General situation

25 July 1944, MORNING
Front line showing on F10 map

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

General situation:

In the West better weather allows for Operation Cobra to finally begin today. A massive aerial bombardment of the German defensive lines west of St. Lo is intended to allow the subsequent breakthrough of the German lines. The entire USAAF will be involved in this operation.
In the East Montgomery launched operation Spring in the early hours this morning, aimed at progressing south from Caen along the right hand bank of the river Orne.
The Luftwaffe have been focussing their efforts primarily on the Caen battlefield during recent days, but due to yesterday’s false start of Operation Cobra they are expected to focus more efforts to the St. Lo area.

Weather:

Good flying conditions. Broken clouds at 4600m. Winds are moderate, from the northwest.


 

Axis briefing (Red)

RADIOS:
Channel 2 for airfield traffic (41MHz)
Channel 3 – for combat comms and GCI (42MHz)
Channel 4 – spare channel (43 MHz)

Use Communications menu and the F10 sub-menu for RADAR and Target Status

NOTAMs:

Several landing and refueling fields are available. Only active airfields are shown on the F10 map. You can use these forward airfields to refuel for as long as you survive.
Limited MW50-equipped 109s are available at Saint Andre-de-l’Eure.
Readiness FW190 A8 aircraft start hot, but require refueling.

 

AXIS OBJECTIVES:
1. Disrupt Allied ground forces, use the F10 options menu to check status.
2. Intercept Allied Bomber raids.

Allied attacks will be announced via messages to all pilots. Follow instructions on receipt of any orders.

MISSION OBJECTIVES:

TARGET 1: The enemy has started massive JaBo attacks against our front line positions west of St. Lo early this morning. This is believed to be the preparation for a ground operation. Perform a search and destroy mission in the area drawn on the map, west of St. Lo. Take care to not strafe our own units located only 1500m south of the enemy positions.

TARGET 2: Enemy artillery positions are located south-east of Caen at 49°09’N 0°19’W, from which they are shelling our front line troops intensively. Destroy this artillery positions as well as all the supply columns that you can find. See photo-reconnaissance image in the briefing.

TARGET 3: Headquarter has ordered another attemps at destroying the bridges over the Orne river at Caen. Destroy any bridge in the marked area.

BOMBER INTERCEPT: Our front line troops near Caen have suffered heavily from this night’s bombardement. We have to prevent any further bombardment of these positions at all cost to avoid the line from breaking. Intercept all bomber raids before they drop their bombs.

PATROL OBJECTIVE: Today’s JaBo-Hunt will be directed to the St. Lo area. Patrol from Caen to Le Pont Hebert to St. Lo following the patrol zones drawn on the map in the correct order (A-B-C).

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Main Friendly Airbases:

Lonrai
Saint-Andre-de-l’Eure
Guyancourt
Villacoublay
Cormeilles-en-Vexin
Poix
Creil
Beauvais-Tille

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Forward landing grounds:

Limited aircraft available:
Broglie

Refueling and rearming only:
Bernay Saint Martin
Beaumont-le-Roger
Evreux
Conches
Essay
Barville
Hauterive
Vrigny
Argentan
Ronrai

Allied briefing (Blue)

RADIOS:
Use Button A (1) for airfield traffic (124Mhz)
Use Button B (2) for combat comms and GCI (127 MHz)
Use button C (2) free channel for flight comms (131 Mhz)
Use button D (3) free channel for flight comms (100 MHz)

Mosquito home field radio preset Red-N (4.225MHz)

Mosquito RDF beacon:
Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer – 4.2MHz

Use Communications menu and the F10 sub-menu for RADAR and Target Status

NOTAMs:

Bombs and Rockets are available at the ALGs in France.
Mosquitos can be flown to St. Croix and St. Pierre-su-Mont to deliver aircraft for later forward spawns. For this, engines have to be shut down upon landing at these ALGs.

ALLIED OBJECTIVES:

PRIMARY TASK: ESCORT AIR ATTACKS:
Bombing missions today will target the St. Lo area, as preparation for Operation Cobra. Escort missions will be required throughout the day. Pilots will receive notification of any such requirements.

SECONDARY TASKS: GROUND ATTACK:
Use F10 options under the COMS MENU to determine target status.
Bombs and Rockets including HVAR are now available in France at the Advanced Landing Grounds.


TARGET 1: AREA ATTACK FOR OPERATION COBRA
The US high command has defined a kill box along the front line west of St. Lo (shown on F10 map). Strafing and bombing attacks are requested against all enemy units found in that zone. Take care to not attack friendly units which are stationed only 1500 yards north of the kill box!

TARGET 2: An ammo dump has been sighted East of Argentan, at the edge of the wood at 48°46’N 0°02’E. Destroy any huts and ammo dumps that you can find. See photo-reconnaissance image in the briefing.

TARGET 3: High command has ordered a Ramrod on the Marshalling yard at Houdan, east of Saint-Andre-de-l’Eure (48°47′ N 1°36′ E). Destroy all trains and supply trucks that you can find.

PATROL OBJECTIVE: Today’s armed recce will follow the route Lisieux – Evreux – Mantes-la-Jolie. Fly to the patrol zones marked on the map in the correct order (A-B-C). Keep a lookout for enemy fighters taking off in the Paris area as well as for trains and supply convoys.

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Active Friendly Airfields in France:
Azeville
Biniville
Beuzeville
Picauville
Cretteville
Cardonville
Cricqueville en Bessin
Deux Jumeaux
Saint Pierre du Mont
Sainte Laurent sur Mer
Chippelle
Le Molay
Longes sur Mer
Sommervieu
Bazenville
Sainte Croix sur Mer
Beny sur Mer
Lentheuil
Rucqueville
Maupertus
Brucheville
Lignerolles

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