A head on intercept was the result of the set up and Red section was soon attacking the Heinkels from the front, while Yellow section swung in behind them to get better shots. An accurate burst from SL Zaple caused the German flight leader to veer out of formation, straight into the guns of Pilot Officer Vivian, a sprog on his first combat flight. A slightly extended burst later and the Heinkel exploded spectacularly(Roll a 10 on a "very critical" hit and that's what happens). This caused Zaple and one of the Heinkels to go out of control, but Vivian flew on admirably and was soon evading the retribution of the 109s.
|Yellow section in position|
Yellow section was also firing, but couldn't manage more than light damage to the Heinkels (Colin's shooting was poor and Nathan's defence rolls were very lucky). Rifle calibre machineguns need a lucky shot to take down a bomber. They did manage to break the formation up, but were soon forced to break off by the attentions of the 109s. Despite the best efforts of all concerned, no more aircraft were shot down. Several were damaged, including 2 Hurricanes which crashed on return to RAF Croyden, but the flight had done enough to disrupt the bombers. One kill, three probables and all RAF pilots returned safe, although that was more due to the robustness of the Hurricane than anything else, made it a successful day for A flight. Now we just need to see how B flight get on with their mission in a couple of weeks.
It was a fun way to pass a Monday evening, but I was struggling by the end of the night and then didn't get much sleep as I felt so crap. Then I had to be up early to take No2 son to fail his driving theory test yet again.
Keep rolling those dice.