General situation

18 June 1944. Mission runtime 4.5 hours.

Two weeks after the D-Day invasion of France the Allies have still not captured Caen. Carpiquet airfield is almost in the front lines. Extra Luftwaffe aircraft have started arriving at rear bases. Overnight, US forces have cut off the Cotentin Peninsula. Both sides are gearing up for a long slog of a fight.

Supplies matter! Some airfields are equipped with large fuel storage tanks. Destroying these tanks will deplete the airfield’s fuel supplies. Completing mission objectives will also have an impact on enemy supply lines.

Weather: The cold front has cleared to the east and south, a high pressure system is ridging in quickly suppressing the weather. A moderate N/NW wind will ease into the evening. Some fair weather Cu lifting throughout the afternoon.

For situation map and context see https://map.project44.ca/
Front line showing on F10 map.

Axis briefing (Red)

RADIOS:
Channel II for all airfield traffic (41MHz)
Channel 3 for combat comms and GCI (42 MHz)
Channel 4 – spare channel (43 MHz)

Use Communications menu and the F10 sub-menu to view target status

NOTAMs:
Frontline Fw190A-8s start with hot engines and no fuel. Pilots must fuel these aircraft on spawn.

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AXIS OBJECTIVES:
TASK A:
1. Strike Allied ground forces. Use the F10 options menu to check status.

2. Intercept Allied bomber raids.
Allied raids will be announced via messages to all pilots. Follow instructions on receipt of any orders.

TASK B: GROUND STRIKES

TARGET 1: The US 29th Infantry Division is advancing towards St Lo. Their leading elements are SW of the Foret de Laval and just north of St Georges d’Elle (grid XV44). Identify and destroy them to halt their advance.

TARGET 2: British paratroopers from the 6th Airborne Division are advancing east from the Canal de Caen a la Mer. Their armoured reconnaissance company has been seen in the Herouvillette-Bavent area (grid YV05). Strike them to support our armoured infantry holding Bavent.

TARGET 3: The US 9th Infantry Division has cut off the Cotentin Peninsula. Advanced units are now near Barneville (grid WV97). Reinforcement convoys are also arriving there from the Picauville area by road. Recce the area and destroy all vehicles, including road movements.

TARGET 4, HIGH VALUE: Reconnaissance. Use the Bf109 or Fw190 ‘Recon’ at Barville. Follow the route Morieres – Ouistreham – Port en Bessin at 5000m or lower if cloud dictates and photograph the invasion beaches. Waypoints 4A, 4B and 4C must be passed in sequence.

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Active Friendly Airfields:
Argentan
Barville
Caen Carpiquet
Conches
Essay
Evreux
Goulet
Hauterive
Lessay
Maupertus
Vrigny

Allied briefing (Blue)

RADIOS:
Button A for airfield traffic (124MHz)
Button B for all combat comms and GCI (127 MHz)
Button C for flight comms (131 MHz)
Button D for flight comms (100 MHz)

NOTAMs:
Bullseye is at Valognes.
Bombs and rockets are now available in France at the Advanced Landing Grounds.
Chipelle airfield only has minimal refueling services and does not have ammunition.

ALLIED OBJECTIVES:

PRIMARY TASK: ESCORT AIR ATTACKS:
Protect daylight bomber raids. You will receive warnings when these attacks are inbound from southern England.

SECONDARY TASKS: GROUND ATTACK:
Use Communications menu and the F10 sub-menu for EWRS settings and to check target status

TARGET 1: Reconaissance sorties have reported three German convoys on the road Valognes – St Joseph – Cherbourg. Seek and destroy all mechanised enemy transport on the road or in those towns.

TARGET 2: Enemy mechanised infantry units have established a strong point at the northern edge of St. Lo (49°7′ N 1°3′ W, Grid XV44). Destroy this strong point to facilitate the advance into St. Lo.

TARGET 3: Enemy mechanised infantry and armour elements have taken position at the town of Bavent north-east of Caen (49°13′ N 0°11′ W, grid YV05). Destroy these units.

TARGET 4: Bombing of bridges.

TARGET 5: Patrol the route Argentan – Domfront – Vire as drawn on the F10 map. Waypoints 5A, 5B and 5C must be overflown in sequence. Fly at or below 14,000ft depending on cloud base. Beware flak.

Mechanised Enemy Transport targets of opportunity are known to be operating on roads south of Caen. A convoy of vehicles was seen an hour ago preparing to head north from St Quentin (YV02).

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Active Friendly Airfields in France:
Bazenville
Beny sur Mer
Beuzeville
Cardonville
Chippelle
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Deux Jumeaux
Rucqueville
Sainte Croix sur Mer
Sainte Laurent sur Mer
Sainte Pierre du Mont
Sommervieu

Active Friendly Airfields in England:
Chailey
Ford
Funtington
Needs Oar Point
Tangmere