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 the summer of 1943. 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 last year. This year we have a special mission planned that is not part of the game’s original target set.
Players who participate in all three missions will be eligible for many consolation prizes, booby prizes and (thanks to assistant GM Mike Lam) air medals for various achievements or misfortunes.
New for 2006: B-17 will have an After Action meeting on Friday at 10 PM. Awards will be given out, and we will have an (optional) prize table. Each B-17 participant is encouraged to bring a prize (in the $5 to $10 range) to donate to the prize table. Suggested items are WW2 used books, ebay items, copies of B-17, etc. Everyone bringing a prize will be eligible to pick from the prize table based on the order of their finish in the tournament.
An example of past missions flown follows:
Two Silver Stars (for Pilots staying in formation after losing pilot’s compartment heat - one of these was the badly shot up B-17 above who stayed in formation for about seven zones without Frostbite!).
One Air medal (for highest bomb % for that run)
One Purple Heart (one B-17 with all KIA)
Three Purple Hearts (three B-17 crews all KIA - this was surprising since they were in the middle formation)
Two Purple Hearts (two B-17 crews all KIA)
Two Air Medals* (A poor bomb run with two highest tied at 40%)
* One of the winners of this medal, John Poniske (3rd place), also was awarded the Silver Star & DFC from mission #1. He won a total of four medals in all; the Silver Star, the DFC, this Air Medal and a Purple Heart from mission 2.
Other Medal Winners for combined results for the 3 missions:
LEGION OF MERIT (1): Awarded to the bombardier with the highest combined bombing total with 122 (he was the player with a 20, 97 & a 5 in his three missions - barely beating out a player with 120 by getting that 5% on mission 3).
AIR MEDAL (1): Best Top Gunner, who shot down seven German fighters.
Mike Lam also had seven kills by his Flight Engineer (who was one
of three who survived the bailout over the Channel coming home from
mission 3 after the fuel tank
BRONZE STAR (1): Awarded to the player with three evaders (Henry Richardson )
POW MEDAL (1): Awarded to player with 16 POWs (he was one of the sons of a father/son entry)
As you can see, the inclusion of these medals has added a lot of flavor to the tourney and made it a much better event over the past three years. Mike Lam does this at his own cost and his efforts are greatly appreciated by all participants including, of course, the GM. Our hats are all off to Mike for another great year.
updated 5/6/07 by kae.
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