Wednesday, 13 August 2014

263 Squadron Whirlwind Missions [4]


This is a scenario writing project that I began this year but didn't get round to finishing, although I did identify at least two potential scenarios for Bag the Hun. I've now had time to sift through my various sources including the ORB and AAR for 263 Squadron from late 1942 to late 1943, together with several good books on Whirlwind operations.

After looking at all the possibilities, I've narrowed down my search to a long list of a dozen operations including a couple of small dogfights with FW190's, a selection of anti-convoy attacks both by day and night, a number of Roadsteads against enemy shipping, a Rhubarb raid on a flak protected railway train and even a dive bombing Ramrod attack on a V2 site. They all have potential as scenarios to a greater or lesser extent.

I now need to shake out a shortlist of half a dozen scenarios to write up in greater detail, ready for playtesting in the Autumn at the club. These need to be both practicable in terms of numbers of aircraft and targets, but also interesting and varied enough not to be repetitive, which is less straightforward than you might think, given the role of the Whirlwind as a dedicated ground attack and anti-shipping aircraft. 

I'll sort this out over the next week or two, with the  longer term aim of writing up a variety of scenarios and a covering article for the TFL Christmas Special, assuming Nick and Richard think it's worth publishing! I may also submit either the Catch the Pigeon scenario or A Costly Strike, both of which have already been play tested by the usual suspects. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Bag The Hun (363) AK47 (330) Books (289) Back of Beyond (197) Bolt Action (153) Old West (118) Coastal Warfare (114) Bag The MiG (107) Chain of Command (106) Pirates (106) Wings at War (101) MiG Alley (94) VBCW (86) 15mm Sci-Fi / Near Future (79) Target Locked On (77) Fistful of Lead (68) What a Tanker (68) Shows (67) BKC (65) Darkest Africa (65) Ironclads (60) Rapid Fire (58) Indo China / Vietnam (56) Victory at Sea (52) Saga (51) Saurian Safari (50) Boardgames (49) Knights of the Sky (45) Britain's Small Wars (42) Gladiators (41) Flashpoint Baltic (40) Flashpoint Taiwan (38) IABSM (36) Pre-Dreadnoughts (35) Journals (34) Post Apocalypse (30) Iron Cow (29) Atlantic Wall (28) Normandy Firefight (27) Full Thrust (25) France's Small Wars (23) Samurai (23) Air War C21 (22) Lion Rampant (22) Mexican Revolution (21) Fortifications (20) 28mm English Civil War (19) Cold War (19) Achtung Kommando! (18) PITS (18) Napoleonic Naval (15) Naval Thunder (15) Aircraft (14) Rate of Fire (14) Black Ops (13) Dragon Rampant (13) Aliens (12) Desert Spitfires (12) Flashpoint PVO (12) Imaginations (12) Iron Cross (12) Aeronef (11) Imperial Commander (11) Impetus (11) SCW (11) ACW (10) CY6 Jet Age (10) Flashpoint Alto Cenepa (10) Gaslands (10) 633 Squadron (9) Flashpoint Fleet Air Arm (9) 28mm Future Wars (8) Adventures in Jimland (8) Ancients (8) Dux Britanniarum (8) Cry Havoc (7) French Indian Wars (7) Zulus! (7) Frostgrave (6) Scramble for Britain (6) Three Musketeers (5) Arab Revolt (4) Five Men at Kursk (4) French Resistance (4) In Her Majesty's Name (4) Maurice (4) The Men Who Would Be Kings (4) Duel of Aces (3) Galactic Heroes (3) HOTT (3) Strontium Dog (3) Check Your Six! (2) Crom (2) Disposable Heroes (2) Fire and Steel (2) Gangsters (2) HYW (2) Iron Stars (2) Luft 46 (2) NUTS! (2) No Go Zone (2) Sharp Practice (2) War in El Dorado (2) 2mm ECW (1) Battlegroup (1) Dropzone Commander (1) Hind Commander (1) Missile Threat (1) Naval Command (1) Sturmovik Commander (1)