Friday, 23 November 2012
Bag the Hun Malta Game 
That was a really, really long week...
...but, I have worked out the details for 'A' Flight No185 Squadron RAF, with a bit of educated guesswork and some slightly less dodgy background research. I had the identity of three of the pilots involved in the dogfight on the 1st October but was able to work out a likely composition for the rest of the flight, using a combination of the combat reports and squadron diary in the excellent book that I acquired for the purpose.
The exact make up and colour coding of the individual sections is based on possibilty rather than probabilty, using a best fit with the information at my disposal.
Sq/Ldr Mould (CO) (junior ace)
F/Sgt Knight (regular)
P/O Veitch (veteran)
F/Sgt Hayes (regular)
F/Lt Jeffries (junior ace)
F/Sgt Jolly (veteran)
F/O Murch (veteran)
F/Sgt Ream (regular)
The Hurricane IIb's that equipped No185 Squadron don't feature in the Bag the Hun 2 aircraft data tables, so I've worked out a set of factors based on an amalgam of the stats for the Hurricane I and IIc, taking into account the slightly improved performance of the Mark II over the Mark I:
SPD  / MAN  / ALT  / ROC  / ROB  / SIZ  / FRONT  / AMMO LIMIT 
I thought about increasing the firepower rating but, as most Mk II's had only eight guns rather than a potential maximum of twelve, this seemed a little unrealistic. I have, however, uprated the robustness factor while retaining the altititude and ammunition capacity of the Mk I. It's a bit of a suck it and see solution but I think it'll work out fine in the actual game.