Tuesday, April 2, 2019

OWB Air War: The Mighty Mitchell B-25

Had a request for the B-25. I was going to just edit it into the post here but I found it to be a fascinating plane and the more I dug into it the more pics I wanted to post. Therefore it gets its own post.

Here you go Rod Thompson.

The B-25
Twin-engine medium bomber famous for the Doolittle April 1942 bombing raid on Tokyo following Pearl Harbor. Variations of the ship served in every theatre of the War. It acted as a bomber, ground attack fighter, torpedo bomber and many other roles. It was a rugged plane and had many different armament configurations based on its role over its service history.

The configurations of weaponry on these things is amazing. The War Master can have a lot of fun with different versions in the hands of the player soldiers.










Mitchell B-25B (as per the Doolittle Raid)
AC: 3 [16]
HP:   36 (HD 6)   
Move: 9/27 flying, +4 airspeed bonus
Attack:
x1 .30 Medium Machinegun (1d6+2), nose, gunner
x2 fire-linked .50 Heavy Machinegun (+1 hit, 2d6) in 3 positions: Dorsal turret, Ventral turret, gunners (the B was a rare variation with no tail gun position)
Bombs: up to 3600 lbs in its bay.
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: USA
Year: 1941
Crew: 5 (one pilot, navigator/bombardier/nose gunner, engineer/turret gunner, radio operator/turret gunner, tail gunner)
Range: 1350 miles
Ceiling: 24,196'
Climb: 1666' per minute

Armament:
Later Variations included:
x6 fire-linked .50 Large Machinegun (+3 hit, 2d6+4), nose, left/right fuselage [operator-linked]
x2 fire-linked .50 Heavy Machinegun (+1 hit, 2d6) rear turret, gunner
or
x8 fire-linked .50 Large Machinegun (+4 hit, 2d6+6), nose, left/right fuselage [operator-linked]
x2 fire-linked .50 Heavy Machinegun (+1 hit, 2d6) rear turret, gunner


B-25H
Introduced in 1944. Ground fighter/gunship configuration. Removed the co-pilot position and adding a gunner/camera operator.
Crew: 5 (pilot, navigator/radio operator/cannoneer, flight engineer/dorsal gunner, midships gunner/camera operator, and tail gunner)
x8 fire-linked .50 Large Machinegun (+4 hit, 2d6+6), nose, left/right fuselage [operator-linked]
75mm Cannon (8d6), nose, cannoneer
x1 .50 Medium Machinegun (2d6), each left and right waist, radio operator/gunner
x2 fire-linked .50 Heavy Machinegun (+1 hit, 2d6) in 2 positions: Dorsal turret, Tail, gunners
3200 pounds of bombs or a 2000-pound torpedo. 2000-pound bombs were deleted, since such large bombs were very rarely carried in actual practice and their hoists took up a lot of space in the bomb bay.

Monday, April 1, 2019

OWB Air Combat: Luftwaffe


Airplanes of the Luftwaffe.















Messerschmitt Bf 109 
By far the most-produced fighter ever (over 33,000 estimated), the Bf 109 was small, agile, and well-armed, it proved a serious weapon in the hands of an experienced pilot. A sturdy and dangerous fighter. Later in the War drop bombs and rockets could be added.
AC: 6 [13]
HP: 20 (HD 4)       
Move: 9/35 flying, +6 airspeed bonus
Attack: All [operator-linked]
x2 fire-linked 13mm Large MG (+2 hit, 2d6+2),wings
x1 20mm Medium Autocannon (2d6+2), nose
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: Germany
Year: 1937
Crew: 1
Range: 680 miles
Ceiling: 36,500'
Climb: 3300' per minute

Messerschmitt Bf 110 "Zerstorer"
The Zerstorer (Destroyer) was a heavy fighter/fighter-bomber. It was not a nimble fighter but was heavily armed. It was a formidable night fighter later equipped with radar. Up to 4000 lbs of drop bombs could be carried.
AC: 4 [15]
HP: 24 (HD 4)       
Move: 9/34 flying, +5 airspeed bonus
Attack:
x2 fire-linked 20mm Medium Autocannon (+1 hit, 2d6+2), nose, [operator-linked]
x4 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+2 hit, 1d6+4), nose, [operator-linked]
x1 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (1d6+2), rear, gunner
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: Germany
Year: 1937
Crew: 2 (pilot, gunner)
Range: 1305 miles
Ceiling: 26,247'
Climb: 2170' per minute
Focke-Wulf  FW 190 "Wurger"
Probably the best German fighter plane during the war. It was heavily armed, highly configurable, and could also serve as a fighter-bomber and ground attack plane. It can also fit bombs and rockets as well as more machine guns or autocannons on underwing gun pods.
AC: 5 [15]
HP: 22 (HD 4)       
Move: 9/43 flying, +7 airspeed bonus
Attack: All [operator-linked] 
x2 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+1 hit, 1d6+2), nose
x4 fire-linked 20mm Medium Autocannon (+2 hit, 2d6+4), wings
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: Germany
Year: 1941
Crew: 1
Range: 519 miles
Ceiling: 39,370'
Climb: 2812' per minute

Junkers Ju-87 "Stuka"
The famous dive-bomber and ground attack aircraft. The Stuka was a symbol of terror during the Blitzkrieg. Air sirens were mounted on it's landing struts giving it a wailing noise as it dive bombed its targets. It's initial successes were hampered later by its slower speed and it would require fighter escorts to be effective. The typical bomb load for a Stuka include one 550 lb bomb beneath the fuselage and four 110 lb, two bombs underneath each wing. Alternately the Stuka could carry two 37mm cannon or anti-tank rockets under its wings.
AC: 5 [14]
HP: 20 (HD 4)     
Move: 9/25 flying, +4 airspeed bonus
Attack:
x2 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+1 hit, 1d6+2), [operator-linked]
x2 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+1 hit, 1d6+2), rear, gunner
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: Germany
Year: 1937
Crew: 2 (pilot, gunner)
Range: 954 miles
Ceiling: 23,917'
Climb: 450' per minute

Junkers Ju 52  Transport
A tri-engined transport plane used extensively by Germany. A civilian airliner before the War the Nazis used it to transport and drop supplies, 18 troops, or 12 stretchers of wounded. It could be armed and used as a bomber if  need be holding up to 3300 lbs of bombs in its twin bays.
AC: 6 [13]
HP:  30 (HD 5)     
Move: 9/16 flying, +2 airspeed bonus
Attack: (Optional)
x2 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+1 hit, 1d6+2), wing pod, [operator-linked]
or
x4 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+2 hit, 1d6+4), wng pod, [operator-linked]
Mods: Aerial, Communications 
Country: USA
Year: 1932
Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
Range: 541 miles
Ceiling: 18,012'
Climb: 588' per minute

Junkers Ju-88
One of the most used and versatile planes of the Luftwaffe the 52 was a medium bomber and versatile multi-role aircraft. Variations and roles included dive bomber, night fighter, bomber destroyer, ground attack fighter, etc. It was used heavily on all fronts.
AC:  4 [15]
HP:   30 (HD 6)     
Move: 9/31 flying, +2 airspeed bonus
Attack:
x1 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (1d6+2), flex, front wind screen, pilot
x2 fire-linked 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (+1 hit, 1d6+2), flex, rear cockpit, gunner
x1 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (1d6+2), flex, lower fuselage, gunner
x1 7.92 mm Medium Machinegun (1d6+2), flex, rear/aft, gunner
 Bombs: 6000 lbs
Mods: Aerial, Communications
Country: Germany
Year: 1932
Crew: 4 (pilot, bombardier/front gunner, radio operator/rear gunner, navigator/ventral gunner)
Range: 541 miles
Ceiling: 18,012'
Climb: 588' per minute

Armament options
Additional option for a pair of 7.92 mm Medium machineguns on flexible "Donut" mountings firing laterally, one on each side of the cockpit canopy.

A single 13 mm Heavy machinegun was sometimes used instead of the 7.92 mm.

Aircraft may carry one 20 mm autocannon in the nose for ground attack purposes, with 90 rounds of ammunition, in place of the Lotfernrohr 7 bombsight.

A modification of the Ju 88 A-4, the Ju 88 A-13 could mount gun pods on the external bomb racks for ground attack duties, each "watering can" containing three 7.92 mm Medium machineguns, for strafing enemy troops.

Ju 88 G-1
Night fighter version.
Crew: 3
Armament
4 × 20 mm autocannons, firing forwards from an integral ventral gun pod.
1 or 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns in the rear cockpit, firing rearwards.
1 or 2 × 20 mm MG 151/20s as Schr├Ąge Musik, firing forwards and upwards at a 30- to 45-degree angle, Optional.

Ju 88 P-3
Heavily armed anti-tank and anti-bomber version.
Crew: 3
Guns:
2 × 37 mm cannon in a conformal gun pod under the front fuselage, firing forwards.
up to 6 × 7.92 mm machine guns.