Four days after the invasion the Allies are securing their foothold in Normandy. Fighter aircraft began permanent operations from airfields in France this morning. German forces are mounting fierce air counter-attacks to dislodge the Allied raiders.
Supplies matter! Some airfields contain large fuel storage tanks. Destroying these will deplete the airfield’s fuel supply.
Weather is poor with an overcast low layer 7/10 at 1,000m (3,300ft) with light rain showers. Scattered layer at 5000m (17,000ft). Air temperature is mild. Expect moderate WNW winds and turbulence.
For a general situation map see: https://map.project44.ca/
Axis briefing (Red)
Channel II (41 MHz) for airfield comms
Channel III (triangle) (42 MHz) for combat comms and GCI
All other channels are spare.
Frontline Fw190A-8s start with hot engines and no fuel. Pilots must fuel these aircraft on spawn.
Intercept and destroy Allied bomber raids.
Allied raids will be announced via messages to all pilots. Follow instructions on receipt of any orders.
GROUND ATTACK OBJECTIVES:
Use F10 options under comms menu to determine target status. See also the F10 map for target locations.
TARGET 1: British light armour and infantry of the 50th Division has started moving south-east out of Bayeux (49°16’N, 0°41’W, grid XV95). They are expected to be along the railway line which heads out of the town towards Caen.
TARGET 2: For today Fliegerkorps II has ordered anti-shipping strikes against targets of opportunity near the invasion beaches. Sweep the area drawn on the map and destroy as many ships as possible.
TARGET 3: American mechanised infantry and armour units are rapidly progressing south from Isigny in direction of St. Lo. The front line troops are reported at the town of Lison (49° 15′ N 1°0′ W, grid QV45). Destroy these units to stem the enemy advance.
TARGET 4: Canadian light mechanised infantry units have established positions at Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse (49°13’N, 0°31’W, grid XV85). From there they have successfully stopped our counter attack yesterday. Destroy this strong point.
Fly to the patrol zones drawn on the map in the correct order (A-B) and hunt for enemy fighter bomber formations.
Main Friendly Airfields:
Refueling and rearming fields:
Beaumont-le-Roger (no ordonnance)
Allied briefing (Blue)
Button A (124 MHz) for airfield comms
Button B (127 MHz) for combat comms
Buttons C and D are spare
Mosquito home field radio preset Red-N (4.225MHz)
Mosquito RDF beacon:
Needs Oar Point – 3.8MHz
ALG Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer – 4.2MHz
ALGs in France are NOT YET equipped with bombs or rockets. Ordnance of this type is only available at airfields in England.
Two empty Mosquito slots are present at St. Croix. When Mosquitos get delivered to St. Croix, they become available as forward spawns.
PRIMARY TASK: ESCORT AIR RAIDS:
Protect bomber raids. You will receive warnings when these attacks are inbound from southern England.
SECONDARY TASKS: GROUND ATTACK
Use F10 radio menu for target status. See the F10 map for target locations.
TARGET 1: You are tasked with bombing and strafing attacks on Mézidon railway center (49°6′ N, 0°1′ W, grid YV14). Intense activity has been spotted there. Bomb the railway facility buildings and all trains and trucks that you can find (see photo-reconnaissance image in the briefing).
TARGET 2: Intelligence is clear that General der Panzertruppe Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg has established his headquarters at the Chateau de la Caine, about 13 miles SSW of Caen (49°0’N, 0°33’W, grid XV73). This is a very high priority target. Destroy all vehicles to prevent the general’s escape.
TARGET 3: Aerial reconnaissance has reported a massing of trucks at a small quarry north of Argentan (48°47′ N 0°3′ W, grid YV10). Destroy as many supply trucks as you can.
OBJECTIVE 4 (ROAD RECON): Perform an armed recon along the road going from Caen to Vire to Flers and back to Caen. Lookout or German supply convoys travelling along this road and destroy all enemy vehicles that you can find. The recon route is shown on the F10 map. The road starts at Tourville South of Carpiquet and leads SW towards Vire (N 48° 51′ W 0° 53′). From there, it follows a ESE heading towards Flers (N 48° 45′ W 0° 34′). At Flers, it turns N and leads back to the suburbs of Caen.
Sweep the Argentan and Evreux areas for any enemy aircraft. Fly to the patrol zones drawn on the map in the order A-B.
Active Friendly Airfields in France:
Sainte Croix sur Mer
Sainte Laurent sur Mer
Saint Pierre du Mont
Active Friendly Airfields in England:
Needs Oar Point