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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2023 3:44 p.m. PST

"Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring was beside himself with anger. Years before, he had told the people of Germany that no enemy aircraft would ever cross the country's borders. Now, on January 30, 1943, a national day of celebration marking the 10th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power, Göring was made to look like a buffoon.


Dodging in and out of slate gray clouds, Royal Air Force bombers from No. 105 Squadron howled across Berlin. With bomb doors open and Merlin engines at their limits, the wail from a trio of de Havilland Mosquitos mixed with blasts from anti-aircraft batteries below. If everything went as planned, all that noise was going to be on the radio…"


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Thresher0127 Feb 2023 3:27 a.m. PST

Interesting.

Sounds like a good set of missions for a solitaire gaming raid.

Each aircraft is subjected to 6 rounds of antiaircraft fire as they fly over the city, on a roll of 12 on 2D6, the Mosquito is hit by flak and shot down.

I'll let you work out the die rolls for the success of the sorties, but it seems like that should be pretty high, say perhaps 5+ on 2D6 for each trio of attackers. Roll once for each vic of bombers flying over the city.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2023 2:03 p.m. PST

(smile)

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Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2023 8:59 a.m. PST

I can see the pre-flight briefing; "Whatever you do, DON'T kill Goering!"

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2023 7:25 a.m. PST

There was also the Mosquito bomber flight that had to knock down prison walls at an exact time to free some resistance fighters in an occuppied prison.

There were some pretty obscure ones that should go down for prosperity too.

Many bomber command B24 missions from southern Italy to mine the Danube at night.

Again bomber missions by SEAC B24s from their bases in Arakan all the way to Haiphong harbour to act as pathfinders for the B29 crews.

Again a SEAc B24 mission from the Arakan bases to drop OSS agents in Indochina where the aircraft was in the air for some 24 and a half hours!

Again the SEAC B24 campaign from the Cocos and Andaman islands against instalations all over the Dutch East Indies is pretty much a complete unknown.

I wonder how many people have ever heard the song, "The Benghazi Mail Run"?

Thresher0101 Mar 2023 3:28 p.m. PST

I always wanted to run Highball attacks on the Tirpitz with Mossies.

Seems like that could be a bit of fun.

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