Down in Flames ...
20 fliers took to the air to dogfight in the skies of World
War II. The first round took us to the skies over England during
the Battle of Britain. It was surprising to see the Bf-109E win
ten and draw two of the 20 matches, as the Spitfire Mk. I had
a slight advantage in that it could take one more point of damage
than the Bf-109E.
The second round took us to the Pacific with one element of
Tojo (Ki-44-2b) and one element of Frank 1 (Ki-84-1a) taking
on the Corsair (F4U-1) and Seafire III. This provided an even
match as the Japanese split the 20 matches.
Those two rounds tidentified the top eight who would advance
to the Final. Four players were 2-0 while the top four 1-1 players
in total Victory Points joined them in the next round.
The Quarter-Finals took us back to Europe with the big guns
of the P-47C taking on the mighty Fw-190A. The P-47C proved to
be the more formidable of the two with its mighty turbo-charged
engine winning four of the six battles, with a 29-point spread
in favor of the P-47C. We did have one game in this round being
fought in the Pacific with the F6F Hellcats taking on George
(N1K1-J) and Jacks (J2M). This dogfight also proved to favor
the Allies with the Hellcat winning both of the battles by a
point score of 30-15.
The Semifinal pit the Zero (Z6M5) and Tony (Ki-61) against
the Hurricane IIB. The Hurricanes proved up to the task, winning
three of the four battles by a 50-19 point spread.
The Final found us back on equal ground with the new/improved
Corsair (F4U-1c) taking on the George II (N1K2-J). Bob Titran,
fresh off his victory in the Ivanhoe tournament, won by
a total of just one point. Congratulations to Bob on his win.
GMT was a great sponsor again. They provided a Zero game to
use as door prize and extra play decks/planes/counters to use
in the tournament. Even though Mike Lam could not be at WBC this
year, he worked with Martin Scott to provided everyone who played
in the tournament with three preview planes from the C3i-DiF
Fighter Squadron Pack that GMT will be releasing in the fall.