RAF – Battle of Britain – West End Games – Variant rules for Sqns, Gruppen & Stormo’s not featured in the original game

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Battle of Britain, RAF, wargames, wargames chrome, West End Games
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Miles Master. The M.24 version was converted fomr the trainer into an emergency fighter role

Miles Master. The M.24 version was converted from the MkI trainer into an emergency fighter role. Illustration from Wings Palette.

v2NOTE The file attachment is below in blue. Just click on it to open it up.

RAF variant 1.45 FINAL home copy consolidated print vers

When I bought this game 2nd hand about 10 years ago at the time it didn’t excite me much, looking a bit drab compared to more recent styles.  About 3 years ago I finally picked it up off the shelf and decided to give it a go.  I’ve not stopped playing it since.  Being a solitaire wargame it suits me perfectly and yet there’s that strange feeling that otherworldly dark forces are present manipulating events out of my control making the experience so much richer.  Immersing myself in the game I became all the more interested in the period which led me onto a considerable amount of background reading and research.   Ultimately I started thinking about other aircraft that I dimly remembered being involved in the campaign that were missing from the core game and so I embarked on writing my own rules for the Boulton Paul Defiant Sqns.  This eventually mutated into a 2 year labour of love of research publishing 5 versions that in the end encompassed no less than 15 aircraft types attached to Sqns not featured in the original game that did or could theoretically have participated. I could have gone on and on with this right into the weeds but drew a line here as those that remained were just too similar to others already included, or just too marginal. Therefore there’s no room for the Sea Gladiator, Westland Lysander, Dornier Do215, Arado Ar196, Cant z.506 or aircraft from Coastal and Bomber Commands.

Fiat Cicogna (Stork) Br.20 of the CAI that attacked Harwich and Ramsgate at the end of the battle.

Fiat Cicogna (Stork) Br.20 of the CAI that attacked Harwich and Ramsgate at the end of the battle. Illustration from Wings Palette.

With hindsight I’d probably have left the Gloster Gauntlet and Henschel Hs123 out as well as they’re in that marginal category again but as I’ve already done the work on them they’re still presented here. There’s no excuse now not to have the much maligned Boulton Paul Defiant, the emergency fighter Miles Master M.24,  the Fiats of the Corpo Aereo Italiano or Heinkel He59 floatplane bearing civilian markings over the English channel.

Below, summary table of all types included in the file

NATION NAME TYPE SQN/GRUPPE/STORMO STATS No. INTRODUCTION
RAF BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT Fighter/Night-fighter 3/11 264 & 7/11 141  -1/-2 to 0/-1 2 11 Aug start
FAIREY FULMAR Fighter 3/12 808 (FAA)  0/-1 1 21 Aug if VP = -15
BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER Night-fighter 4/10 604  1/0 1 1 Sep +1d20 conversion complete
WESTLAND WHIRLWIND Fighter 1/10 263  4/3 1 1 Sep +1d20 conversion complete
BREWSTER BUFFALO Fighter 3/12 71 (Eagle)  1/0 1 19 Sep +1d6
MILES MASTER M.24 Emergency Fighter 3/10 5 OTU  -1/-2 1 Anytime VP = -25
GLOSTER GAUNTLET Emergency Fighter 2/12 Met -2/-3 1 Anytime VP = -30
LUFTWAFFE HEINKEL He 115 Bomber Seaplane LF5 I/KF 506 & II/KF 506 4  6 / 4  7 2 11 Aug +1d6
FOCKE-WULFE Fw 200 CONDOR Bomber/Night Bomber LF3 I/KG 40 5  5 / 5  6 1 11 Aug start
HENSCHEL Hs 123 Dive Bomber LF2 V/LG 2 2  7 / 2  8 1 11 Aug start after all JU87 selected
HEINKEL He 59 Bomber Seaplane LF5 I/SD 1  7 / 1  8 1 11 Aug start on draw of Snap raid event
HENSCHEL Hs 126 Reconnaissance LF2 LG2 0  8 / 0  9 1 11 Aug on draw of Sqn catches Recon event
CAI FIAT Cr.42 FALCO Fighter (LF2 ) 18/56 St 0  3 / 0  4 1 25-Sep
FIAT G.50 FRECCIA Fighter (LF2 ) 20/56 St 0  4 / 0  5 1 25 Sep with above
FIAT Br.20 CICOGNA Bomber (LF2 ) 13 & 43 St 5  6 / 5  7 2 25 Sep with above

 A subsequent minor set of rules will follow next covering ack-ack batteries and some other chrome once I’ve recovered sufficiently! 

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