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Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2020 4:12 p.m. PST

All,

1035 local time
4 June 1942
Midway

It's now 1035, and Lt Cmdr Case has re-formed a group of three Wildcats to lead the final strike of six SBD Dauntless dive bombers from VB-6 ("Bombing Six"), hoping to surpass the achievements of their compadres in Scouting Six. They are facing a reduced Japanese CAP of two Zeros.

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Wildcats swarming on Zeros for a change!

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But the @#$%ers still get through…

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But numbers and firepower begin to tell as Lt French pulls onto a Zero's tail and gives him the what for…

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That looks so much better! Yes, 5 of 6 SBD Dauntlesses actually made it to the target area.

To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
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So while these guys are cruising home, we're going to flip over to Lt Chipman leading a six-plane CAP, going up to intercept a flight of Japanese 'Val' dive bombers closing on the USS Yorktown.

V/R,
Jack

(Leftee)20 Mar 2020 10:50 a.m. PST

Thanks for this campaign. Can see how hard it actually was for the Americans.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2020 2:05 p.m. PST

Hi Bruce, it's my pleasure, and thanks so much for commenting, it really raises morale to know that folks are reading and enjoying these.

It certainly was tough sledding in real life, I'd imagine (and from what I can tell reading about it), but I think my campaign has gone even worse! ;)

In honor of someone reading and commenting, I believe I'll go ahead and post another of these, coming right up! This means I'll be able to close out my Midway dogfights next week (the last two batreps), then move on to WWII, the German invasion of Greece.

V/R,
Jack

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