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OpOrder 140417 Thursday 17 April 2014

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 207.255.200.14:21000

Map: Kyushu

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 207.255.200.14:9987

Mandatory mods/patches: 4.12.2, HSFX 7.02 [Engineering Help Desk: Patch Central]

Optional Mods: none

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Mission: 375

Campaign: Doolittle Raid 2014

Target: Toyko

Date: 18 Apr 1942

As is our custom, our annual signature mission will be conducted for the 6th time.  We have flown this mission every year near the anniversary date of 18 April 1942 since we started doing historic missions in IL2 in 2009.  Our goal is to launch off the deck of USS Hornet CV8, navigate independently to Tokyo, dodge the flak, drop our small load of 4 x 500# bombs and proceed on to China and land safely with only 30 percent fuel [to simulate the exceptionally long distance their flew].  The trick is having enough fuel to get there.  It can be done but if you are not careful with your throttle and pitch settings, you will end up captured.  Every pilot and crewman that was captured by the Japanese was summarily executed.

 


 

After Training Report

Muster: BS, CL, FL, GW, Yt, ZZ

Debrief:  Good fun night flying both the new SB2C Hell Diver and the B25 off the CV.  Everyone except CL has the SB2C mod package now.  Several pilots were able to earn their Manly, Man Badges [we don't need no stinking bagdes!] by also landing on the CV.  Sad news for CL ... blue screen blues.  We have all been their shipmate but we will be hoping for an early return to the blue skies with us.  If there is anything we can do to help ... Doolittle Staff and members are ready to assist.  I have a standby computer and if we lived a little closer, it would be sitting on your desk in 24 hours.

OpOrder 140415 Tuesday 15 April 2014

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 207.255.200.14:21000

Map: Kyushu

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 207.255.200.14:9987

Mandatory mods/patches: 4.12.2, HSFX 7.02 [Engineering Help Desk: Patch Central]

Optional Mods: none

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Training/Engineering

We have the opportunity to practice takeoffs from the Hornet in B25s in preparation for the 2014 Doolittle Raid.  We will also be installing the SB2C Helldiver mod.


 

Formal Missions Notice 140409

225 Formal Missions Ribbon


1. The following pilot has been awarded the 225 Formal Missions Ribbon for participation in Mission 373 Mining Kure

Zightz


2. This ribbon shall be added to his personal awards page.

3. Congratulations.

4. By direction of Doolittle Raiders, effective: 09 Apr 2014

 

After Action Report

Muter: BS, CL, FL, GW, YT, ZZ

Debrief:  Mining mission went well. Everyone who was still flying by the time we got to Hiroshima got their mines in the right waters.  The additional darkness of a 0315 takeoff had its toll.  CL went into the water, GW almost crashed when we made the first turn into the Seto Sea and crashed after laying his mines with an IJA Irving on his tail.  Both ZZ and CL after his crash flew Japanese for a change of tempo.  On return from the mission, touch and goes were practiced in the dark. Next week is Doolittle week.

OpOrder 140410 Thursday 10 April 2014

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 207.255.200.14:21000

Map: Kyushu

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 207.255.200.14:9987

Mandatory mods/patches: 4.12.2, HSFX 7.02 [Engineering Help Desk: Patch Central]

Optional Mods: none

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Mission: 374

Campaign: Starvation2

Target: Hiroshima Mining

Date: 02 Apr 1945

This is another night mine drop.  This time there may be Irving night interceptors that will 'see' us.

 


 

After Action Report

Muster: BS, CL, FL, GW, YT, ZZ

Debrief: We are getting better with the big bird -- takeoff and landings.  I want to thank everyone for your patience with this type of mission.  It is not exciting, not filled with action, but mostly just an opportunity to improve your take off, night flight, navigation, bombsight, and landing skills. We have a few more in this series so I will back off the clock a little more so we can get home when it is still dark.  At some point we should learn to use the bombsight and get a feel for what it takes to multi-task the heavies --fly, navigate, bomb - all at the same time.  Thanks again for supporting the missions.

OpOrder 140408 Tuesday 08 April 2014

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 207.255.200.14:21000

Map: Kyushu

Communication IP: Team Speak 3: 207.255.200.14:9987

Mandatory mods/patches: 4.12.2, HSFX 7.02 [Engineering Help Desk: Patch Central]

Optional Mods: none

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Mission:373

Campaign: Starvation 2

Target: Kure

Date: 01 April 1945

Third mission of Stravation 2.  Already, in five days,  three ships have been sunk due to the mines that have been laid.  Low Latitude B29 mining mission.


 


 
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