Our Treasurer has just realised that he had omitted to write up the fourth session of our campaign from the end of last year – still better late than never!
This session began with an attack by the Me110s of 3.NJG5, which had just infiltrated the tail of the bomber stream as it left Berlin. The Me110s weaved backwards and forwards across the bomber stream using their on-board radar to detect and attack targets. John La was first onto the score sheet, detecting ‘Q for Queenie’. He missed the target on the first pass, but sent the bomber down on his second.
As the bombers headed off to the northwest, 3.NJG5 stuck with them and continued their attack. Three bombers went down in quick succession, the first, ‘O for Oboe’ to John, then ‘P for Peter’ to Andy and finally ‘N for Nab’ by Marcus in his first combat. However, the bombers then struck back, as first Steve took damage and was forced to break off in an attack on ‘M for Mother’, then worse still Marcus was shot down by ‘L for Love’.
Now another Me-110 unit, 4.NJG3 of Steve’s 2.Jagddivision was able to infiltrate the bomber stream. However, their attack got off to a poor start as the alert gunners of ‘K for King’ shot down John’s attacking fighter.
The bombers were now re-crossing the German defensive radar line and the Me-110s of 3.NJG3 were successfully vectored in to attack from their overwatch positions.
At this point we ran out of time for the day, leaving the raid to be concluded in a fifth and final session, which will be a catch up to bring all players up to 2 sessions played.
At the end of session 4 the points scored were as follows:
Andy (4JD) +1 +1 for Lancaster shot down
Steve (2JD) +1 +1 for GCI Intercept, +1 for tame boar infitration, -1 for fighter damaged
John La (7JD) 0 +2 for Lancasters shot down, -2 for fighter shot down
Marcus (3JD) -1 +1 for Lancaster shot down. -2 for fighter shot down
Tony (1JD) – Unable to fly
That leaves the individual League table so far as follows, with Steve just passing Dave at the top of league table, as he has shot down more bombers (4 to Dave’s 3). 1 JD keep their lead in the team competition with 11 points:
Steve (2JD) +6 2 sessions played (4 bombers downed)
Dave (1JD) +6 2 sessions played (3 bombers downed)
Tony (1JD) +5 1 session played
Mike (2JD) +3 2 sessions played
Chairman John (3JD) +2.5 2 sessions played
John L (7JD) +1 2 sessions played
Marcus (3JD) -1 1 session played
Andy (4JD) -1.5 2 sessions played
Bob (4JD) -2 1 session played
Chris (7JD) -3.5 2 sessions played