Painted up 2 MGB dog boats I got for Christmas. I put a 20mm midships instead of the Holamen projector.
Okay, enough with Cruel Seas. On to the Cruel Desert.
Mission: Escort 6 P-39s on bombing mission of enemy HQ.
Planes P-38 Js
Capt Zap McGrudder Foolhardy/ govt
wingman 2Lt Bill Wright Coarse/ wealth mustang up from the ranks
2Lt Chuck Carls Cheery/ hates germans Veteran pilot with 2 kills well liked in sq. awaiting promotion
wingman 2Lt Glenn Schlick cheap/wealth not the most popular as he failed to cover Zap's tail once and Zap was shot down. Zap refuses to have him as his wingman.
Buzz tells Schlick he better get his butt down there or don't bother coming back. Schlick responds promptly and helps Carls clear his tail. 2Lt Carls rudder is badly damaged and his ailerons are damaged as well. He heads for home. Buzz tells Schlick to get his a@@ back in the fight.
Meanwhile, the P-39s are badly scattered with 2 having to abort, one jettsoning bombs in self defense and one...
Buzz and Bill Wright do what they can but frankly they aren't too effective. As a matter of fact towards the end of the battle...
The final drama to play out is 2Lt Carls landing his damaged crate. He is at -1 for un prepared strip and -2 for badly damaged aircraft. 0 for the P-38 as it isn't particularly hard to land and +1 as he is a veteran pilot. I roll a "10" as he nails the landing and this popular pilot is home safe with his 3rd kill.
Buzz and Carls are not happy with Schick but it goes no further than some words as he did come back and clear Carl's tail. There is more skuttlebutt in the squadron but no more.
I declared the mission a draw as we downed 1 and lost 1 but the mission did little damage. It wasn't a loss because we were facing FW 190s.
Bunker is cleared for flying but Wright will miss the next mission. In addition a pilot from group staff shows up with a plane to be added to our next mission. Lots of drama with this group.
Before I go played a game of some hawks and Ploetz bombers bombing a tardy german minesweeper during the phoney war. The Germans scramble some ME 109Ds. Played with my dad.
Here are some pics.