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April 28 2nd. Attempt

Allies:       British

                 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF - Boyd
                 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - 610 Squadron


Axis:         German

                 Messerschmitt Bf.109 K-4 - Hartmann
                 Focke Wolf FW-190 D-9 - 7./JG 26



         In this rematch the Brits made a critical mistake with the splitting of their formation.DSCI0065.thumb.JPG.59c4fb847a46e13db289fc1d9b24be6d.JPGDSCI0066.thumb.JPG.6f3ea9ba8af453e2fad521d2417f79f2.JPG The Beaufighter may have massive fire power but is very limited in maneuverability.  I was chasing Hartmann and we dueled until he got in behind my position.DSCI0067.thumb.JPG.e55c3be45eb05adaee79d23333ba171b.JPG  At close range his cannon did me in.  During this time the Beaufighter took on the 190, hitting it repeatedly then switched targets and went after Hartmann and blew him out of the sky.DSCI0068.thumb.JPG.479eeeed1303a9ada30b9e66b0fb5e6a.JPGDSCI0069.thumb.JPG.7478a8a23ddbdd7b6a057d375c289e1a.JPG  Now the Beaufighter and the 190 were going at it. It came down to whom would get into position first.DSCI0070.thumb.JPG.dc553213ff9e3ac969230a8f07be91d4.JPGDSCI0071.thumb.JPG.5b611dc903ae1e83a71c2284724d7dc3.JPGDSCI0072.thumb.JPG.850367c25edf0c4ae083088a345fb167.JPG  It was close but the 190 had the edge by getting in the first shot that gave just enough damage to take down the Beaufighter.DSCI0073.thumb.JPG.431ef6c240dfdf7269c1c3252e2c13d9.JPG


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Italian Encounter



Allies:      P-51 D Mustang              Axis:        Fiat CR.42 Falco    

                P-47 D Thunderbolt                         Fiat CR.42 Falco

                P-47 D Thunderbolt                         Reggiane RE.2001 Falco II

                                                                              Reggiane RE.2001 Falco II


It is a desperate time of the war for the Italians, throwing up whatever they had available, to halt the Allied advance.DSCI0314.thumb.JPG.cd3e506da77ffb3d677cc14820cb46da.JPG  The Allies were closing fast.DSCI0315.thumb.JPG.a0e1a342cbac7e547d487cecd48c1745.JPGDSCI0316.thumb.JPG.922051b39712cf0d3a65772ca5b99285.JPGDSCI0317.thumb.JPG.9ca1a8d8df6e615aaac0572b956cf2d0.JPG

        The RE.2001s tangle with the Allies while the CR.42s catch up, with a flank attack.DSCI0318.thumb.JPG.c388ed142dcafe780ea3d7b708973c43.JPG Early on in the battle one of the P-47Ds explodes.DSCI0319.thumb.JPG.b929d47eceac81ae60a6bc5ec6cd0c08.JPGP47Dsilver.thumb.JPG.6951701572aeb58dd73398b524c515e9.JPGThis helps the Italians even up the sides a bit. Later on the black RE.2001 takes sufficient damage to knock it out of the battle.DSCI0321.thumb.JPG.e2d37c4a445abaf0b9ec6279ec09ced5.JPG  The two CR.42s, put a few rounds into the P-51D, they have done well to hit all three of the Allied planes at some point of the battle.DSCI0322.thumb.JPG.c8321fe69d4025ea7b617cf4cc4eb766.JPGDSCI0323.thumb.JPG.639c71758efa455bcb3bfe7408526cb2.JPGDSCI0324.thumb.JPG.49f80d7a0fd68c29769516e49dcf43a9.JPG  The flying has been very energetic with several Immelmann maneuvers, tight turns, and stalls.  Here a stall has a P-47D flying past the RE.2001 and placing himself in a bad situation.DSCI0325.thumb.JPG.b1aa95dc1e375505fa58acdd84973e81.JPGDSCI0326.thumb.JPG.0e0f7d4958eb696ce0f9541141e21286.JPG  The results have become painfully obvious.P47Dblack.thumb.JPG.490f1c79e45c9f07d8c781cf31e5231b.JPG  DSCI0329.thumb.JPG.862c209ec0c4fd3c2227ee6e12b6b30e.JPGDSCI0330.thumb.JPG.7d7f7af4484b229aa2a74dd0c5136baa.JPGDSCI0331.thumb.JPG.692b46b7025ec11c6248738255f3fae2.JPGYou would think the Mustang would be in a world of hurt being out numbered three to one, but an Immelmann puts a CR.42 point blank in front of six .50 caliber machine guns.  His plane shredded, goes down.  Once again shots are traded with minimal results.DSCI0332.thumb.JPG.7853f39134cfcf70f63e3eb08d4410ae.JPG  The other CR.42 is not so fortunate in exchanging shots.DSCI0333.thumb.JPG.d1d85204104575fa1cf7297a34752332.JPG  Down to one on one, in the midst of circling one another, the RE.2001 gets off more shots with little effect.DSCI0334.thumb.JPG.e08f275da58ec1bb09f3cc4e61b0faca.JPGDSCI0335.thumb.JPG.9a012addc83c2040a9922c40e17effc6.JPGDSCI0336.thumb.JPG.568dcb189b0e1c246caf5b0abef1cfd0.JPGDSCI0337.thumb.JPG.d9b3ccdfbbbe8c9104e66cd98a1237e4.JPG  The final maneuvers with the Mustang pulling yet another Immelmann, finishes off the Falco, himself four hits shy of being finished off. Mustang.thumb.JPG.ae1a53e139c1683e3094703f4a277b9d.JPG

This is the first Standard Rules battle, with one slight slip-up, I left out the special damage counters… next time though.


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Encounter with the IJN S.W. Pacific Islands


(using Standard Rules only)

                   2 – P47D Thunderbolts (Jugs)        2 – Yokosuka D4Y1 Suisei

                                                                                     2 – Yokosuka D4Y3 Suisei

                                                                                            (Judy dive bombers)DSCI0365.thumb.JPG.6e879566ae04091b532c91f2c933c146.JPGDSCI0366.thumb.JPG.1b6d150c6a5b309b5cd02cecf71c325e.JPGDSCI0367.thumb.JPG.5044a0adbf3bf3e49cbd41e4252e51ee.JPG

        Two P-47s on combat air patrol over scattered islands we recently captured, encountered four Jap A/C coming in low and fast.DSCI0368.thumb.JPG.84a118f83529e458c65b27a7ad2e983a.JPG  Whatever their intent, it will not bode well for our side.  We are quite confident of dealing with aircraft nowhere near the ruggedness of the Jugs.DSCI0369.thumb.JPG.410fd37f6a96ae3524800f5de1198bc6.JPG  We should make short work of them.DSCI0370.JPG.e72fddc5b0bbc40c5e88513ea914be16.JPG  They were broken into two sections but the ones to the left are coming to join with the section we face.DSCI0371.thumb.JPG.71c53e4649cdef347b591a132bac6070.JPGDSCI0372.thumb.JPG.b4988aec52e97525c7c05a1876f0b303.JPG

        Right at the start of battle, we concentrate on the one closest to the both of us and blow him out of the sky with the combined weight of sixteen, .50 caliber machine guns.DSCI0373.thumb.JPG.f9d8618399fe7079eb6b7154f7b6cd80.JPG  We receive some damage, but nothing of consequence.  Now we will be between the two groups and will be receiving Tail Gunner fire.DSCI0374.thumb.JPG.9a0db2b0e5d4c8fa870cb94534889dd4.JPG  The second group is now engaging and we receive more low damage hits, but we keep our speed up and roar on through.DSCI0375.thumb.JPG.42209e2a68cbbff00da05e24465006f3.JPG  In the mean time the single plane, D4Y1, is diving on our radio station, which shows there intent of disrupting our communication and probably Logistics.DSCI0376.thumb.JPG.958905fdbacc27f4d27cb26223eb3094.JPG  The other group does not give chase, sooo they are all after targets of opportunity at all costs.DSCI0377.thumb.JPG.f2a0e07b6f9013182d03efcce99acf66.JPG  The D4Y1 dropped his bombs and did some damage but did not totally destroy the station.DSCI0378.thumb.JPG.94aa1bb830881c12d33b816f78a1830d.JPGDSCI0380.thumb.JPG.4da9b7f665651bff8ec45ceebcb1dee1.JPG  So now we need to pursue and catch up.DSCI0381.thumb.JPG.635de1559eddd6d3122722183c546298.JPGDSCI0382.thumb.JPG.65341acce4be1c1d6d14af7f6e46e173.JPG  They are splitting up looking for their respective targets.DSCI0383.thumb.JPG.206c576f6eee7f0f61f8cf2cc39d21a5.JPG  One of the D4Y3s is diving on the HQ building and doing damage, but once again not destroying the target.DSCI0384.thumb.JPG.51c3dc3055a20297eacd963a3f4b5511.JPGDSCI0385.thumb.JPG.36214e8e4cee775782ada63e48c8c42a.JPG  We are finally closing in and hopefully put an end to their rampage.DSCI0386.thumb.JPG.6332d76beaff0b2c76dd848bf1dca146.JPGDSCI0387.thumb.JPG.44dca43c6fc8d6a13f62b99cfb716e50.JPG  We each take on one of the D4Y3s causing one to catch fire.DSCI0388.thumb.JPG.b6ee924e713d535c739fb2e67cabbe92.JPGDSCI0389.thumb.JPG.20a160e8635b464b3617c0aaef209812.JPG  We still get hit twice due to the Tail Gunner.DSCI0390.thumb.JPG.f44144b9d300ae83fb51a9f2cbed32a7.JPGDSCI0391.thumb.JPG.de8946bab59c6e2d4bfe5633d107f4f2.JPG   We try to go after the plane on fire but end up going one on one again.DSCI0392.thumb.JPG.4af0e706c4095e0a8b5b762f76dbdb7e.JPGDSCI0393.thumb.JPG.a49add9636413197b8f1ee4b625405c3.JPG  Hmmm these planes are getting tore up with our .50s at point blank and they still fly on.  Of course we are collecting our own souvenirs.  My wingman is in trouble with three of them swarming him.DSCI0394.thumb.JPG.12f633bec94c523fa3366e6d66778cf4.JPG  He takes out another one but the combined fire of three planes makes Swiss Cheese out of him.DSCI0395.thumb.JPG.35e04ed2026f738f1fc1a5c64e66c0c8.JPG  So I have two left to deal with, one of which I know is out of bombs, the other I could not keep track of so he will be my primary target.  I end up settling for the D4Y1 of the first section,DSCI0397.thumb.JPG.96977a83d492238617e2f6e0aad3b9fe.JPG catching him and finally taking him down.DSCI0398.thumb.JPG.75dd54da0758acf9071e15045e335826.JPG  The other was able to make his escape.

        Battle results: two of four targets bombed, targets indicated by target cards on the battle field, being near misses gives 4 points each target out of 8 points each for a direct hit.  12 points for each downed aircraft, for a total of 12 points against the US and 36 points against the IJN.  If you will notice the IJN that was on fire, was miss identified by the IJN pilot, as the markers show smoke and not fire.DSCI0396.thumb.JPG.0abc95688a79d400a675dba87772bc9a.JPG  So the IJN aircraft actually did not have enough points to be considered downed since he received a damage marker for each of the four turns he was supposedly on fire.  So the actual tally is:

IJN:  4 points target 1                               US:   24 points for 2 planes

4 points target 2

        12 points, 1 plane


Probably could consider this a draw, with two IJN downed but a loss of one plane and two targets bombed.   

One battle I am considering is Doolittle's Raid, if I can acquire enough B-25s to make it interesting.  I have three and would like to do it with five so it would look more impressive.   If not, three it will be.    We will see how good Tojo's A/A is.


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