experience will start to rise and then it should get easier.