Monday, April 15, 2002

Played a very exciting Down in Flames campaign with Dave on Saturday. It was the Schweinfurt Raid operation - I played the Eighth Air Force and managed to lose 5 of my 9 Flying Fortresses to Dave's determined and relentless attacks. I got a real sense of what an ordeal these daylight raids must have been for the bomber crews. The waves of German fighters just kept coming - the only respite was over the target but of course the flak was even worse than the fighters - and the friendly fighter escort was outnumbered and only available for a small part of the mission anyway. We had a bit of confusion about the flak rules but we reckoned that the outcome was probably a draw - although I took heavy losses the target was completely flattened.

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