Bombing the Tirpitz

Daveshoe and I ran the Tungsten, bombing the Tirpitz game.  Actually, Dave ran the game.  I was called away frequently enough that I wasn’t too much help, though I did aid the Germans in getting set up.  The British mission was to drop enough bombs on the Tirpitz to seriously damage it, while keeping the Germans fighters occupied enough to keep the bombers safely on their mission.  The Germans had a pair of FW-190A fighters and two ME-109 G’s, while the British players took six Barracuda bombers and an assortment of American-built Corsairs, Hellcats and one British Firefly fighter.

The fighter combat ended up being an uneven mix, as the outnumbered Germans did their best to tangle with the British.  The Corsairs got to the Focke Wulfs early.  Though both FW-190’s were shot down, they did manage to take a Corsair with them.  The Messerschmidts seemed to travel above the whole business and never seemed to engage either the fighters or bombers.  The Barracudas were unhindered by fighters and merely had to deal with the flak.

Flak was the Tirptiz’s true defense against air attack.  (During the Tungsten raids there were no defending German fighters.) Unfortunately the flak was woefully unprepared for this battle.  Though the German players had a clear and good plan, the execution was not so hot.  Die rolls for the flak seemed to average about 1.5 on a 10-sided die roll. The six bombers rolled in unscathed, and when it was time to drop their bombs, they didn’t miss. The Barracuda pilots rolled up three critical bomb hits and at least one lesser hit for the victory.

Thanks to all the guys who played: Tom Bieker, Gill Fussell, Sr., Andrew Mah, and Dave Creager played the British.  Bruce Harborne and another fellow whose name I’ve forgotten played the Germans.  I hope everyone had fun.

German fighters prepare to intercept British planes lining up for the attack

German fighters prepare to intercept British planes lining up for the attack

Barracudas prepare their bomb loads.

Barracudas prepare their bomb loads.

British player Tom Biecker watches as the bombers enter the wall of flak.

British player Tom Biecker watches as the bombers enter the wall of flak.

The bombers begin their approaches on the Tirpitz

The bombers begin their approaches on the Tirpitz

The battleship is wreathed in fire and smoke as the Barracudas recover from their bombing runs.

The battleship is wreathed in fire and smoke as the Barracudas recover from their bombing runs.