what do we do for an encore? …
The Mighty Eighth U.S. Army Air Force will again take to the
skies over German-occupied Europe for three more historical-based
missions, to battle the Luftwaffe and attack key wartime industries
in 1943. And if last year was any indication, the Germans are
in for a tough time because the raids continue to draw large
crowds. Our squadron flew in record numbers again last year under
the direction of the dean of WBC GMs, David Terry, with 23 tours
The B-17 event (on WBC Thursday at 0900) follows the
chronological war diary of the USAAF Mighty Eighth Air Force.
After 23 years of tournament play, we are now conducting historically-based
missions from late 1943 after the disastrous second attack on
Schweinfurt. The tournament flies three missions, and all players
are encouraged to play all three along with their fellow squadron
members. The After Action meeting on Friday night at 2200 hours
involves presentation of medals, acknowledging some of the highlights
(and lowlights) of the previous day’s battles. We also feature
an optional prize table, in which participants donate a B-17/WW2-related
item (book, video, wargame, models, etc.) to the prize table.
At the After Action meeting, the prize table is picked in order
from last place to first, ensuring that everyone goes away with
some memento from the tournament. But mostly, as our recent rising
attendance figures indicate, the most important thing that players
take home is memories and a desire to come back next year. We
encourage new players to find a copy of the game online, but
show up regardless and we will see if we can cover you from our
library of stocked B-17 games.
We present medals
for great heroic achievements, as well as for notable disastrous
results. During the after action meeting, we run an optional
prize table whereby each player donates a B17/WW2-related item
(book, video, wargame, models, etc.) to the prize table.