General situation

8th August 1944, AFTERNOON
Front line showing on F10 map

GENERAL SITUATION:
Yesterday, the German forces began their major counter-offensive in the West, code-named operation Luttich. The aim was to push towards Avranches on the West Coast and thereby cut off General Patton’s 3rd Army. After good initial progress, the advance has become bogged down by strong Allied defences. Today, new efforts will be undertaken to break the defensive lines.

In the East, the British and Canadian forces have taken advantage of the German focus to the West and have begun advancing south of Caen in preparation of operation Tractable, the push towards Falaise.

Supplies 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.

Weather:

Good flying conditions. Scattered clouds at 3000m. Moderate winds from the North-West at 6 kts. QNH 29.57.


 

Axis briefing (Red)

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

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

NOTAMs:
Limited MW50-equipped 109s are available at Essay.
Front line FW190 A8 aircraft at Goulet 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.

GROUND ATTACK TASKS:

TARGET 1: Support our counter-attack at Mortain. An enemy infantry unit believed to belong to the 30th Infantry Division has established an artillery spotting position on the Hill at 48°40’N, 0°59’W. Destroy this position.

TARGET 2: The enemy is using the marshalling yard at Granville (48°50′ N 1°34′ W, grid XV00) as a supply hub and fuel storage depot. Perform bombing missions against the marshalling yard. Focus your attacks on targets such as trains, fuel storage tanks and supply trucks.

TARGET 3: The enemy has repaired it’s first railway line from Cherbourg to Avranches and is now using it to supply the advancing troops. Search for trains along the railway line leading from Granville to St.Lo to Carentan. Destroy any train on that line.

TARGET 4: The Canadian troops have started to advance south of Caen. This looks like a major offensive that has to be stopped at all cost. Destroy the canadian armoured unit located near Bretteville-sur-Laize (49° 4′ N 0° 18′ W). Take care to not engage friendly units at Cintheaux 2 km to the SE!

PATROL OBJECTIVE:
Today we will patrol the western invasion area following the route Neumer – St. Lo – Mortain. Fly along the patrol zones drawn on the F10 map in the order A-B-C.

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Active Friendly Airfields:
Argentan
Goulet
Vrigny
Essay
Hauterive
Barville
Conches
Evreux

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
Needs-Oar-Point – 3.8 MHz

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


NOTAMs:
Mosquitos can be flown to St. Croix to deliver aircraft for later forward spawns.

ALLIED OBJECTIVES:

PRIMARY TASK: ESCORT AIR ATTACKS:
Level bombing missions will require escort throughout the day. Pilots will receive notification’s, of any such requirements.

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


TARGET 1: Ground attack to support our defensive lines in the battle of Mortain. What is believed to be the 2nd SS-PzDiv is still trying to advance W from Mortain (48° 37′ N 0° 58′ W). Destroy the armoured units that are threathening to encircle the 30th Infantry Division.

TARGET 2: An enemy HQ has been spotted in a castle near the woods 2 nm W of the town of St. Quentin, S of Caen (48° 58′ N 0° 18′ W) (see briefing image). It is believed to be the HQ of the 12th SS-PzDiv charged with the defence S of Caen. Destroy the buildings of the castle as well as any vehicles nearby. Large capacity ordnance is recommended.

TARGET 3: Our mission for today is to destroy road and railway bridges at Evreux in oder to slow down the enemy resupplies. Fly an armed recce to Evreux (49°1′ N 1°8′ E, grid CQ63) and destroy as many bridges as you can.

TARGET 4: Enemy cargo barges are continuing to do supply runs in the Seine river between Le Havre and Rouen. Patrol the river and destroy any shipping that you find.


PHOTO-RECONNAISANCE:
Command is requesting photos of the German positions, located along the Orne River between Caen and Flers. Use the unarmed Mosquito 140 Sqn RAF (Recon) in Chailey. Set your altimeter to 135 ft on the ground. Fly the route shown on your kneeboard. Overfly the recon area between waypoints 3 and 5 at 27,000 ft and 200 mph IAS in level flight. Return to the same parking lot at Chailey to deliver the photographs to the intelligence tent.


PATROL OBJECTIVE:
Today’s armed recce will follow the route Falaise – Argentan – Alencon – Flers. Fly along the patrol zones drawn on the F10 map in the order A-B-C-D. Lookout for enemy aircraft as well as road transports.

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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
Maupertus
Carpiquet (refueling only)