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OpOrder 140422 Tuesday 22 April 2014

Muster: 2000 EDT

Sortie: 2010 EDT

Theatre IP: 207.255.200.14:21000

Map: Okinawa

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: 476

Campaign: Devine Wind

Target: Inbound Japanese Specials

Date: 02 April 1945

Inbound Kamikaze threaten landings at Okinawa -- fourteen waves of them.

 


 

Notice 140418

Doolittle Raid 2014 #85

1. The following pilots have been awarded the Doolittle Raid 2014 Campaign Ribbon for participation in: Mission 375 Doolittle Raid 2014

Banshee 375

Franklin 375

GreyWolf 375

Yorktown 375

Zightz 375

2. Congratulations all.

3. Effective 18 April 2014

 

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.


 

After Action Report

Muster: BS, FL, GW, YT, ZZ

Debrief:  We all got off the deck with only a minor casualty [damaged wheel] with did not effect operations. We all bombed the target although I forgot to mention that the Emperors Palace was off-limits [my bad for an incomplete brief].  We all landed and walked away, although two pilots hit the invisible runway and flipped over [never saw that before].  Today is the anniversary of the mission 72 years ago.  There are four of the original 80 crewman still alive as of this morning.  A correction is warranted from the OpOrder -- of the initial casualties on the night of the raid, only three were executed, one died bailing out, one died in prison, two drowned after ditching in the sea, and four captured and  release in Aug 1945. Plane No. 6 and Plane No. 16 , the last to fly off the USS Hornet, suffered the most:

No 6 "Green Hornet" -- Pilot executed, Co-pilot died in captivity of Beri-Beri, Navigator captured and released in August 1945, Bombardier drowned, Engineer drowned.

No. 16 Bat out of Hell" -- Pilot executed, Co-pilot captured and released in Aug 1945, Navigator captured and released in Aug 1945, Bombardier captured and released in Aug 1945, Engineer executed.

The crew of Plane 8 was interred in Russia for thirteen months.

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 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.

 


 
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