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
in1943. And if last year was any indication, the Germans are
in for a tough time because the raids are getting bigger. Our
squadron flew in record numbers again last year under the direction
of the dean of WBC GMs, David Terry, with 22 tours and counting.
The B-17 event (on WBC Thursday at 0900) follows the
chronological war diary of the USAAF Mighty Eighth Air Force.
After 20 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 missions 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 go home with from the tournament
is happy memories and a desire to come back next year. We encourage
new players to find a copy of the game online, or show up and
we will see if we can cover you from our library of stocked B-17
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.