Prologue Part 6 – RAF The Battle of Britain – “Live” solitaire campaign. Luftwaffe raiders

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Battle of Britain, RAF, wargames, West End Games
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3 days to go

Enemy aircraft expected to make their presence felt over the skies of England in the coming days. Images courtesy of Wings Pallette http://wp.scn.ru/en/news. Note not to a uniform scale.

w1 me109

Messerschmitt Bf-109e. Germany’s best fighter and a match for anything the RAF can deploy.

w1 me110

Messerschmitt Bf-110c. Twin engine heavy fighter also capable of low level bombing raids. Found to be wanting owing to slow speed and manoeuvrability.

w2 ju87

Junkers Ju87b dive bomber. Infamous during the attacks on Poland and the Low countries. This aircraft had a very nasty shock when encountering determined resistance and state of the art aircraft. Withdrawn from the OoB after 18th Aug owing to heavy losses.

w2 he111

Heinkel He111H. Proven twin engine medium bomber and mainstay of the Luftwaffe’s bomber arm

w2 do17

Dornier Do17. Aka “The flying pencil” Another twin engine medium bomber and also suffered heavily during the battle

w2 ju88

Junkers Ju88A. Hardest of the twin engine bombers to shoot down. It had a very good escape dive and continued in various guises throughout the war

x fw200

Focke-Wulfe Fw200 Condor. – Originally built as a 4 engine passenger airplane, its role as a bomber when war commenced was not surprising. Participated in convoy attacks and coastal raids until reassigned to longer range duties where it earned Churchills nickname “The scourge of the Atlantic”

x he115

Heinkel He115 twin engine floatplane. Operated out of Norway with LF5 minelaying estuaries as well as reconnaissance and bombing missions.

x hs126

Henschel Hs126. Parasol wing reconnaissance aircraft. One was famously shot down by British ace Eric Lock earning him a bar to his DFC & 17 kills.

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Heinkel He59 float bi-plane. Used in a similar role to the He115 as well as pilot rescue from the Channel. It flew in Civilian red cross markings but was attacked by RAF fighters claiming its role was more sinister.

x hs123

Henschel Hs123 dive-bomber.Obsolete but so successful it was retained well into 1944. Nicknamed the “bi-plane stuka” it was a sturdy aircraft. Its chief drawback was its limited range making the Channel a formidable obstacle. Therefore included as a hypothetical unit confined to coastal targets closest to France.

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