The men of Bomber squadron 222 "Iron Men" shuffled into the briefing hut. Target Kiel. Ingress over land to fool Jerry and egress over water; brilliant thinking?!?! Worst news was BS 222 was to be the low squadron for the group today. Only good news was plenty of P-51s and a smattering of P-47s to cover.
SQ lead Hell's Bell's Ace
Belle of the Ball Rookie
Return Ticket Veteran
Queen of the Skies
Miss Jane Rookie
Escort was 6 P-51Ds with 1 ace, 2 veterans, 2 average and 1 rookie
Random event added 2 P-47Ds with 2 Average pilots
Germans spotted US first and came in undetected. P47s trailing and P-51s echeloned to the left of the formation.
German force consisted of
6 FW 190 A8 R6s (the armored guys with 30mm cannons 3 Vets 1 Avg and 2 green covered by 2 ME 109Ks both average.
Unfortunatly the first sign of trouble was when Sgt Singleton, the tail gunner of Miss Jane, called out bandits 6 o'clock high closing in fast!
4 P51s quickly split S'ed to engaged the 3 fighters attacking Miss Jane while 2 provided top cover.