london's burning [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report   

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Eric Stranger, OH

2001-2003 Champion

2nd: Trevor Bender, CA

3rd: Chris Villeneuve, MI

4th: Mike Lam, CA

5th: -

6th: -

Event History
1996    Michael Sims      16
1997    John Coussis      12
1998    Eric Stranger      18
1999    Chris Reidy     12
2000    Andrew Maly     16
2001    Eric Stranger       8
2002    Eric Stranger     13
2003    Eric Stranger       9


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Eric Stranger

OH

03
30
 2. Chris Reidy

IN

99
20
 3. Ric Manns

IN

99
12
 4. Andy Maly

MD

00
10
 5. Steve Munchak

VA

02
10
  6. Robert Hahn

NY

NY
  8
 7. Trevor Bender

CA

03
  6
 8. Scott Cornett

FL

02
  6
 9. Mark Brooks

VA

01
  6
10. Dan Dolan jr

NJ

00
  6
11. David Davis

OH

99
  6
12. Chris Villeneuve

MI

03
  4
13. Reiko McQuiston

TN

00
  4
14. David Steiner

DE

99
  4
15. Mike Lam

CA

03
  3
16. Chris Lefevre

AZ

02
  3
17. Robert Eastman

OK

01
  3
18. Roy Gibson

MD

00
  3
19. Pete Pollard

TN

02
  2
20. Bill Beswick

IN

99
  2
21. Bob Runnicles

FL

02
  1
22. Mike Metcalf

NC

01
  1

Past Winners

Michael Sims
1996

John Coussis - IL
1997

Eric Stranger - OH
1998, 2001-2002

Chris Reidy -
1999

Andrew Maly - MD
2000
       
 


A Little Slice of the Battle of Britain

This tournament is a multi-year continuation of the Battle of Britain. In the tournament format, two players sit at a board and are the pilots for a section of RAF fighters. The GM draws German raiders and randomly determines their flight path. One player, each turn, is chosen as the temporary Squadron Leader and he is in charge of vectoring all the pilots into intercept position, but once he calls for the engagement, players at each board can plot their own routes into the target.

We began this format in 2001, and had previously played the days of 11 through 21 August 1942. We continued this year with two rain days (for repair and recovery) and then four active battle days. Players began with one Spitfire and one Hurricane pilot and could chose with which they wanted to start the game.

In 2001, the RAF exchange ratio was about 2:1. In 2002, it bloomed to 10:1, as the result of some rule changes. In 2003 the ratio fell back to 3.5:1. The 2003 tournament had eight raids occur over the four game days. A total of 140 German aircraft (roughly 50-50 bombers and fighters) took part in these raids against four sections of RAF fighters (an average of five aircraft per raid per section). 29 German aircraft were shot down and eight RAF planes were destroyed (seven Spitfires and one Hurricane) with six pilots killed and one seriously wounded.

The winner of the tournament, for a third year in a row, with five kills was Eric Stranger. Trevor Bender and Chris Villeneuve were a point behind in the scoring system. Each day was eventful, but I will only list the basic data and any highlights of note.

Day 1 had three raids with a total of 56 enemy aircraft; 17 were shot down The RAF lost six Spitfires, including five pilots killed and one seriously wounded. The day started on a good note with 11 enemy aircraft destroyed on the first raid. However, on the second raid, the low point of the day occurred when acting Squadron Leader Mike Lam, in an attempt to vector the squadron into an out-of-the-sun attack position, gambled, and positioned the squadron in the path of the German raid, hoping they would move to the NE. As luck would have it, the raiders moved NW into a head-on intercept of the British airmen. In this scenario both sides get one uncontested shot - the result was great casualties on both sides: the Germans losing six planes and the Brits five.

Day 2 had one raid with 20 aircraft, three were shot down with one RAF loss. Day 3 had two raids. Of 44 raiders, nine were shot down, with no RAF losses in the attack. Day 4 consisted of two raids with 40 aircraft. 0 Germans were shot down and a single Spitfire was lost.

In the 2004 tournament, the scenario will continue on 30 August 1942. With the exception of some minor tweaking of the scoring system, the tournament will use the same rules as in 2003. I will work on finding a time convenient for the largest number of players. Cheerio

 GM      Steve Munchak  [2nd Year]   NA
    munchak@cna.org   NA

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